Engaging Family Activities at the Market

Free Live Music
  1. Listen to live music. Each Saturday a variety of roving buskers entertain customers. Entertainment includes everything from vocalists to violinists, a hurdy-gurdy player to a banjo trio. Entertainment is often dependent on weather since buskers depend on tips. Each Wednesday evening at the Fairhaven Village Green, the Market hosts Fresh Local Music, live entertainment on the Fairhaven Village Green starting at 4pm. Scheduled acts can be found here.
  2. Enjoy a family Veggie Scavenger Hunt around the Market. Game cards can be picked up at the Information Booth. Once kids have completed their game card, it can be returned to the Information Booth for a special BFM bookmark.
  3. Stop by the Demo Days booth to see what items are growing in Whatcom County. You can also pick up recipes and ask our staff how to select, store, and prepare your fresh picks. Demo Days takes place the second Sat of each month, April – Oct.
  4. Help your family pick out ingredients for dinner! Stop by the Information Booth for our Stone Soup recipe and shop the market for your favorite picks to add to the pot.
  5. Shop at our Kids Vending Day where young entrepreneurs try their hand at making or growing items to sell. Kid vendors create an amazing array of wares including duct tape wallets, jewelry, magnets, dolls, soaps, note cards, and more. Toddlers can get inspiration for their own projects or find something inexpensive to purchase with their own money. Kids Vending Day takes place the last Sat of each month (April-Oct)
  6. Have lunch with your family! After shopping the market, take a healthy break with lunch from one of our prepared food vendors. With so many choices, this is a great time for everyone in the family to pick out their favorites or try something new. Picnic tables are available at the Saturday Market and the Wednesday Market offers the Fairhaven Village Green which is perfect for spreading out a picnic blanket.
  7. Shop local for a special occasion. Help a child help pick out that perfect item for a birthday party, Mothers’ or Fathers’ Day, or for their own birthday! There are over 50 local crafters that offer loads of original gifts you can’t find in a big box store.
  8. Spend the day as someone else! The Market boasts one of the best face painters in town, Chelle Beautiful. For a reasonable fee, kids can become any character they want. Challenge them to play that character while they shop they Market.
  9. Go on a food adventure! Ask your kiddo to find something they’ve never tried before. Ask the farmer to tell you about it and ask them their favorite way to simply prepare it. Bring it home and let them help you prepare it. You may find you have a more adventurous eater than you thought!
  10. Give your toddler some independence! Parents can give their children a small budget($5) and let them shop for fruits and vegetables of their choice.
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