The holidays are coming right up, but fortunately there is still plenty of time to hunt for perfect gifts for your loved ones! Avoid mainstream shopping and check out Austin’s own artisans, crafters, and makers at one or a few of these local holiday markets!
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Market Days (Wimberley)
November 7 and December 5 from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. | 601 FM 2325, Wimberley
Wimberley hosts the oldest outdoor market in the Texas Hill Country and the second-largest in the state. The market features over 475 booths of everything you can’t live without. Stroll the tree-shaded paths, listen to live music, and shop to your heart’s content. FREE! Map and directions.
Market Days (Round Rock)
November 7 and December 5 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Centennial Plaza, 301 West Bagdad, Round Rock
Market Days features farmers market items, unique arts and crafts, jewelry, home decor, food vendors, and live music all day. FREE!
Rockin’ Dudz and Mistletoe Madness
November 7 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and November 8 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Frank Fickett Boy Scout Center, 12500 North IH-35, Austin
Best Lil’ Rockin’ Children’s Consignment Event in Texas! Shop for gently loved pre-owned and new newborn-junior items. Visit the craft and vendor displays for unique Christmas gifts and more! Admission is FREE!
Fall Festival and Craft Fair (Round Rock)
November 8 from 2-5 p.m. | 4010 Sam Bass Rd., Round Rock
It’s time for the 3rd Annual Fall Festival! Fun for all ages! Petting Zoo, Bounce House, Kids Craft Workshop, Craft Show, Antique Car Show, Great Games, Music, Free Concessions…. and much more! FREE!
Christmas Spectacular (Georgetown)
November 12 and 13 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and November 14 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. | First Baptist Church, 1333 W University Ave, Georgetown
The First Baptist Church Children’s Weekday Education Center Christmas Spectacular is one of the best shopping events in the Georgetown area. Shop at booths offering unique and creative items including jewelry, clothing, pottery, children’s items, home furnishings, gourmet foods, floral and Christmas decorations.
ATX Artisans Holiday Market
November 14 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Red Oak Ballroom, 2525 W Anderson Ln, Austin
Austin area artisans bring you a shopping experience you can only find with unique handmade items. There will be gifts for everyone on your list including jewelry, visual arts, pottery, home & garden decor, candles and soaps, toys and plush animals, women’s and kids’ accessories, and much more.
Holiday Baraar and Craft Show (Round Rock)
November 14 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Clay Madsen Center, 1600 Gattis School Road, Round Rock
A variety of vendors will be present for you to start shopping for unique and handcrafted items, plus live music. Admission is FREE, but please bring a canned good donation for the Round Rock Serving Center. A shuttle will be run from the Randall’s parking lot, on the corner of AW Grimes and Gattis School Road, from 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Please park in the rear of the Randall’s parking lot.
November 14 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Connally High School, 13212 N Lamar Blvd, Austin
Come by to shop for the holidays. There are typically great deals on a wide variety of gifts and fun items, including ornaments, cards, jewelry, handbags, treats, Christmas decorations, toys, gourmet foods, candles, and so much more. Shoppers can enjoy live performances by Connally student groups and other local talent, coffee and yummy breakfast, lunch, and dessert items. Admission is FREE, parking is free, and all the proceeds fund student scholarships and other PTA programs.
Market of Hope (Round Rock)
November 14 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Main Street Plaza, 221 E Main St., Round Rock
Market of Hope is a non-profit organization with a passion to see American markets create change in the lives of underprivileged families around the world for generations to come. They partner with ministries and social enterprises that minister to the needs of the world’s most vulnerable, and give them opportunity to be empowered to lift themselves out of poverty and desperation via artisanship and access to the purchasing power of developed markets. Market of Hope purchases products from their partners and sells them at large Market Days and other events, creating steady income streams for their partners and their artisans.
Artreach Fair Trade Gift Fair
November 14 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Westover Hills Church, 8332 Mesa Dr., Austin
Shop once, give twice. The 8th Annual Artreach Fair Trade Gift Fair is right around the corner! At Artreach, you can find beautifully handcrafted toys, jewelry, coffee, and bags to GIVE to everyone on your list. And you can GIVE opportunity, encouragement and joy to hard-working artisans throughout the world.
