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Friday, May 17, 2019

Two Markets, Two Markets

Outdoor festival season has begun in Northeast Ohio. This unofficial season usually starts with a few events in May, with the number of events increasing along with our temperatures.

Tuesday I told you about the Get Out Festival, happening tomorrow in in Bay Village. Also tomorrow is Cleveland Bazaar in Market Square Park. The free festival showcasing local artists and makers takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the first and third Saturdays of the month, May through October. It’s smaller than some other festivals, but it has a fair amount of vendors and a lively atmosphere.

Market Square Park is across West 25th Street from the West Side Market, making it almost mandatory to visit the 107-year-old Cleveland institution before or after the festival. Saturday hours at the market are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hint: Saturdays are crowded and somewhat hectic there, but you can get some great deals, especially on produce, near closing time.

Whether you drive and park behind the market — the first 90 minutes are free, then it’s $1 per hour between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. — or take the Rapid to the West 25th Street station, you can easily get to the festival and the market. Bring a reusable shopping tote or two, just in case you buy more than you planned to.

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