The Juneau Public Market

Juneau's premier Christmas gifts and crafts show.

Looking forward to 2016

We keep saying “Better than ever,” but it’s true. Each Public Market is an improvement on the last, mainly because of the vendors who fine-tune the products they offer or present entirely new products. 2015 was no exception: approximately 170 vendors were assigned spaces, and of these, one-third were entirely new, having never before displayed their wares at this event. Keeping it fresh!

Timeline for 2016:

Notices to vendors will be issued in late June

Applications & assignment requests accepted during July

Vendors will receive notice of assignments the first week of August

Event dates: Thanksgiving weekend, Friday through Sunday, November 25, 26, 27, 2016

Set-up: Wednesday, Nov. 23 from 3 pm to 8 pm; building is closed on Thanksgiving; Friday, Nov. 25, 8 am to noon.

Event hours: Friday, noon to 7 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm

Location: Juneau Centennial Hall and the nearby Juneau Arts and Culture Center (JACC).

THE 2015 PUBLIC MARKET… We had vendors from 20 Alaska cities. In addition to those from throughout the Juneau Borough, we had vendors from Anchorage, Craig, Dillingham, Eagle River, Fairbanks, Gustavus, Haines, Ketchikan, Palmer, Petersburg, Shishmaref, Sitka, Skagway, Soldotna, Talkeetna, Ward Cove, Wasilla, Wrangell, and Yakutat. Vendors also came from nine Lower 48 cities:  Hollywood, CA; Columbus, OH; Mesa, AZ; Pinedale, WY; Portland, OR; and Forest Hill, Milton, Seattle, WA.

OUR HISTORY… The first Alaska-Juneau Public Market was among the initial events to be staged at Juneau’s brand new Centennial Hall and Convention Center, which opened in mid-1983.

The “Public Market” at Centennial Hall soon became a well-established holiday season tradition for the people of Juneau and the surrounding region. In 1990, the Public Market expanded from the Sheffield Ballroom to the entire facility, and in 2005 we opened an Annex, now located in the Juneau Arts and Culture Center adjacent to Centennial Hall.

PUBLIC MARKET PRODUCTS… Items for sale typically include a wide variety of jewelry and Alaska Native arts; custom made garments, decorations, and utensils like knives and ulus; gift-quality foods such as wild berry products, smoked salmon, herb teas, and salad dressings; holiday gift packages, a selection of toys, and recently published books. Our motto is “Only at the Public Market,” since most of our crafters and artists present their products in Juneau only at this show.

A well-served food court provides the weary shopper (or their standby assistants) a place to sit to enjoy an entreé, dessert, and beverages. We also have an espresso bar.

VENDOR INFORMATION… To get on our contact list, go to the “Online Application” tab and complete the contact information. Please give a full description of the products you intend to offer at the Market. Shortly before July 1, we will solicit everyone on our contact list to apply for assignments.

Each year, we begin soliciting applications at the beginning of July. We ask that applicants provide at least three choices of location. Initial assignments are made in the first week of August. Those who apply after July 31 will have few choices as to location – assignments will be made only on a space-available basis.

At Centennial Hall, we charge admission to the Public Market; admission is free at the Public Market Annex in the Juneau Arts & Culture Center (JACC).

Since admission is charged for the Public Market in Centennial Hall, vendors are asked to feature products available “Only at the Public Market” (see “selection criteria” on the downloadable application). Space assignment to the Public Market Annex, where no admission is charged, is first to apply, first to choose. For more, see the downloadable application or go to FAQ.

Contact us for more information.

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