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“This market is average at best”

Anchorage Market & Festival
Ranked #27 of 229 things to do in Anchorage
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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!
Reviewed 14 November 2013

Whats there to say...its a market. A small one at that. Most of the stuff being sold is your standard trash you'll see in all of the shops in downtown anchorage. Not trying to sound mean but its mostly junk you do not need. I think every stand were selling those dumb ulu knives. Again...a knife no one needs yet many tourists will buy. They're not cool, you wont use em, dont buy them.

If it wasnt for anchorage being so dull we wouldnt have even went to this market. The only thing we purchased were some egg roll things which were good...and ice cream which is always good.

There are plenty of parking garages in downtown. It only costs $1/hr.

You can literally devote 20 minutes to this market and you will have seen everything...including time to stop and get some things to eat.

1  Thank billythebulldog123
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Reviewed 25 August 2013

We visited the Downtown Saturday Market and Festival on consecutive Saturdays in July. The Market has a wealth of Alaska souvenirs and gifts at prices far below the gift shop prices. Try the Salmon quesadilla, freshly baked goods, and the freshly brewed coffee. A wide selection of Alaskan art is available. My wife bought porcupine quill earrings for gifts and I bought a few golf nuggets. Do yourself a favor and visit the Downtown Saturday Market and Festival. (Also open on Sunday).

2  Thank Mel F
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Reviewed 19 August 2013

This farmer's market is held on Sarurday and Sunday during the summer between 2nd and 3rd Streets and C and E Streets. It is a truly delightful mix of the eclectric, eccentric, and only-in-Alaska. Food choices include halibut tacos, reindeer hotdogs, and funnel cakes. Vendors sell kitschy souvenirs, Tundra cartoon books signed by the author, sweatshirts designed to tick off Texans that their state is small, antler firestarters, birch sytrup vendors, and many many more. I counted perhaps three farmers in al. There are various musicians on stage. The crowd was made up of both locals and tourists. It's a fun place to stroll and enjoy just being in the midst of all this crazy stuff.

1  Thank poodytat
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Reviewed 17 August 2013

Some cheapy stuff, some Native American crafts. Should've bought that hat with seal skin. Strawberry lemonade was good. Salmon egg rolls good.

2  Thank dwwilburn
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

We stopped here on Saturday for some lunch. Had excellent fish and chips. The tables were crowded but we managed to find a seat. LIve music playing was a plus. Many shops sold items we had seen in other souvenir shops, but found some good bargains ($6 for cute Alaska t-shirts) and some unusual items (fireweed nectar that is delicious!)

1  Thank TravellingTexasMom
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