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 the Santa Barbara South Coast, 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. Seasonal bazaars and collective showcases add to the mix, presenting even more options for gift hunters and treasure seekers as we go into the winter holidays. 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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Folk & Tribal Arts Marketplace

The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History hosts the annual Folk & Tribal Arts Marketplace, scheduled for December 3 – 5 (10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.). Twenty vendors will be onsite, showcasing an incredibly eclectic and colorful assortment of handmade gifts sourced from 30 countries around the globe. While the items are not made locally, 25% of sales benefit the Museum’s exhibits and educational programs. It’s a great excuse to visit this local gem of a cultural institution to stock up on holiday gifts. Learn More

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Yes Store at Paseo Nuevo

Another popular local holiday tradition, the Yes Store holiday pop-up has been running for more than 50 years. Now held at Paseo Nuevo (#101), Yes Store will be open daily from November 4 – December 24, 2021. The “one-stop-shop” artists’ cooperative features fine jewelry, photography, graphics, ceramics, woodwork, glass, sculpture, clothing, leather, textiles, and other creative goods. More than 40 local artists will be onsite to tell you about their pieces and you can also shop their online store year-round. 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. Upcoming events include markets on November 21 (11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at 700 E. Anapamu St.) and December 18 (11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at 631 Garden St.). 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. The next market will take place on December 4-5, 2021. Learn More

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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 (typically held on the 4th Sunday), over 64 vendors gather together to highlight artisan goods for humans, homes and hounds. Upcoming markets will be held on November 21st and December 19th in downtown Summerland at the parking lots of Sandpiper Liquor and the Post Office. Attendees can expect to find exquisite jewelry, fashionable clothing, tasty treats, unique decor, and so much more. Learn More

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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. New this year, starting Saturday, November 27, and running through January 9, Blissful Boutiques will host a dedicated holiday pop-up store at 621 Paseo Nuevo. The holiday pop-up will be open Wednesday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. 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 and is held 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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