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Anchorage Market & Festival

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Address: 225 E St, Lower Bowl On 3rd Avenue between C and E Streets, Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone Number:
+1 907-272-5634
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Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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2017 is the 26th season for the Anchorage Market & Festival in our home...

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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If you are in Anchorage on a Saturday this is a must do. There are many unique booths with arts, crafts and souvenirs. Good food is available there too.

Reviewed 10 August 2016
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Dupont, Washington
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Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

If you are in Anchorage on a Saturday this is a must do. There are many unique booths with arts, crafts and souvenirs. Good food is available there too.

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Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

Lots of cool vendors Selling goods that they crafted. Lots of vendors, good atmosphere Even started the day out w the singing of the star spangled banner

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Munster, Indiana
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Reviewed 5 August 2016

There were a few booths that had some interesting alaskan art, otherwise just an area to people watch and wander

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Reviewed 4 August 2016

We could see this market when we arrived into town on the train from Seward. We had just enough time to walk around and browse the market before our flight home. Great place for Alaska souvenirs and some tasty salmon tacos or quesadilla. It was a nice day, so it made the market even more enjoyable!

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Reviewed 2 August 2016

We particularly enjoyed meeting with photographer/author John Tidwell and yes we did buy his book. Fascinating and informative it is about "The Polar Bears of Barrow". There were many other photographs at other stalls were a very good option for gifts and memories as well. Food was plentiful and varied and we tried a little bit from 3 different stalls.... More 

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Thank annski
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Reviewed 1 August 2016

great food options. From fresh salmon, reindeer sausages, fresh fruit smoothies. It was hard to pick just one. Lots of great craft booths. It takes about a hour if you take your time to see the whole market.

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Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed our stop at the Saturday market and would recommend it to kill some time prior to going back to the airport. It seemed like hundreds of vendors and the gifts are much more unique and Alaskan than you find in gift shops around the state. If possible, plan to by your Alaskan gifts here and you can meet... More 

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Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

This was a pleasant surprise. We were looking for something to do on trip advisor and saw the Market. We were within walking distance so spent a couple of hours looking at all the shops. Great way to souvenir shop- often buying wares directly from the artist. There were musicians all over for your enjoyment and a lot of different... More 

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Derry, New Hampshire
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Reviewed 31 July 2016

The market is a fun was to spend a couple of hours. They have some local produce as well as vendors selling arts and crafts. There were lots of food vendors too. No overbearing sales people. There was live music and fun things for kids to do.

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Reviewed 31 July 2016

Lot's of stalls to visit. Food to eat. Singers to listen to. A great place for the family to visit. Open weekends.

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