East End Vend is a fun, festive, community-oriented, outdoor makers market in Portland, Maine. Created to connect artists directly with the public in a pleasant, accessible environment, visitors will find handmade craft objects, art, prints, specialty foods, and other Maine-made goods at these events. Makers display their work in an outdoor Farmer’s Market-style setting with small tables and other creative displays. Markets are four hours long, held on multiple dates, in various locations around the city of Portland, and are open to both MCA members and non-members to participate.
East End Vend was developed in the summer of 2020 in response to the pandemic. Most craft shows were canceled, yet, as folks began to adapt to social distancing it became possible to offer these smaller, lower-cost, less formal markets outdoors. The market provides emerging and established artists with an easy way to set up and sell to customers in a fun market setting.