A Summer Must! The Treasure Island Flea in San Francisco
When the weather turns bright and sunny, it’s hard to think of a better way to spend a balmy weekend than taking in the spectacular views of downtown San Francisco, leisurely strolling through a quaint flea market. While making the trip to Treasure Island would be worth it just for the spectacular view of Berkeley, The Golden City, and the last surviving sculptures and buildings from the 1930 World’s Fair, that’s just the beginning of what awaits you. At the Treasure Island Flea Market, the real event is browsing through eclectic vendor stalls, enjoying live entertainment, and noshing on delectable food truck fare.
The popular Bay Area open market has been going strong for over five years now, delighting crowds of up to 20,000 with a unique mix of antiques dealers, crafts purveyors, and artisans offering original arts & crafts, fine arts, up-cyclers, ceramics, clothing, indie designs and accessories. Coined “the Festival of the Bay”, and boasting more than 400 different vendors, there will be something to catch your eye every step of the way.
The two-day flea market, held on the last weekend of each month throughout the summer, is a haven for collectors, antique-seekers and those looking for rare finds. Imagine stumbling across a Sèvre figurine or a stunning 1930s Simmons metal highboy as you are perusing a vintage label collection.
You never know what you’ll find at the Treasure Island Flea Market – browsing through a fine vintage ceramics booth you might be lucky enough to spy a real 1930s Meissen porcelain French Bulldog.
In addition to resellers galore, you’ll find an array of original artists and craftspeople to support. For example, if fine photography is your thing, make sure to stop by the Schierholtz Photography booth for images that include iconic San Francisco attractions like the Golden Gate Bridge, or wildlife shots or rarely seen bird species like Blue Herons and Egrets.
If you have a green thumb, the more earthy wares offered at Succulent Rarities might be more up your alley. Consider what a statement a wall of cactus would make on your private patio.
Food, Drinks and Entertainment
Treasure Island is home to the largest monthly food event in Northern California, featuring countless dining options from Asian to Indian vegan to burgers. For a relaxing picnic break from seeing the sights, spread a blanket on the main lawn while you enjoy your culinary treats. In addition to a plethora of foodie delights, you’ll enjoy:
- More than 25 top-rated Bay Area food trucks and booths
- Live music on the great lawn, featuring great local bands
- Bars selling local craft beers, cocktails, spirits, champagne and wine
- Happy hour specials such as buy 1 get 1 from 10am to noon
- Multiple on-site wineries to sample local vintages
- A rotating selection of DIY workshops at Makers Square
- Children’s activities, events, workshops and play areas
Located at 1 Avenue of the Palms, Treasure Island, San Francisco, CA 94130, the Treasure Island Flea Market is open every last weekend of the month during the summer months from 10am to 4pm. General Admission is only $3.00, and kids 12 and under are admitted free.
Treasure Island is a pet friendly venue, so bring your pooches with you.
Parking is free; however, public transportation is the most convenient and easiest way to get to Treasure Island. Taking the MUNI #108 bus from the Financial District in San Francisco will get you straight to the Treasure Island Flea Market in 7 minutes.
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