Eugene Saturday Market

saturdaymarketOne of the most popular events in Eugene, Oregon is the famous Saturday Market. A local icon since 1971, this is a great place to really feel the open-minded and colorful vibe of culture that is Eugene.

There are vendors galore and so much to see. Local craftspeople offer an array of goods including paintings, jewelry, tie-dyed clothing, pottery arts, and metaphysical accessories. Most of the vendors are friendly and enjoy answering questions about their crafts. The great thing about this market is there is no pressure to buy. People are invited to simply wander around and enjoy the sights and sounds. It is a great way to spend a Saturday.

Eugene is known as a melting pot of all things gloriously offbeat and the Saturday Market highlights this in a grand manner. Newcomers marvel at the colorful hair and quirky dress of the locals. There are street musicians on every corner, mimes making the rounds, and hula-hoop performers whirling about. Everybody is invited to dance freely at the ongoing drum circles found at the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza. The Eugene Saturday Market is simply a great place to people watch.

Adjacent to the Saturday Market is the Lane County Farmers Market. Walking through it is like walking through a rainbow. There is wide an array of fresh produce, meats, and dairy raised by locals in in the fertile Willamette Valley. Here you can buy anything from goat’s milk soap to garlic whistles. Fresh roasted nuts are sold here, and all sorts of popcorn and chocolate. This is the place to be if you are looking for homemade sausage or hand crafted pickles. Most people find themselves walking through several times to take it all in before actually purchasing anything.

An entire street of this market is dedicated to a food court which is nothing short of fabulous. Some of the best Mexican restaurants in Eugene can be found selling their delicious wares at the Saturday market. Sara’s Tamales has freshly prepared tamales that are always moist, and come with a homemade red sauce that is to die for. Saritza’s Mexican Food offers a Southwestern styled taco salad bowl that is resplendent in local ingredients and nestled in a hot, crispy tortilla shell. The Whole Enchilada sells the yummiest wet burritos in town. Other dishes offered at the food court include French crepes, Afghani shishkabob, Indian marsala, and plenty of the local vegan classics that Eugene is known for.

The Eugene Saturday Market is located at 126 E 8th Ave, and is open every Saturday from 10:00 a.m until 5:00 p.m. from April until November.

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