With summer winding down, new intellectual pleasures arise. Theaters open up for a new exciting season, Rosé makes way for Pinot and Cabernet, and cosy, voluminous scarves come out of the closet. Soon the holiday season will begin. To help you find the right gifts for your cultured friends, I’ve put together a list of fairs and markets where local designers and creators will be showcasing their latest work.
1. Fashion + Art + Design Market
Browse 50 independent designer makers showcasing handcrafted art, jewelry, apparel, bath and body care, tableware and home furnishings. FAD is a good place to meet, interact, and discover local Brooklyn art and culture. Local food and drinks served.
2. American Field Pop-up Market
The show brings together a balanced collection of the nation’s most innovative and emerging brands for weekend long pop-up market.
3. Renegade Craft Fair
Featuring over 200 vendors, Renegade is the largest independent craft fair in the world and attracts 300k + attendees annually with fairs in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Austin, Portland, Seattle, Denver, and London. Maker-designer goods, interactive features, artisanal food + drink and live music.
125 West 18 St., Chelsea (Show on map)
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
December 2—3, 9—10, 16—17
4. Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar
The best of Brooklyn designers, this time under two roofs: 501 Union and The Green Building in Gowanus. Expect handmade goods, food, drinks, music, craft activities and more good times on Thanksgiving weekend. The show is presented by Brooklyn Makers, a blog launched in 2012 to tell the stories behind remarkable Brooklyn brands & entrepreneurs.
5. Bulletin Holiday Market
Lifestyle shop Bulletin is partnering with The William Vale hotel in Williamsbrg to host a highly curated holiday market with New York’s best indie brands and designers. Shop gifts and sip on spiked hot cocoa while listening to the best local DJs and eating local bites.
December 3—4 & 10—11
6. Pop Up Flea
A one-weekend holiday shopping destination for over 80 interesting and off-beat brands: a good place to discover new things. Expect craft goods, menswear, and curated vintage. Pop Up Flea started in 2009 to create value and exposure for people who make and sell considered products.
7. Union Square Holiday Market
Hailed as a must-visit destination for unique gifts created by local craftsmen and artists, millions of people browse the winding aisles each year enjoying the eclectic holiday experience. This year, the market gets an upgrade, with new sections like Little Brooklyn and Urbanspace Provisions, a warming station, and with live music.
November 16–December 24
Union Square Park
Union Square Park (Show on map)
Open all day
8. Holiday Shops at Bryant Park
European inspired open-air market hosts artisans from New York City and around the world. Expect artisanal boutiques offering delicious eats and gifts, from apparel to decorative goods, and local food vendors.
October 28–January 2
6 Ave. and 42 St., Midtown (Show on map)
Monday – Friday: 11—8, Saturday & Sunday: 10—8
9. Columbus Circle Holiday Market
One of the most elegant quintessential New York places for holiday shopping. Located at the entrance to Central Park, at 59th street and Central Park West, visitors lose themselves in aisles of art, home goods, and delicious eats from local artisans and designers.
November 28–December 24
59 St. and Central Park West (Show on map)
Open all day
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