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Anchorage Market & Festival

225 E St, Lower Bowl On 3rd Avenue between C and E Streets, Anchorage, AK 99501
+1 907-272-5634
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Market and Festival

I've done this twice. It's a lot of fun. Crafts, home made jewelry, leather, books, music, and lots... read more

Reviewed 5 August 2017
weakglovehand
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chicago
Beautiful market on a sunny day

We were extremely lucky: When we arrived in Anchorage after being taken by bus from Whittier, the... read more

Reviewed 3 August 2017
derflieger2003
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Vienna, Austria
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2017 is the 26th season for the Anchorage Market & Festival in our home at 3rd & E Street in downtown Anchorage. It was first established in 1992 as the Anchorage Downtown Saturday Market, and consisted of about two dozen vendors with an emphasis on fresh Alaska Grown produce. The mission of the market was "To provide a conveniently located family oriented open-air Market for Alaska residents and visitors to shop and enjoy Alaska's beautiful summer season while creating economic opportunities for local citizens and businesses." From its beginnings through the 1998 Season the "Saturday Market" was operated by the Anchorage Parking Authority. In 1999, the Anchorage Parking Authority issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the management of the Market and this was awarded to its current manager, Webb's Consulting and Management Services, Inc. of Anchorage. Under the management of Webb's Consulting the Market grew and flourished into what it is today, one of the largest and most successful open-air weekend Markets of its kind in the United States. Eighteen weekends starting in mid-May and ending in mid-September constitute our season so that we provide the Anchorage community and visitors with a summer weekly attraction and family event suitable for the enjoyment of adults and children of all ages without charging for admission. During the 2017 season, more than 300 vendors will fill our booths to offer Alaska's largest variety of products, including unique handmade arts, crafts and gifts by Alaskan artisans, collectibles, furs, jewelry, fresh produce, a wide variety of foods to eat at the market or take home and so much more! But shopping is only part of the Anchorage Market & Festival's appeal. Our Main stage provides continual entertainment during operating hours of 10AM to 6PM on Saturdays and 10AM to 5pm on Sundays while buskers (street entertainers) perform in the area by headquarters and in the aisles throughout the market. Our 30 food booths make us Anchorage's largest restaurant with the most diverse and exciting menu in town. However, food and shopping are 2nd and 3rd on the pollster's results as the reason to visit Anchorage Market & Festival. People (and dog) watching, along with the general ambiance of the place are way out in 1st place with market-goers. The Anchorage Market & Festival has become a very special event and destination for many locals and visitors, and plays a very important role in our community. Counts by consultants and staff show that more than 600,000 people attended the market last season and more are expected this season, an astonishing 30,000-40,000 visitors per week. Considering Anchorage's population of about 300,000, this is a truly amazing number!
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225 E St, Lower Bowl On 3rd Avenue between C and E Streets, Anchorage, AK 99501
Downtown
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Reviewed 5 August 2017

I've done this twice. It's a lot of fun. Crafts, home made jewelry, leather, books, music, and lots of different kinds of food. If the weather is nice, you can spend a few hours easily, and have a good time.

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Reviewed 3 August 2017

We were extremely lucky: When we arrived in Anchorage after being taken by bus from Whittier, the weather was perfectly nice with sunshine and almost 20°C. So we decided to check out the farmers market. It kind of feels like the whole city just waits...More

Thank derflieger2003
Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

There are many outdoor markets in the Anchorage but this one is by far the best! Many craft items - several hundred vendors - Food vendors - unique craftsman - lots of tourist items to be had - interesting even if you don't buy anything!...More

Thank Bob S
Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

I left from Valdez early so I wouldn't miss my vacation visit to the a Downtown Weekend Market and what a disappointment compared to the last few years. In the past almost every booth space was filled with food and crafts but this year there...More

Thank Frbill92
Reviewed 14 July 2017

We spent a couple of days in Anchorage before heading out to the rest of this great state. The few hours we spent browsing the stalls of this market were very enjoyable. Its not a produce market - its more like a craft fair. There...More

Thank darmasmom
Reviewed 12 July 2017

This market & festival is open on Saturday and Sunday. You can buy arts and crafts, a gun, fur items, or grab a bite to eat from fish to reindeer chili. It's a nice way to take in the locals' way to spend part of...More

Thank RichardMello
Reviewed 12 July 2017

Arrived in Anchorage on a Saturday afternoon, headed right here. Ample downtown parking, easy to walk. Variety of tents with local crafts, food, art. Very interesting, everyone friendly and anxious to talk about their wares and where they are from, how they are made. This...More

Thank rkreilly
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

We had the best ribs at the Caribbean place at home he market. Went on a beautiful Sunday. It had rained for the prior week so some of the vendors didn't set up... still lots to see & enjoy!

Thank Donna R
Reviewed 10 July 2017

Outside Market with lots or Foods to choose including Reindeer Corn Dogs,Buffalo Dogs. Lots of unique Ethnic things to try as well. Candies,Sweet treats of all kinds and many only seen here at the Market. Vendors from all over Selling Art,Jewerly,Clothing, Leather,Fur and some Unique...More

Thank Rick A
Reviewed 5 July 2017

So many things to see and do. You can spend hours here. Many many booths set up with all kinds of unique items you won't find elsewhere. Food booths from around the country are awesome!! Wonderful place to find that special gift for someone. Musicians...More

Thank jerilor2
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Candace S
10 February 2017|
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Response from Dana K | Reviewed this property |
I believe it open at or around 9 am on Saturday.
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Sherry B
21 July 2015|
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Response from MissBehavior81 | Reviewed this property |
The hours were listed as 10-6pm both Saturday and Sunday in the information booklet thst I picked up. I went the two Saturdays that I was in town. The food vendors do pack up and leave once they are sold out.
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Sherry B
21 July 2015|
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Response from bjf347 | Reviewed this property |
According to their website, the market is open on Saturdays from 10 to 6 and on Sundays from 10 to 5.
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