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460 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02118
Orange Line: New England Medical Center; Red Line: Broadway
Su 10am–4pm (May–October)
South End, Boston –
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.
Hipsters, fashion-conscious women, hippies, tourists, and foodies, early 20s to late 30s+.
Live music featuring acoustic singer/songwriters. Seasonal events including Halloween parties and barbecue tastings.
Vendors selling fresh local produce, meats, and cheeses. Food trucks serve sandwiches, hot dogs, falafel, vegan dishes, and burritos.
Prices vary, though most items under $20.
Casual: girls in vintage dresses or skirts with comfortable shoes, guys in jeans and t-shirts.
Any Sunday for a great crowd, especially in warm weather.
On the first Friday of every month from 5 to 9pm, SoWa sponsors a gallery crawl that starts from the same location.