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Downtown Saturday Market

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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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Lots of interesting local crafts - very enjoyable experience

I really enjoyed walking around all the various stalls and looking at the various crafts in particular. I got some really unusual things for gifts (mostly earrings and magnets... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 September 2016
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

It is very hard to make this a fair review. It absolutely poured the morning we were there and a lot of the vendors were not there. I will give credit to the ones who did show up. We were looking for very specific Alaskan crafts and were able to find some antler artifact zipper pulls we wanted. That made... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

Don't miss this if you are in Anchorage on a weekend. Sat. and Sun. only this is an open-air market with vendors setting up tents and selling their wares. Plus lots of super food choices!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

I was expecting a farmer's market and this "market" isn't. It is more like an art fair. There are a lot of arts, crafts, vendors (paintings, photographs etc) and you should bring your credit card. The prices are quite spectacular for some items! Overall, it was nice but I didn't think it was anything special, a "not to miss" thing... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

Really nice to stroll over this market. They have some great items we did not see in the souvenir shops. I really liked the Guy who sold leather items. Great quality!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

This is a nice place to go to experience Alaska on a regular day. There are many 'Made in Alaska' shops. It is more arts and crafts than a farmer's market. There are food shops too. I would recommend it if you have time.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

This is a great market - very reminiscent of European markets! Lots of food as well as local souvenirs and gifts at a decent price. Make sure you bring cash, since not all booths take credit! We really enjoyed the coffee and Fireweed milkshakes and coffee from one booth, and picked up some cinnamon apple bread for breakfasts from another.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

I really enjoyed walking around all the various stalls and looking at the various crafts in particular. I got some really unusual things for gifts (mostly earrings and magnets due to luggage constraints) but there were all manner of lovely things if you had unlimited room or didn't have import restrictions. There was also a good selection of food and... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

Plenty of things that are novel to us visitors. Probably nothing really special but it was a great sunny day to walk around and look.

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Hamilton, Ontario
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

We visited the Anchorage market and enjoyed the large variety of artists and musicians and foodie booths located there

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

Excellent day trip. So much to see and do and eat! Wow, beautiful hand made treasures, coffees, honeys, artist, wood carving, Alaska dress up picture tent. At least 50 food vendors, from reindeer hot dogs to fresh vegetables, homemade jams and jellies. It is all here. Excellent parking. Great day out.

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