Trust us, you don't want to brave the crowds heading to Target or Best Buy this Black Friday. There are tons of great deals to be had at local vendors, and to prove it, we've put together this list of shopping experiences happening around town this Friday. You might just find something even more special than a new TV.
Alternative Black Friday Vintage Market
Dozens of local makers, artisans, and vintage stores will be selling their wares during the Alternative Black Friday Vintage Market at CityScape, where you can also enjoy live music and holiday-themed drinks. The free event runs from noon to 7 p.m. on Friday, November 23, and the first 100 shoppers get a souvenir tote bag to hold all their fun finds. Visit the CityScape Phoenix website.
Black Friday Indigenous Market Pop-Up Shops
Explore works by indigenous artists at pop-up shops coming to Arizona Science Center from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Arizona Science Center, where you can also participate in the center’s Native American Children Toy Drive & Concert. Admission is free with a new unwrapped toy. Visit Black Friday Indigenous Pop-Up Shops on Facebook.
Black Friday Buy Black Block Party
Archwood Exchange is presenting a marketplace featuring black-owned businesses from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, November 23. Check it out at the Parsons Center for Health and Wellness, 1101 North Central Avenue, where you can also enjoy local entertainment and family activities. Visit Black Friday Buy Black Block Party on Facebook.
Black Friday & Charity Pie Night
You can shop and indulge your slice cravings on Friday, November 23, between 7 and 9 p.m. That’s when Practical Art is holding its next charity pie night, with proceeds going to a nonprofit called Girls Who Code that’s working to end the technology gender gap. For $10, you can get unlimited slices of homemade pies, in traditional and more adventurous flavors. You can shop works by well over a hundred artists while you’re there, with 10% of sales going to Girls Who Code. Visit the Practical Art website.
Annual Ornament Marketplace
Head to the Heard Museum on Friday, November 23, when the shop is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. That’s the first day of the free three-day event, which means you’ll have the best selection to choose from — including ornaments from elegant to whimsical, created with diverse materials such as metal, wood, fabric, and beads. You can shop the same hours on Small Business Saturday, November 24. Visit the Heard Museum website.
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Briar Patch MarketPlace
Find an eclectic assortment of handmade gifts by local crafters during the three-day Briar Patch MarketPlace that kicks from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, November 23. It’s happening at Horizon High School, 5601 East Greenway Road, where you can shop the same hours on Small Business Saturday, November 24. Visit Briar Patch MarketPlace on Facebook.
The Phoenix Flea returns to Heritage Square from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 24, which means you can take a bite out of your holiday shopping list while supporting Small Business Saturday. Five dollars cash gets you into the festive marketplace, where more than 175 vendors will be plying their wares – including fine art, fashion, vintage goods, culinary finds, and more. Bring extra coin for food trucks and vendors, such as Waffle Love and Honey Bear’s BBQ. Visit Phoenix Flea on Facebook.