The Burg’s favorite weekly stop for produce, baked goods and locally-crafted vendors is getting ready to move into its summer home. This weekend will be the final Saturday Morning Market of the season to be hosted at the Al Lang Stadium parking lot.
Beginning next Saturday, June 4, the Summer Market will be hosted every Saturday in Williams Park. As part of an annual slim down for the year’s warmer months, this smaller version of the market is hosted in the park from June-September.
As the last chance to catch the full in-season market at Al Lang Stadium, the Saturday Morning Market will operate from 9 am – 2pm this week, offering locals a chance for some Memorial Day browsing. A St. Pete staple for 20 years now, the market will maintain its usual summer hours of operation, 9 am – 1 pm.
Saturday Morning Market is one of the country’s best regular markets
In operation since 2002, St. Petersburg’s Saturday Morning Market is actually the largest market of its kind in the Southeast US, and ranks among the biggest in the country with an average weekly attendance of more than 10,000. With ~150 rotating vendors each week, the market’s winter season runs from October-May and is hosted weekly from 9 am – 2 pm.
For those who haven’t been, the massive event showcases local farmers, a plethora of international ready-to-eat goods (more than 15 countries and their cuisines are represented weekly), fresh seafood, baked goods and other accoutrement. The market also features selected local artists and craftsmen, as well as live music.
In St. Pete’s warmer months, the Summer Market switches up the venue and hosts a smaller version in the shade of the trees at Williams Park downtown. The slightly scaled down version opens from 9 am – 1 pm from June to September.
The Saturday Morning Market is an independently run non-profit that is not associated with or sponsored by outside organizations or municipalities. It also offers free booths to local and national not for profits to educate the community. Learn more at saturdaymorningmarket.com.