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Ornaments spotted during an Ornament Marketplace at the Heard Museum.
Ornaments spotted during an Ornament Marketplace at the Heard Museum. Heard Museum
Holiday shopping has kicked into high gear, but you don’t have to rely on big box stores or online behemoths to get everything checked off your list this year. Try hitting local holiday markets instead, where you can find unique gifts while you support the creative makers and artists in our midst. Here’s a sampling of more than a dozen free markets happening around metro Phoenix to help you get started.

Eye Lounge Holiday Sale

Through December 15


The Eye Lounge artist collective based in Roosevelt Row is taking its annual holiday sale and fundraiser online this year, so you can head to their website to purchase original works of art including ceramics, mixed-media pieces, photographs, and more. Participating artists include Susan Allred, Kat Davis, Gina DeGideo, Megan Driving Hawk, Mikey Foster Estes, Shorty Greene, Charles Kurre, Amy Sansbury Manning, Buzzy Sullivan, Christy Wittmer, and Hyewon Yoon.

Early Bird Makers Market

November 20


Local Trade AZ is holding a free outdoor market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Shops at Town & Country, where more than 120 vendors will be selling art, clothing, decor, furniture, health and beauty products, and more. The event also includes live music, and there will be a raffle benefiting Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

Buy Black Block Party

November 26


Head to the Roosevelt Row Welcome Center for a Black Friday market that’s being presented by Archwood Exchange to support local Black-owned small businesses. The free noon to 4 p.m. event will also include music, local food vendors, and giveaways.

click to enlarge Look for Jake Early's artwork on banners along Main Street in Mesa. - LYNN TRIMBLE
Look for Jake Early's artwork on banners along Main Street in Mesa.
Lynn Trimble

Santa’s Merry Makers Marketplace

November 26 and 27


Look for the two-day marketplace near the city’s Christmas tree at 1 North Macdonald in Downtown Mesa. Local artisans and crafters will be selling their wares at the free event that starts at 5 p.m. each night. The market runs until 10 p.m. on Friday, and until 9 p.m. on Saturday.

Holiday Ornament Marketplace

November 26 to 28


The free ornament marketplace at the Heard Museum runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. all three days. Head to the Museum Shop to explore ornaments created by Native American artists including Peter Ray James (Navajo), Michelle Tapia-Browning (Santa Clara), Larry Melendez (Hopi), and more. Ornament prices start at $16. This year’s limited-edition signature ornament was created by Jessica Tracey (Navajo). While you’re there, you can also shop for folk art, baskets, books, jewelry, rugs, and other gifts.

Bizarre Bazaar

November 27


Artist Irma Sanchez is hosting a free artist market featuring several local creatives at her art studio. The event takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. Participating creatives include Doug Bale, TeaPot Rescue Society, Jordan's Skateboards, and more. DJ Tony Balogna will also be there.

Crafeteria Pop-ups

November 27 and December 4, 11, and 18


Frances Boutique will present a series of free outdoor pop-ups in lieu of its traditional Crafeteria holiday market this year. The series launches on November 27, and continues on December 4, 11, and 18. Expect about 10 vendors for each noon to 5 p.m. pop-up. The eclectic vendor roster includes makers of artworks, baked goods, candles, clothing, cocktail mixes, jewelry, and more. The November event will include Cosmic Hour, Pure Life Jewelry, Jackie Jaz Art, Mudhead Soaps, Citizen Home Décor, Naked Rebellion, and others. While you’re there, check out the Stinkweed sidewalk sale with DJ Bruce Heimbuck.

click to enlarge You'll find a diverse assortment of jewelry at Shemer Art Center. - SHEMER ART CENTER
You'll find a diverse assortment of jewelry at Shemer Art Center.
Shemer Art Center

Gift Shop Artist Showcase

November 27


The gift shop inside Shemer Art Center features works by dozens of Arizona-based artists who make jewelry, small-scale paintings, garden objects, fashion accessories, home and office decor, and more. You can meet and talk with several of the artists during the free artist showcase happening from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participating artists include Sandy Blain, Gerri Dames, Rupali Holmes, Sandra Luehrsen, Michael Meacham, Robert McLeod, Michelle Rodeman, and Christine Sandifur.

Shop & Be Merry

Begins November 27


Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is presenting a series of indoor holiday markets featuring curated arts and crafts, as well as entertainment and activities. Admission is free, but there is a charge for some activities. The series launches on Small Business Saturday, November 27, from noon to 4 p.m. Other days are December 5, 12, and 19. November 28, is Museum Store Sunday, and you can explore the shops inside both Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.

Winter Artisan Market

December 3 and 4


The Holland Center and Sonoran Arts League will be presenting their free market from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Expect a fun assortment of handmade goods plus works by numerous Arizona-based artists.
click to enlarge Look for Aileen Frick's mixed-media artworks at Tempe Festival of the Arts. - AILEEN FRICK
Look for Aileen Frick's mixed-media artworks at Tempe Festival of the Arts.
Aileen Frick

Tempe Festival of the Arts

December 3 to 5


The Tempe Festival of the Arts returns after taking a COVID-19 pause, which means you can explore an eclectic mix of artisan booths in downtown Tempe, where participants include local and national artists working in more than a dozen mediums from wood to wearable art.

