Happy spring! The South End Open Market is opening Sunday

Get your butt outside this weekend.

New England Open Markets File

If you’re a city dweller or nearby suburbanite who savors warm weather, good food, and cool art, chances are you’ve taken a gander at the South End Open Market at some point since its inauguration in 2004.

The market will make its return this Sunday, May 1 (with over 28,000 interested in attending on Facebook).

This time, its food trucks, arts market, farmers market and new vintage market are setting up shop at one consolidated address: Ink Block, 375 Harrison Ave.

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“Having everyone in one location is [huge],” Chris Masci, founder of the market and owner of New England Open Markets, said.

In previous years, the food trucks, arts, and farmers markets were in different spots within a few blocks of each other. (The market, once dubbed “SoWa Open Market,” moved and tweaked its name this year after a dispute with the property owner in 2015.)


“Public transportation is another bonus,” Masci said, pointing out that Ink Block is right by the orange, red, and silver lines. For those driving, a parking lot is located at 2000 Washington Street for $10 per day.

Masci said that in the past, the South End Open Market maxed out at about 100 arts and crafts vendors, but this year the market has room for 125. Fifty farm and specialty food vendors will be in attendance, too, selling plants, jams, pies, and cookies.

As for fresh things to check out, the vintage market is a new area comprised of 15 vintage and antique dealers curated by show promoter Oliver Best. The market also acquired an entertainment license by the city, so live music will also be featured as a new inclusion.

But of course, the food trucks are one of the biggest draws to the event.

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“Union Square Donuts is back, and [also] Honeycomb Creamy out of Cambridge — they’re an artisan ice cream maker,” Masci said. “Then [there’s] the iconic food trucks that everyone has grown to love around Boston: Bon Me, Roxy’s Grilled Cheese, Stoked.”

Though many do make appearances in designated stops around Boston, Masci said the South End Open Market gathers 15 food trucks at a time and has an alternating troupe of 35 trucks throughout the season. This includes Boston Italian Ice, Chicken & Rice Guys, Frozen Hoagies, Jamaica Mi Hungry, Papi’s Stuffed Sopapilla, and The Dining Car.

“We try to keep the menu options rotated so there’s something for everyone,” he said.


The South End Open Markets is open Sunday, May 1; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m; Ink Block, 375 Harrison Ave., on the corner of Traveler Street.

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