The whirlwind of pre-Christmas craft fairs kicks off next week. If you love to give handmade gifts, but you don’t want to make them, you might want to plan how you’ll spend your weekends perusing artisanal creations.
Bakers Market, Saturdays until Dec. 8
Professional and home bakers concoct goodies that include breads, waffles, cookies, cakes, macaroons, muffins, vegan tarts, pies, cupcakes, scones and gluten-free treats for this sweet event at Moberly Arts and Cultural Centre, 7646 Prince Albert St. near 60th and Fraser. bakersmarket.com
Circle Craft Christmas Market, Nov. 7 to 11
More than 300 exhibitors that include artisans, artists and crafters from all disciplines, including pottery, wood, glass, metal, fibre, fashion and jewelry, will fill the Vancouver Convention Centre West at this 39th annual Christmas market. circlecraft.net
Make it! Vancouver, Nov. 8 to 11
More than 140 Canadian urban artisans, designers and crafters will sell clothes, accessories, art, jewelry, baby items, home decor and gifts for guys at this licensed event that includes live music at the Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Dr. makeitproductions.com
Eastside Culture Crawl, Nov. 16 to 18
Explore visual artists’ studios during this free visual arts crawl in the area bounded by Main Street and Victoria Drive north of First Avenue. Guides are being distributed to libraries, coffee shops and community centres and are available online at eastsideculturecrawl.com.
Britannia Christmas Craft Fair, Nov. 16 to 18
Those already on the East Side for the culture crawl can venture to Gyms A and B at Britannia secondary school, 1001 Cotton Dr., to check out crafty wares. britanniacentre.org
Strathcona Winter Craft Fair, Nov. 24
This fair at the Strathcona Community Centre runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 601 Keefer St. For more information, contact email@example.com.
Portobello West, Nov. 24 and 25
Portobello West presents more than 50 local, emerging and established local designers of handmade accessories, fashion, jewelry, and art at Creekside Community Centre in the former Olympic Village. portobellowest.com
Toque, Dec. 7 and 8
This curated craft sale sells publications, cards, textiles, ceramics, jewelry, chocolates and limited-edition tea towels. Enjoy cocktails and treats on Friday night, a kids crafts table courtesy of Collage Collage on Saturday. Proceeds from TOQUE support Western Front, a non-profit arts organization that operates in the 1920s heritage building where TOQUE warms things up at 303 East Eighth Ave. front.bc.ca/toque
Got Craft?, Dec. 8 and 9
Vancouver’s largest indie craft fair celebrates its 12th show this December. The curated event includes jewelry, clothing, ceramics, stationery, housewares and plush toys, plus baked goods and artisan chocolate. Shoppers can become makers at a do-it-yourself craft workshop. The first 50 visitors to the Croatian Cultural Centre each day receive a free swag that includes Got Craft? gift cards worth up to $100. gotcraft.com/vancouver
Vancouver Farmers Markets Holiday Market, Dec. 15
More than 85 vendors will sling their best finest selections of food, art, craft and home accessories at this annual market at the Croatian Cultural Centre.
Blim, Dec. 22
Blim’s market of jewelry, cards, T-shirts and more happens at the Chinese Cultural Center, 50 East Pender St. blim.ca