Student Life: Student Life and Engagement

Market Friday

  • Market Friday Sign Up takes place in Manley Student Center, Lower Level,  10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Market Friday Event Hours: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • There is no preregistration for Market Friday
  • If you have any questions regarding Market Friday, please contact the Office of Student Life at 404-270-5144

Market Friday Fees

Normal Vending with Table:  $40 
Premium Market Fridays (Homecoming, Family Weekend, and Founders Day) --
Vending with Table: $50
Each Additional Table: $15
Registered Student Organizations Vending: $10  

Market Friday Dates

Market Friday occurs each Friday with the exception of the summer break, holiday weekends, and Spelman College Research Day.

*Premium Market Friday

Fall Semester

September 4
September 11
September 18 (No Market Friday in Observance of the AUC Career Fair)
September 25
October 2
October 9 (No Market Friday in Observance of Midterm Week)
October 16
October 23* (Homecoming)
October 30
November 6
November 13
November 20
November 27 (No Market Friday - Campus Closed)

Spring Semester

January 15
January 22
January 29
February 5
February 12
February 19* (Family Weekend)
February 26
March 4 (No Market Friday in Observance of Midterm Week)
March 11 (No Market Friday in Observance of Spring Break)
March 18
March 25 (No Market Friday in Observance of Good Friday)
April 1
April 8 * (Founders Day)
April 15 (No Market Friday in Observance of Research Day)
April 22
April 29

Policies and Procedures

The following policies and procedures for Spelman College Market Friday vendors and participants ensure the safety of our students and guests.  Market Friday is sponsored and facilitated by the Spelman Student Government Association.  Anyone not adhering to these rules may be barred from participating in Market Friday activities.

The Market Friday Director has the right to refuse any vending services that may pose a liability to the College.

Prohibited Vending

The following vending activities are prohibited and cannot be conducted at Market Friday:

•    Selling of Food or Beverages
     (Student organizations, please see fundraising policy in student handbook)

•    Tax Services or Advertising Tax Services

•    Selling of Live Animals (turtles, fish, dogs, horses, etc)

•    Selling of Hair Extensions (weave)

•    Eyebrow arching, waxing, tweezing, or threading

•    Braiding, curling, or hair services cannot be performed

•    DVD or CDs/replica materials (burned CDs and DVDs)

Vendor approval is up to the discretion of the Director of the Office of Student Life and Engagement

Policies for All Vendors

1.    Vendors must pay $40 vending fee (CASH or MONEY ORDER ONLY) to Spelman Student Government Association (SSGA) between 10:00 am and 12 noon on the Friday of vending

2.    Special rates of $50 apply to Homecoming, Family Weekend, and Founder’s Day Market Friday

3.    Vendors are highly encouraged to bring their own tables no longer than 8” in length



6.    Each vendor is allowed ONE table per $40 vending fee.  There will be a $15 fee for each additional table set up

7.    Vendors may only unload their vehicles between 10 am and 12 pm on the day of vending.  All vending vehicle(s) must be cleared off the street by 12 pm.

8.     Vendors with tents larger than 10x10 must have a fire department permit to be presented to the fire marshal’s office.  There must be at least 5-10 feet distance between tents

9.      Any vendors with under age children accompanying them will keep the children in their presence.  Under NO circumstances will children be allowed to run around campus freely

10.    Vendors CANNOT sell redistributed DVD or CDs/replica materials (burned CDs or DVDs).

11.    They CANNOT sell fake designer articles and pass them on as real. 

12.    Vendors MUST fully refund customers for unsatisfactory products (up to three weeks after product was bought).  Vendors CAN NOT sell things that are derogatory toward women, promote nudity, drugs, or alcohol (this includes Bob Marley marijuana paraphernalia, etc.)

13.   NO food vending is allowed at Market Friday

14.  Vendor set-up locations are available on a first come, first serve basis, there are NO reserved “spots”


Policies for Students

1.    Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) are charged a discounted fee of $10 to vend if they are CURRENTLY enrolled at Spelman, Morehouse, Clark Atlanta, ITC, or Morehouse School of Medicine

2.     Students must present their ID in order to setup a table.  ID’s are returned once the table is returned.  Students are responsible for securing their ID – SSGA shall not be liable for lost IDs

3.    RSOs must share tables (3 organizations per 8” table, 2 organizations per 6” table)

Policies for All Participants

1.    At NO time should vendors or students relocate furniture in Lower Manley to accommodate outdoor  seating

2.     RSOs and/vendors are prohibited to sell open food items (donuts out of a box, homemade cakes or pastries, etc.)

3.    All vendors must clean-up their respective areas before departure.  Failure to do so will result in being banned from Market Friday.

Policies for DJs

1.    Market Friday DJs will be featured on a rotational basis.  DJs must be currently enrolled students at an AUC institution

2.    DJ will be set up on the right of the Manley Student Center, Lower Level exit door

3.    All extension cords must be mounted down with electrical tape

4.    All exit doors will be kept clear at all times