The public market schedule varies across our six locations: Glendale, Solano, Oakland, San Jose, Santa Barbara and Reno, with some locations being open during the week and some only on weekends. If the location nearest you is open during the week, you’re probably wondering what’s so special about weekends if you can go any other day. I’m glad you asked!
What makes the public market more attractive on weekends is all the added entertainment and lively atmosphere, making it enjoyable for the entire family.
My advice is to arrive early. Our public markets open at 6:00am, so if you are in the market for a particular item that has high demand and low inventory, such as an electronic device, there’s a chance someone will snag it early in the day. Another reason to arrive early is parking. There will always be room to park, but the lot generally gets more crowded in the afternoon. If you don’t mind walking a little ways, then you have nothing to worry about.
Make sure you come hungry, as we have a plethora of delicious food options for you to dive into. From our concession stands to food stands located throughout the public market, there’s no reason to leave on an empty stomach.
Now that your stomach is full and you are in a borderline food coma, it’s time to walk it off.
What’s great about the public market is the number and variety of vendors. In locations that are open during the week, like Capitol (San Jose) and Coliseum (Oakland), there are even more in attendance on the weekends. You can find anything you need, including household appliances, electronics, fresh produce, antiques, and so much more!
In addition to the array of unique items for sale, there are endless entertainment options for everyone! We have bouncy houses and arcade games for the kids and, my personal favorite, live music every weekend.
Grab a drink, show off your best dance moves, and dance the day away at the public market.