Shop in the Sunshine: The Downtown Marketplace in Tallahassee

By: Tamara Smith


Florida’s beautiful weather is one of many reasons visitors and residents alike flock to outdoor shopping spaces throughout the year. Shopping in the sunshine is a way of life in Florida.

Cities throughout the state offer several varieties of outdoor flea markets, festivals, and seasonal marketplaces to help you soak in some rays while finding a handmade keepsake.

Many believe that Tallahassee is mostly politics and college students, but if you happen to be in North Florida and you want to enjoy a bag of tasty kettle corn while picking up unique hand-made jewelry, the state’s capital should be your first stop! Every Saturday beginning each March, the Downtown Marketplace brings residents of North Florida to enjoy live music, fresh produce, artists, and great food in a chain of parks located in the center of downtown Tallahassee.

Starting at 9 a.m. and ending at 2 p.m., it has become a wonderful stop for a fresh local breakfast or a delicious brunch, as well as a weekly stop for lovers of organic, locally-grown fruits and vegetables, fresh cut flowers, and eggs straight from the farm!

The marketplace often has special events and contests during its weekly set-up, even featuring local authors as they share readings from their latest works and educational visits from the city’s fire department during Fire Prevention Week.

Enjoy all that the Tallahassee Downtown Marketplace has to offer and for more information visit

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