A Guide to St. Pete’s Saturday Morning Market

UPDATE: A Visual Guide to Saturday Morning Market

One of the most unique things you can do is shop locally. The Saturday Morning Market in St. Petersburg, Florida has been going on since November 2002 and still going strong. Even with the current restrictions, the organizers have been making it work for the community.

How to Attend Saturday Morning Market

Let’s talk basics and allow us to share some information

  • The market runs every Saturday between the hours of 9AM – 2PM in Downtown St. Pete
  • You can find the market location at Al Lang Stadium in the parking lot (Corner of 1st St & 1st Ave S)
  • We’re open from early October–late May each year. This is the optimum weather period and the mid-Florida growing season.
  • Our smaller Summer Market changes venues for shade. It takes place in Williams Park from June to August … 9am–1pm

The mission of the market is to be the ‘heart’ of St. Petersburg — the place, more than anywhere else, that people feel a strong sense of joyful connectedness and creative community.

The spirit of community is what really defines the market experience. Having actual farmers, artisans food, handmade crafts and lively music are all wonderful bonus elements of the market.

People often plan to eat and hangout at the market, spending about 60-90 minutes, which they know means that it’s very likely that they will run into friends (both expected and unexpected ones)

Inside Look on Business Development

On a typical Saturday, product sales were estimated over $120,000 with over 25 vendors that’s used Saturday Morning Market as a spring board their careers into permanent retail locations.

An interesting fact about the market is that the committee designed a self assessment model that enables vendors to identify their best opportunities. It outlines 6 categories into ‘poor’, ‘good’ and ‘great’ which allows the vendors to make improvements on their business model.

Being apart of the St. Pete Saturday Morning Market is like being in an exclusive community. The Market has been known to decline over 1400 vendors since 2002.

The Market is a huge part of the local community as other retail shops in the surround Downtown St Pete area have stated that even their business has increased.

St Pete Saturday Morning Market

Social Experiment Turned Social Experience

The things that people can accomplish with a couple of booths and some fresh produce. This market feels more like a festival than a regular farmers market.

There’s live music and lots of ready-to-eat fare representing food from more than 15 countries. Farmers, makers, artists and others fill the 130 highly coveted vendor booths.

You’ll find metered street parking all around, or several parking garages that typically charge about $5, all of which are within walking distance. Since you’re already going to be headed to the Market, you can always take a couple of hours to check out the surround downtown area.

You can find out a more detailed description on directions and parking here

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