Best Farmers Markets in the East Bay for Kids.

East Bay Farmers Markets Guide for {510} Families

Farmers Markets are a great (admission-free) destination for the whole family to get some fresh air, while also gathering fruits and veggies for the week — and supporting local farmers!

Covid-19 Update: Most of these fresh food markets are back up and running but without all those extra family-friendly favorite amenities like fruit sampling, live music, and splash pads. 

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Picking ground cherries at Grand Lake farmers market | Photo: Julia Gidwani

Kids’ Favorite East Bay Farmers Markets

A few of our favorite local farmers markets go beyond the freshest of fresh food to offer entertainment for the littles. Here are our children’s favorite weekly food-centered festivals:

Grand Lake Farmers Market (Saturdays 9-2)

Splash Pad Park sits at the nexus of Grand and Lakeshore Avenues, and this overflowing market often offers a bouncy house and a chance for little ones to get wet if they want to step into the fountain and live music. Sources tell us on a really sunny weekend, there’s face painting and balloon guy, too. Find out more about the Grand Lake Farmers Market.

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Music and fountain at Grand Lake farmers market | Photo: Julia Gidwani

Downtown Berkeley Farmers’ Market (Saturdays 10-3)

Location (Center Street @ M. L. King, Jr. Way) is king with this market. Besides the local produce, live music, fresh pretzels, and apple cider, it’s adjacent to the Berkeley Public Library, Habitot, and the YMCA.
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Jack London Square Farmers’ Market (Sundays 10-3)

Kids love the proximity to boats and the train tracks, plus big kids will want to stop in at Plank for a round of skeeball. Stop by the kids’ corner for crafts and other fun activities for the whole family. There’s so much to do at Jack London Square for kids.
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Temescal Farmers’ Market (Sundays 9-1)

Rain or shine, the parking lot of the Claremont Ave DMV transforms on Sunday mornings to an urban village with a creek running through it. Kids love messing around in the creek, water or not, and parents love the coffee cart. Bring your wheels because a bike path takes you one block from the Market to Frog Park. There’s also a ton to do in Rockridge with your family.
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Kensington Farmers’ Market (Sundays 10-2)

Colusa Circle shuts down Oak View Ave and fills up with vendors on Sunday mornings and live musicians. Camp chairs invite you to sit and watch a while. This market isn’t usually overly crowded, yet is still well attended.
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Up for a bigger adventure? Take the ferry to San Francisco’s Ferry Building Farmer’s Market on Saturdays from 8-2. There’s a lot to do in and around the Ferry Building with kids.

Kensington Farmers Market has different live music every Sunday | Photo: Kat Choi

Lots More East Bay Farmers Market locations

On a mild weather day, pushing a stroller around any Farmers Market can be a pleasant enough experience. Here are a few more to add into your rotation.

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Alameda Farmers’ Market
Haight Ave & Webster Street, Alameda
Tuesdays & Saturdays 9 am – 1 pm

Castro Valley Farmers Market
Corner of Redwood Rd. & Norbridge Ave (Castro Valley BART)
Saturdays 9 am – 1 pm

Downtown Berkeley
Center Street @ M. L. King, Jr. Way
Saturdays 10 am – 3 pm

El Cerrito Plaza Farmers’ Market
El Cerrito Plaza
Tuesdays & Saturdays 9 am – 1 pm

Hayward Farmers Market
City Hall Plaza
Saturday 9 am –1 pm

Kensington Farmers’ Market
Colusa Circle, Kensington
Sundays 10 am – 2 pm

Gill Tract Pay-What-You-Can Farm Stand
San Pablo Ave, south of Marin, Berkeley
Sunday 3 pm – 5 pm

Grand Lake Farmer’s Market
Grand Ave. & Lake Park Ave.
Saturdays 9 am – 2 pm

Irvington Farmer’s Market
Bay St & Trimboli Way, Fremont
Sundays 9 am – 2 pm

Jack London Square Farmer’s Market
Jack London Square
Sundays 10 am – 3 pm

Kaiser Permanente Oakland
3801 Howe St.
Fridays 10 am – 2 pm (March through October)

Mobile Farmers Market (various locations, check the website for stop locations)
Oakland: Thursdays 10:15 am – 1:15 pm
Richmond: Wednesdays 9:30 am – 2:30 pm

Montclair Village
La Salle Ave & Moraga Ave
Sundays 9 am – 1 pm

North Berkeley
Shattuck Avenue @ Rose Street
Thursdays 3 pm – 7 pm

Old Oakland
9th St between Broadway & Clay
Fridays 8 am – 2 pm

Richmond Farmers Market
24th Street & Barrett Ave
Fridays 8 am – 5 pm

San Leandro Farmers’ Market
Bayfair Center, E 14th St.
Saturdays 9 am – 1 pm

South Berkeley
Adeline Street & 63rd Street
Tuesdays 2 pm – 6.30 pm

Temescal Farmer’s Market
5300 Claremont Ave (DMV)
Sundays 9 am – 1 pm

Uptown Oakland Farmers Market
21st St. & Kaiser Plaza, Oakland
Wednesdays 10 am – 2 pm (April through November)

Ayva loves the Farmers Market | Photo: Brandi Riley

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3 thoughts on “East Bay Farmers Markets Guide for {510} Families”

  1. There is also a farmers market in downtown Pinole on Saturday mornings from 9-12. Try have organic options, food vendors, and usually have live music and a second hand book booth with children’s books for sale at cheap prices ($1-$2).

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