SoWa Open Market

Market / Outdoor Activity / Shopping Area
SoWa Open Market An art guild located in the trendy South End, and home to hundreds of studios and dozens of galleries, SoWa hosts an outdoor market every Sunday from May to October that attracts a dynamic array of local artists, farmers, designers... Boston United States 42.342598 -71.065443
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Party Earth Review An art guild located in the trendy South End, and home to hundreds of studios and dozens of galleries, SoWa hosts an outdoor market every Sunday from May to October that attracts a dynamic array of local artists, farmers... ... read full review

  • T Stop:

    Orange Line: New England Medical Center; Red Line: Broadway

  • Phone:

    800-403-8305

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  • Hours:

    Su 10am–4pm (May–October)

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot

SoWa Open Market Schedule of Events

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SOWA Open Market Halloween - Costume Party | Flea Market | Holiday Event | Shopping Event in Boston.

Costume Party / Flea Market / Holiday Event / Shopping Event / Halloween

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An art guild located in the trendy South End, and home to hundreds of studios and dozens of galleries, SoWa hosts an outdoor market every Sunday from May to October that attracts a dynamic array of local artists, farmers, designers...

An art guild located in the trendy South End, and home to hundreds of studios and dozens of galleries, SoWa hosts an outdoor market every Sunday from May to October that attracts a dynamic array of local artists, farmers, designers, and vendors looking to sell their wares.

Sometimes referred to as Boston’s Portobello Road, the Open Market draws a heavily female crowd of trendy young bargain hunters and crafts enthusiasts who come in droves to scout out the handcrafted indie clothing and jewelry that has made the market famous – though the sea of white tents and the more than one hundred and thirty vendors beneath them offer plenty of other merchandise, from used records and original art to local organic produce and meat.

Various food trucks offer hungry shoppers everything from falafel to cupcakes, while acoustic musicians provide some low-key background music.

Along with the regular market schedule, vendors occasionally team up for special events like ice cream and barbecue tastings or the market’s closing Halloween party, which features live bands, pumpkin carvings, and free food.

A must for anyone in search of hip duds, unique handicrafts, organic eats, or just an irresistible bargain, the SoWa Open Market presents an ever-changing group of artisans and merchants that makes it the freshest shopping experience in town.

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Tip from Emma:

Browsing the SoWa market is a great way to spend any warm Sunday afternoon! If you want to try your hand at bargaining, time your visit toward the end of the day or on a day when the weather isn’t so great – that’s when vendors are more eager to make their sales and head home!

  • Crowd

    Hipsters, fashion-conscious women, hippies, tourists, and foodies, early 20s to late 30s+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Live music featuring acoustic singer/songwriters. Seasonal events including Halloween parties and barbecue tastings.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Vendors selling fresh local produce, meats, and cheeses. Food trucks serve sandwiches, hot dogs, falafel, vegan dishes, and burritos.

  • Prices

    Prices vary, though most items under $20.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: girls in vintage dresses or skirts with comfortable shoes, guys in jeans and t-shirts.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Any Sunday for a great crowd, especially in warm weather.

  • Close By

    On the first Friday of every month from 5 to 9pm, SoWa sponsors a gallery crawl that starts from the same location.

