Spring-summer is a magical time in Boston – we finally break free from our icy confines and beckon back the long missed sunshine, and opportunity for outdoor activities. My favorite of which is SoWa Sundays, in Boston’s artistic South End neighborhood. SoWa (standing for South of Washington) is Boston’s division of the New England Open Markets family.
SoWa has multiple parts: The indoor vintage market, which is open for treasure-hunting year round, and then additional components in the warmer months. The full market at SoWa sets up on Sundays, May through October in a three-block area along Harrison Avenue. Their opening day is always abuzz with activity, locals and newcomers alike flocking to the lively multipart market for shopping, snacking, and exploration. There’re also seasonal (i.e. Halloween & Christmas) markets!
SoWa is comprised of four activities. First is the Arts Market where local artists set up tents and sell a variety of unique and fanciful wears – from hand screen-printed shirts, to wall art, and glassware. At 500 Harrison Ave, a mouth-watering assortment of locally grown produce, flowers, plants, and gourmet specialties are sold at the Farmers Market. And at the final outdoors lot, at 540 Harrison Ave, food trucks serve up a variety of mobile cuisines, ranging from grilled cheese sandwiches to organic, healthy eats. The final is the SoWa Vintage Market. Inside 450 Harrison Ave’s old mill building, this collection of antique relics and quirky tchotchkes is open every Sunday year round.
Pro Tip: SoWa is unparalleled for unique and thoughtful gifts.