The 2015 Juneau Public Market

Juneau's premier Christmas gifts and crafts show.

PROPSPECTIVE VENDORS, PLEASE NOTE: As of the first week of August, all spaces have been assigned. Don’t be discouraged. There will be attrition as assigned vendors will have reasons to withdraw: between 5 and 10 percent always do between now and the event. Fill out the on-line application.

Each year, the “Public Market” features well over 150 vendors from every corner of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. It is held on Thanksgiving weekend in the Juneau Centennial Hall and Convention Center and the nearby Juneau Arts and Culture Center (JACC).

The next Public Market will be held November 27, 28, and 29, 2015.

In 2014, we had 168 vendors from 33 communities: 6 cities in the Lower 48, including Hollywood, CA; Beaverton, MI; Olympia, Milton, and Sequim, WA; Kailua, HI; and Portland, OR; and vendors representing 27 Alaskan communities: Anchorage, Auke Bay, Cordova, Craig, Dillingham, Douglas, Eagle River, Fairbanks, Gustavus, Haines, Houston, Juneau, Kake, Ketchikan, Kodiak, Kotzebue, Palmer, Pelican, Petersburg, Savoonga, Sitka, Skagway, Soldotna, Talkeetna, Ward Cove, Wasilla, and Wrangell.

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.

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 display 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.


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.

Vendor set-up : Wednesday (the day before Thanksgiving), 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., and on Friday morning (the day after Thanksgiving), 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Open to the public: noon to 7:00 p.m. Friday; 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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.