Opening weekend of the longest-running outside market in the entire nation
Grass-roots and Portland-like sounds of jazz, rock, blues, and folk are another reason to linger.
Every weekend, local vendors showing off their hand-made goods, get prepared for the crowds to come, browse, and buy.

The 39th season of the Portland Saturday Market took place the weekend of March 3rd and I was on hand to take in every sight, sound, and smell. A ton of other Portlanders (reportedly 20,000) joined me for the lovely weather and the festivities.

The Saturday Market opened its proverbial doors in 1974 and has always been a must-do event for me throughout it’s every season, which runs from March through December. More than 1 million visitors each year seem to feel the same way I do. Every weekend, local vendors showing off their hand-made goods, get prepared for the crowds to come, browse, and buy.

Here’s a bit of trivia for you. Did you know that Portland Saturday Market is the longest-running outside market in the entire nation? Yup, it’s true! Now, you’re ready for that next round of Portland Trivial Pursuit.

Stretching between Waterfront Park and Ankeny Park, with the Portland bridges and Willamette River as it’s backdrop, it’s the most perfect place for any event, but even more so for a relaxed, no-stress, open-air marketplace.

The rows and rows of food vendors are what turns me on the most. The smells from every type of goodies from all over the world fill the air and pull me in any number of directions. To this day, I think my favorite has to be this certain Asian food vendor that serves up spring rolls and sauce that are to die for.

The music performers in the surrounding streets and on the Market’s two performing stages give me another reason to hang around for hours. Grass-roots and Portland-like sounds of jazz, rock, blues, and folk are continuous throughout the day.

As Spring turns into Summer, I know for a fact I’ll be heading downtown many more times to take in all Portland Saturday Market offers up, with my wife and friends in tow. Once Christmas comes around and the streets of the city are adorned with sparkling lights, things will really kick into high gear.

Good times to be had by all!

about author Tony Thomas

Growing up in the Portland suburbs, Tony Thomas' love for Oregon grew naturally . His specific passions are for the city of Portland and the lovely Oregon coast. So much so, he ended up creating a web site about each place ( and and now enjoys a full-time living from both. He was selected from 3000 other YouTube Vloggers (Video Bloggers) as a local talent for the Xifinity On-Demand TV show, VIDBLOGGER NATION, where he gets the opportunity to show off the beautiful Pacific NW areas on cable television. Tony's creativity and working on his own time schedule allows him the pleasure of running his own social media business, traveling to different areas, creating content for his web sites, shooting video and photos, and just enjoying life.

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