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The Best Markets to Visit This Summer

When the summer sun comes out, outdoor markets bloom around Winnipeg. Be prepared to linger at these prime destinations! Many offer live entertainment, and all have plenty to see, shop and sample. 

Alleyways Market

Farmers market meets pop-up shop at this trendy retail experience in the heart of the Exchange District. Vendors selling handmade goods and artisanal products set up shop alongside local produce sellers in the wide alleyway behind Elgin Ave. Munch on ready to eat snacks while shopping the thoughtfully curated mix of makers as the sun goes down. 

Dates: Jun 7, Jul 5, Aug 2 (First Fridays)

Hours: 4 pm-10 pm

Location: Back lane at Elgin Ave, east Exchange District

Crampton's Market

The smell of freshly baked bread and goodies fills the air at Crampton’s Market, which houses a top-notch bakery. Its large new space carries a huge selection of local produce, as well as ethically raised and grass-fed meats. Manitoba-made grocery items such as preserves, sauces and pasta noodles make it a one-stop-shop.

Dates: Open year-round

Hours: Mon-Fri 9 am-7 pm, Sun 9 am-6 pm

Location: 7730 Roblin Blvd, 204-269-3355

Downtown BIZ Farmers' Market

Fresh, colourful produce pops at the Downtown BIZ Farmers Market, an outdoor market nestled between glass and concrete buildings at Manitoba Hydro Place Plaza.  Vendors sell an eclectic array of home-grown and home-made fare, including perogies, empanadas, vinegars, salsa and gluten-free macaroons. Experience the market at night, along with live music and beer gardens during the last Fridays of June, July and August from 4 pm-11 pm.

Dates: Jun 6-Sept 26

Hours: Thu 10 am-3 pm,

Location: Manitoba Hydro Place, 360 Portage Ave

The Red River Farmers' Market

In the summer, the park that hosts the annual Red River Exhibition, a fair packed with rides, games, and entertainment, transforms into an exhibition of locally grown fare and handmade treats every Saturday. Head under the big white tent to peruse vendors stocked with fruits and veggies, pickles, handicrafts, baking and more. Free admission and parking.

Dates: Jul 13-Sept 28

Hours: Sat 9 am-2 pm

Location: Red River Exhibition Park, 3977 Portage Ave

St-Léon Gardens

It’s a sure sign of summer when St-Léon Gardens, Winnipeg’s Francophone outdoor market, opens for the season. Set off of St. Mary’s Rd, this city staple is a must-stop for freshly baked breads and baguettes, cheeses and homemade preserves. It also sells flowers, gardening supplies, and bedding plants.  

Dates: Apr 26-Fall 2019

Hours: Mon-Sat 9 am-9 pm, Sun 9 am-6 pm

Location: 419 St Mary’s Rd, 204-237-6834

St Norbert Outdoor Farmers' Market

This long-running farmers’ market is the city’s largest. Crowds flock to St. Norbert, just south of the city’s perimeter, to wander among the stalls selling fresh produce, locally made specialty food products, local meats and more. Grab a bevvie or a snack from one of the many food vendors and shop a great selection of craft and gift vendors. Live music and entertainment is fun for all.

Dates: May 18-Oct 12

Hours: Sat 8 am-3 pm, Wed (Jun 5-Sept 11) 11 am-3 pm

Location: 3514 Pembina Hwy, 204-275-8349

Wolseley Farmers' Market

This neighbourhood market meets under a shady canopy of trees on a Wolseley street. The ‘hood’s health- and eco-conscious reputation rings true, making it a laid-back destination for local, organic produce and artwork available for purchase straight from the artist. Make sure to check out artisan vendors selling unique items like handmade soap and stereos made from upcycled vintage suitcases.

Dates: Jun 11-Oct 24

Hours: Tue, Thu 3 pm-6:30 pm

Location: 980 Palmerston Ave at Ruby St, 204-880-7551