13 Holiday Markets & Christmas Craft Fairs for 2018 Gifts

Did you visit the Circle Craft Fair this weekend? Perhaps it got you in the spirit to find handmade Christmas gifts this year. Skip the malls, and find something unique and handmade at one of the many fun and festive Christmas Craft Markets around Metro Vancouver. 

Here’s a baker’s dozen Christmas Craft Markets to get you in the festive spirit.

Christmas at Hycroft : November 15th – 18th – Three floors of the Edwardian Hycroft Manor are filled with the spirit of the season as Christmas at Hycroft plays host to decor, artisans, family fun, entertainment and Santa. Admission $15

Crafty Affaire: November 17 (Ocean Park Community Hall, South Surrey), November 24 (Harris Barn, Delta), December 1 (Croatian Cultural Centre) The Holiday Markets from Craft Affaire spreads three different markets around Metro Vancouver to share their artisan’s wares to the communities. Admission by donation

Vancouver Christmas Market : November 21st – December 24th – A Vancouver tradition, the German-style Holiday Market brings 80+ huts filled with vendors of authentic German sweets, treats, trinkets and more to its waterfront location at Jack Poole Plaza for the 2018 season. Admission $10

West End Holiday Craft Fair: November 24th – 25th – West End Community Centre hosts 55 carefully curated artisans and vendors selling only handcrafted gifts.  Admission: Free

Dunbar Holiday Craft Fair : November 24th, the 36th anniversary edition of Dunbar Holiday Craft Fair, finds 140 hand-selected artists and vendors at Dunbar Community Centre with crafts, edible gifts, and entertainment, everything you  need for your holiday shopping. Admission $5 at door / $4 presale online

Portobello West Handmade for the Holidays Market : November 30 – December 2nd – Portobello’s annual market moves to Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown for an expanded three day market with live music, photos with Santa, food trucks and vendors for all your local shopping needs. Admission $5

Toque: November 30 – December 2nd – The Western Front Annual Community Fundraiser and Craft Sale has curated designers and artists for your holiday shopping as you support for the Wester Front’s year-round arts & music programs. Admission by donation

Kensington Community Holiday Craft Fair : December 1st, the 11th annual fills Kensington Community Centre with 60+ vendors selling toys, art, clothing, jewelry, home decor, children’s and baby handmade items from 10am – 4pm. Admission: Free

Strathcona Winter Fair : December 1st – The Annual Strathcona Winter Fair  brings 50+ neighbourhood artists and non-profit vendors to Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood at the Strathcona Community Centre at 601 Keefer – Admission $2 / Kids under 12, Free

Vancouver Foodster Holiday Market : December 5th – the 2nd Annual Holiday Market curated by Vancouver Foodster is an evening of tasting and shopping with multiple vendors at a selection of location around Vancouver. Admission: $50, early bird tickets $35 including food & beverage tastings at each location

Got Craft? Holiday Market : December 8th – 9th – returning to the Maritime Labour Centre, Got Craft? is the place for DIYers, crafters and handmade enthusiasts to come together. Admission $5 at the door / $3 online in advance

Shiny Fuzzy Muddy : December 8th – 9th – Heritage Hall on Main Street welcomes The Arts Collective’s annual Holiday Show and its crafters, vendors, artists and collaborators. Admission $4

Make It! The Handmade Revolution Holiday Show: Five Days of Finds, December 12th – 16th at PNE Forum, join the handmade revolution with over 215 makers, crafters, artisans and more. Admission $8 / Kids under 12, Free

Get crafty, get shopping and have fun! Happy Holidays! 

Made On Salt Spring comes to Vancouver

For many visitors to Salt Spring Island, the Saturday Market is a favourite destination on the Gulf Island. However, it’s not always simple to get away to check out the market and island but this weekend there’s good news, as Made On Salt Spring comes to Heritage Hall in Vancouver.

Made on Salt Spring, a curated indoor market, visits Vancouver tomorrow March 23 until Sunday March 25, featuring the products of dozens of makers, creators and designers bringing a piece of the “Rock” with them.

