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“Lots of fun”

Anchorage Market & Festival
Ranked #38 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 15 August 2014

Artisanal food, jewelry, art, gifts and books. Comedians and singers. Bakeries, fresh fruit, and candy. Had a great time.

Thank Vincent D
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Reviewed 13 August 2014

Of course we found things that we probably didn't need, but bought anyway. Every single thing I purchased, however, I love and I'm glad that I went. The location is so easy to get to and the set up is perfect for walking around. There are restrooms nearby and food available, so why not spend half a day just finding something new?

Thank Mardine
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Reviewed 11 August 2014

Not your typical market with junk. There is a big variety of food to choose from. I got the halibut tacos from Two Fat Guys and it was terrific. There is a large variety of vendors which was nice. Not too much junk. Prices were pretty reasonable considering it is a tourist destination. Much better than the prices at some tourist towns like Seward and Homer. We bought some really nice landscape photos which we can't wait to display. Also bought some jelly from a stand were you can taste the various offerings. The market is definitely worth a stop if you are here over the weekend and looking to spend some money on some nice Alaska souvenirs.

Thank Ryan W
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

Well worth a visit. Lots of Alaskan arts and crafts to look at and to give you a feel for what is available and uniquely Alaskan. Found prices and quality to be quite good.

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Reviewed 4 August 2014

The location makes this an easy walk from most any downtown location. The booths of products and crafts were interesting and the food stands were great for sampling. Very reasonable by Alaskan standards. We found a piece of local craft perfect for our lake house and discovered this was a bargain as we continued our trip on the inner passage. On a nice day, there is no better place in town than wandering this market with its great local feel.

Thank ShowMeVegas
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