Laura’s Library Artisan’s Market
November 14 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin
Laura’s Library Artisans’ Market is a craft show featuring more than 20 unique, local artists and a silent auction! There will also be two food trucks: LoadABowl and mmmpanadas. The show benefits the Friends of the Westbank Library organization, which supports many of the programs at the library. Admission is FREE and the market will happen rain or shine.
Handmade for the Holidays
November 14 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Full Circle Bar, 1810 E 12th St, Austin
Come get your handmade gifts for the holiday season made by Austin Mompreneurs! There is a parking lot across the street which makes for easy access to the event. And there will be bloody marys, mimosas, and iced coffee to keep you hydrated and energized! Yes, the event is being held at a bar, but it will be closed to the public and open for this event only, so bring the family! There is a wonderful 100% fenced-in outside patio and grass area.
Christmas Shopping Extravaganza (Round Rock)
November 14 from 12-4 p.m. | Grace Presbyterian Church, 1705 Gattis School Rd, Round Rock
The heart of this event is to showcase local business women and their talents along with raising money for a great cause. There will be great vendors to shop from and admission is FREE!
Fair Trade Trunk Show
November 19 from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. | Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin
This holiday season, the Blanton Museum Shop helps visitors find gifts they can feel good about giving! The Museum Shop will host a Fair Trade Holiday Trunk Show, with artful treasures from around the globe. A wide array of handmade goods will be offered, including jewelry, clothing and seasonal decorations, created by women whose lives are empowered by the Fair Trade Federation.
A Sami Show (Round Rock)
November 21 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and November 22 from 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Dell Diamond, 3400 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock
Holiday arts & crafts market. Cost: Adults $5; kids 12 and under are free.
Blue Genie Art Bazaar
November 27 – December 24 from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. (closes at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve) | Marchesa Hall & Theatre, 6226 Middle Fiskville Rd., Austin
The Blue Genie Art Bazaar is a unique holiday art show, open again for its 15th year. The Bazaar features handmade artwork and gifts from more than 200 local and regional artists, with a portion of proceeds going to Make-A-Wish® Foundation. Parking and admission are FREE of charge. Full bar with snacks. Cash and cards accepted.
Bright Friday: A Black Friday Alternative Market
November 27 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Vuka Event Space, 411 Monroe St, Austin
This family-friendly event presents the opportunity for Austinites to gather and support local, fair, and direct trade artisans the day after Thanksgiving. Vendors at Bright Friday share a commitment to ethical practices, environmental responsibility and hand crafted quality products including local, handmade, direct trade, and fair trade gifts. Instead of spending Black Friday waiting in lines, enjoy this FREE community shopping event where you’ll find unique crafts, gifts, and treasures from some of Austin’s most talented artisans.
Renegade Craft Fair’s Austin Holiday Market
November 28 and 29 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Fair Market, 1100 East 5th St., Austin
This event features a thoughtfully curated selection of the finest indie-craft goods, perfect for all of your holiday gift-giving needs. Attendees will enjoy a weekend of shopping handmade, participating in DIY workshops, and joining in on the festive holiday vibes. FREE!
December 5 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | For the City Center, 500 Saint John’s Ave, Austin
The Sixth Annual Christmas Market is a venue for patrons to shop responsibly this holiday season, while supporting local, socially conscious vendors. Hosted by Allies Against Slavery, the Market features 25+ fair trade, direct trade, and social enterprise merchants who use their businesses to promote employment and well-being for people in Austin and around the world. This FREE event for the public will include art, jewelry, music, clothing, purses/bags, toys, cosmetics, coffee, paper goods, housewares, photo prints, and much more.
Violet Crown Arts Festival
December 5 and 6 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Brentwood Elementary School, 6700 Arroyo Seco, Austin
Annual fall arts festival featuring music, artists, and plenty of holiday shopping. Expect to find unique artwork from talented sculptors, potters, and fiber artists, painters, jewelers, glass artists, woodworkers and metal smiths. Shop for hand made gifts and great quality art, and support local cottage businesses. It’s always FREE admission for the whole family! RSVP on the Facebook page for updates on location, artists, and music.
