"Central Flea" Coming to Central Square

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CSBA Seeks Cambridge Vendors for June 25 New Market Concept

Submitted by the Central Square Business Association

The Central Square Business Association is very excited to announce a new market concept at the lot on Bishop Allen & Prospect, the Central Flea. We have partnered with New England Open Markets and the curation is going to be dynamic, we are going to make this a great Cambridge experience. The Central Flea is a ode to our roots; a Brooklyn-style flea welcoming all styles of goods from Boston Art and Vintage to Afro-punk  and Salvage, Food Trucks to Fair Trade. All are welcome to join us in celebrating Urban Diversity in the cultural epicenter of Cambridge, Central Square! Currently we are putting together our vendors for the market and would love Cambridge Local First members to participate -- the pilot event is free to everyone. Applications can be submitted here:  https://www.newenglandopenmarkets.com/central-flea/.

: Sunday, June 25th. 11am-5pm
: The Central Flea will be held in the heart of Central Square at 95 Prospect Street, just a 4 minute walk from the Central T stop, surrounded by some hot spots to the likes of Whole Foods, Improv Boston, Workbar, and IDEO Cambridge, to name a few.


*There is no fee for the Central Flea, however, the City of Cambridge, MA will collect a $10 licensing fee for vendors with addresses outside of Cambridge, MA. NE Open Markets will collect this fee the week prior to the market date and deliver it to the city in order to host the out-of-town vendors.


  • Vintage and Antique Dealers

  • Artists

  • Food Trucks

  • Specialty Food Makers

  • Import Vendors

  • Fair Trade Vendors

  • Community Non-Profits

  • Musicians
Street Artists and Performers


How to Apply:

Please fill out the application below to apply for a space. Spaces are free for those with a Cambridge, MA address and just $10 for anyone located outside of Cambridge! NE Open Markets will collect the $10 fee from applicable vendors the week prior to the market date. 

This is a free, pilot market so apply quickly as spaces will fill up fast! If the market goes well, the City of Cambridge will ask us to continue this on Sundays and we will keep the market fun and affordable for all!

All vendors accepting into the Central Flea are responsible for bringing their own setup materials: tables, tents, chairs etc. We do not provide or rent any supplies.

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.

Health and License Requirements: Food Vendors Only*

If accepted, each vendor will be required to obtain a Cambridge Board of Health Temporary Food Service Permit. Additionally, you must pass health and fire inspections prior to the event start time on the days of the festival. In order to obtain the temporary health permit you must email us the following documents after submitting your application below:
    1.    Food Truck Permit
    2.    Serve Safe Documentation
    3.    License from certified inspected kitchen/commissary

Setup/Breakdown, Booth Assistance:

A comprehensive setup email will be sent to accepted vendors the week 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.

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.


Central Square is a Cultural District, a designation that ties our diverse communities together through our unique proliferation of public art, entertainment, education, food and street culture. Central Square is the originator and host of exciting cultural events – occurring nightly and seasonally. Special events in C2 include the Central Elements and the Cambridge Science Festival, The World’s Fair, The Taste of Cambridge, A Festival of Dumplings, Pop-up Mini Golf, Lunch in the Park, Farmer’s Markets, A Superhero 5k, and the City Wide Dance Party, drawing annual audiences to the square in excess of 1,000,000 happy event-going people.

Central Square is constantly evolving while staying true to its core identity as an authentic, unique and eclectic place to live, work and play. The Square is part of the MIT and Cambridge College campuses and has long been a destination for students, faculty, visiting scholars, artists, and creative business owners due to our rich and varied cultural activities.

Promoter Statement:

The Central Flea 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 Central Flea and its affil­i­ates will not be liable for any refund of rental or other expenses. The Central Flea 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 Central Flea reserves the right to amend or add to the applic­a­ble rules per­tain­ing to and gov­ern­ing the We Love Local at any time dur­ing and before the oper­at­ing sea­son without notice. The inter­pre­ta­tion of all the rules by the pro­mot­ers shall be final.