Made on Salt Spring provides a unique opportunity to meet a talented community of inspirational creators the week before the Saturday Market opens, for the season, on the Island.  “We’re very excited to bring Made on Salt Spring to the city to showcase the best of the Island to a mainland audience,” says Made on Salt Spring organizer and artisan Álvaro Sánchez. “We live in a close-knit, supportive community and this is an opportunity for Vancouverites to enjoy the charm of Salt Spring’s rural ambience at a relaxed indoor market where there’s something for everyone to enjoy.”

Here’s your chance to discover the wares of woodworkers, designers, jewellers, weavers, and artisans.

Some of the featured Salt Spring artisans include:

·      Wheel-thrown, hand-painted functional stoneware from B’s Pottery
·      Original oil paintings, limited edition prints and cards by Stefanie Denz
·      Salt Spring Wild Cider from local wild apples;
·      Traditionally fermented vinegars from Salt Spring Island Artisan Vinegar
·      Organic baby clothes & kids’ tees from Boogaloo Bubbywear
·      Hand-crafted all-natural soaps and shampoos from The Bubble and Squeak Soapery
·      Handcrafted, small batch vodka and gin from Salt Spring Shine Craft Distillery 

plus many more unique Made On Salt Spring fine finds.

Made On Salt Spring runs March 23 to March 25 at Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street.
Doors Open:
4pm – 9pm Friday, March 23
10am – 6pm Saturday, March 24
11am – 5pm Sunday, March 25

Admission is $5 for adults, and free for kids under 12 years. The first 25 people through the door each day will take home goodie bags filled with samples and coupons from island vendors, with 10 additional bags up for grabs throughout the day.  

12 Christmas Craft Markets & Holiday Fairs for 2017 Gift Shopping

We’ve only just put away our Halloween costumers but the Holiday season is racing towards us. Along with the Holiday season, comes shopping.  Skip the malls, experience one of the fun and festive Christmas Craft Markets to find something unique and handmade.

Here’s Twelve Christmas Craft Markets to get you in the festive spirit.

Circle Craft Christmas Market : November 8 – 12 – Vancouver Convention Centre West, the biggest market of them all, kicks off the Christmas Craft Season. Admission $15

Christmas at Hycroft : November 16th – 19th – For 45 years the annual fair at the Edwardian Hycroft Manor plays host to decor, artisans, family fun, entertainment and Santa. Admission $15

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Vancouver Christmas Market at Jack Poole Plaza

Vancouver Christmas Market : November 22nd – December 24th – The popular Holiday Market moves to a new and larger waterfront location at Jack Poole Plaza for the 2017 season. Admission $10

 

West End Holiday Craft Fair : November 25th – 26th – West End Community Centre hosts 55 artisans and vendors selling only handcrafted gifts.  Admission: Free

Dunbar Holiday Craft Fair : The 35th edition, on November 25th – Hundreds of artists and vendors at Dunbar Community Centre with crafts, edible gifts, and entertainment. Admission $5 at door / $4 presale online

Strathcona Winter Fair : November 25th – The Annual Strathcona Winter Fair finds 50+ neighbourhood artists and non-profit vendors at Strathcona Community Centre at 601 Keefer – Admission $2 / Kids under 12, Free

Portobello West Handmade for the Holidays Market : November 25 & 26 – Portobello’s annual market  returns to Creekside Community Centre in Olympic Village with live music, food trucks and vendors for all your local shopping needs. Admission $2 / Kids under 12, Free

River District Winter Craft Fair : Sundays November 26, December 3, 10, 17 – expanded to 4 weekends, visit vendors at the River District Centre on Kerr Street. Free admission

Toque: December 1st to 3rd – The Western Front Annual Fundraiser and Craft Sale has great options for shopping as you support for the Wester Front’s year-round arts & music programs. Admission by donation

Make It! The Handmade Revolution Holiday Show: December 7th – 10th at PNE Forum, join the handmade revolution with over 250 crafters, artisans and makers. Weekend admission $8 / Kids under 12, Free ($1 off coupon online)

Got Craft? Holiday Market : December 9th – 10th – At the Maritime Labour Centre is the place to be for DIYers, crafters and handmade enthusiasts to come together. Admission $5 at the door / $3 with coupon

Shiny Fuzzy Muddy : December 9 – 10, 2017 – The Arts Collective’s annual Holiday Show fills Heritage Hall on Main Street with vendors. Admission $3

Get out and get shopping, have fun! Happy Holidays

BC Distilled 2017 – Main Tasting April 8th

This week, the fourth annual BC Distilled Festival celebrates British Columbia’s craft and micro-distilleries.

