Raleigh locals are probably familiar with City Market, but are you? Have you ever noticed cobblestone streets tucked away in Downtown Raleigh, just begging for you to check them out? If you haven’t, it’s time you did!
Nestled between the skyscrapers and bustling streets of Downtown Raleigh lies the Historic City Market, which first opened in 1914 and flourished until the mid-1940s. Farmers from across the state brought goods like poultry, seafood, home baked goods – a favorite among Raleighites – and flowers in their horse-drawn carts, and were usually seen populating the area on weekends at the Market and at Moore Square.
In the latter half of the century, improvement projects and new businesses in the area drew the crowds away from City Market. In 1980, the City Market made it to the National Register of Historic Places, and since then the city has worked to rehabilitate the City Market and surrounding buildings.
Luckily, City Market is very involved in the First Friday movement that has gained popularity across the state in recent years. The next First Friday will be held August 7, and Historic City Market will be alive in the middle of the downtown area with live music and entertainment. Visit City Market between 6:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. for live music, face painting, hula-hoop, or shop or dine in one of the many venues that are housed within this historic piece of the capital city. This place has the perfect amount of art and culture for a First Friday!
Artsplosure is also establishing a local art fair in partnership with City Market on second Sundays of the month! The market will plan to host between 20 and 40 local artists and craftsmen within its streets. For more information about the upcoming event, please visit the Artsplosure site here. Admission to First Friday and Second Sunday are free.
The City Market is a perfect stop if you are strolling the streets of Raleigh, or if you want to try something new and delightful. For more information, please visit www.historiccitymarket.com.