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Eat, shop artisanal fare at Downtown Crossing


One of Boston’s liveliest and fastest-growing arts and crafts markets is a hop and skip from the MBTA’s Park Street T stop in Downtown Crossing. Fanning out across from Macy’s, between Washington and Hawley Streets, the twice-weekly Summer Street Markets are a seasonal gathering of vendors that has become the city’s largest outdoor art market.

Once a bustling shopping district, this span of historic real estate fell on hard times in the last decade. But the Summer Street Markets are revitalizing the area, thanks to the Downtown Boston Business Improvement District, a private nonprofit collective of business and property owners committed to making downtown Boston safe, vibrant, and welcoming.

Here is a sampling of what you can buy under the markets’ signature white tents: artisan foods, fine arts, fiber arts, ceramics, glass works, herbal products, jewelry, home décor, clothing, metal works, woodworks, handbags, and original photography.

“Summer Street Markets offer arts, crafts, and artisan foods—all original and handmade by local and popular artists,” says Maria Morelli, marketing director for the Downtown Boston Business Improvement District. “Artisans change weekly, so visit often to follow your favorites or discover new ones.”

Summer Street Markets are open Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., through September 27. Check out our things to do list on Foursquare for tips on other fun activities and events around the Boston area.

This story was originally published on June 20, 2012; it has been updated to include current information.

Susan Seligson, Senior Writer for BU Today and Bostonia
Susan Seligson

Susan Seligson can be reached at sueselig@bu.edu.

One Comment on Arts and Crafts Outdoors

  • Rossile Gonzales on 09.28.2013 at 2:37 am

    Wow… It is really good. Making arts and you can sell it too. Nice…

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