San Francisco has plenty of open-air markets, from regular farmer’s markets to massive craft fairs, and there’s never a shortage of amazing local vendors. One must-see market takes place on the first Sunday of every month, focusing on local creatives. The Castro Art Mart isn’t your average market; it also includes lively entertainment, true to the vibrancy of the Castro.
The market is held on the first Sunday every month, from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. The outdoor market aims to give a space for local artists to showcase their work and build community. You can find the art mart at the small intersection of Noe St and Market St, right next to the iconic Lookout Bar in the Castro.
The market embodies the lively Castro spirit, complete with performances from local musicians. The Art Mart has over 30 local artists participating in the monthly event. Plus, the event will have a drag party from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. Various types of artists participate in the art fair, from painters to mixed media creatives; the market is guaranteed to be full of creative energy. Past markets have included tarot card readers, live bands, and fabulous drag performances.
The organization behind Castro Art Mart
The Castro Art Mart is run by Arty Hood, an organization that aims to help break down barriers that artists often encounter in the art industry. The organization helps facilitate connections between local artists and businesses. Arty Hood also organizes the Valencia St Art Corridor every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month. The event takes place on Valencia St between 18th St and 21st, running through November.
If you want to get involved in the organization, you can become a volunteer to help organize the art fairs and support local artists.
The next Castro Art Mart takes place on Sunday, August 6, 2023, from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. The market takes place at the intersection of Noe and Market Street.