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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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Don't Expect Portobello

This market was the first thing I visited when in Anchorage. It was late afternoon on a Sunday... read more

Reviewed 14 February 2017
TubaKoseogluOkcu
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Istanbul, Turkey
Can't wait for this market to open again next summer

I have been to the market a number of times, but it had been a while since I'd been. And you know... read more

Reviewed 16 January 2017
CrowdAvoidance
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Anchorage
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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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225 E St, Lower Bowl On 3rd Avenue between C and E Streets, Anchorage, AK 99501
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+1 907-272-5634
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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
Reviewed 10 November 2016

Reindeer quesadillas are a THING, and everyone should know about them. But somehow, the market paled in comparison to the food carts. There were definitely some interesting vendors there, but I would recommend going adults-only if you're really looking to shop - it's hard to...More

1  Thank Carley B
Reviewed 7 November 2016 via mobile

I was in Alaska visiting my son and his family and told them I wanted to go to the market. They had been there in Anchorage and just hadn't been. It was a nice couple of hours. Parking wasn't too bad, we did have to...More

Thank glipham
Reviewed 28 October 2016

Russian food,autographed Iditarod histories (meet the author),Carved bone animals by the artist,Northern Lights photography, local souvenirs and much more.

Thank Iona B
Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

Even in a light drizzle (Alaskan liquid sunshine) this is a fun tourist thing to do. Seems to be many more Chinese shirts and "junk" stands than in past years. Less emphasis on farmers market produce and more "stuff" for sale. Plenty of food stands...More

Thank MaryandBobontheroad
Reviewed 11 October 2016

This is a great place to go shopping and purchase crafts and other goods native to Alaska. I found fur hats, charms, but the best was having my photo taken with sled dogs. I was dressed in a fur coat holding skis and a Husky...More

Thank Shawn G
Reviewed 9 October 2016

We attended the last market of the year. There was a lot of art to view (and purchase) and a lot of different types of food to try. It was fun to be there and just feel the energy

Thank Oakley11
Reviewed 3 October 2016

We stopped in for about 30 minutes on a drizzly summer afternoon. The market is open only on weekends, and is set up in a parking lot type of area with separate tents for each vendor. We enjoyed wandering around. Most of the tents were...More

Thank SnowyShasta
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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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