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Portland Saturday Market
Ranked #15 of 448 things to do in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Operating since 1974 the Portland Saturday Market is the largest continually operating outdoor arts and crafts market in the nation. Located in Waterfront Park and Ankeny Plaza in Portland’s historic Old Town the Market is one of the most popular shopping destinations for local handcrafted goods. The Market offers a unique opportunity for customers to meet the artist as well as see one of a kind pieces created in the artist’s booth. Over 250 small businesses and individuals artists from across the NW region gather each week for the Saturday/Sunday event with live music and a plethora of exotic foods that will satisfy everyone’s appetite.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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Reviewed May 17, 2006

I just moved to Portland and was skeptical about checking out the Saturday Market for I assumed it would be like any other. It turned out to be much more than expected. I got to watch belly-dancers, there was henna artist and good food. There is also a very wide variety of crafts to choose from. Some being cheap and then other really exceptional pieces. Plus you have the water front right there so you can pretty much spend the whole day just galavanting around.

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Spokane, Washington
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Good Food... Great Music...”
Reviewed April 23, 2006

Went to the Saturday market on a whim on my way back to Spokane from Breitenbush Hot Springs. While the crafts are just that, crafty, the food court and entertainment are great. Perhaps being from little ol' Spokane my tastes are not as sophisticated and jaded as big city dwellers. But, I did enjoy myself and would recommend a visit.

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United States
Level 6 Contributor
102 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“skip it”
Reviewed September 14, 2005

This is an outdoor flea market with a very few interesting items. Several bums hanging around. There was also a somewhat aggressive lady asking for money for hurricane victims. I think it was a scam, but we gave her a dollar anyway just to get away from her. If you are hankering for fair food, check it out. Otherwise go somewhere more interesting like the Japanese Gardens.

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Seattle, WA
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Pretty fun, but nothing too exceptional”
Reviewed August 9, 2005

Hanging out at the Portland Saturday Market (on Sunday) was fun, but it wasn't overly exceptional. I'm from Seattle, and I think Pike Place is much more impressive. Yet, I had fun: got a henna tattoo, had some fun food, and enjoyed looking at all the artsy stuff. There were a lot of booths with cheapo sunglasses, knock off purses, etc. Some of the more artsty craft booths were fun to look at, if not a little overpriced. If you have some time to waste, go for it. If your time is limited, don't make it a priority.

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New York City, New York
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256 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 502 helpful votes
“Same as any craft market”
Reviewed July 26, 2005

It's the same as any craft market anywhere. Maybe a few more tye-dye shirts, but really the same stuff: candles, jewelry, pottery, etc. It doesn't take long to take a look, so stop by if you're interested. But unless you are a real craft maven it will probably take you less than 30 minutes.

Convenient to the Light rail on the edge of downtown.

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