Craft fairs are offer a great way to get out and find products created with that personal touch. For creative types, craft shows are a wonderful forum to display their wares. Also, everyone involved can better connect with their community. For designers, it’s a place to network. For shoppers, it’s an event to shop locally. Los Angeles is no exception to this rule. This city has its share of fine craft fairs, sometimes in the least likely places. Some are as small as a craft store, which puts on its own craft fairs, to local radio sponsored events. You won’t likely learn about these events from billboards on the highway or via commercials on TV, so here’s a list of some of the best craft fairs in L.A.
Renegade Craft Fair
200 N Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Dates: December 10, 11, 2016 at 10 a.m.
The Renegade Craft Fair will be held in December at the Grand Park in Los Angeles, just in time to pick up those special gifts for Christmas. Renegade celebrates the DIY spirit. It’s been held in Los Angeles for seven years. It’s free too. The Fair features hundreds of different booths. There you can get something to eat, participate in hands-on craft workshops, as well as immersive features.
Unique LA Holiday Market
California Market Center
110 E. 9th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Dates: December 3, 4 2016 at 11 a.m.
Unique LA Holiday Market’s fair encourages folks to “shop local and give the gift of independent design.” This will be the fair’s 9th annual event. This is also a fair that believes in the “power of the people.” It wants to help designers and small businesses grow and hopefully reach sustainability.
Artists & Fleas
1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90291
Dates: Open Every Saturday From 11am – 5pm
Started by husband and wife team Amy Abrams and Ronen Glimer in 2003 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, their mission was to bring together emerging artists, designers, collectors and those looking for a venue to show and sell in one place. The concept has since focused its attention here in Los Angeles in downtown L.A., and now in Venice. Visitors come from all over the world to shop at this event, which offers great vendors, celebrity sightings, as well as sightings of notable designers who frequent the market for inspiration. With great art, design, fashion, food, vintage offerings and more, it’s one market you won’t want to miss!
Los Angeles County Store
4333 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90029
Date: Monday – Sunday (Throughout The Year)
This is a shop that says it’s “dedicated exclusively to fine goods made in Los Angeles.” These items range from artisanal goods to small housewares, apothecary to prints and stationary. It’s intentionally curated. The store specializes in gifts and gift boxes. It’s a uniquely cool locale.
Chinatown Summer Nights
Chinatown – Central and West Plazas
943 N. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Dates: 3rd Saturdays in 2016: June 18, July 16, & August 20 from 5pm to Midnight
Chinatown Summer Nights mixes the best of many worlds. Yes, it includes a top tier craft show, but it’s so much more than just that. There are also food trucks and music (both with a DJ and bands). And, the music will be great too, with some of the hippest and most high quality sounds being played. Topping it off, this event is held in historic Chinatown, so it has almost everything you can ask of a localized, crafty event. This is one not to be missed.