Visit Eastern Market Flower Day in Detroit May 19th

Thinking about heading to the Eastern Market Flower Day this May?

As one of the most popular events of the season, you won't want to miss a chance to explore hundreds of vendors in one of Detroit's most historic districts.

Below, learn more about Flower Day at Eastern Market in Detroit and how you can find Ink Detroit T-shirts and official I Love Detroit trademark goods during your visit.

What Is the Eastern Market In Detroit?

The Eastern Market in Detroit is the country's largest outdoor farmer's market and a go-to destination for tourists and locals alike. Located in the heart of Detroit at 2934 Russell Street, it's the home to countless vendors offering local food, drinks, and products.

The market spans some 43 acres. It was founded in 1841 at its original location and moved to the present spot 50 years later, in 1891. Check out a 360-degree virtual tour of the area here.

The market hosts various festivals and events throughout the year. Popular events include Sunday Market and the upcoming Flower Day.

The History of the Eastern Market in Detroit

The Eastern Market District in Detroit stretches back to the 1800s. It was originally located in Cadillac Square and was strictly a hay and wood sales shed. However, in 1891, sales sheds were added to provide space for the growing list of vendors at the market. The district was then renamed and moved to its current location. More sheds were added in 1922 and 1929.

But, like for much of the nation, it wasn't until after World War II that the Eastern Market became a popular spot for wholesale food and products. More food processors and wholesalers moved into the Detroit area. At the belly of the Eastern Market, a six-block public market was established.

Today, as you walk through the Eastern Market, you'll see countless brick storefronts, up to three stories tall, featuring Victorian architecture and over 150 different food and wholesaler vendors selling their goods. The Eastern Market is the largest open-air flowerbed market in the United States. It is within the country's most significant historic public market district. In 1978, it was also added to the National Registry of Historic Places.

The Eastern Market Partnership has also built an infrastructure surrounding the market to further support the city of Detroit's cultural, economic, and nutritional enrichment.

What Is Eastern Market Flower Day?

The Eastern Market Flower Day is an iconic Detroit tradition at 2834 Russell Street. The event draws thousands of people from all over the country to explore a rich floral selection from Detroit and the surrounding areas.

It is an all-ages event featuring Metro Detroit Flower Growers Association vendors from the Midwest.

Throughout May, Flower Tuesday Markets were held with flower selections from Eastern Market Growers, making it easier to explore for those who prefer a smaller crowd to the buzz of the traditional market day. You can buy flowers at the event.

Flower vendors are in shed 6 of the market every day from Mother's Day to Father's Day from early morning until sunset.

The Flower Day Celebration starts on May 14, 21, & 28th from 9am-3pm with Flower Day taking place on May 19th from 7am--5pm. RSVP for Flower Day Here.

What's The Best Day to Go to Eastern Market Flower Day?

In May, Michigan's long, harsh winters give way to the fresh spring air and warmer days. Locals head to the market to grab potted plants, annual flowers, greenery, and shade trees and enjoy exciting entertainment and activities.

While Sunday, May 19th is the official "Flower Day," you can visit the market at other times throughout the month.

As we mentioned, The Tuesday Markets will continue to feature flower selections from Eastern Market throughout the month. If you're looking to beat the crowds but need to take advantage of the flower selection, these are the best days to go.

On the other hand, if you want to explore more local favorites, vendors, and things to do, you should visit on May 19th. On the day of the event, the market offers plenty of free parking, fresh produce, food trucks, and restaurants.

Why You Can Find Ink Detroit At the Festival & What To Expect


At Ink Detroit, we love our city, and we're proud to be among one of the local vendors offering Detroit-made products.

For the past decade, we have participated in Flower Day every year, and we are just as excited this year to be a part of this special Detroit tradition.

You can find us on Russell Street between Wilkins and Alfred Street. Swing by to say "hi" or grab a Detroit sticker, t-shirt, or some of our famous "I Love Detroit", or our Apple Blossom t-shirt and much more!

As a company, we wanted to create a brand that captured the spirit of Detroit with creative graphics and catchy slogans. We are proud to offer quality items that people from Detroit and people who love this city can enjoy at one of the city’s most visited events.

Help us kick off the summer right by visiting our booth this Flower Day. We can't wait to see you there!

Frequently Asked Questions About Eastern Market Flower Day in Detroit

When is Flower Day at Eastern Market Detroit?

Sunday, May 19th, from 7am to 5pm.

Is parking free at Eastern Market?

Yes! You can park for free throughout most of the district but get there early to find a spot close to the event. Keep in mind that some spots are off-limits and come with costly $45 tickets if you fail to comply with local laws.

What is sold at the eastern market?

You'll find over 225 vendors selling everything from meat to tacos to apparel to flowers! It's one of the oldest farmers' markets in the US and the largest you'll find.

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