Joplin Empire Market to Host May the 4th Be with You Market

(Joplin, MO) – Joplin Empire Market is excited to announce that May 4, 2024, will be a May the Fourth Be With You special event at the market!

Join them during normal market hours from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The first fifty attendees who come dressed in Star Wars-themed costumes will receive a free pothos plant, grown by the Empire’s own master gardeners (no dark side powers used).

Younglings can visit the Community Gardens to indulge in radio-controlled podracing and a hyperspace-themed photobooth will be available inside the building. Face-painting will be available for those wishing to blend in with the crowd in the cantina and there will be a craft station manned by a group from South Middle School.

Enjoy specialty-themed cookies from Coley’s Cookie Co. and Aunt Tracy’s Cookies and grab lunch from The Swanky Frank.

Visitors can shop all three market halls with fresh produce, pastured meat, artisan goods, coffee from Cottage Small Coffee Roasters, lemonade and mocktails from Potions & Brews, fried pies, and ready-to-eat food all available. Cinnamon rolls from Farmhouse Bakery are delicious and make for an easy hair style, too. It’s also the perfect place to find a unique Mother’s Day gift, whether she’s a fantasy lover or not!

Lindsay Gagnon, Market Director, says, “We love when our market Saturdays happen to fall on fun days like May the Fourth and our vendors and community always are ready to rally behind a theme and have some fun. We hope to see everyone out in their best Jedi robes and Corellian bloodstripes. Yub, yub!”

There is no charge for entry into the event.

For more information, please email Lindsay at or call 417.986.3914.

About Downtown Joplin Alliance: 

Downtown Joplin Alliance is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the revitalization of the downtown community as a thriving, safe and attractive center of art, history, enterprise, commerce, culture, residence and entertainment. Downtown Joplin is host to many monthly, seasonal, and annual events designed to encourage community involvement and stimulate the local economy.


Lindsay Gagnon, Market Director
Downtown Joplin Alliance

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