The BC Distilled Main Tasting at the Croatian Cultural Centre on Saturday 6pm – 9pm, brings out 30 plus distilleries, restaurants and other suppliers. Admission to the Main Tasting, $69+ fees, available online, is all you need to enjoy the Main Tasting. Unlike other food and beverage festivals, BC Distilled samples are not ticketed so guests are free to sample any sip that strikes their fancy.  Gin, aged Gin, Vodka, Brandy, Liqueurs and more, the distilleries will be sampling straight spirits and some cocktails, six restaurants will be serving canapés to make sure you’re not drinking on an empty stomach.

In addition to the Main Tasting, smaller events are taking place all week long. The Spirit Showcases series are at Legacy Liquor Store, tonight BC Gin Showcase features eight BC Gins + one non-gin ‘guest’ spirit. Then on Wednesday the BC Barrel-Ages Gin Showcase features eight barrel-aged BC Gins + one non-gin ‘guest’ spirit. The popular BC Whiskey Showcase is already sold out on Tuesday. 

Friday, April 7th another sold out event, the Distillers Dinner at Forage Restaurant is a meal pairing six courses with the products of six local distilleries. Chef Chris Whittaker has created the dinner menu to pair with a straight shot of the spirit as well as a mixed cocktail.

Find tickets for all of the BC Distilled events online at bcdistilled.ca/tickets

Cheers!

Picks of the Week – November 16, 2016

The super moon is waxing and the picks of the week show that the holidays are ticking ever nearer

Stage: The Arts Club Theatre Company’s Bakersfield Mist wrapsup November 20th at Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage while the hilarious Avenue Q returns to the Granville Island Stage November 17 – December 31st.

Ice: The Vancouver Canucks wrap up their 4 game home stand with a pair of games, versus Arizona on Thursday and then Chicago on Saturday

Rock: Thursday night at the Commodore Ballroom, Alaskan rock act Portugal The Man take the stage

Comedy: Just For Laughs presents the edgy stand-by comedian Dane Cook at the Vogue Theatre on Friday and Saturday nights

Crawl: The 20th anniversary edition of the East Side Culture Crawl finds East Van overflowing with arts, music and crafts

Craft: The 44th annual Christmas At Hycroft fair runs Nov 17 – 20 at the Edwardian Hycroft Manor.

HipHop: Saturday night, join Jane Smoker and Gia Metric at Playboy X Even Clayton, at XYYVR

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Miss Shakespeare (credit: Emily Cooper)

MissBard: At the Firehall Arts Centre, the Richardson Award Winning Miss Shakespeare runs from November 5 – 26th

Joseph: At the Michael J Fox Theatre in Burnaby, Joseph & The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat plays until November 19th.

Aqua: Sunday night Brazilian musician, singer, actor Seu Jorge presents A Life Aquatic – tribute to David Bowie at the Vogue Theatre

12 Craft Fairs & Christmas Markets for 2016 Holiday Shopping

In spite of the current pineapple express keeping our weather unseasonably warm, there’s no denying the Holidays are speeding towards us. Along with the Holiday season, comes the busy shopping season.  While we have a plethora of new big name shopping options, why not avoid the frustration of the malls, experience one of the fun and festival Christmas Craft Markets to find something unique and handmade.

Here’s Twelve Christmas Craft Markets to get you in the festive spirit.

