The weather in Phoenix allows you to experience farmers’ markets, first Fridays, and art shows practically all year long. The trick is to find the ones worth going to when they happen and then decide what you want to do afterward.
Where are some of our favorite spots to hit up on the weekend? Here’s a look at some of Phoenix’s best farmers’ markets and other events happening in the Valley.
Since 1990, Phoenix residents have been heading to Roadrunner’s park for their Saturday farmers’ market. You’ll find lots of locally farmed produce there. They also offer meat selections from local farms, such as chicken and grass-fed lamb. This is the place to come for all those unique farmers’ market treasures, like bakery goods, tamales, jams and soup mixes.
After shopping at Roadrunner’s Park Farmers’ Market, you can make a day of it by heading to the local playground, swimming pool, and fishing pond located in the park, too. Don’t forget to pick up something to eat on the way home. Maybe enjoy some eegee’s after you shop.
Arrandale Farms is situated not far from the new eegee’s at 3510 W. Peoria Ave. This small two-acre farm sits right where no one would expect to find it – nestled in the city. And on the weekends, you can even buy produce from the farm at one of the many community farmers’ markets, such as the:
If you miss them at the market, head out to the farm yourself and pick up fresh eggs and meat. They even offer farm-to-table events.
You’ll find the Gilbert Farmers Market near one of the local Gilbert eegee’s restaurants which means you can cool off after you shop. The Gilbert Farmers Market features more than 60 vendors during the summer and more than 100 during the fall and winter. They come from local farms and food producers. Get there early, though. This year-round market is open from 7 to 11 in the morning every Saturday. Then you can stop at eegee’s for lunch.
Ahwatukee Farmers’ Market is one of a number of Arizona community farmers’ markets in the Phoenix area. Like most of the markets in Arizona, they are open during the summer, fall, and winter. You see some of the best seasonable products like fresh baked goods, herbs, meat and seafood here. Visit this market from 9 to 1 during the winter and 8 to 11 during the summer every Sunday. You’ll find it on Warner Road in Phoenix.
Try Grandma’s Farm for a truly unique family experience. Located on 19th Ave in Phoenix, Grandma’s Farm is the perfect place to find fresh eggs, honey, healing plants and produce. While not as fancy as some mainstream farmers’ markets, it’s a cool place to shop and enjoy.
Besides goodies to buy, you and your kiddos can spend some time with baby chicks, ducks, and other farm animals waiting to meet you. The produce stand at the farm is open on Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings. That gives you just enough time to get lunch at eegee’s.
Spaces of Opportunity has a little something for everyone. They provide sustainable and fresh produce to the communities in South Phoenix. This 19-acre space is a neighborhood-level food system that celebrates farmers and gardeners.
One of its feature attractions is the 10-acre incubator farm designed to turn the deserts of Phoenix into a food oasis. You also see local family gardens and onsite farmers’ markets. You can even get your hands dirty by taking a workshop or class to learn more about gardening.
Spaces of Opportunity is open seven days a week for your enjoyment. Located on W. Vineyard in Phoenix, you can visit anytime from sunrise to sunset. Skip the food trucks while there and head to eegee’s afterward.
The First Fridays of the month are special at the Phoenix Art Museum. Once a month, you can visit the museum, see all the latest exhibits, meet and greet local artists and enjoy some music. While visiting the North Central Ave museum, you will explore more than 20,000 objects in nine different collecting areas. They feature everything from international art to local treasures. The parking is free, too.
When you are done, hop on the 17 freeway and head down the road to the newest Phoenix eegee’s on Peoria Ave. What more could you want, good art and great food on a Friday night? Make sure to double-check the date, though. Sometimes Friday falls on Saturday at the Phoenix Art Museum!
You want Phoenix’s Art Walk if you need a First Friday guaranteed to be on Friday each month. Once upon a time, the Art Walk was just a handful of local artists who got together to show their wares. Today, the Art Walk in Phoenix is a must-see monthly event. It covers dozens of blocks in downtown Phoenix and draws in thousands of attendees from all over the state.
Variety is one of the best things you’ll find at this monthly art show. There are musicians, local artists, art gallery exhibits, and plenty of entertainment. Take an eegee with you to keep you cool as you explore the streets of downtown Phoenix.
The great thing about all these events is they help you work up an appetite for eegee’s. Since 1971, eegee’s has been helping the residents and visitors of Arizona cool off with our delicious eegee drinks. The drinks make the perfect pair for one of our Grinder sandwiches, tasty subs, or innovative salads. Take an order of fries, we have all kinds of delicious combos, and you have a meal right for any occasion.
Make sure to drop by one of the many eegee’s in Arizona. You can even enjoy local art at some of our Tuscon locations and watch for new locations soon!