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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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Taste of Alaska at it's finest!

Our tour group stopped here and I'm so glad! The people of Alaska are so friendly! The Festival... read more

Reviewed 26 June 2017
RetiredMama1955
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North Georgia
Maybe great for Alaska...

We have huge craft shows/marketplaces around here (New England), but as Alaska has a smaller... read more

Reviewed 19 June 2017
fflbrgst
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Massachusetts
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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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“food vendors” (21 reviews)
“saturday market” (19 reviews)
“local crafts” (9 reviews)
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225 E St, Lower Bowl On 3rd Avenue between C and E Streets, Anchorage, AK 99501
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Reviewed 26 June 2017

Our tour group stopped here and I'm so glad! The people of Alaska are so friendly! The Festival was inviting and entertaining. So much to see and do! They close off streets entirely! It was immaculately CLEAN! No litter anywhere! Plenty of food...and some unusual...More

Thank RetiredMama1955
Reviewed 19 June 2017

We have huge craft shows/marketplaces around here (New England), but as Alaska has a smaller population (and shorter season), maybe this is a big thing. On the 2nd Saturday of June, maybe this was only the 1st or 2nd market of the year? About 100...More

Thank fflbrgst
Reviewed 10 June 2017 via mobile

This is a must-go place with 300 vendors, live music, and local food. Prices for shopping art, jewelry, smoked salmon, honey, nectar, tea, photographs, paintings, and many other merchandise and souvenirs. Forget the gift shops. Their products are not as good in quality and are...More

1  Thank Raana90
Reviewed 6 June 2017

Some food vendors were great (halibut poppers, reindeer quesadillas), some good arts and crafts, plenty of music, happy festive vibe. I went early in the season so not a lot of food yet. It was fun to wander the stalls. I purchased a lovely book...More

1  Thank Ann M
Reviewed 3 June 2017

Has the same mostly made overseas crap that so many of the alaskan souvenier shops but at a higher price,stay clear also area was pretty sus with a lot of transients.

Thank Hugh M
Reviewed 29 May 2017

vistied here on a rainy Sunday while killing time until our flight home. Because of the rain it looked like less vendors were open. However, the booths are very interesting with many native crafts, beautiful wood carvings, etc. Friendly people. The food booths also looked...More

Thank Ramikat
Reviewed 24 May 2017 via mobile

Had the best time here. Local venders with their wares and crafts. The food trucks were amazing. Had a great beer battered halibut and fried there. The locals are so gracious.

Thank Kwagner S
Reviewed 14 February 2017

This market was the first thing I visited when in Anchorage. It was late afternoon on a Sunday (yes, the name is Saturday market but it's open only on Sundays), the market was just in front of our hotel (Hilton Anchorage) and as it was...More

3  Thank TubaKoseogluOkcu
Reviewed 16 January 2017

I have been to the market a number of times, but it had been a while since I'd been. And you know how it is: you sometimes take for granted or overlook the places that tourists flock to in your own city of residence, what...More

Thank CrowdAvoidance
Reviewed 17 December 2016 via mobile

I had fun visiting all the booths. I would recommend stopping by if you're in Anchorage on a Saturday. I regret not buying some of the things I was hesitant about, so if I ever make it back, I'll be sure to be more confident!

1  Thank Amanda R
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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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