Portland Saturday Market Portland Saturday Market: If you’re visiting Portland and want to experience what the city is really like, you cannot afford to miss a trip to the Portland Saturday Market. The market has been in continuous operation since 1974 and is nationally recognized as the largest open air market in the United States. Smack dab in the heart of Old Town in downtown Portland , you’ll find hundreds of vendors selling locally made crafts and foods as well as local musicians. Grab a bite to eat, wander the vendor stalls or just sit and listen to some music and watch the world go by.
The Market is open from Feb 28- Dec 24 on Saturdays 10am-5pm and Sundays 11am-4:30pm. Don’t miss the “Festival of Last Minute Market” which is held yearly around the holidays.
Festival of Last Minute Market
Weekdays : Dec 17- Dec 23 11am – 6pm Dec 24 : 11am – 3:30pm
The Portland Saturday Market Mission:
“The mission of the Portland Saturday Market is to provide an environment that encourages the economic and artistic growth of emerging and accomplished artisans. Central to this mission shall be to operate a marketplace. That marketplace, and other market programs, shall honor craftsmanship, design innovation, marketing ethics, and authenticity of product.”
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Good Stuff to Eat at the Saturday Market
A little bit of everything seems to be on the menu at the Portland Saturday Market with a definite emphasis on worldly fare. The menu rotates as vendors come and go but many of these options are relative staples.
Asian and Thai cuisine
Vegetarian (Nepal and more)
Pacific Northwest style Chowder
East African cuisine
American fare such as burgers, chili fries, pizza and more.
You’ll also find several packaged foods such as roasted nuts, fudge, chocolates, spices, bakery items and desserts. Stop by for lunch and enjoy the view of the McCall Waterfront or hang out under one of the tents and enjoy the music and the people.
Crafters and Artisans at the Market
As one would expect, the types of crafts and artisan goods sold at the Portland Saturday Market vary widely. The market has strict rules on what constitutes a craft or artisan product so there is a definite ‘hand made’ flair here. In other words, you won’t be coming across booths selling unoriginal trinkets made in a factory somewhere. This rule makes and keeps the market real.
So, what kind of things can you expect to find at the market? Well, like the food options, the vendors will come and go but the crafts and artisan products for the most part can be anticipated:
Pet goods such as handmade bedding, clothing, leashes, treats and foods
Photography- framed and prints
Body products such as bath salts, oils and more
Pottery and ceramics
Clothing and hats
Other artists at the market are, of course, the musicians.
These folks draw a crowd and as expected, the style of music is varied. From folk, to blue grass, to rock and roll and even some metal, you can expect to enjoy many different kinds of music as you shop, eat or people watch.
Learn more about the Portland Saturday Market to get up to date vendor lists and music stage schedules.
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