While today is the start of the Memorial Day weekend, it's also part of an entire summer filled with food, fun, live music and festivities as Friday Flings takes over downtown Palmer.

Each Friday, the downtown area turns into a makeshift farmer's market, food court and music venue, as Friday Flings takes shape. This long-standing Palmer tradition runs weekly through Aug. 16. There are plenty of food vendors, making it a great lunch stop; there's lots of local arts and crafts for your shopping needs; and later in the summer, some of Palmer's world-famous crops can be found there.

This year's food vendors include barbecue, burgers, Thai food and sweets and treats. On most Fridays, there is live music across the street from the Palmer Museum & Visitor Center.

Friday Flings is a great way to shop local and support the local economy. Almost all of the things you'll 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 products and more. There are also informational booths from vendors such as the Musk Ox Farm.

Downtown Palmer is always a fun visit, as its very walkable with many locally owned shops, eateries and coffeehouses. Friday Flings only enhances Palmer's charm. Don't wait until the Alaska State Fair to come to downtown Palmer - Friday Flings is a perfect reason to visit. After you've visited the market, head downtown and support other local businesses this summer.


Join the fun!