Looking for something to do on the weekend? Support local artists and business owners from Southern Arizona, and hit up one of the many great outdoor markets. Get up early to beat the heat and find some great new home decor or art pieces. Here are some of the best ones in town:
Available every weekend, Heirloom Farmers Markets have locations throughout Pima County. They are open 8 am to 12 pm on Saturday and Sunday, year-round, at multiple locations. Check out their website to find the market closest to you. Each market has its own schedule. This is one of the best in the area. You can pick up all sorts of high-quality farm-fresh produce, organic coffee, delicious pastries and breads, and more. There are local soaps, plants, artists, and pet products. There is a huge variety of offerings, so bring your reusable bags and get ready to fill up.
Fill up on local produce at the weekend market held at St. Phillips Plaza every weekend. Located at the corner of Campbell and River Road, this serene mission style plaza has restaurants, shops, and salons surrounding the plaza where the market is held. Open 9 am to 1 pm every weekend (through the Spring), you can find artisan goods and produce on Saturdays, and produce only on Sundays. Pick up hand woven baskets, beautiful succulents, organic local produce, and a myriad of other great offerings at the market. Pop into one of the delicious restaurants for lunch and enjoy the spring sunshine on the outdoor patio areas provided. Hours do shift in the summer to take advantage of the cooler morning air and ends at noon.
If you're looking for a market dedicated to local art, jewelry, home decor, and craftwork, head over to Almeda St. to peruse the Artisan Market. Put on by the Tucson Museum of Art, this market is open from 10 am to 5 pm Friday through Sunday for this weekend only (April 23rd to the 25th). The Tucson Museum of Art puts on local artist markets throughout the year, so check out their website for other events if this weekend isn't in the cards for you. They have pottery, glasswork, jewelry, paintings, crafted decor, and more available from local artists. These are such a great way to support local artists while incorporating elements of the Southwest into your home.
Head over to Mission Gardens this Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm for a collection of Native American artists and their wares. They expect to have the work of 20 or more artists, of varied tribal affiliations, plus E&J Frybread will be on site with their delicious frybreads. There will be music, shopping, and food available for this unique event. Pick up some unique arts and crafts for your home while enjoying the morning air, and picking up some delicious frybread, all for a donation of $5 (not required but suggested). Sounds like a great Saturday event! It will be held at 946 W Mission Ln. in Tucson.
Every weekend you can find the Tanque Verde Swap Meet buzzing with music, food, shopping, and more. This is open Friday through Sunday, with varying hours each day. They are open late, so you can avoid the heat by heading over as the sun goes down. Pick up new and used items for great prices. You can find anything you're looking for at the swap meet. There is produce, new and second-hand clothes, home decor, Native American art, vintage pieces, and more. Most weekends there are also face painters, hair braiding, pony rides, and airbrush artists available too. It's a great market to take the whole family to.
Where ever you choose to shop, make sure you bring your mask, as these markets all still require them at this time. Don't forget to bring some reusable bags to fill up, and it's useful to have cash at most of the markets. There's no better time of year to be outside and enjoying the beautiful desert weather, so why not support your local businesses while you're out!