As the holidays inch ever closer, this weekend hosts an abundance of indie fairs, festivals and bazaars to help you along. From a wonderland of crafts in Portland to an edgy Floridian explosion of all things handmade, this weekend has the craft adventure just right for you.
While we can't write about every craft fair and marketplace happening across the country (or the world), we do like to highlight a handful of notable ones each week. If you'd like more people to know about your craft show or event, list it on our Craft Map and we'll gladly consider it for coverage. You can also email us at email@example.com.
Dec 10-11, 11-6
In a season rife with overspending, we bring you an indie craft fair offering not only free admission but also goodie bags, good cheer and (because it's in Portland) lots of good "spirits."
Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd, Exhibit Hall C, Portland, Oregon, firstname.lastname@example.org, Crafty Wonderland
Fourth Avenue Street Fair
Dec 9-11, 10-6
With over 400 arts and crafts booths, a Hands-on-Kids Art Pavilion and fry bread (as good as it sounds, we hope), Arizona wins our crafty hearts. And stomachs.
9th Street and University Blvd. along 4th Avenue, Tucson, Arizona, Fourth Avenue
KPFA Crafts & Music Fair Dec 10-11, 10-6
Considered the largest craft event in Northern California, this monstrous marketplace will showcase over 200 vendors exclusively from the Western states. Concourse Exhibition Center, 635 8th St., San Francisco, California, email@example.com, KPFA
Deluxe Indie Craft Bazaar
Dec 10, 11-5
No resellers allowed! This indie craft fair in Oklahoma admits only crafters of the handmade and small-batch variety.
3001 General Pershing Blvd, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, firstname.lastname@example.org, Deluxe Oklahoma
Dec 11, 11-5
The Craft Mafia strikes again! Its latest hit: Richmond, Virginia, where indie crafters and designers are gathering 'round for a handmade marketplace. We hear there might even be rampant caroling, infectious good cheer and other holiday nonsense. Consider yourself forewarned!
Plant Zero in Richmond's Manchester District, East 4th St, Richmond, Virginia, email@example.com, Richmond Handmade Holiday
Atomic Holiday Bazaar
Dec 10-11, (Sat) 10:4:30, (Sun) 12-5:30
Add a little Halloween camp to your holiday glam with this trendy but misfit marketplace, which, rather than whimsy and sentiment, spotlights crafts of the amusing and ironic variety. Expect creepy-cute plush toys, hobgoblin home decor and tattoos. Lots of them.
SRQ Municipal Auditorium, 801 N Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, Florida, firstname.lastname@example.org, Atomic Holiday Bazaar
Christmas Holiday Shoppe
Dec 10, 9-4
Return to the roots of craft fair-ing with this traditional church bazaar in North Carolina, which features old favorites like a raffle and bake sale as well as a few clever updates, like the Candy Cane Coffee Bar. Intriguing!
St. Thomas More School, 920 Carmichael Street, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 919-929-1546, St. Thomas More School
Dec 9-11, (Fri) 6pm-10, (Sat & Sun) 11-6
Celebrate with small-batch goods at this stylish craft fair, which features over 70 vendors, a kids craft area and (our favorite) a self-serve wrapping station! Proceeds go to benefit a local autism charity and there are even green transportation directions.
Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 1750 13th Street, Boulder, Colorado, email@example.com, Firefly Handmade
Art for the Holiday Dec 11, 11-6
Going to that DAM craft fair? This unique art and craft marketplace in the trendy section of Detroit (written without a trace of irony) is put on by the Detroit Artists Market and features sculptures, handmade stationary and other unique artworks, all from local artisans.
Image credits (from top): flickr.com/fortandfield, flickr.com/fortandfield, Fourth Avenue, KPFA, Deluxe Oklahoma, flickr.com/citygirlsews, Atomic Holiday Bazaar, St. Thomas Moore School, Firefly Handmade and Detroit Artists Market