The Capital City Public Market is one of the most fun experiences in downtown Boise in summer. Although I had gone to the Capital City Public Market in Boise a few times a year, I never really appreciated all it had to offer until I moved home this time. You can experience the city and its people, pick up fresh fruit and vegetables, homemade clothing, and other local items. Plus, you can try food from one of the many vendors participating. It is one of our favorite things to do in Boise.

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History
Hours & Location
Parking
Mission

History

Capital City Public Market in downtown Boise, Idaho.

The market opened in 1994 on 8th Street in downtown Boise, with 10 vendors and one employee.

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It has since grown to more than 130 vendors each Saturday and expands multiple blocks throughout the downtown Boise area.

Hours & Location

Capital City Public Market in downtown Boise, Idaho.

The Capital City Public Market is open every Saturday of the summer between 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. It is located at Idaho Street & 8th Street in Boise, although expands for blocks in either direction.

Parking

Capital City Public Market in downtown Boise, Idaho.

You can park at one of the many meters throughout downtown, or if you don’t mind walking, you can park further out and get free parking.

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You can also park in any of the downtown parking garages. The first hour of parking is free, with $2.50 for each hour after that or $5 for all day parking on Saturdays.

You can find the garages here:

Eastman Garage – 9th & Main
Capitol Terrace Garage – Main & Capitol Blvd
Boulevard Garage – under the Grove Hotel
Myrtle Street Garage – the Hampton Inn Hotel
City Centre Garage – 9th & Front Streets
Grove Street Garage – beside Hotel 43

Mission

Capital City Public Market in downtown Boise, Idaho.

The Capital City Public Market is a place for local and independent businesses to grow and meet new customers. The market gives them a place to sell their food or other materials, but they also provide advertising and merchandising training.

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The Capital City Public Market’s mission is simple. They are “more than just a local foods and fresh produce market. We believe in growing a sustainable local food system and thriving local economy through the exchange of goods, services and information between farmers, specialty food producers, artisans and the public, whether our patrons are locals or out-of-town visitors,” according to their website.

Whether you are looking for fresh produce, a new purse, lunch, or just a place to people watch, the Capital City Public Market in Boise is a fun experience every single Saturday.

If you are visiting the city, make sure you take the time to walk through the booths and meet the local farmers.