Visiting Martha’s Vineyard offers a plethora of unique shopping experiences and one of our absolute favorites is our diverse selection of reoccurring markets that pop up throughout the summer months. These markets provide a delightful shopping experience and serve as hubs of community engagement and support for local vendors, from artists to makers, farmers to fishermen. It’s where you can discover your new favorite artisan, pick up gifts and souvenirs, and connect with the people that singlehandedly enrich the community of Martha’s Vineyard. In this blog post, we will delve into the fascinating world of Weekly Summer Markets on Martha’s Vineyard — showcasing their distinctive offerings and emphasizing the benefits they bring to the Island community.
Weekly Summer Markets on Martha’s Vineyard: West Tisbury Farmers Market
Dates: Wednesdays and Saturdays, June – October
Hours: 9 am – 12 pm
Location: Agricultural Hall, West Tisbury
One of the Island’s most cherished markets is the West Tisbury Farmers Market. Rain or shine since 1974, this market takes place at the West Tisbury Agricultural Hall and operates on Saturdays from June to October, and on Wednesdays from June through August 30. From 9 am to 12 pm, visitors can immerse themselves in a vibrant atmosphere with discerning vendors in various categories. With produce, meat and fish, flowers, herbs, and fiber, as well as delectable food and drink options, this market offers a little something for everyone. Notably at the West Tisbury Farmers Market, you can pick up locally caught seafood from Cottage City Oysters and the MV Seafood Collaborative and freshly harvested produce from numerous Island farms. While you’re there, we recommend grabbing a box of local Salt Rock Chocolates (go early or they’ll be sold out!), and don’t miss the scrumptious offerings from our local food trucks like Goldies and Yommi! Stay up to date on their Instagram for weekly market details!
Weekly Summer Markets on Martha’s Vineyard: Edgartown Village Market
A recent addition to the Martha’s Vineyard market scene, the new Edgartown Village Market (EVM) brings a freshly curated selection of vendors to downtown Edgartown, for the town’s first weekly outdoor market experience. The EVM is a biker and pedestrian-friendly, open-air market in the heart of Edgartown’s historic downtown. Collaboratively established by the Vineyard Preservation Trust, the Edgartown Board of Trade, and local retailers and artisans Grace and Zach Pinerio, of Sea Legs and Chappaquiddick Wood Company respectively, this market aims to make locally-sourced goods more accessible to Edgartown and Chappaquiddick residents. Located in the historic Dr. Daniel Fisher House Garden, the market offers approximately 20 vendors, featuring art, jewelry, pottery, woodwork, and knits. From farm fresh produce, flowers, and provisions, to one-of-a-kind artisanal goods, EVM is your one-stop-shop to meet our local growers and makers and take home a real piece of the Island. Follow on Instagram for the most recent updates and information.
Weekly Summer Markets on Martha’s Vineyard: Chilmark Flea Market
Dates: Wednesdays and Saturdays, June to September
Hours: 9 am to 2 pm
Location: Chilmark Community Church
The Chilmark Flea Market, hosted by the Chilmark Community Church, is a truly unique market experience, and its offerings change from week to week. Open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from mid-June to early September, this market has truly evolved into a haven for high-quality handcrafted items, antiques, imports, and vintage finds. Nestled in a picturesque location between Tabor House and Tea Lane, the Chilmark Flea Market showcases the artistic prowess of Vineyard artists and craftsmen. While it may not focus primarily on food and farmers, the market’s emphasis on clothing, art, and unique treasures provides an excellent opportunity to support small local businesses and indulge in one-of-a-kind finds. We especially love the simple, sophisticated and transitional designs of Conrado, a WOC-owned, female-operated, consciously designed fashion brand on Martha’s Vineyard, made from deadstock fabric in the Philippines. Then there’s the colorful and creative art from Tara Reynolds which make fantastic gifts, and of course, the refreshing beverages of Mary’s Lemonade are not to be missed! Their Instagram account has specific market updates so follow along there!
