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715 Riverside Ave.

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Free

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

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  • 4.0Atmosphere

Every Saturday in downtown Jacksonville (about a block from the Cummer Museum), hundreds of craftspeople and vendors gather at the Riverside Arts Market. You'll notice everything from handmade pottery and silk screens to T-shirts and fresh produce at the different booths. While you're browsing, you can enjoy entertainment from 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.

Past visitors said that though the market is small, it's worth perusing. Others appreciated the free nearby parking and the market's covered location under an overpass (perfect for hot or rainy days).

The Riverside Arts Market takes place on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 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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