Combining the vibes of an art show, a live street concert and an open-air bazaar, Portland Saturday Market has been a beloved Rose City tradition since 1974. In fact, the market is considered the largest continually operating arts-and-crafts fair in the United States, drawing up to 750,000 visitors during its annual season.
Questions About Visiting Portland Saturday Market
When is Saturday Market open?
How do I get to Saturday Market?
Saturday Market is also easily accessible by public transit. Ride MAX Light Rail to the Skidmore Fountain station, or take a TriMet bus.
Prefer to drive? Here are driving directions from different areas of the city.
Where can I park near Saturday Market?
There is also a SmartPark garage just a few blocks from Saturday Market at NW Davis and Naito Parkway. You can receive 2 hours of free parking at this garage by spending $25 or more with a Saturday Market vendor. Parking rates are $1.80 per hour for the first three hours.
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Where can I see a list of vendors?
On any given Saturday from the beginning of March to the day before Christmas, shoppers can wend their way through the rows of tents of this large outdoor market featuring local makers, artisans, and chefs. A full sensory experience, the sights, and sounds will have shoppers and on-lookers tapping their heels to bluegrass pickers and jazz trios with weekly sets of local musicians performing for market-goers and passersby in Tom McCall Waterfront Park.
Even before Portland was known for its food carts, the Saturday Market had vendors serving up hot food. If you’ve worked up an appetite, sample the Northeast African cuisine of Horn of Africa which has been a Portland Saturday Market staple since 1994. PDX Empanadas can supply you with the perfect handheld treat, with savory and sweet-filled empanadas. With gluten-free and vegan options, Angelina’s Greek Gyros serves up tasty wraps on freshly made pita.
With such a variety of goods, the Saturday Market is naturally a great place to score gifts and souvenirs anytime of year, including holiday shopping. Though browsing wares handcrafted by more than 250 vendors can seem a little daunting, here are some top finds.
For Portland souvenirs: Closed Loop Woodworks‘ Oregon-shaped cutting boards made from reclaimed wood, silverware art by Spoonman Creations, twee illustrations from A Little Sun, and Love from the Hood apparel and greeting cards from ARTJADEN.
For fine jewelry and wares: delicate metal-and-gemstone jewelry handcrafted with guitar string from Bluce Designs, gorgeous stone settings in silver by Forest Lily Designs, and Queen of Cup, crafting bowls and cups in clay and porcelain.
The list goes on with more locally themed apparel, ceramics, body care products, home décor and photography. Explore the Portland Saturday Market and experience an old Portland tradition.
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Ready to shop? Everything in this guide comes from Portland-based makers, and most of these goodies can be found at Made Here PDX. Happy holidays!
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