Want to become part of the largest operating open-air arts and crafts venue in the United States? The Portland Saturday Market prides itself in giving a marketplace for small entrepreneurs that create local handmade crafts, foods, and art from the Pacific Northwest.
The market has been in operation since 1974 and is considered the biggest continually operating outdoor market that promotes arts and crafts in the country. Located in the historic Old Town in Portland, it is popular for local handicrafts.
It is a venue where people can mingle and meet over 350 local NW artists and craftsmen who create their own art and sell them. Live music and a variety of exotic food highlights this Saturday and Sunday event.
Open every Weekend from March to Christmas Eve
Saturdays 10 am to 5 pm
Sundays 11 am to 4:30 pm
How to Get There:
Visitors are encouraged to ride a bike to the market like how a local Portlander would do. Bike parking is available in Waterfront Park near the red information trailer at SW Naito Pkwy and near the main stage esplanade.
Portland is known for being the most bike-friendly city in the nation so you can find many bike rental shops throughout the city.
Another option is to ride the Max Light Rail or hop on the TriMet Bus and exit at the Skidmore Fountain Station. You can find more than 252 artisans west of the Max tracks from Skidmore Fountain up to SW Naito Pkwy and north beneath the Burnside Bridge.
You can get a Free ticket home if you buy items worth $25 from vendors. Claim it in the red information trailer.
If you live further out, you can drive to the market’s location where many parking lots, metered street parking and SmartPark garage are available within a few meters from the market. They can validate up to 2 hours for a minimum purchase of $25 if you park in SmartPark garage.
If you are a local artist and you have arts, crafts or food that you want to promote and sell you can join the market by applying. There is an application process that you must follow that can be found on their website. They accept member application all year round.
Take note that the Portland Saturday Market features locally made products that are made by the vendors the following items are not allowed:
Crafts that are done from kits
Items that are created from commercial food products
Products with offensive images or messages
Booths used to gather leads for lead generation purposes
Crafts made from commercial materials
Items with obvious copyright issues
You can download their Prospective Vendor Manual from their website to check on the details. Submit the accomplished forms in person to their admin staff is the next step in the application process. Bring the form and product samples to their office at 108 W.Burnside St. Portland.
New product applications face a jury every Sunday during market season. You will get an email with jury results one week after submission. Once approved, vendors may start selling as early as the upcoming weekend. Jury approval is valid for one year after the jury date.
PSM does reserve the right to refuse or accept any vendor, the selection process takes many factors into consideration.
All new vendors should attend a new vendor orientation before they sell. Orientation is available every market day and new vendors can opt to attend a week before their selling schedule.
There will be a site tour and their staff will assist in choosing a booth space for the day and accept payment for daily fees.
New vendors will be on a probationary period of 6 selling days, expect their Product Review Committee to visit your booth to check on your products. An email notification will be given with regard to membership status.