Published on July 15th, 2013 | by Grace Heerman


Stadium District Host Local Art and Food Vendors

More than 1,100 fairgoers attended Stadium Fare's July 6 inaugural event.

More than 1,100 fairgoers attended Stadium Fare’s July 6 inaugural event. Photo courtesy Leah Knoll

Summer 2013 will be a busy one for the Stadium District, the site of Tacoma’s newest recurring craft market. Stadium Fare brings artisans, entertainers and specialty food vendors from around the city to the parking lot of the First Presbyterian Church for a bi-monthly, open-air event.

The Fare will be taking place every other Saturday from 10am to 3pm, July 20 through September 28.

According to Fare manager Nadine Larsson, event organizers were hoping to create an atmosphere reminiscent of Paris’ open-air markets.

The July 6 inaugural market brought in more than 1,100 attendees and featured an address from Mayor Strickland and performances from a number of local artists. Photos of the event can be found on Stadium Fare’s Facebook page.

Shoppers can expect to find artisan jewelry, home goods from Basic Goods Co., knitted wares by Latitude 47 Knits, fair-trade gifts from Noonday Collection and handmade body care products by Seastone Botanicals, among other things.

Many Stadium District businesses will be making appearances as well, including Lost & Found ThriftiqueArt House Café and Carpe Diem Massage. Organizers are hoping to pull in up to 50 vendors per event by the end of the season.

But it’s not all about the merchandise. The Fare is full-service, offering food as well as entertainment. Dowd’s BBQ, Ice Cream Social and T-Town Hot Dogs will feed the crowd at the next event on July 20. Live music and roving performers such as mimes, jugglers and fire workers will also make the rounds.

Attendees are encouraged to enjoy the outdoors in Wright Park after perusing the food and shopping booths. George Wing, Stadium Fare’s Game Master, has signed on to promote outdoor entertainment for fairgoers and is working to organize recurring activities like drop-in dodgeball games in the park.

It’s not too late to register as a performer or vendor. Interested artists, musicians and food vendors should email Fare organizers at or fill out an online application.

Stadium Fare runs from 10am to 3pm every other Saturday through September 28 in the First Presbyterian Church parking lot (on the corner of South 2nd and South G Streets). The next market will be held on July 20.

To score some coupons and find out who’ll be at the next market, visit the Stadium Fare website.

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2 Responses to Stadium District Host Local Art and Food Vendors

  1. Rize says:

    Catch me performing a spoken-word poetry set on the Saturday, 9/14 one. I’ll be shitting on gentrification and making the yuppies feel uncomfortable in their own flesh.

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