Swapfest: The Flea at MIT

Important update regarding Coronavirus and Swapfest

Posted: February 3, 2021
While we are still hoping to be able to resume holding the Swapfest event you all know and love this season, MIT has not yet announced its plans for allowing large events to return to campus. As a result, Swapfest will not take place until at least the summer, and we encourage you to continue to check this page periodically for updates - as soon as we know when we'll be able to reopen Swapfest, an announcement will be posted here. Please do not send in preregistrations until our opening schedule is known.

Previous Updates:

Posted: July 30, 2020
As MIT has announced that only seniors will be back on-campus with heavy restrictions in place, we have determined that we won't be able to hold Swapfest without excessive risk for the rest of the calendar year. Swapfest will (tentatively) pick back up on April 18 of next year, and anyone who submitted preregistration should have either recently received an email or will shortly receive postal mail returning their payment.

Posted: June 4, 2020
As Massachusetts is only in the first phase of its reopening plan, with large events still not allowed for at least several more weeks, and as MIT has not yet decided when groups may resume holding activities on campus, we're sorry to say that the June 21, 2020 and July 19, 2020 Swapfest meets are also cancelled.

Posted: March 13, 2020
Under new rules from MIT's Association of Student Activities, no student-organized events may be held for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester. Therefore, the May 17, 2020 Swapfest is also cancelled.

Posted: March 9, 2020
Due to the ongoing worldwide COVID-19 outbreak, new MIT policies prohibit the hosting of large public events until May 15. Therefore, we regret to inform the Swapfest community that the April 19, 2020 event is cancelled. Vendors who have purchased space for April's flea (including season pass holders) are eligible for a refund or credit towards a future event. Vendors may contact w1mx-officers@mit.edu with any questions.

2020 Swapfest Dates

  • April 19, 2020 (Cancelled)
  • May 17, 2020 (Cancelled)
  • June 21, 2020 (Cancelled)
  • July 19, 2020 (Cancelled)
  • August 16, 2020 (Cancelled)
  • September 20, 2020 (Cancelled)
  • October 18, 2020 (Cancelled)

2021 Swapfest Dates - Be sure to check back as these dates get closer!

  • April 18, 2021 (Cancelled)
  • May 16, 2021 (Cancelled)
  • June 20, 2021 (Cancelled)
  • July 18, 2021 (Cancelled)
  • August 15, 2021 (Tentative)
  • September 19, 2021 (Tentative)
  • October 17, 2021 (Tentative)


Indoor space is available in our garage as always. We no longer have outdoor space in the triangle lot across Albany St. We are working on arrangements for limited outdoor space for future months. Call for details.

Buyers’ Parking

Information: text and PDF map

About Swapfest

The MIT Radio Society, in conjunction with the MIT UHF Repeater Association, the MIT Electronics Research Society, and the Harvard Wireless Club, sponsors a Swapfest on the third Sunday of each month, April through October. This is a place to buy, sell, and swap amateur radio, electronic, and computer equipment. Hams and non-hams alike are welcome.

For more information, see the online copy of our swapfest flyer (pdf, or text only). Print out a copy of the flyer and bring it with you for a discount on the buyer’s admission. Want to sell? Here’s an online copy of the seller’s registration form. Remember to send it in by the 5th of the month for the advanced seller discount. Still need more info? Call 617-253-3776 during business hours.

The Swapfest is held at MIT’s Albany Street Garage on Albany St between Main Streets and Mass Ave in Cambridge. The gate opens for buyers at 9am. There is a small admission fee.

Other New England Fleas

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