Retro Roundup

December 4


Head to Silver & Cedar, a tintype photography studio and leather shop, to explore this free market of handmade and vintage goods featuring an eclectic assortment of vendors. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

click to enlarge Laura Spalding Best is one of many artists coming to the Art & Object Sale. - LAURA SPALDING BEST
Laura Spalding Best is one of many artists coming to the Art & Object Sale.
Laura Spalding Best

Art & Object Sale

December 4 and 5


Artist Patricia Sannit is hosting a free art and objects sale featuring works by dozens of Arizona-based artists who create prints, ceramics, jewelry, paintings, sculpture, and more. The free event runs both days from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and there will be a different lineup of artists each day. Participating artists include Tiffany Bailey, Laura Spalding Best, CeCe Cole, Bill Dambrova, Daniel Funkhouser, Christopher Jagmin, Mary Meyer, Lisa Olson, Alex Ozers, and Kathy Taylor.

Holiday Art Sale

December 4 and 5


Several artists will be showing and selling their work, ranging from paintings to mixed media, during a holiday sale happening from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Featured artists include Donna Atwood, Cristina Cárdenas, Dora Hernández, Rich Littlefield (Sunday only), Sandra Luehrsen, Ellen Nemetz, Elena-Rice Hernández, Lynn Smith, and Jeremy Yocum.
click to enlarge Recalling an earlier market at Bragg's Pie Factory on Grand Avenue. - JACOB TYLER DUNN
Recalling an earlier market at Bragg's Pie Factory on Grand Avenue.
Jacob Tyler Dunn

Bragg’s Holiday Market

December 4, 11, 18


Head to the Bragg’s Pie Factory building to explore a unique mix of vendors with a vintage, handmade vibe. Event hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Holiday Bazaar

December 5 and 18


Look for a unique mix of local artisans and vendors during the free Holiday Bazaars happening at Desert Sun Plaza on Grand Avenue, where you can also explore an intriguing mix of street art.

Holiday Markets

December 5, 12, 19


Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is presenting a series of indoor holiday markets featuring curated arts and crafts, as well as entertainment and activities. Admission is free, but there is a charge for some activities. Hours are noon to 4 p.m.

Holiday Shopping Event

December 10


Vision Gallery in Chandler will hold its free holiday shopping event from 5 to 7 p.m., when you can shop for art made by Arizona-based artists working in ceramics, jewelry, and other mediums. The gallery will have hot chocolate and treats for holiday shoppers.

Holiday Festival

December 10 to 12


Greenwood Brewery is having a Holiday Festival that will include live music, a ticketed yoga session, and Saturday pop-ups by local small businesses. While you're in the area, head to MADE Boutique to find more artist-made gifts.

Studio Open House

December 11


Four artists will be showing and selling their ceramic, textile, and jewelry creations during an open studio event happening from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 4113 East Solano Drive. Participating artists include Joan Baron, Ali Mariles Golamb, Nancy Neumann, and Darlene Ritter.

click to enlarge Look for Merriment on Melrose along the Melrose curve. - LAUREN CUSIMANO
Look for Merriment on Melrose along the Melrose curve.
Lauren Cusimano

Merriment in Melrose

December 11


The Melrose Merchants Association is holding its Merriment on Melrose event featuring a night market, live music, and food trucks from 4 to 8 p.m. Proceeds benefit music programs in the Osborn School District.

Old Town Holiday Festival

December 11


Head to Johnny E. Osuna Memorial Park in Peoria for the free city’s festival happening from 5 to 9 p.m., which will include a crafter’s market where you can shop for handmade goods. The evening also includes entertainment and a tree-lighting ceremony.
click to enlarge Entrance to Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeology Park in Phoenix. - LYNN TRIMBLE
Entrance to Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeology Park in Phoenix.
Lynn Trimble

Indian Art Market

December 11 and 12


The Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park is holding its market both days from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will include more than 100 artisan booths, in addition to performances, demonstrations, and food. Admission is $5. Indigenous peoples, active and retired military personnel, front-line workers, and first responders are among those who will receive free admission.

Witchcrafted Yule Market

December 12


Find unique wares from more than 70 vendors during this market that runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at
Glendale Civic Center. Offerings will include occult art, vintage clothing, jewelry, handmade gifts, and more. Admission is $5 cash (exact change) at the door.

click to enlarge Phoestivus is returning for the 2021 holiday season. - PHOESTIVUS
Phoestivus is returning for the 2021 holiday season.
Phoestivus

Phoestivus

December 15 and 16


Phoestivus
returns to the home of the Phoenix Farmers Market from 5 to 10 p.m. both nights. The free event will feature more than 150 local artisans, makers, and producers who sell handmade gifts that include art, food products, jewelry, toys, and more. The pet-friendly gathering also includes music, Phoestivus Ale tastings, and appearances by characters including Phreddie the Yeti and Hipster Santa. The event is a fundraiser for Community Food Connections, and donations will be accepted at the point of entry.

Editor's note: This story was originally published on November 16 and has been updated.
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Lynn Trimble is an award-winning freelance writer and photographer specializing in arts and culture, including visual and performing arts
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