April 26, 2018: Market In Bloom In May


Michael Berman, President of Diverse Markets Management (DMM), the company that operates the popular Flea Market at Eastern Market, announced that the 2018 season also marks the 35th year of continuous operation at Eastern Market, making it among the longest running outdoor market events in the region. DMM has run the market for eleven years, purchasing it from the founder Tom Rall, who maintains a partnership and director position in the company.

Rall stated "I well remember hosting only a handful of exhibitors those first few months of 1984 and fondly remember nurturing its growth for more than the next six years, when Eastern Market itself also decided to open on Sundays. By then we were well on our way to growing the Sunday outdoor market to about 200 exhibitors over the next couple of decades."

"The Flea Market at Eastern Market, Sundays on Capitol Hill, has regained some of its size due to completion of the redevelopment of our former Hine School location directly across from the historic Eastern Market," said Berman, "For the first time in several years we are accepting new applications for exhibitors. And I look forward to carrying Toms vision far into the future."

In addition to the regained space on a newly-created C Street SE between 7th and 8th Streets SE, the Flea Market also remains on a closed-to-traffic 7th Street SE between Pennsylvania Ave. and C Street SE, where it relocated in May 2015 to accommodate the mixed-use development. It operates every Sunday 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.


The Flea Market at Eastern Market will again be among the sponsors and participants in Market Week, organized by Eastern Market Main Street (EMMS), which will begin Sunday, April 29.
The EMMS announcement stated: "The commercial corridor surrounding Eastern Market represents a unique blend of historic and modern, with shopping, dining, and entertainment for all ages. To promote this variety, EMMS will host the second annual Market Week from April 29 - May 6, 2018.

Aligning with National Small Business Week, the event aims to connect the Capitol Hill and wider DC community to small and local businesses, encouraging customers to invest in their local economy while fostering a walkable, vibrant, and inclusive neighborhood.

Market Week celebrates restaurants, retailers, and services with a Passport to guide visitors through the corridor and a week of games, events, and activities.

We kick the week off with "Night at the Market" on April 29, 2018. Guests can enjoy a "night out" and business showcase with small bites, wine and beer, live music, and more - all in the historic Eastern Market North Hall."

Mike Berman said customers who pick up a passport and present to a vendor will receive $5 off their purchase.  The customer can then get a stamp in their passport to qualify for prizes. He said the stamp can be obtained with proof of purchase at the Market Week Headquarters.



The 5th season of the lunch time weekday market in Crystal City launches May 3 under a new name. SPARKET - A Creative Market is now the Crystal City Crafts Market.  The market still operates on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. along Crystal Drive.

There will be an array of exhibitors offering arts, crafts, imports, and more. "added to the mix is additional seating, lawn games and colorful murals surrounding the market area," said Michael Berman, "We also still co-locate with a food truck event, which will share the site. And that adds synergy with the lunch crowd."

The trucks will be parked in the lot adjacent to 20th Street. And the market will set up on the wide shaded sidewalk stretching toward 18th Street. As an additional draw, live-music will be part of the programming mix.

The market is a collaborative effort with the Crystal City BID. Crystal City, Arlington's largest downtown, and will run every Thursday through June 28. 


MarketSW, returns to Waterfront Station in SW DC. The twilight arts market runs from 4-10 pm on alternate Fridays of the month beginning on May 4 and continuing every other Friday through October 19, 2018.
Situated on the Lot at 4th and M Streets SW, MarketSW is located among Waterfront Station Metro, Safeway, the popular restaurants Station 4 and ZBurger, and Arena Stage. The location is also just a short walk away from the already popular Wharf development. A diverse mix of art, crafts, handmade jewelry, bath/beauty, vintage furniture, furnishings, accessories and collectibles, as well as other local and handcrafted products are offered.  As an additional draw, live-music and select food trucks is part of the programming mix, as well as an outdoor bar area.

Farmers MarketSW, now entering its fourth market season, its second by DMM, attracts hundreds of weekly shoppers from the surrounding community and also features live music, lawn games, children's activity and more. Quality food and farm businesses participate in the weekly Saturday market in SW DC. It opened April 21 and will run every Saturday from 9AM to 1PM through November 17, the market offers baked goods, coffee, jams/jellies, prepared foods, pasture-raised meats & eggs, and locally grown fresh produce. On May 5 a kick-off event with live music and additional activity will take place.

For more information for both events, visit marketswdc.com.