Applications for the Salem Open Market coming soon

The Salem Open Market at Haunted Happenings is a juried arts market that will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the last three weeks in October. The market sets up in the heart of Salem’s pedestrian zone along Essex Street and Derby Square. Hours and pricing vary depending on the location, see below.

Food Trucks: 
Please contact for space at the Salem Food Truck Festival, October 6 and October 7.

Vendor Selection:
All vendors are reviewed for accep­tance by New England Open Markets. It is our goal to have a wide vari­ety of prod­ucts by artists and makers. We are looking for products in keeping with the spirit of Haunted Happenings, however items do not need to have a Halloween theme. Products should appeal to the eclectic customer base visiting Salem during the month of October. Considerations include: quality, innovation and uniqueness of the wares; overall cohesiveness and consistency of your work; how your items are represented in your photos; and the need to diversify craft categories presented. We accept all types of art and handmade crafts. The application and agreement that each artist/maker signs forbids the sale of manufactured and resale items.

Applications will be open on our website January 20, 2018 and will remain open until all available spaces have been filled. In addition to our online form, the photos are required. Two of your product, and one of your display. 

2018 Dates and Hours of Operation:
Saturday and Sunday, October 6  and October 7, 2018 (Essex Street Only)
Monday, October 8, 2018 (Essex Street)
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 12, 13 and 14, 2018
Friday, Saturday and Sunday: October 19, 20 and 21 2018
Friday, Saturday and Sunday: October 26, 27 & 28, 2018

Derby Square Vending: 11:00AM – 6:00PM
Essex Street Vending: 11:00AM – 8:00PM Friday & Sunday | 11:00AM – 10:00PM Saturday

Vendor Fees and Making Payments:
Derby Square Reserved Spaces
10’ x 10’ – $125 per day
10’ x 20’ – $225 per day

Essex Street Reserved Spaces
10’ x 10’ – $225 per day
10’ x 20’ – $325 per day

Derby Square Stand-by Spaces
10’ x 10’ – $175 per day
10’ x 20’ – $275 per day

Essex Street Stand-by Spaces
10’ x 10’ – $275 per day
10’ x 20’ – $375 per day

Upon acceptance you will be sent an email with your reserved dates and a link to our Payment Page. Our preferred method of payment is through the Payment Page on the website. Please bookmark this page for fast and easy payments. If you prefer, you may also send a check to our office.

Due to the short duration of this market all payments are due by August 15, 2018.

Adding Dates:
Additional dates may be added at any time during the season. Confirmation of additional dates is subject to market and/or category availability. To add dates, please email

Tax ID Certificates:
Tax ID Numbers are required in Massachusetts. All Exhibitors must be in compliance with State & Federal Tax Laws and display Tax ID Certificate in booth. This is required for both in state and out of state vendors. If you do not have a tax id certificate, you can obtain one online in a few minutes at no cost. Click HERE to register with the Massachusetts Department of Revenue.

Aesthetic Guidelines:
All vendors are required to display their booths in a professional manner:

  • Only sturdy tents with white canopies are permitted
  • Your must display your Business Name/Logo on your tent, banner, or signage
  • Floor length table cloths are required for all display tables
  • Additional stock and boxes must be kept hidden under display
  • Rented space must be kept tidy during operating hours, your goods/displays must not extend outside of your tent area, and all trash must be hauled away at the close of the day
  • Smoking is not permitted

Tent Weights:
A minimum of 40lbs per leg of tent is mandatory at the Greenway Open Market. Cinder blocks, bricks, water jugs and other crude methods of weighing down your tents are unacceptable. This policy will be strictly enforced as to ensure the safety of our customers and fellow vendors.

Below are a few approved links to tent weights online:
Amazon - Heavy Duty Premium Weight Bags
Etsy - DIY PVC Tent Weight Tutorial

Setup/Breakdown, Booth Assistance :
A comprehensive setup email will be sent to accepted vendors the Friday prior to each scheduled market with your space and time assignment. Our staff will be assisting during setup/breakdown, and will be onsite throughout day to address your needs. Additionally, helpers will be on hand to provide temporary booth sitting to allow artists to visit restrooms or grab a bite to eat. Booth sitting will be limited to 20 minutes. Please plan to bring a helper if you require additional assistance in your booth.

Join Our Facebook Vendor Resource Page:
A private group has been created for accepted vendors. This new page will be an internal resource page for accepted vendors of New England Open Markets only. Our staff will post reminders, updates, social media campaigns and other important info pertaining to the markets. Vendors may also use this new group page as an open forum to share ideas, suggestions and to sell products to each other. We encourage you to join after being accepted.

Cancellation Policy:
In the event that you’ve been accepted into the market but have to cancel, we offer full refunds up to one month prior to the market date. After that, we offer a 50% discount on cancellations until two weeks prior to the market date. If you cancel within two weeks of the date of the market, we do not offer refunds of any amount due to the proximity of the event. Once you cancel, you forfeit your spot in the market and you are not permitted to sell or trade your space. 

Weather Policy:
The Salem Open Market is a rain or shine market. By choosing to participate in a rain or shine market, vendors assume all risks associated with adverse weather conditions. In the event of a closing due to severe weather, reserved vendors will receive a credit only for a future market date.

Code of Conduct:
In order to ensure the quality and enjoyment of the market and to promote a safe and positive atmosphere, all vendors involved with the market shall abide by the following Code of Conduct.

  • All persons shall act with respect toward other persons, their privacy and safety. 
  • Physical or verbal abuse to fellow vendors, costumers or market management of any kind will not be tolerated. 
  • All persons shall treat public and private property and equipment with respect.

Please report any activity that is deemed inappropriate to our on-site managers. Any violation of the Code of Conduct by a vendor will result in the immediate removal from the markets without refund. NE Open Markets owners, landlords, man­agers and pro­mot­ers reserve the right to restrict or ter­mi­nate any vendor’s activ­ity which, in their opin­ion, is disruptive, slanderous, inap­pro­pri­ate or is detri­men­tal to the qual­ity of the event as a whole. In the event of any restric­tions or evic­tions, NE Open Markets and its affil­i­ates will not be liable for any refund of rental or other expenses.

NE Open Markets, LLC reserves the right to enforce and/or interpret the Rules and Regulations and make final judgment without exception. Exhibitors agree to comply with show policies, Rules & Regulations as stated herein. NE Open Markets, LLC reserves the right to restrict, modify or expel without refund any exhibit that it deems undesirable or in non-compliance.

Promoter Statement:
The Salem Open Mar­ket man­agers and pro­mot­ers reserve the right to restrict or ter­mi­nate any vendor’s activ­ity or remove any prod­uct, which, in their opin­ion, is objec­tion­able or inap­pro­pri­ate or is detri­men­tal to the qual­ity of the event as a whole. In the event of any restric­tions or evic­tions, the Salem Open Mar­ket and its affil­i­ates will not be liable for any refund of rental or other expenses. The Salem Open Mar­ket man­agers and pro­mot­ers reserves the right to remove, with­out refund or recourse, any exhibitor who mis­rep­re­sents him­self or his prod­uct. In addi­tion, the pro­moter reserves the right not to select ven­dors who may not be suit­able for the market. The Salem Open Mar­ket reserves the right to amend or add to the applic­a­ble rules per­tain­ing to and gov­ern­ing the Salem Open Mar­ket at any time dur­ing and before the oper­at­ing sea­son without notice. The inter­pre­ta­tion of all the rules by the pro­mot­ers shall be final.

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