It’s almost the time of year when the Oak Island Farmers Market opens for the season! If you haven’t been to OKI before, you may not know about this fantastic annual event on the North Carolina coast. Here is where you will find an extensive variety of fresh produce, homemade jams, cakes, assorted baked goods, and handcrafted treasures made by local artisans. Some of our favorites over the years include remarkable jewelry, furniture, rugs, and potholders.
It’s truly a magical experience and should be something to consider adding to your vacation itinerary, especially if you love exploring local culture and discovering unique goodies. So, if you’re visiting Oak Island between May and September this year, keep reading to learn about this amazing, family-friendly event. We’ll be covering the basics, frequently asked questions, and other coastal farmers markets in the area.
The Oak Island Farmers Market Schedule for 2022
The Oak Island Farmers and Artisans Market is open every Monday from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm during the warmer months! In 2022, the market is set to open on May 23rd and run through September 5th. Here are those specific dates:
- May: 23rd and 30th
- June: 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th
- July: 11th, 18th, and 25th
- August: 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th
- September: 5th
Where is the Oak Island Farmers Market?
The Oak Island Farmers Market takes place in the heart of the island at Middleton Park (at SE 46th Street and East Dolphin Drive). As an added bonus, this beautiful location is situated near the oceanfront — which allows you to take in gorgeous views of the water as you stroll through the artisan’s booths.
There’s also plenty of parking near the Oak Island Farmers Market along the streets or at the town hall! And, if you’re staying nearby, you can always ride a bike or golf cart over to this popular Oak Island summer event.
How Much Does The Oak Island Farmers Market Cost?
If you want to spend a day wandering the Oak Island Farmers Market booths, you’ll be pleased to know that it’s completely free to attend. However, you’ll have to stop yourself from purchasing everything in sight.
Vendors have jams, soaps, handicrafts, clothes, and baked goods to sell. Sip on a cup of craft coffee or apple cider as you browse the stalls full of tasty produce and eye-catching artisans. Depending on when you visit, you might even be welcomed with live music from a local band!
Other Coastal Farmers Markets in North Carolina
If you can’t get enough of farmers markets, there are plenty of other places to visit near Oak Island! Let’s look at a couple more local farmers markets to check out that are a quick drive down the road.
Southport Summer Market (Wednesdays)
The incredible Southport Summer Market will start on May 4th, 2022, and run until August 31st, 2022! The market is open every Wednesday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, meaning that you can check out this market and the Oak Island Farmers Market during your stay!
This market pops up in Franklin Square Park and offers a wide range of local produce, handcrafted items, and baked goods. It’s another fantastic place to spend a morning with the family while exploring the North Carolina coast.
Carolina Beach Farmers Market (Saturdays)
Thinking about taking the ferry over to Fort Fisher on a Saturday morning? The Carolina Beach Market is a perfect place to stop during your island-hopping adventures! You’ll find island vibes and a wide variety of wines, meats, dairy products, veggies, natural soaps, and so much more.
This extremely pet-friendly market is open every Saturday from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm between May 21st to October 1st this year. The address is: 400 Lake Park Blvd S, Carolina Beach, NC 28428.
Enjoy The Best Of North Carolina Coast
The Oak Island Farmers Market is only one of the many summertime events to enjoy on the island! If you love festive events and live music, the Summer Concert series will be right up your alley and there are a ton of other activities on Oak Island to enjoy!
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