Circle Craft Christmas Market : November 9th – 13th – Vancouver Convention Centre West, the biggest market of them all, kicks off the Christmas Craft Season. Admission $15

River District Winter Craft Fair : November 20, 27 and December 4 – the 4rd edition, of this New Westminster craft fair brings vendors to the River District Centre on Kerr Street. Free admission

Christmas at Hycroft : November 17th – 20rd – The 44th annual fair at the Edwardian spendour of Hycroft Manor plays host to decor, artisans, family fun, entertainment and Santa. Admission $15

Vancouver Christmas Market : November 26th – December 31st – The popular Holiday Market moves to a new and larger waterfront location at Jack Poole Plaza for the 2017 season. Admission $8 (includes season pass)

Blim Market 2016 : November 20th – Heritage Hall on Main Street has 50 artisans, jewellers, bakers and other vendors. Admission by donation

Enchant Christmas Light Maze & Market : November 25th – December 31st – New this year, this sparkling light maze and accompanying Christmas Market take over the shore of False Creek between Cambie Bridge and Olympic Village. Admission: $4.95 market only or $19.95 including maze

dunbarcraftfairDunbar Holiday Craft Fair : The 34rd edition, on November 26th – Hundreds of artists and vendors at Dunbar Community Centre with crafts, edible gifts, and entertainment. Admission $5 at door / $4 presale online

Strathcona Winter Fair : November 26th – The 6th Annual Strathcona Winter Fair finds 50+ neighbourhood artists and non-profit vendors at Strathcona Community Centre at 601 Keefer – Admission $2 / Kids under 12, Free

Portobello West Handmade for the Holidays Market : November 26th & 27th – Portobello’s 10th annual market fills Creekside Community Centre in Olympic Village with live music, food trucks and vendors for all your local shopping needs. Admission $2 / Kids under 12, Free

Make It! The Handmade Revolution : December 8th – 11th at PNE Forum, join the handmade revolution with over 250 crafters, artisans and makers. Weekend admission $7 / Kids under 12, Free ($1 off coupon online)

Toque: December 2nd – 4th – The Western Front Annual Fundraiser and Craft Sale has great options for shopping as you support for the Wester Front’s year-round arts & music programs. Admission by donation

Got Craft? Holiday Market : December 11th – 12th – At the Pipe Shop Building in North Vancouver is the place to be for DIYers, crafters and handmade enthusiasts to come together. Admission $5 at the door / $3 with coupon

Twelve 2014 Christmas Craft Markets

Even though it’s bright and sunny, Christmas is just around the corner and time is ticking away.  Handmade Gifts and DIY Crafts are becoming more and more popular in the age of Christmas commercialism.VanChristmasMarket

Here is some of the Christmas Craft Markets and Holiday Fairs to get your Holiday shopping started:

Circle Craft Christmas Market : Until November 16th – Vancouver Convention Centre West, the biggest market of them all, kicks off the Christmas Craft Season

Artisan Market: November 14th & 15th – It’s free admission to the 1st Annual Artisan Christmas Craft Fair at The Warehouse on Slocan Street.

Christmas at Hycroft : November 20th – 23rd – The Edwardian spendour of Hycroft Manor plays host to decor, artisans, family fun, entertainment and Santa.

Vancouver Christmas Market : November 22 – December 24 – The popular Market returns to the Queen Elizabeth Plaza for another year.

DunbarChristmasDunbar Holiday Craft Fair : November 22nd – Hundreds of artists and vendors at Dunbar Community Centre with crafts, edible gifts, and entertainment.

Blim Market : two markets upcoming; November 23rd – Heritage Hall on Main Street and December 20th Christmas Market at Fox Cabaret.

River District Winter Craft Fair : November 23rd, December 7th & 21st – find three separate days of craft shopping at the River District Centre on Kerr Street

Strathcona Winter Fair : November 29th – The 4th Annual Winter Fair finds 50+ neighbourhood artists and non-profit vendors at Strathcona Community Centre

Make It! The Handmade Revolution : December 4th – 7th  Join the handmade revolution with over 250 crafters and makers at the PNE Forum.

Portobello West Handmade for the Holidays Market : November 29th & 30th – The 8th annual market fills Creekside Community Centre with vendors for all your local shopping needs.

Toque 2014 : December 5th & 6th – The Western Front’s Annual Fundraiser and Craft Sale supports the Wester Front’s year-round arts & music programs.

Got Craft? Holiday Edition : December 13th – 14th – The Maritime Labour Centre welcomes DIYers, crafters and handmade enthusiasts for a two day sale