Riverside Arts Market

#4 in Best Things To Do in Jacksonville
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Key Info

715 Riverside Avenue

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Shopping, Free Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.5

scorecard

  • 5.0Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Every Saturday in downtown Jacksonville (about a block from The Cummer Museum), hundreds of craftspeople and vendors gather at the Riverside Arts Market. Adorning the different booths, you'll notice everything from handmade pottery and silk screens to T-shirts and fresh produce. While you're browsing, you'll be kept entertained by numerous street performers, and when you begin to feel peckish, you can grab something to eat from one of the many street food sellers who set up shop here. "I had fish and chips for lunch while sitting on bench overlooking the river and watching the musicians play. Kettle Corn for dessert....does it get any better than that?" one TripAdvisor user asked.

The Riverside Arts Market takes place on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and admission is free. You'll also find plenty of free parking spots in the streets surrounding the market. To learn more about the artists and food options, visit the Riverside Arts Market website.

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