Eugene Saturday Market, Eugene
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The Eugene Saturday Market is an outdoor craft market in Eugene, Oregon. It is the oldest weekly open-air crafts market in the United States. It has a festival atmosphere that includes live performers as well craft booths and food vendors. Between 3,000 and 5,000 people visit the market every Saturday.HistoryThe Eugene Saturday Market first opened on May 9, 1970 with 29 vendors. It was located on city property adjacent to a city-owned parking structure in downtown Eugene. Each vendor paid $1 to participate. On the opening Saturday, it rained all day. Nevertheless, the market was successful enough that the Eugene City Council agreed to allow the hippies to continue using the site. More vendors joined the market as the Christmas holiday approached. The first season closed on the Saturday before Christmas with about one hundred vendors crowding into the market area.At the end of the first season, established businesses adjacent to the Saturday Market venue petitioned the city to close or move the market. Lane County commissioners offered a county-owned plaza, the Park Blocks, in front of the county courthouse for the market on condition that the Saturday market incorporate and secure liability insurance. As a result, the Eugene Saturday Market was officially established. This arrangement with Lane County allowed the use of the Park Blocks only during the summer months. In the fall, the vendors were required to move to the upper level of a county-owned parking structure, known as the "butterfly lot", across the street from the Park Blocks. The Eugene Saturday Market continued to operate in those two locations until the end of the 1982 season.Use our Eugene tour planner to add Eugene Saturday Market and other attractions to your Eugene vacation plans.
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i started attending way back when they opened at the butterfly parking structure. It has maintained the same down to earth wonderful items/people. Great food and music, plenty of people watching for t... read more »
The Eugene Saturday Market is a flash back to the 60's. There is lots of tie dye available as well as other hand made items. The quality of the merchandise is good and features many unique things. The... read more »
I stopped at the info booth and they told me about this program they have that's new this use. If you use your EBT card to buy $10 worth of produce, they give you an additional $10! Great for families... read more »
High quality homemade products, local food,wonderful music. Expect crowds. Across the street is the Eugene Farmers Market which has reasonably priced Organic Produce and breads, meats from local shops and micro brews from local craftsman. Wonderful place indeed!
Timothy Vander Ploeg
This is a first rate farmer's market! It's huge and has a lot of good food and really interesting booths! Definitely go there and make a morning of it!
This is what Eugene, Oregon is all about. For visitors and travelers who want to experience local culture, the Saturday Market is the perfect venue. From the rhythmic and rowdy drum circle to the delicious local organic farm-stands, from the quirky and creative food trucks to the tie-die tents of old hippy ladies, nothing comes closer to encapsulating all of the qualities that make Eugene famous.
We had a great time walking around this market.I found a beaut hand made deer tanned leather belt at Sole Mates and my wife bought 4 pairs of cool earings for herself and her friends back home from Marlene at the Voyager stall.Plus we bought a wind chime made from old spoons and forks....for 5 bucks.
The market is awesome period. There's a vibrant atmosphere, some pretty amazing food, and all of the people at their stands are really nice and friendly. Also, prices are actually pretty reasonable for such high quality products. I'd recommend checking it out even if you're not planning on buying anything. (Bring your wallet because you'll be wanting to buy stuff before you leave! :) )
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