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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The market opened in 1994 on 8th Street in downtown Boise, with 10 vendors and one employee.
It has since grown to more than 130 vendors each Saturday and expands multiple blocks throughout the downtown Boise area.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.