Hell-bent on going on a Black Friday bender? Then consider putting a little more craft into your spree-for-all. This weekend in particular offers variety in its handmade haunts. From craft fairs that honor the broken-walleted to marketplaces that propose philosophical ponderings while you purchase, there genuinely seems to be something for everyone.
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.
*broke for the Holidays Nov 26, 10-4
A bit like the clearance rack for crafters, this annual shopping event in New Hampshire hosts only vendors that commit to selling the bulk of their wares for $50 or less. (We'll be relying on the less part of that promise.)
Union Congregational Church, 33 Concord St, Peterborough, New Hampshire, firstname.lastname@example.org, *broke Arts Fair
Niagara Holiday Market Nov 25, 12-5
America's largest Euro-style holiday market will open this weekend and will feature Etsy studio vendors like The Secret Chicken
. Yep, chickens crafted from secrets and bowls made from veggies.
Art vs. Craft Nov 26, 10-6
This juried show not only features unique crafts from around the Wisconsin area but also offers up the labyrinthine debate on the differences between art and craft. We're assuming it's more than just an over-developed snootiness, right?
Milwaukee School of Engineering, 1047 N. Broadway, Milwaukee, WI, Art vs. Craft
Renegade Craft Fair's Holiday Austin
Nov 26-27, 11-6
Austin, Texas, is hosting its first holiday-themed Renegade Craft Fair. Expect over 150 indie crafters, DIY Christmas ornament workshops and even a half-mermaid, half-lumberjack photo booth. Keep crafting weird, we suppose.
Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road, Austin, Texas, email@example.com, 312-496-3215 Renegade Craft Fair
Holiday Festival of the Arts
Nov 25-26, (Fri) 12-5, (Sat) 10-4
Montana, who knew you had it in you! This surprising art fair staged in the heart of the Rocky Mountains brings over 100 vendors together to sell their handmade creations. Shoppers can expect to see only original art and craftwork from around the Big Sky state.Gallatin County Fairgrounds, 901 North Black Avenue, Bozeman, Montana, firstname.lastname@example.org, Visit Montana
etsyRAIN Handmade Holiday Show
Nov 26-27, 11-5
This irreverent craft show in downtown Seattle features unique creations like waterproof shower art (we're not sure what that is but are very excited anyway), business monkey belt buckles and more geek chic giftery.
The Intiman Theater Lobby, 201 Mercer St., Seattle, Washington, 206-683-9733, email@example.com, etsyRAIN
Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show
Nov 25-27, (Fri) 9-6, (Sat) 10-6, (Sun) 10-5
Landing in California this weekend is one of the West Coast's largest indoor marketplaces. With over 200 vendors and a gingerbread-on-the-go demo, this traditional craft fair promises lots of creative gifts and holiday creations.
San Jose Convention Center, 150 West San Carlos Street, San Jose, California, firstname.lastname@example.org, Harvest Festival
Image credits (from top): Art vs. Craft, Art vs. Craft, Renegade Craft Fair, Niagara Holiday Market, *broke Arts Fair, raspberry.co.uk, etsyRAIN and Harvest Festival