We love all of the unique markets and special shopping events taking place across the city this summer. So we’ve rounded up a few that you may want to attend. We’ve included markets for the entire family, and some that would be better suited for arranging a babysitter so you can enjoy browsing in a more grown-up setting.
Summer markets to visit in Ottawa
From upcycled to antique items, browsing 613Flea feels like a combination of stepping into the past and appreciating how items can be used in the future. At this market, it’s hard to find two things that are alike, and whether you are trying to update the artwork in your child’s bedroom, or wanting to find the perfect vintage board game to play (just like the one you had at your family cottage growing up! Kids love our old-timey stories, right?) you’ll love exploring each of the vendors at this eclectic market. If you bring the kids, be prepared for them to want to browse the toys and old video games, plus there are food vendors available offering tasty bites while you shop.
The next 613Flea is taking place in the Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne Park on August 25.
This craft market may be best as a girls day out, an afternoon date or solo venture because while we love being able to take the kids almost everywhere with us, we think you’ll enjoy the leisurely pace and adult drinks being offered without the kids at your heels. Hosted by Freewheeling Craft, the next Backyard Social Night Market will be on July 26 from 6 to 10 pm. You can find this unique market at Birling on Somerset (behind the shop).
If you want another market to attend by Freewheeling Craft, then now’s the time to book a sitter for this weekend and head to their upcoming Crafts and Drafts. It’s part beer tasting, part craft market and happening on July 21 between 11 am and 9 pm at Beyond the Pale Brewing Company. There will also be artisan food to enjoy, making this a perfect way to spend an afternoon or evening.
You’ll be able to take the kids and make it a family event at the Ottawa Asian Fest Night Market. This upcoming special event is only taking place between July 27 and July 29. There will be special performances and delicious food available to indulge in along the way, all to highlight Chinese traditions. This event is taking place during the annual Ottawa Asian Fest.
Of course, we would be remiss if we didn’t include all of Ottawa’s amazing Farmers’ Markets on the list, because, in addition to your local produce, meat, and pantry needs, many of the markets sell goods as well. Home décor, personalized items, bath products, handmade crafts and more can often be found at the major Farmers’ Markets. If you aren’t sure where to start, try the Lansdowne Market on Sundays or the Riverside South Market, but there are markets happening across the City that you may be interested in. Visit the Ottawa Farmers’ Market website for location details and to spot any special events or vendors that you are especially interested in.
As summer stretches on and we are looking for new ways to support local, these unique, and limited markets might be a unique way to splurge and treat yourself, or the kids, to something special.