Weekly Summer Markets on Martha’s Vineyard: Vineyard Antique and Flea Market
Dates: Fridays, June to September
Hours: 9 am to 2 pm
Location: Grange Hall
The Vineyard Antique and Flea Market is a must-visit for vintage enthusiasts and treasure hunters. Every summer Friday from 9 am to 3 pm, this market sets up shop at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury, the previous home of the West Tisbury Farmers Market. With a wide variety of offerings, visitors can explore an impressive array of art, jewelry, maps, antiques, sterling silver, vintage clothing, antique woodworking tools, rugs, and so much more. The market also boasts ample parking, making it convenient for attendees to spend the day browsing the unique and nostalgic items on display. Whether you’re a collector, a history buff, or simply enjoy discovering hidden gems, the Vineyard Antique and Flea Market promises an exciting and rewarding experience.
Weekly Summer Markets on Martha’s Vineyard: Oak Bluffs Open Market
Dates: Sundays, June through October
Hours: 9 am to 2 pm
Location: Washington Park, Oak Bluffs
Every Sunday from June through October, Oak Bluffs comes alive with the Oak Bluffs Open Market. Situated in Washington Park next to the Oak Bluffs harbor, this market offers an eclectic blend of products. From Island-grown produce to original artwork, handmade jewelry, fine crafts, flowers, specialty foods, and vintage finds, this market truly has it all. With live music performed by John O’Toole during the final two hours, visitors can soak up the vibrant atmosphere while exploring the diverse offerings. The Oak Bluffs Open Market seamlessly blends the charm of a farmers market with even more shopping and dining nearby in Oak Bluffs for you to enjoy. We’re a fan of the Old produce, flowers, and delicious jams of Old Towne Gardens and the custom towels from photographer Ellen Reynolds featuring iconic Vineyard beach scenes. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram for updates.
Weekly Summer Markets on Martha’s Vineyard: The Vineyard Artisans Festivals
Dates: Sundays June through September and Thursdays in July and August
Hours: 10 am to 2 pm
Location: Grange Hall, West Tisbury
The Vineyard Artisans Festivals have been a Vineyard tradition since 1995. If you’re looking for handmade and locally made art, and unique one-of-a-kind items, the Vineyard Artisans Festival is the place to be. The festival’s summer schedule includes weekly markets on Sundays through September and Thursdays through August. Local artisans from all over the Island showcase their wares: artwork on canvas, pottery, paintings, local food products such as honey and coffee, clothing items, and much more. It’s a Vineyard summer mainstay and the only weekly juried art show where the public can meet over 70 Island artisans and buy directly from them! If you’re visiting outside of summer months you can still find them there Columbus Day weekend, Thanksgiving weekend, and in mid-December for their annual holiday festival.
Summer Markets on Martha’s Vineyard: First Friday Vineyard Haven
Dates: First Friday of the Month, June to October
Hours: 4 pm to 11 pm
Location: Owen Park, Vineyard Haven
Vineyard Haven has joined the market scene with their First Friday market. This community event takes place every first Friday of the month from June through October in Owen Park. Local artisans gather to sell and display their art, clothing, jewelry, and more. Each month features a new live craft or activity for families, and the whole evening is filled with live music in the park. This is more than just a market; due to its location right on the beach in the Vineyard Haven harbor, this market turns into the ultimate summer beach party. You can enjoy carriage rides through town, or participate in the gallery hop of Vineyard Haven artists. With the music on the barge, the beach bonfire, the delicious food trucks, the silent disco, and the hundreds of people who come together to shop and enjoy an evening in Vineyard Haven, this is a market you don’t want to miss. Follow their Instagram to learn more!
Summer Markets on Martha’s Vineyard
As you can see, Martha’s Vineyard offers a remarkable selection of recurring markets that showcase the Island’s rich culture, local talent, and welcoming community spirit. These markets provide a place to shop for fresh local food, unique crafts, and vintage treasures and foster a sense of togetherness and support for the Island’s vendors and artisans. Whether you visit the West Tisbury Farmers Market for its bountiful produce or explore the Chilmark Flea Market for its handcrafted items, each market on Martha’s Vineyard offers its own distinctive charm.
The offerings of such a diverse range of markets allow residents and visitors alike to embrace a sustainable and community-oriented lifestyle, and we love that you can walk or bike to many of these markets, making them even more eco-friendly! Moreover, supporting local businesses at these markets contributes to the Island’s small but mighty economy, and helps preserve the unique character of Martha’s Vineyard and what makes it so special.
So, next time you find yourself on our picturesque Island, make sure to immerse yourself in the enchanting world of Martha’s Vineyard’s markets. Discover the vibrant atmosphere, indulge in local flavors, and take home a piece of the Island while supporting the community that makes these markets thrive!