Palmer's popular outdoor market, Friday Fling, gets started this week and continues throughout August in the downtown area.
Each Friday through August 20, the downtown area turns into a makeshift farmer's market, food court and music venue, as Friday Fling takes shape. The market will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday Fling is held on S. Valley Way, near the Palmer Museum of History and Art and Visitor Center. There are plenty of food vendors, making it a great lunch or dinner stop; there's lots of local arts and crafts for your shopping needs; and some of Palmer's world-famous crops can be found there.
While Friday Fling is a great place to shop and eat, it's also filled with live entertainment. Each Friday there are two live music sets: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Palmer Pavilion outside the museum. Friday Flings is a great way to shop local and support the local economy. Almost all the things you will encounter at the weekly festival are Alaska Grown or Alaskan made products, and help local farmers, artists and more. You can find vendors selling things like handmade jewelry, jams, honey, and more.
On May 21 and May 28, the market is also hosting a mobile Covid vaccination clinic as part of the Sleeves Up For The Summer campaign to get as many Alaskans vaccinated as possible. There is no cost to be vaccinated, and as an incentive, you can earn yourself some Bingles for getting vaccinated.
Downtown Palmer is always a fun visit, as it is very walkable with many locally owned shops, eateries, and coffeehouses. Friday Fling only enhances Palmer's charm. After you have visited the market, enjoy a stroll around town and support other local businesses this summer, and take some time to explore the Palmer Museum and Visitor Center, including their fabulous garden.
Join the fun!