Thursday, August 19, 2010

Car-Free After 26 Years: Alamo Square Flea Market and Indie Mart This Saturday

For the first time in 27 years the hugely popular Alamo Square Flea Market offers a new attraction to the neighborhood: wide open blocks along Scott and Grove streets. Traditionally, the eclectic market lured neighbors and shoppers city-wide who crowded the sidewalks around three-quarters of Alamo Square Park. Motorists inched along the blocks as pedestrians wove in and out to cross the street. This Saturday, from 9am to 3pm, Scott from Fulton to Hayes and Grove from Scott to Divisadero will be closed to vehicles, although residents on Grove Street can enter and leave their driveways or garages. Organizers explained the reasons for opening the blocks are to ensure safety, reduce crowding, and "build our community." The market will also be bike-friendly with free valet parking provided on Grove Street.

The Alamo Square Neighborhood Association (ASNA) hosts the flea market. This year ASNA teams up with the Indie Mart for even greater appeal. In the words of Indie Mart, "a mash-up" with "Young meets old! Mission meets Alamo! Indie meets vintage." All together for a party with 120 vendors, estate merchandise, antiques, DIY activities for the whole family (from terrariums to cookie decorating), crafts, dog adoption, BBQ food trucks, and even ice cream sammies. Everything for someone, something for everyone. One great weekend coming up with Flea Market Saturday and Sunday Streets, well, Sunday.

Alamo Square Flea Market &
The Indie Mart
Saturday, August 21
9am to 3pm
Alamo Square Park
Scott, Fulton and Hayes Streets

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