By Carrie McLaren

The Riverside Arts Market, in Jacksonville’s historic Riverside/Avondale neighborhood, is my family’s favorite place to spend a Saturday morning.

Entertainment at the Riverside Arts Market

Explore the riverfront.

- Carrie McLaren for VISIT FLORIDA


Buy local at the Riverside Arts Market

Shop for local produce.

- Carrie McLaren for VISIT FLORIDA


Each Saturday from March to December, the Riverside Arts Market is held under the bridge on Riverside Avenue alongside the St. Johns River.

The bridge (it's Interstate 95) that provides shade and cover for the market offers visitors a place to shop – and locals say it’s typically 10 degrees cooler under the bridge thanks to the breeze off the riverfront.

During our recent visit, the Arts Market was celebrating Bike Day – with an early-morning bike parage and a crafts area set up for kids to make their own nameplates.

Whether you're shopping for groceries, presents or just a souvenir of your travels, the Riverside Arts Market prides itself in having handmade and local goods.

And if you're hungry, grab some lunch from one of the many local vendors and have a picnic along the riverfront. For fresh, locally grown fruits and veggies, stop by Farmer’s Row.

Kids activities at Riverside Arts Market

Activities for all.

- Dr. Wayne Wood for Riverside Arts Market


Riverside Arts Market

Spend the day along the riverfront.

- Wayne Wood for Riverside Arts Market


Check out the video below of our time at the market. From groceries to ice cream and even mermaid tails, it was a great day to be outside with my family.

Tip: When you’re done shopping, be sure to visit the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens located next door to the Riverside Arts Market. On select Saturdays of the month, they even offer free admission to the museum, so be sure to check their online calendar.

If You Go: 

Riverside Arts Market
715 Riverside Avenue
Jacksonville, Fla 32204