Mission Beach Markets, or MBM, as it’s called by regulars, has been on my radar since I moved to Brisbane years ago. Located in the heart of Sunnybank Hills, MBM offers a wide range of fresh produce, including organic fruit and vegetables, free-range meats and eggs, dairy products, and handmade goods. The small markets are held every Saturday at the Sunnybank Bowling Club from 8 am to 1 pm, and usually run very smoothly thanks to the hard work of the producers and volunteers who help run the show each week.
The Mission Beach Markets
Overlooking Mission Bay, The Mission Beach Markets is a place where you can purchase fresh produce, local meats, free-range eggs, raw honey, skincare products as well as handcrafted items from local artists. Grab some friends or family and head over to one of our summer markets on a Sunday afternoon in San Diego. We host two weekly markets in warmer months (April – November). Each market runs for about 6 hours (10 am – 4 pm) with live music & entertainment. Join us every Sunday at Fiesta Island where we will have lots of food trucks available to satisfy your tastes.
How To Get There
Mission Beach is just north of Mission Bay, on San Diego’s Pacific Ocean coastline. There are many ways to get there but if you are traveling by car, it’s best to take Interstate 5 until you reach Garnet Avenue in Pacific Beach. Turn west (left) onto Garnet Avenue until you reach Mission Boulevard. Stay on Mission Boulevard through Crystal Pier, until it becomes N. Mission Bay Drive. Take a right onto N. Mission Bay Drive where it ends at Palm Street in front of Sharky’s. This is your last chance to purchase any fresh produce from local farmers before making your way into Sharky’s… so be sure to buy up! If that wasn’t enough motivation, you’ll also be greeted with an old-school road sign reading Welcome to Old Town as soon as you turn onto N. Mission Bay Drive (which is our favorite part). Now that we’ve provided transportation tips and added a little extra motivation to your day; it’s time to head over here on foot. And while we don’t want travel suggestions or extra motivation getting in the way of having fun; it’s worth noting that turning left onto Neptune Ave.
What To Expect
The Mission Beach Market is one of a kind. While in San Diego, California you should definitely check out what it has to offer. From fresh produce to fresh entertainment, there is something for everyone at these markets. Here are some things you can expect to see when visiting these markets: The Mission Beach Markets typically take place on Saturdays in late spring, summer, and early fall and on Sundays during spring and fall. In order to give shoppers a good experience, sellers are only allowed to sell their own products (no reselling). If you have something that isn’t labeled, they may ask what brand it is or how you got it before they let you keep selling it.
Information for Vendors
Are you an individual who is thinking about selling at a local farmer’s market? Great! The City of San Diego’s Find Your Beach markets are fun, friendly places to showcase your products. All produce must be grown by yourself or in partnership with other growers. We do not allow any items that come from animals. If you are interested in selling your products at one of our markets, there are a few rules that you need to know before submitting an application. Please read below for more information. Please note: This is general information only; we cannot respond to requests for specific advice on market applications. For general questions please email [email protected] or call (619) 235-1172. If you have questions regarding your specific market please contact them directly via phone or email as they may require additional steps beyond what has been outlined here. Although many organizations accept donations, some corporations don’t want to show support towards a particular cause until it’s directly related to their brand/company image.
The markets are held every Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm at Mission Bay Park. Customers can expect to find organic, fresh produce as well as fun activities like free weekly yoga classes, nutrition seminars, free massages, a farmers market of smaller vendors, and more! Interested in bringing your pet? Dogs are welcome to attend provided they are leashed and under control. Parking is available in any of several nearby lots (must pay) or on San Diego city streets where metered parking is permitted with payment in quarters (no credit cards accepted).
Parking & Other Details
Overflow parking will be available at Shipwrecked Brew Pub (1961 Garnet Avenue, San Diego, CA 92109). All ages are welcome. However, please note that we do not allow pets or alcohol on site. We have plenty of grassy space for dogs to run around off-leash; just let us know if you’re bringing a pet when you arrive. This is a non-sponsored event; vendors and attendees pay their own way (free!) so please be generous with your spending so that it continues to happen in future years. Admission is free but donations will be accepted on behalf of LEAF Animal Rescue. Please bring gently used dog & cat supplies to donate onsite.
Location, Location, Location
If you’re new to San Diego or just need a refresher on all of our beautiful neighborhoods, check out our guide to the city’s best beach communities. You can start by learning a little about Mission Beach and Pacific Beach — right in your own backyard. Then, move onto Ocean Beach, Coronado, La Jolla, North County (Escondido), South Bay (Chula Vista) or beyond — wherever you decide to make your home base will be sure to offer fresh produce from Mission Market. That is if you don’t grow it yourself in one of San Diego’s many beautiful and bountiful parks. You’ll love living here: We’re glad to have you, but once you’ve been here a while, you won’t want to leave. Once you visit a farmers market near Mission Beach markets, we guarantee that, like everyone else who lives here, you’ll fall in love with our city too!
We’re glad to have all of them: Our city’s diverse population includes people from across America and around the world; each neighborhood has its own unique identity because of its distinct ethnic heritage as well as its rich history that dates back centuries. San Diego boasts an impressive collection of museums dedicated to preserving these histories—the Mingei International Museum being just one great example among dozens located throughout our community.
Entertainment: live music, family activities
Check out some live music, or go on a scavenger hunt with your kids at Mission Beach Markets. There’s plenty of fresh produce to be found, too; get healthy, nutritious food for your family by browsing vendors that include local farmers, artists, and artisans who sell handmade goods. The market also has live entertainment. Every Friday from noon to 3 p.m., you can enjoy free yoga classes that take place in front of a stunning view of the ocean (and have no problem convincing your kids they need to do yoga—after all, it’s family day). On Saturday mornings from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Mission Beach Markets is the perfect place to shop for fresh produce and have some fun!
While you might assume that shopping at a farmer’s market is only an option during spring and summer, I would argue that it’s one of my favorite options all year long. Overlooking Mission Bay Park, Mission Beach Markets sells seasonal produce from local farms (for both humans and pets!) along with a variety of arts and crafts. While I shop for avocado toast in January, my pup eats some delicious freeze-dried chicken treats made by Squeaky Treats—which also has plenty of other healthy dog snacks! If you’re looking to support small businesses while buying local produce at reasonable prices, then head on over to Mission Beach Markets! It’s open every Saturday 8 am-1 pm.