Archive for May, 2009

Best Outdoor Markets in Washington DC

May 4, 2009

Half the fun of visiting a new city is exploring and finding new treasures. Let’s face it, you don’t want to take home another souvenir lighter of the Washington Monument. So how about an original artwork by a local artist or potter? Or some locally produced jam or other treat? Here’s where the locals go:

Dupont Farmers Market
Sunday mornings at the Dupont Circle Metro Station (take the North exit), at 20th & Q Streets you’ll find a variety of produce and products from local vendors. Only producers are allowed at this market – no resellers. And you’ll find more than just vegetables, locally produced eggs, meat, flowers, honey, soaps, preserves are also available. And there are often demonstrations and tastings to show you what to do with your newly acquired goods. It’s a great way to get a picnic and head out to nearby Rock Creek Park or down to the National Mall.

Eastern Market
While the main building was damaged in a fire, the market continues to thrive. Just a block and a half from Eastern Market Metro, locals and visitors alike come to find crafts from the artisans / flea market as well as the bargains at the food merchants hall and farmers market. The Food Market is open Tuesday – Sunday (see the site for latest hours). The Flea Market and Arts & Crafts Market with over 175 artisans, vendors and exhibitors are open Saturday & Sunday 9 am – 6 pm. The Farmers Market with fresh produce from Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia is open Saturday & Sunday 7 am – 4 pm.

Art Market in Adams Morgan
Original artworks including photography, pottery, painting, jewelry, cloth and wood items are on display and for sale in Adams Morgan every Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm at Marie Reed School Plaza at 18th Street and Wyoming Avenue. The Western Market is also a juried art show ensuring quality work and a diversity of offerings. Adams Morgan is also known for its restaurants and nightlife so that’s a great way to spend an afternoon and evening.

Georgetown Flea Market
After a move to Clarendon (where the market continues on Saturday in conjunction with the Courthouse Farmer’s Market), the Georgetown Flea Market has returned to Georgetown. Visit the fifty dealers offering linens, vintage clothing, books, records, china, furniture, jewelry and much more at 1819 35th St NW Washington, DC (at Hardy Middle School) from 8 am – 4 pm on Sundays.

We hope you enjoy your new-found treasures as much as we have.


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