Nashville’s premier makers market Porter Flea returns June 16 and 17
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, June 9, 2017 — On June 16 and 17, 2017, long-running Nashville makers market Porter Flea returns to East Nashville’s Skyway Studios, bringing more than 140 local and regional artists and artisans out to share unique, local and handmade gifts.
As with past Porter Fleas, it’ll be far more than a shopping experience, with a huge crew of local businesses and organizations on hand keeping attendees well-fed, well-entertained and even well-coiffed.
The 2017 Porter Flea Summer Market kicks off Friday with a ticketed Preview Market (6 to 9 p.m.), offering early, intimate shopping access, ahead of Saturday’s Main Market, which is free and open to the public (from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.).
A collection of Nashville's finest food trucks will be serving up seasonal food and drink options both days, alongside local craft brewery Jackalope, Matchless Coffee and Firepot Chai. DJs from Nashville independent radio station WXNA will kick out the summer jams throughout, and Smilebooth will be set up to capture snapshots of you and your summer squad. Stylists from Rudy's Barbershop will be in the house, too, offering styles and cuts to get you fresh for summer.
Added bonuses at Friday’s ticketed Preview Market include complimentary brews from Jackalope and sangria from new partner Portland Sangria, treats from Nomadic Tea Party, free cuts/styles from Rudy’s and nail-bar attention from Poppy & Monroe and much more.
Although the market’s eclectic format will be familiar to longtime Porter Flea fans, this summer’s event comes with a renewed sense of purpose and a sharper focus on supporting local makers.
Late last year, Porter Flea co-organizer and longtime contributor Melinda Vance passed away after a brief and sudden illness. Melinda was instrumental to the event’s success from the beginning, providing planning wisdom and support and on-the-ground dedication and strength, spurred by an admiration of and devotion to the artists and artisans that make up the Porter Flea community.
To carry Melinda’s spirit forward, this year’s summer Market is held in her honor, and a new initiative called Makers for Melinda is in the planning, with an aim of celebrating and supporting the creative community she aided and admired over six Porter Flea years.
We hope you’ll join us June 16 and 17 to shop, enjoy and celebrate a champion of Middle Tennessee’s maker community.
Tickets for Friday’s Preview Market ($25 per person) are available at PorterFlea.com, along with more details about this summer’s vendors and participants. As with recent Fleas, $15 Porter Passes that offer priority access (no lines, head in/out as you please) are also available for Saturday’s market.
Sign up for the Porter Flea newsletter to stay up to date on the latest market news, or visit facebook.com/porterflea or @porterflea on Twitter/Instagram. Skyway Studios is located at 3201 Dickerson Pike, Nashville, TN 37207
3201 Dickerson Pike,
Nashville, TN 37207
Friday, June 16th // Preview Market – 6-9pm (Indoors/Air Conditioned, Rain or Shine)
Saturday, June 17th // Main Market – 10am-5pm (Indoors/Air Conditioned, Rain or Shine)
Friday, June 16th // Preview Market – $25 (CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS)
Saturday, June 17th // Main Market – 10am-5pm FREE
or SKIP THE LINE WITH OUR PORTER PASS (CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS)