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Just in time for the holiday gift-a-palooza we have put together a list of artisan fairs and pop-up shops (also known as temporary boutiques) designed to introduce you to the independent artists, makers and chefs behind some of the LA areas best handmade, locally made products. Do you want to know how they did that, what inspired them, or that they can make it for you in lime green? Meet them IRL and find out.

The idea: throw away the big box for the little biz, enjoy a sense of discovery and support new designers and talented neighbors in the process.

Search for: small batches, unique gifts, home accessories, stationery, jewelry, clothing, art and more. Some of the very cheerful market places offer photos with Santa Claus (even for fur babies!), While others offer free drinks, workshops, live music, gift wrap and artisan snacks.


These are some of our favorites, but if we've missed your pop-up, give it a shout-out in the comments below, and we can include it in a different story later in this holiday season.

And note that pop-up times and dates can and do change: it's best to check websites before you leave so that you won't be disappointed.

Until December 30

The ecological center

The historic Congdon farm from 1878 in San Juan Capistrano, once home to Pony Express rider Joel Congdon and now a focal point of the non-profit, the Ecology Center, offers Handmade, a pop-up shop with everything from handmade surfboard bags to children's toys, household items, fiberglass and more. Check the website for the schedule of the extra holiday workshop. theecologycenter.org

Nov. 16-17

Mercado Sagrado Jaarbeurs

& # 39; Mercado Sagrado & # 39; means & # 39; holy market & # 39 ;. This holistic design fair, showcase with organic food and music festival, hidden in Malibu Canyon at King Gillette Ranch (the home of the famous 1920s razor), promotes an ethical lifestyle of mindfulness and a curated crowd of makers. 10 am – 10 pm mercado-sagrado.com

November 17

Long Beach Patchwork Show

The popular, pet-friendly, show-emerging artists, artisans and designers at Marine Stadium offer a free shuttle service and bicycle valet. There is a Patchwork Junior section with makers under the age of 18. Traditional food, free workshops and live music contribute to the bliss of the open air market. Free entrance. 11 am – 5 pm dearhandmadelife.com

November 23-24

Renegade Craft Los Angeles

Local DJs play a vibrant soundtrack for shoppers at Renegade Craft Los Angeles, which takes place at Los Angeles State Historic Park. Browse art, clothing, small batch goodies, home decor and more. Pet friendly. Free entrance. 11 am – 5 pm renegadecraft.com

Nov. 30 1 (Small Business Saturday weekend!)

Jackalope Indie Artisan Fair

This year the extravaganza for art and craft goes underground (literally). The DTLA show is held in the recently renovated basement below the Grand Central Market and features handmade interiors, art, jewelry and fashion. Free entrance. 11 am – 7 pm jackalopeartfair.com/visitdtla

Unique markets: Holiday market in the city center

With independent designers and emerging brands, Unique Markets is setting up a store this year at a new DTLA location in the historic Hudson Loft (10.00 am – 5.00 pm) with a modern showcase of jewelry, clothing, art, home decoration, pharmacy, wellness items and more. Free workshops, selfie stations and gift wrapping are part of the fun. Admission $ 12; children up to 12 years free. 10 am – 5 pm uniquemarkets.com

Craft Contemporary Holiday Marketplace

The shopping season at Museum Row starts with the Craft Contemporary, formerly the Craft and Folk Art Museum, an annual marketplace with a varied selection of cool, composed art, crafts and home furnishings with a contemporary look. Music and free drinks. 11 am – 5 pm cafamshop.org

November 23-Dec 22 (only at the weekend)

Winter Fantasy Sawdust Festival

Meet nearly 200 makers and artists in their booths at the annual Winter Fantasy Sawdust Festival, a showcase of art, household items, clothing and more nestled in a charming 3-hectare village in Laguna Beach. Live music, workshops, glass blowing demonstrations, puppet shows, balloon art and meetings with Santa make it magical. 10 am – 7 pm Saturday and Sunday. sawdustartfestival.org

December 1st

Santa Ana Patchwork Show

This year the Patchwork Show is celebrating its tenth year in the artists' village in Santa Ana.

(Nicole Stevenson)

This year the Patchwork Show is celebrating its 10th year in the artist village in Santa Ana. The O.G. event with a varied range of art and crafts will span different city blocks and include local shops, museums, restaurants and bars in the festivities. Pets allowed. Free entrance. 11 am – 5 pm dearhandmadelife.com

December 6-8

Echo Park Craft Fair

The three-day Echo Park Craft Fair, now in its 10th year, attracts more than 150 modern makers from all over the world and offers a composite collection of handmade goods ranging from ceramics and jewelry to clothing, woodworking, household items and much more. Early bird preview party at 6 pm December 6. Part of the ticket sales in favor of Inner City Arts. echoparkcraftfair.com

December 7-8

West Coast Craft Fair

More than 300 artists, designers, and artisans share work while the jury show debuts in Los Angeles for the first time. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. DTLA skylight. Free entrance. westcoastcraft.com

December 14

Makers Market by Artisanal L.A.

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Makers Market by Artisanal L.A.

(Artisanal L.A.)

The holiday taking place in the Playhouse District of Pasadena will celebrate more than 75 makers, along with acoustic music performances, do-it-yourself activities, a photo booth and pet-friendly photos with Santa Claus. Making Fido smile, priceless! Free entrance. 11 am – 6 pm shopartisanal.com/events

December 14-15

Unique markets: Santa Monica Pier Holiday Market

More than 100 composite, independent brands are waiting for you on the vacation market with ocean views. Free drinks, holiday portraits, do-it-yourself workshops and a cotton carry bag with artist edition with access, $ 12; children up to 12 years free. 10 am – 4 pm uniquemarkets.com

Hauser & Wirth

Pop-up stores

DTLA Arts District showcase promotes handmade products from LA-based makers, artists, non-profit organizations and artists in addition to workshops for the whole family

(Trevor Traynor)

The two-day showcase of DTLA Arts District promotes handmade products from L.A.-based makers, artists, non-profit organizations and artists in addition to workshops for the whole family. Special food and delicacies available at the hotel's restaurant, Manuela. Free entrance. 11 am – 6 pm hauserwirth.com

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