Add these pop-up holiday markets and crafts fairs, most of them weekend-only, including markets starting this weekend, and all offering hand-made items for yourself or to give as gifts.
Forget online shopping. Make your list, check it twice, and pop over to one of these pop-ups to find one-of-a-kind items.
Dozens of creative artisans will be offering a variety of tchotchkes and handmade items, including fashion, art, and accessories. This fair also offers DIY workshops, food trucks, DJ sets, and more.
- Nov. 17–18, Chelsea;
- Dec. 22–23, Greenpoint
This impressive market presented by the NY Handmade Collective (formerly the Etsy NY Street Team) showcases goods from indie vendors all based in the NYC area. It drew more than 20,000 attendees last year, so has expanded this year to three weekends in different locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn, so there’s one that fits your schedule or your geography.
- Nov. 24–25, Boerum Hill;
- Dec. 3–9, Chelsea;
- Dec. 15–16, Brooklyn Heights
This sixth annual event hosted by Brooklyn Makers calls itself “the best of Brooklyn under one roof”, and l feature more than 60 local vendors selling fine handmade goods. A photo booth and arts and crafts for the kids make this a family-friendly event, and there are local Brooklyn food and drink vendors, including Palo Santo, Blondery, and Hungry Bird Eats.
- Nov. 24–25, Gowanus
A juried show of top local artisans offering jewelry, wood carvings including hand-carved eyeglass frames and more.
- Thurs., Nov 29 to Sun., Dec. 2. Admission $10, Students and Seniors $8. Proceeds support community programs.
- At Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Amsterdam Ave. at 112th St.
The annual Native American Art Market returns to the Museum of the American Indian in Lower Manhattan, including the opportunity to meet with the Native American artists.
This is your chance to buy museum quality one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry, pottery, baskets, sculptures, paintings, apparel, beadwork and other artwork and crafts at affordable prices for yourself or for gifts, directly from the artists. Vendors are selected by the museum, so you can be assured everything is museum quality. Prices range from $50 to $5,000.
- The Smithsonian Native Art Market is FREE admission, Saturday/Sunday, Dec. 1/2, 10am to 5:30pm both days.
- Plus, there’s a ticketed preview on Friday, Dec. 1st, 4-7 p.m. to meet with the artists at a wine and cheese event and get early access to the arts sale, plus guided tours of current exhibits. Tickets are $50, direct from the museum.
More than 150 independent local Brooklyn designers will participate with handcrafted art, jewelry, apparel, bath and body care, tableware, home furnishings and more. The artisanal food market includes some 40 makers featuring locally sourced, small-batch artisanal packaged foods including charcuterie, condiments, maple syrup, spices, finishing salts, chocolates, baked goods and more, as well as food-related products such as handmade ceramics, chopping blocks, kitchen textiles, food-pun greeting cards, apparel and more. All four FAD Markets are 11am to 6pm
- Dec. 1-2, and Dec.8-9, Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St.
- Dec. 8-9 and Dec. 15-16, City Point, 445 Albee Square W, Brooklyn
This is a group exhibition featuring 60+ artists in an exclusive TriBeCa gallery (One Art Space), which has hosted shows by the Jack Kirby Museum, Spike Lee, and other well known artists from around the world. Come ready to network, to meet creatives, and to collect beautiful artworks by accomplished local and international artists. Admission is FREE and there will be a free open bar with beer and wine for guests 21+ along with live music.
- Sat., Dec. 1 only, 6pm to 9pm, at One Art Space, 23 Warren St. in Tribeca.
Vendors are llimited to Brooklynites, and will be offering handmade crafts, jewelry and more. The organizers are expecting up to 4,000 visitors, a full day of free fun activities, live music, and festive holiday cocktails, so get there early for the best selection.
- 1pm to 6pm, Sun., Dec. 2 only, at 67 West St.
Find an uusual and eclectic mix of off-beat items here, including taxidermy and anatomical curiosities, bizarre literary titles, and jewelry to match.
- Dec. 1–2, Greenpoint
It’s location in the Main Hall of the Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden means you can have a pint before, during or after shopping for a mix of handmade crafts, baked items and vintage finds.
- Sundays, Dec. 2, 9, and 16, Astoria
- December 8–9, Brooklyn Expo Center, Greenpoint
More than 200 vendors, plus the chance to learn crafting skills including macramé and knitting, through the BUST School for Creative Living at the event. Everything here is handmade, and most items are one-of-a-kind.
- December 8, Park Slope
The name of this market says it all. Vendors offer an assortment of jewelry, art, and home goods, plus live music from HeBeSheBeez and Zamy Maa. Plus, rhythm tap dance group Cole Collective will be on-site showing off their moves.