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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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Great Food,Great Fun,GREAT way to spend Saturday or Sunday!

Outside Market with lots or Foods to choose including Reindeer Corn Dogs,Buffalo Dogs. Lots of... read more

Reviewed 9 July 2017
Rick A
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Corpus Christi, Texas
time well spent

So many things to see and do. You can spend hours here. Many many booths set up with all kinds of... read more

Reviewed 5 July 2017
jerilor2
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Boise, Idaho
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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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“local crafts” (8 reviews)
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225 E St, Lower Bowl On 3rd Avenue between C and E Streets, Anchorage, AK 99501
Downtown
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+1 907-272-5634
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Reviewed 9 July 2017

Outside Market with lots or Foods to choose including Reindeer Corn Dogs,Buffalo Dogs. Lots of unique Ethnic things to try as well. Candies,Sweet treats of all kinds and many only seen here at the Market. Vendors from all over Selling Art,Jewerly,Clothing, Leather,Fur and some Unique...More

Thank Rick A
Reviewed 5 July 2017

So many things to see and do. You can spend hours here. Many many booths set up with all kinds of unique items you won't find elsewhere. Food booths from around the country are awesome!! Wonderful place to find that special gift for someone. Musicians...More

Thank jerilor2
Reviewed 4 July 2017 via mobile

I love venturing to different markets. This one is only open on the weekends. It's a little swap-meetish, a little craft fair and a little open market. There are several jewelry booths running from cheap to mid-high with lots of silver booths. I did purchase...More

Thank Sawadeeann
Reviewed 4 July 2017

There was a large variety of booths including jewelry, art, food and other trinkets. Great place for souvenirs. You can spend several hours just walking around and checking out the booths. There was also live music in multiple areas.

Thank kizaren
Reviewed 4 July 2017

We visited the Market & Festival at the beginning and end of our trip to Alaska. There is no admission fee. Saturday's market had more vendors than Sunday's. We saw dozens and dozens of vendors selling all types of goodies made in Alaska, even some...More

Thank Vermonters210
Reviewed 1 July 2017

Loved all the local crafts and food for sale. Got to meet a lot of local people and learn all about Alaska. The food was great. We bought produce and baked goods to take back to our hotel. Hope to go back again some day.

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Reviewed 28 June 2017 via mobile

The market had several vendors, but was small. A lot of art work! While I didn't eat the food, they had a great selection and it smelled amazing! This does give you a good look at downtown and is worth an hour visit.

Thank Amanda E
Reviewed 28 June 2017 via mobile

I enjoyed walking around looking at local art and foods on the weekend. Nice location near downtown and some great local foods and crafts!

Thank Landerson84
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
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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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