SoWa Open Market User Reviews

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SoWa Sundays
Sarah G. Jun 20, 2013
The Scene: SoWa Open market is the perfect Sunday experience in the city during the summertime. Its pretty location in the South End allows easy access from the highway for tourists, yet it is settled in a neighborhood of little galleries and apartments which makes it extremely charming. There are two parking lots that you are able to park in, as well as spots on along the street, and it is close to the metro. This market has about 20 small white tents set up, and under them is where local business owners set up shop and show off their goods. The market mostly consists of organic foods, anything from cookies to salsa; that are all made naturally. There is fresh fruit, coffee, breads, flowers, plants, and almost all the food tents gave out free samples too. There are also food trucks a little further down the street. All the people are extremely friendly and you were able to buy all their goods on the spot. Some people were selling soaps, woodcarvings, pillows, and other little hand-made crafts. Free samples are given out generously, which makes walking around the area really fun, especially if you are hungry! Cocktails & Cuisine: The food at SoWa market is all mostly local business owners trying to promote their product. Most people make whatever they are selling themselves, and everything is always fresh and unprocessed. For drinks there is mostly coffee, but the food there is quite varied, and there will definitely be something that you like under one of those tents. Prices: The prices are different depending on the business and what the food is or the item. What to Wear: Anything goes at SoWa! There were newly married couples with little babies, people alone with their dogs, families all together, sisters, brothers, people coming back from a morning run, honestly anyone would find something at SoWa and it definitely does not really matter what you are wearing or what you look like, the crowd is already filled with different types of people that no one would even care what your outfit looked like, which is part of its lazy Sunday charm. Insider Info/When to go: The best time to go to SoWa would be in the morning or early afternoon, that’s when it is the busiest, so it is prime people-watching time as well. It could even be a place to go during lunchtime because of all the free samples, it’s basically just a free lunch! Since it is only open once a week, people definitely go and it’s always crowded, but not in an overwhelming way because the space is so big. SoWa market is without a doubt a fantastic little market in Boston that could be considered a hidden treasure, and I would say it’s definitely something worth discovering.
Sunday Funday
Hannah M. May 15, 2013
Brave the "Sunday drivers" (or T-goers) and head on over to SOWA Open Air Market--you'll be glad you did. Open every Sunday from 10-4, the market is home to numerous food and craft vendors from May-October. Come hungry! There are plenty of samples from the 20+ local food vendors offering everything from fresh ginger carrot pesto to vegan brownies. There's even a "fish share" where you can sign up to receive fresh fish weekly from a local fish shop. After perusing the farmer's market, head on over to the craft vendors where you'll find original paintings, wood carvings, jewelry and photography--often being sold directly by the artist! It's always fun to hear about the artistic process from the artists themselves while supporting local companies! Take a stroll through one of the many art galleries (open throughout the week also) and head on over to the food truck plaza only a block away. The food trucks shared a lot with vendors last year but have moved down the street to create more room for vendors this year....awesome! Whether you're in the mood for fried pickles, tacos, lobster or felafel, the abundance of food truck goodness is almost too much to handle. With long lines at many food trucks, you know you're getting a good snack no matter where you choose! Come hungry for food and art and leave happy. You never know what new offerings may show up at the market so make sure to come back often!
Lazy Sunday
Ariel B. Apr 30, 2013
Starting every Sunday in late April, this open market is the perfect outdoor excursion. While sometimes challenging to find, this tucked away market is rich, vibrant, and has a little bit of everything for everyone. On one end we find a farmers' market that offers fresh, local produce and tasty jams & spreads. On the other end is a dual food truck court that lines the perimeter of a local craft market. A great place to find an original gift, enjoy a decadent and inexpensive meal, and stroll through on your lazy Sunday afternoon.
A zesty outdoor open market fusing vintage, food trucks, and art.
Sarah H. Apr 13, 2013
After a Sunday South End brunch, stroll a few blocks over to SoWa Open Markets to peruse local artisans, a farmers market, over 30 food trucks, and a vintage market. The farmers market hosts local produce farmers, meat farmers, jams and jellies, honey, maple syrup and fresh flower bouquets--you can do your weekly shopping at SoWa farmers market, instead of at an indoors food store. Local artisans boast handmade belt buckles, men's silk ties, screen printed t-shirts, elegant vintage-inspired jewelry, and quirky paintings. Wander inside to poke through the vintage market. Rustle through piles of silver bangles, vintage cowboy boots, and distressed furniture. At SoWa you'll stroll among a sea of women in flowing loose dresses, casual shorts paired with flats, dudes in jeans and tees, and everyone is toting their dogs. Graze on fresh, local strawberries under the white tents, or lounge in the lawn with your dog and an Americano from Speedwell Coffee. You'll bump into at least a handful of your local friends too. SoWa Open Market is a must for any Boston local, or anyone visiting Boston. Now in its tenth summer, SoWa is a Boston pillar. SoWa Open Markets is open from May through October. This year, SoWa opens its 10th annual market on May 5th.
Awesome SOWA
Janice V. Dec 26, 2012
I love this food truck, flea market, food stand joint! Gosh, there are so many variety of food trucks, each with their own specialty, such as grilled cheese, pita pockets, hot dogs, ice cream, froyo, and much more. Theres a flea market down one block, which is full of crazy conoctions and sell a variety of unique objects such as cork table tops and cool t-shirt designs. I love the food stalls that sell fresh organic vegetables and homemade preserves, hummus, bread, and baked goods. I just love the SoWa Open Market, one of my favorite places to go sample goods, and spend time rocking out with my friends from the radio or live music playing at the food truck area.
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