After a delay to start the summer, one of Palmer’s best small-town traditions is back – Friday Fling.
Starting tomorrow (June 19), downtown Palmer is the place to be every Friday through September 11. The event has added four more weeks to its schedule to make up for the delay and to extend into the fall when all the delicious Alaskan produce is available. This year, event organizers are encouraging participants to be aware of social distancing and to enjoy the festival in a safe and healthy way. There will be hand sanitizing stations throughout the market and the public restrooms will be open. The event is hosted by the Greater Palmer Chamber of Commerce.
Each Friday, the downtown area turns into a makeshift farmer's market, food court and music venue, as Friday Fling takes shape. Another change this year is a shift in hours. The market will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. This is a change from years past – event organizers wanted to offer a later hour for commuters to stop in on their way home. Friday Flings are 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.
This year's food vendors include Momma Rav’s Filipino food, Café Soleil with paninis, Bayou’s Cajun food, fresh Alaskan oysters, sweets and treats and almost everything in between. There will also be two live music sets: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4:30 to 6 p.m.
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.
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!