Planning on taking a field trip to the waterfront this summer? How about the Seattle Great Wheel or Seattle Aquarium? If playing tourist is on your summer to-do list, you can now add the Seattle Waterfront Arts Market to your list and support local vendors from various Seattle neighborhoods. A win-win for everyone!

Seattle Arts Market

A New Family Tradition
Now in its third year, the Seattle Waterfront Arts Market is like a mini street fair every weekend. Less crowded than Pike Place Market, but with the same local feel, kids and parents will enjoy a break from the summer lines while browsing locally designed and printed t-shirts, screen-printed bags and sea glass jewelry from Alki Beach as well as humorous stickers, magnets and other fun items from emerging area artists, designers, and craftspeople.

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Location, Location, Location
Located in Waterfront Park on Pier 57, the Arts Market is smack-dab in the middle of all the fun. You and your crew can enjoy the waterfront fountain, run around on the pier or watch the tourists come and go while eating Ivar’s fish and chips. Come early to the Seattle Aquarium, Seattle Great Wheel or The Old Curiosity Shop and wander through the tented booths – it’s all just steps from one another.

Seattle arts market

For Seattle, By Seattle
Sponsored by Seattle Parks, this is yet another reason to be proud of our fair city. With the best location to grab a unique gift, like an adorable onesie or a nightlight made from real leaves dipped in various metals, the Seattle Waterfront Arts Market is a seasonal gem worth stopping by. Psst! Take the older sibs to pick out a memento for the summer. It’s sure to be a good one!

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Seattle Waterfront Arts Market
Waterfront Park
1301 Alaskan Way
Seattle, Wa 98101
425-822-7161
Online: kirklandartscenter.org/?q=content/seattle-waterfront-arts-market-0
Hours: Fri.-Sun., 10 a.m.-dusk; through September 14, 2014

Parking
The Public Market Garage offers an Early Bird parking special for $12 daily if you park before 9:30 a.m. Four hour parking spots are located on both sides of Alaskan Way and the Seattle Steam Lot is also nearby.

Have you visited the Seattle Waterfront Arts Market? Are you looking forward to seeing a favorite local artist? Share in the Comments below!

-Lauren Dupuis, words and pictures