Neighborhood Feature: SoWa Art + Design District

Updated: Aug 26, 2019

The SoWa (short for "South of Washington") Art + Design District is a lively community made up of artist studios, contemporary art galleries, boutiques, design showrooms, and restaurants.

Previously known as a neglected area of warehouses in Boston's South End, the area has since experienced a "dramatic renaissance, blossoming into a world-renowned retail and arts community that includes the famous SoWa Open Market, the SoWa Vintage Market, and a fashionable residential neighborhood" (

In recent years, SoWa has become a creative hub for artists and fans alike, ranking #2 in USA Today's 10 Best Art Districts in the country.

SoWa Open Market: Every Sunday, May-October, 10 AM - 4 PM

"Now in its 16th season, the award-winning SoWa Open Market is Boston's largest celebration of local art, food and music. Every Sunday, over 175 makers and thousands of visitors converge in SoWa, amidst a vibrant backdrop of artist studios, galleries, boutiques and vintage shops."

SoWa First Fridays: Every First Friday, 5 PM - 9 PM

"On the First Friday of every month, the artists, galleries, shops and showrooms of the SoWa Art + Design District open their doors to the public for an evening of art, culture and inspiration."

SoWa Vintage Market: Every Sunday, 10 AM - 4 PM

"Located downstairs at 450 Harrison avenue, the SoWa Vintage Market is Boston's weekly destination for antiques, collectibles, vintage goods, and other one-of-a-kind curiosities."

SoWa Winter Festival

"Boston's largest winter shopping village and holiday festival spanning two merry weekends, visitors can find the perfect handmade gifts, sip on winter cocktails, enjoy delicious food, watch live ice sculpting, and discover the best of the SoWa Art + Design District."

For more information about the South End, check out our Neighborhood Guide here!