We know parking in downtown Austin can sometimes be a headache. But we’re here to let you in on a little secret: there are plenty of parking options near the SFC Farmers’ Market Downtown! Whether you’re just not sure where to look or you’re afraid parking is too expense, we’re here to help. Read on for few tips if you’ve always wanted to attend our SFC Farmers’ Market Downtown on Saturdays at Republic Square Park, but have let our city's parking woes keep you away.
- Park in the State Parking Garage on San Antonio Street. If you park there before 11:00 am on Saturdays, you can stay parked there all day for only $3 (if you arrive after 11, parking rate increases to only $5). Bring a cooler full of ice, fill it up with all of your groceries, and then enjoy a full afternoon in downtown Austin for just a few dollars’ worth of parking. There are 700 spots available in this lot so you’re almost always guaranteed a spot! This is true 99% of the time, except for mega events nearby like ACL, the Art City art festival, and the F1 Fan Fest, when the garage does charge much more.
- There are 108 FREE parking spaces in the flat surface lot adjacent to the market. If you’re an early shopper, you can also park for free at the metered parking all around Republic Square Park before 11:00 am. Take advantage of these spots every week, along with so many others!
- Bike to the market and avoid parking altogether! We Austinites love our two-wheeled transportation, and it seems like our city has taken notice. Have you noticed all the new bike lanes popping up on our roads? Go green and bike to the market – just remember a backpack or basket to bring all your goodies home. Check out the Downtown Austin Alliance website for tips on biking downtown. No bike? No worries! There is an Austin BCycle station right a Republic Square Park. Rent a bike from a station near you and pedal on down to the market.
- If the SFC Farmers’ Market Downtown doesn’t appeal to you, head on over to our SFC Farmers’ Market at Sunset Valley. This Saturday market is only 10 minutes from downtown and has 17 acres of free parking available - no matter what! This means you are always guaranteed free parking when you visit your favorite farmers and vendors. Just like the SFC Farmers’ Market Downtown, our Sunset Valley market also features live music from local bands. Don’t miss out on our extra special music guests next week during SXSW, featuring visiting international bands from Asia and Latin America. We’d love to see you there!
Never has the SFC Farmers’ Markets been so rockin’ as this coming week! Our local bands start it off this Saturday with Maribel Rubio and David Rucci at Sunset Valley and Downtown, and then we go slamming into Tuesday’s East market from 3-7 at 2921 E. 17th Street, to host visiting international artists from Latin America – Electronica music; on Wednesday at the Triangle, 3-7 we have more visiting musicians from Korea and Latin America; finishing up with a highly-energized and fun time at SFC Farmers’ Market at Sunset Valley hosting artists with a street studio and workshop for kids; and at SFC Farmers’ Market Downtown at Republic Square Park with international artists from Korea playing within the market hours of 9 am – 1pm at both markets! All Free and see above about the tips for parking next week!