It’s no secret that downtown St. Petersburg, Florida has changed a great deal in recent years. It’s become a hipper, younger place to live and hang out, a true arts mecca and a great destination for those looking for creative, new restaurants and live music. One of the gems of St. Pete’s new downtown action is the Saturday Morning Market. If you haven’t been, you need to go.
Saturday Morning Market, October through May
Every Saturday from October through May, the market sets up in the Progress Energy Park (Home of Al Lang Field) parking lot at the corner of 1st Street South and 1st Avenue South in downtown St. Petersburg. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. over 10,000 visitors meander through an assortment of vendors offering organic vegetables, plants, fresh fish, olives, baked goods, flowers, prepared foods like pizza and Cuban sandwiches, gourmet cheeses, fruit smoothies, hand-crafted chocolates, interesting crafts, plants and more.
And it’s never the same. The Market has 130 spaces and over 200 approved vendors. That means each week there are new offerings. Craft vendors change from week to week, and there’s always something new from the fresh food booths, especially the lovely garden-fresh vegetables.
Additionally, each week the Market offers live music. For example, Pete Merrigan & Friends will perform great rock n’ roll from local favorites from about 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, February 2. Check the future music schedule for more details.
Dogs are cordially invited. In fact, they’re appreciated. Water bowls and “accident clean up materials” are available near the Market booth. Just be sure to keep your mutt on a leash, and encourage good manners around humans and other dogs.
You’d think parking would be a madhouse, but the Market has it covered, literally.
- South Core Garage – 1st Ave. S between 2nd and 1st Streets, $3.
- Baywalk Garage – Enter on 2nd St. N between 1st & 2nd Ave., $1
- Al Lang Field – At the eastern portion of the lot, $5
- Street Parking – Metered throughout the neighborhood, $0.25/20 minutes
- Handicapped – Spaces south of the Market next to the stadium, enter from 1st St.
- Please Note: Do not park on Beach Drive; leave spaces for those businesses customers
There’s also Downtown Looper Trolley service from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at $0.25 per ride. Check here for routes and schedules.
Enjoy yourselves at the next Saturday Morning Market!