Why shop online this holiday season when you can lose yourself IRL in the handmade and vintage gloriousness of L.A.’s myriad holiday craft markets? You’ll find unique offerings by the creative people of the city — think innovative jewelry, spun yarns, silk screened prints and tees, hand bound books, stationery, ‘zines, one of a kind housewares — not to mention all manner of Santas to sit on, from traditional to black metal. Shopping at a craft fair means not only will you be supporting the small and independent artisans of L.A. — karma points — you’ll also ensure your gift stands out. Win win.
Held at the Autry Museum of the American West on Saturday and Sunday, November 10-11, the American Indian Arts Marketplace is Southern California's largest Native American arts fair and includes 200 artists offering works that range from paintings to pottery. The weekend-long event is a festival as well as a marketplace and includes artist demos, food and the Autry's Native Voices Short Play Festival. Entry is free with a museum membership. Non-member entry ranges from $14 for adults to free for children under age three. The cover includes admission to the museum.
4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles 90027
L.A.'s first art school, Otis College of Art and Design is celebrating its centennial anniversary this year and one of the highlights is the 100% Festival on the weekend of November 10-11. The free festival includes a Makers Market featuring vendors stocked with gift-friendly items from t-shirts to handmade dolls. Get your holiday shopping done early and then take some time to enjoy the workshops and speakers that are also part of the event. The festival runs from noon to 5 p.m. on both days. RSVP at Eventbrite.
9045 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles 90045
Known for the famed Hollyhock House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Art Park also offers a schedule of classes for adults and youth. Students and faculty from those programs will be selling their work at the Barnsdall Art and Craft Fair on November 18. Taking place next to the Hollyhock House, the event is free, but it's also in support of arts education at the park, so you can buy a $5 raffle ticket through the Eventbrite page.
4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles 90027
Taking place November 24-25, Holiday Marketplace is the Craft & Folk Art Museum's annual gift-shopping event and fundraiser. Browse handmade goods made by a curated selection of dynamic and vibrant makers in Los Angeles, while enjoying music and complimentary refreshments. Make holiday shopping more meaningful by supporting the Craft & Folk Art Museum. The marketplace is free with museum admission.
5814 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles 90036
Smorgasburg L.A., the weekly food fest at The Row DTLA, is bringing back its Holiday Market beginning the Sunday following Black Friday. Taking place every Sunday from November 25 through December 23, the weekly event will be upping the shopping options in addition to the usual eclectic selection of food and drinks.
777 Alameda St., Los Angeles 90021
Fashion-forward Unique L.A. puts the spotlight on up-and-coming indie artists and brands for a weekend at the California Market Center in DTLA. More than 300 vendors are part of the event, ranging from photographers to shoe designers. The two-day event also features a lounge area, arts and crafts activities, gift wrapping and a photo booth. General Admission is $15. Guests can splurge for $35 VIP tickets that include perks like a separate bar and lounge, free wine and a bag valet.
California Market Center, 110 E 9th St, Los Angeles 90079
In June 2018, four artists came together and opened The Print Shop LA, a printmaking collective and studio on Chung King Court, adjacent to the art galleries on Chung King Road in Chinatown. Their Holiday Art Sale brings together more than 10 vendors offering locally made items like prints and apparel. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on December 1 and includes live music.
502 Chung King Ct, Los Angeles 90012
Sunday Morning Hair is a "clean air" salon in El Sereno that emphasizes environmentally friendly practices and cool, '70s-style cuts. They also host occasional pop-ups, including the Holiday Market that's happening on Sunday, December 2. The event features 10 vendors and runs from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. No cover.
3350 N. Eastern Ave., Los Angeles 90032
Renegade Craft Fair, the multi-city series of alternative shopping events, returns to Los Angeles State Historic Park on December 8 and 9. The curated event puts the emphasis on local artists and designers who create ethically-made goods. Food, music and interactive activities are also part of the weekend-long event.
Los Angeles State Historic Park, 1245 N Spring St., Los Angeles 90012
Bitchcraft celebrates a decade of witchy art and crafts on Saturday, December 8. If you're looking for unique jewelry, leather goods with a rocker edge or a new tarot deck, the 10th Annual Winter Faire is the place to go. With a tattoo section as part of the event, there's a chance to get a gift for yourself as well. The market goes from noon to 7 p.m. with an after party to follow at Little Cave from 7-10 p.m.
Kinship Yoga, 5612 N. Figueroa St, Los Angeles 90042
The Echo Park Craft Fair's holiday show goes down on December 8 and 9 at Mack Sennett Studios with a bounty of small businesses setting up shop. Expect to find loads of fashion and beauty items as well as home goods throughout this large event. In addition to a host of food and drink options, The Spare Room (from the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel) will be handling the cocktail bar and online radio favorites Dublab will be bringing in the DJs. Admission is $12 for a one-day pass and $20 for a weekend pass. Tickets for the Friday Night Preview Party are $30.
Mack Sennett Studios, 1215 Bates Ave., Los Angeles 90029
Located at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, CRAFTED brings together more than 100 artists, crafters and food makers every weekend. On December 8, CRAFTED is hosting their annual Holiday Craft Party from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., featuring a selection of seasonal ornaments on sale for $1-10. Wreath-making workshops and cookie decorating are also part of the program. Admission and parking are free.
112 E. 22nd St., Warehouse 10, San Pedro 90731
Self Help Graphics & Art, the 45-year-old printmaking studio and art gallery in Boyle Heights that helped popularize Dia de Los Muertos in Los Angeles, hosts its annual Holiday Marketplace on Saturday, December 8. In addition to vendors selling a mix of crafts and fine art, items for sale will include serigraphs from the studio's own collection of prints. Plus, there will be printmaking demos on site. The Holiday Marketplace runs from noon to 5 p.m. December 8 is also the last day to see the Dia de los Muertos exhibition, How We Remember and How We Survive.
1300 E 1st St, Los Angeles 90033
Silverlake Flea hosts its Annual Holiday Market on December 22. This is the weekly market's final event of 2018 and it will be a big one, with over 80 vendors carrying a variety of vintage and craft items. There will be a gift wrap section at the flea market as well, along with food trucks and sweets. There's no cover and free parking is available at a lot on Golden Gate Avenue.
1511 Micheltorena St., Los Angeles 90026