Saturday Morning Market

 
 
 

Price: $$ (depending on what you buy)

Hours: 9am-2pm; Every Saturday located in the parking lot of Al Lang Stadium from early October to late May and a smaller version of it happens in the Summer months at Williams Park - both located in Downtown St. Petersburg. The ideal time to go is before 11am when everything is sure to still be in stock but on Saturday mornings I'm rarely up and ready to go by that time and I usually still get everything I came for.

Parking: The best place to park depends on how much of your day you plan on spending downtown. If you're lucky (and by lucky I mean the parking gods have graced you), you can find free street parking since there are a lot of metered spaces not enforced on the weekends (just be sure to check) but they tend to be farther away from the market so they'll entail a bit of a walk.

  • Just for the market - Most of the metered spaces closest to the market (along beach drive and closer to USFSP) do charge over the weekend but if you're only going to be at the market for an hour or two then it's still the cheaper option. Don't worry if you don't have coins, the meters downtown can also go off the Parkmobile app.
  • All Day - your best bet is a garage or self-park lot if you want to be closer to the market. If you plan on catching a movie at Sundial at all, parking is usually $5 in the garage unless there's a larger event going on, and you get a $1 off your movie ticket. You really shouldn't have to pay more than $5 to park anywhere. 

What's There: Saturday Morning Market is one of the Top 20 markets in the US and arguably the largest market in the Southeast. Needless to say it has pretty much everything. One of the main reasons to go is the great produce. Reasonable prices, tasty options from local farms, and better than anything you'll find in the store. There's a large and culturally diverse array of food, with everything from empanadas to knish to waffles. In total there's about 170 vendors to look through including live music/performers dotted around the perimeter of the market. 

Vendor Shoutout: I was not one of those people wanting to jump on the Kombucha gravy train but after trying Mother Kombucha I couldn't help myself. I knew the health benefits but couldn't really get over the taste, at least that was until I tried theirs. Plainly put, it's effin' delicious and well priced ($13 for a growler and $10 for a refill). I have never been on a Saturday without them being there. They don't have a physical location but they're sold in a lot of locations, especially the Tampa Bay area in case you want to try them.

Notes: The market, like much of St. Petersburg, is indeed dog-friendly. Some vendors even keep water bowls for your pooch just in case they get thirsty (Mother Kombucha being one of them). 

Check it out on Yelp or TripAdvisor for more information.