7+ Artisan Marketplaces

One of the best ways to support local communities when traveling is to shop small and buy local. You can take that thoughtful act a step further when you buy directly from the local artists, craftspeople, and makers. In Santa Barbara, there are several enticing creative marketplaces, arts and craft shows, and cooperative boutiques where you can discover a broad variety of objects and artworks made locally. Read on to learn where and when you can browse for delightful keepsakes and mementos that have been intentionally sourced and made with love right here on The American Riviera®.

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Ongoing Markets

Santa Barbara Arts & Crafts Show

Santa Barbara’s original makers marketplace, the weekly Santa Barbara Arts & Crafts Show has been held along the waterfront Cabrillo Boulevard every Sunday (10:00 a.m. until dusk) for more than 50 years running. The year-round alfresco show adds bonus Saturday hours during major holiday weekends such as Martin Luther King, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and the last weekend before Christmas. Established by local artists in 1965 and now managed by the City of Santa Barbara Parks & Recreation department, one of its claims to fame is its impressive status as the only continuous, non-juried arts festival of original drawings, paintings, graphics, sculpture, crafts, and photography in the world. More than 200 local artists are present to showcase their creations themselves and every single artist must be a Santa Barbara County resident to participate—so this is as local and buy-direct as you can get. Learn More

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Blissful Boutiques Makers & Wares Market

Downtown Santa Barbara’s Paseo Nuevo outdoor shopping center is home to the weekly Blissful Boutiques Makers & Wares Market. Created by local entrepreneur Lisa Green to showcase and support local artisans, the market takes place on weekends (Friday 1:00-6:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.) in Paseo Nuevo’s De La Guerra Place laneways. Among the 30+ vendors, find quartz rocks hand-picked from U.S. mines, jewelry, clothing, gourmet foods, dolls, photography, and much more. Learn More

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State Street Promenade Market

The State Street Promenade Market is a weekly outdoor event staged by the Santa Barbara Downtown Organization in collaboration with the City of Santa Barbara every Thursday (3:00-7:30 p.m.). Local businesses, artists, non-profit organizations, restaurants, and performers take over the 1000 block of State Street between Carrillo and Figueroa Streets to create a lively locals’ night for the enjoyment of the community and visitors alike. This market takes full advantage of the relatively new and utterly delightful State Street Promenade, which is now closed to car traffic. Vendors change every week and include such variety as jewelers, glass blowers, imported goods, and artisan chocolates. Learn More

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Jules By the Sea

Jules By the Sea (121 Santa Barbara St.) is a Funk Zone lifestyle boutique showcasing Jules Kramer’s hand-crafted jewelry—much of it made with sea glass found on our very shores. Her shop also features other locally inspired products, such as Original Señor Lopez blankets made with recycled t-shirts, as well as beachy gifts, homewares, and accessories. The boutique opens at noon Wednesday through Sunday. Learn More

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Seaside Makers

Santa Barbara’s own The Grapeseed Company is behind Seaside Makers (727 State St.), a hub of artisan gifts and goods, including their very own line. The Grapeseed Company debuted in 2004 as one of the world’s first vinotherapy skin and beauty lines made with byproducts of the local wine industry. Stop by Seaside Makers to explore their vast product range and visit the custom scent bar. You’ll also find cool Santa Barbara souvenirs like totes and tees, hand-painted upcycled leather earrings, Relief Apothecary CBD goods, and clean made-in-California sunscreens. The shop is open 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. daily. Learn More

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Pop-Up Markets

Farmer and the Flea

Founded by Megan Husbands in 2018, Farmer and the Flea is a love note to the eclectic city of Summerland, fostering community pride, neighborly support, and endless good vibes. Each month over 64 vendors gather together to highlight artisan goods for humans, homes and hounds. Attendees can expect to find exquisite jewelry, fashionable clothing, tasty treats, unique decor, and so much more. Visit Farmer and the Flea at their new location, El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park, where markets will be held every fourth Saturday. Learn More

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Youth Makers Market

Young artists ages 17 and under are the stars of the show at the Youth Makers Market pop-up events. Created by sisters Aaliyah and Bella Rubio, the market offers an opportunity for young artisans and budding entrepreneurs to practice their craft and sell their wares, be it jewelry, art, apparel, baked goods, or locally harvested honey. The first market took place in September 2021, and they aim to host monthly events. Visit their website to learn more about the monthly market schedule. Learn More

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Mujeres Market

A group of five local female business owners started Mujeres Market to elevate women of color creatives. Daniela Aguirre, Maritza Flores, Elysia Guillén, Lilli Muñoz, and Leah Ortega came together to create this platform that allows female makers to share their wares with the public. Highly giftable items found at their markets include delights such as succulent arrangements, colorful macrame earrings, desserts that double as eye-candy, Mexican hot chocolate kits, handmade soaps, vintage clothing, and much more. Visit their website to learn more about the monthly market schedule. The next scheduled market is to be held on April 3, 2022, at El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park. Learn More

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