December 5 and 6 from 10 a.m. – dusk (5:30 p.m.) | City Park, 204 San Antonio St, Buda
Budafest features more than 125 craft vendors, antiques, a wide selection of locally prepared food, and a parade at 10 a.m. on Saturday, plus live music both days, and appearances by Santa and Mrs. Claus. FREE!
German Christmas Market
December 5 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. | German Free School of Austin, 507 E 10th St, Austin
The German-Texan Heritage Society offers shoppers hand-made, imported crafts including plenty of Christmas themed decorations such as nutcrackers and ornaments. It is a festival atmosphere with traditional German Christmas music, tables full of handcrafted items direct from the Erzgebirge region of Germany, a visit by both our historic American Santa Claus and the traditional German Sankt Nikolas with gifts for the children, a hospitality serving of Glühwein (hot spiced wine), coffee, apple cider/juice and gingerbread cookies and plenty of German style baked goodies for purchase. All purchases are Sales Tax Free on this special day. FREE!
December 5 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and December 6 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. | The Highball, 1120 S. Lamar, Austin
The Flea features all local handmade items and vintage wares from some of Austin’s most amazing and talented vendors. Find one-of-a-kind gifts for the holidays or any occasion including jewelry, glasswork, clothing, artwork, paper goods, textiles, and so much more. Family friendly and FREE!
Dashing Through the Snow Holiday Market (Dripping Springs)
December 11 and 13 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., and December 12 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | 29401 Ranch Road 12, Dripping Springs
Listed as one of Country Livings “Top 7 Don’t Miss” barn sales for 2015. Vintage Market Days is an upscale vintage-inspired indoor/outdoor market featuring original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home décor, outdoor furnishings, consumable yummies, seasonal plantings and a little more. Map and directions. Cost: $10 on Friday; $5 Saturday and Sunday; kids 12 and under are free.
Blanco Market Day Christmas Market (Blanco)
December 12 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Old Blanco County Courthouse, 300 Main St., Blanco
Don’t miss this special Christmas Market Day! FREE!
Downtown Christmas Fair (Hutto)
December 12 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Downtown Hutto
Shop the stores, enjoy a meal at the downtown restaurants, shop vendors featuring: handmade items, unique gifts, home decor, jewelry, toys and delicious fair food and drinks! The YMCA Children’s Area will include crafts, games, inflatables, train rides and… SNOW!!! Admission to Children’s Area is $5 per child and includes all activities!
Cherrywood Art Fair
December 12 and 13 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Maplewood Elementary, E. 38 1/2 St. & Maplewood Ave., Austin
Cherrywood Art Fair is an art filled two-day event showcasing local artists, live music, kids activities and great food in a free, family-friendly environment. More than 8,000 visitors stroll through the fairgrounds looking at art, listening to beautiful music and sampling some of Austin’s finest food trailer cuisine. Since its 2002 inception, the Fair has served as a destination for discerning holiday shoppers seeking unique and artful items from Texas artists and makers. Check out the facebook page for updates.
Armadillo Christmas Bazaar
December 15-24 from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. | Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd, Austin
Hot music, fine art, and cold beer make the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar the place where Austin shops in the giving season. The show is actually two events in one: an art fair and music festival with a vibrant community-driven vibe. Visitors can explore an amazing array of handmade items from 160+ artists while enjoying live local music and sips from a full bar. It all adds up to a fun authentic Austin experience. Food and drink from open to close. Cost: $8 for a single day pass; kids 12 and under are free. Tickets here.
Eastside Pop Up Nights
December 17 from 7 p.m. – midnight | The Volstead/Hotel Vegas, 1500 E 6th St, Austin
The Holidays are coming up fast! Enjoy a unique Handcrafted and Vintage Market while sipping on delicious craft cocktails and locally brewed beer. If that doesn’t get you in, don’t forget it’s always FREE to enter and you know there will be a killer DJ. Plus VeraCruz Restaurant and Crazy Ricky’s Dawg House will be open, so come hungry.
December 20 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Bouldin Creek Cafe, 1900 S 1st St, Austin
Enjoy a lovely brunch and maybe even sip on a mimosa. This event is FREE, family friendly, and dogs are welcome. Support Local Art!