Taking your dog with you on an excursion to your local farmers’ market is a great way to spend an hour or two. It offers your dog a chance to encounter new smells, friends, and maybe even some treats. Here are some of the best dog-friendly farmers markets in the Seattle area:
Fremont is the “Center of the Universe” and its market is a famously diverse event. Over 250 vendors display every Sunday with all sorts of goods including “urban crafts, antiques, original fashion, collectibles, vintage, furniture, tools, street food and world imports.” There’s usually a good selection of local food trucks to boot.
When: Sundays year-round, 10am-4pm or 10am-5pm (summer hours)
Where: Fremont, N 34th St & Evanston Ave N
Tip: Keep your dog on a short leash—the market is usually crowded, and it’s helpful keeping your canine close by.
The U-District farmers market is not only the first Seattle neighborhood farmers market (started in 1993)—it’s a vibrant, food-centric market held on University Way. Buy your produce, artisan cheese, and duck eggs, and then wander over to the “market bites” area to pick up some lunch from Belle Epicurean, Veraci Pizza, or any one of the many vendors who set up shop each Saturday.
When: Saturdays year-round, 9am-2pm
Where: U District, University Way NE (the “Ave”) between 50th & 52nd
Tip: Before you head to the market, consider how your dog behaves around people of all ages. If your dog is nervous around children, for example, the farmers market may not be a fun adventure for him.
While Fremont’s market is heavy on items, and the U-district is focused on food, the Ballard market is a perfect blend of both wares and edibles. Expect to see a few pet-related booths, and lots of snuggles and pets for your furry friend. Every sunday, year-round, a stroll down the length of Ballard Ave is a great way to spend a day with the dog.
When: Sundays year-round, 10am-3pm
Where: Ballard, 5333 Ballard Ave NW
Tip: Before you feed Fido some farmers market grub, be sure to check out which foods to avoid in our post on the 29 most dangerous foods for dogs.
Don’t miss this spacious, kid- and dog-friendly market held each Friday. This fun neighborhood market is a great place to unwind from the week, pick up some ingredients to throw on the grill, and grab a snack.
When: Fridays, June 7th-October 4th, 3-7pm
Where: Phinney Ridge, 6615 Dayton Avenue North
Tip: While you’re there, pop into My Sweet Lil Cakes for a tasty waffle.
This uber-popular market in southeast Seattle takes place near the giant PCC in Columbia City, and in walking distance from the light rail station.
When: Wednesdays, April – October
Where: Columbia City, Edmunds St. between MLK and Rainier.
Tip: Families with young children pack this market and the adjacent park. Make sure your dog is kid-friendly before you brave this crowd!
Home to some of Seattle’s healthiest food trucks, the Queen Anne Farmers Market is a hustling, bustling, activity-filled mecca for families, especially those with young children. An activity tent hosts themed events for the little ones, including cookie decorating with Macrina Bakery.
When: Thursday June 6th-October 31st, 3-7:30pm
Where: Queen Anne, Crocket St & Queen Anne Ave
Tip: Make it a dog day with hot dogs—meat or veggie—from Mad Dawg’s Hot Dogs.