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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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Make Like an Alaskan...

What a great place to hang out with the locals if you are visiting Anchorage! The Anchorage Market... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
2TravelersMn
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Wide variety of crafts and food available

Open during the summer months, there is a wide variety of crafts and food available. Look for the... read more

Reviewed 5 November 2017
dbinhou7511
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Houston, Texas
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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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“saturday market” (19 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 1 week ago

What a great place to hang out with the locals if you are visiting Anchorage! The Anchorage Market & Festivals operates Saturdays and Sundays from mid-May through mid-September. There are over 400 spots for vendors. Great Food and Alaskan Goods. The best part is admission...More

Thank 2TravelersMn
Reviewed 5 November 2017

Open during the summer months, there is a wide variety of crafts and food available. Look for the native Alaskans selling some of their homemade crafts. You will then have a truly unique souvenir of Alaska.

Thank dbinhou7511
Reviewed 26 September 2017

Entertainment, crafts, food and local Alaskan people are all in one area. Prince Chiming had lovely wind chimes depicting the animals of Alaska. Lots of furs to wear and to cuddle. Have your picture taken with parkas, real sled dogs and an Alaskan background. Watch...More

Thank Dixiegals
Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

Awesome Market! Visiting Anchorage, this is what we wanted to see. A lot of local vendors, all with unique Alaskan style to them, ranging from food to souvenirs to furniture. A Filipino food stand in Anchorage...Very Cool! Live music and a separate building for the...More

Thank jlipp5240
Reviewed 23 September 2017 via mobile

The market was somewhat disappointing compared to our prior visit 3 years ago in June. This was the last weekend for the market this season which may be why there were far fewer vendors. It is still worth going especially earlier in the season.

Thank Dan S
Reviewed 17 September 2017

After a long morning of walking around downtown we stopped at the market to browse all the tents. Since it was a cooler morning and the end of the season, I noticed a lot of empty spots in between the tents. I'm sure it is...More

Thank lmstrad83
Reviewed 13 September 2017

Visited the market on a Sunday in July. Tons of vendors with all sorts of souvenirs/clothes/local crafts and artwork/local jewellery etc. Stayed several hours and had lunch there plus a very decadent ice cream treat. Lots of food options.

Thank Sandra V
Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

I went to the market the last day of the season: Sunday, Sept 10. Many vendors weren't there. I was excited for this market to see native artwork and gifts for sale. There was some but I found more touristy junk rather than authentic merchandise....More

Thank Cameron K
Reviewed 10 September 2017

We visited the Anchorage open air market (very close to the Railroad Depot) in August 2017. Very vibrant and festive atmosphere. Lots of local businesses and had variety of merchandise ranging from local berry jam, cashew and almond nut bars, handicrafts, coffee, and a whole...More

Thank Sara_Ramaswamy
Reviewed 6 September 2017

You don't want to miss this market place. They have about anything you would want fruit and jelly, shirts, knifes, dog collars, hats just about anything for everyone.

Thank Termite42
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Candace S
9 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
20 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
20 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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