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Hoping to get your holiday shopping done all in one place? Make it a fun, less stressful ordeal by shopping at one of Downtown Phoenix’s eight open-air markets, vendor fairs or festivals. Plus, up to four times more money stays in the local economy when those dollars are spent with local businesses than national chains.
From photography to ceramics, Phoenix Festival of the Arts offers amazing gifts for the holidays, handcrafted by Arizona’s finest artists and craftspeople. In addition to dozens of vendors, attendees can stop to check out performances, food trucks, a beer and wine garden, and family zone for the little ones — and even participate in the Phoenix Mural Project by creating alongside professional local artists. Free and dog friendly!
Set against the remarkable backdrop of historic Heritage Square, the Hello Handmade Market features more than 70 Arizona-based vendors. This is a free family-friendly event, so bring the kiddos and enjoy lunch from a nearby downtown eatery or food truck.
Phoestivus is celebrating its 10th year with an impressive showcase of 200 vendors, live entertainment and food trucks. Head to Phoenix Public Market on two Thursdays, Dec. 12 and 19, for hand-crafted jewelry, artwork, clothing and more.
Downtown Phoenix’s Hipster Santa will also be posing for photos throughout the event, which goes from 5 to 11 p.m. both days. Free.
Indigenous artisans will sell their handcrafted items from 12 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 21. There will also be a fashion show, live performances, music, raffles and a kids craft corner. Free.
Phoenix General DTPHX will host a Slackers Gift Market on Sunday, Dec. 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — with spiked horchata and hot cocoa compliments of Be Coffee and the Dressing Room. Free.
Arizona Center’s weekly Thursday Farmer’s Markets and Artisan Markets are a great chance to find a new favorite local vendor. The final Artisan Market of the year will be on Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Grab something unique, like a lamp from Trip the Lights or vintage inspired jewelry from Sarah Madeline Jewelry. Free.
Roosevelt Row comes alive with local artwork, artisan crafts, vintage goods, jewelry and culinary treats every first (and third) Friday of the month. Over the years, the art walk has evolved into one of the largest in the United States, with wonderful gifts in all price ranges. Expect nearly 100 vendors on Second Street and other areas of Roosevelt as well as great local shops like MADE Art Boutique, Antique Sugar and Rubymint General. Friday, Dec. 6 from 6 to 10 p.m. Free.
P.S. A free trolley service is available with parking hubs at the Phoenix Art Museum and Oasis on Grand.
Phoenix Flea will host its sixth annual Small Business Saturday market at Heritage Square & Science Park on Saturday, Nov. 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The modern market showcases the best makers, brands and curators of the Southwest, plus features delicious food trucks — including Toasted Mallow, Honey Bear’s BBQ and nearly a dozen others. Expect artists, like Paige Poppe (who created the lovely graphic above), trinkets from Cosas and plenty of Arizona-themed merch. Tickets are cash only, $5.
This annual event offers a wide selection (and price range) of intricate and handmade ornaments artfully created by American Indian artists of the Southwest. In addition to one-of-a-kind ornaments, the sale features carved wood, miniature baskets, pottery, beads, decorated wreaths, books and other gifts. Ornaments start at $10 and there’s plenty of free parking available at the Heard Museum. Free.
Friday, Nov. 29 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.