Shop local at these 8 great holiday maker markets

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Photo by Eli Margetich via Instagram @tourdedrone
The Makers Mart in full swing along R Street

From handmade soap, stamps, jewelry and furniture to one-of-a-kind art pieces, the maker movement has turned Sacramento into a hotbed of creativity and ingenuity. Start or finish your holiday shopping in support of these local artisans by stopping by one of these eight upcoming markets.  

Pence Gallery Holiday Market

Through Dec. 24 This annual Davis holiday sale is open daily for interested buyers to walk through the Pence Gallery to browse handmade items from over 30 local artists from Sacramento, Davis and the Bay Area. Beginning Dec. 9, Sacramento painter Anne Gregory will have a featured exhibit of her animal paintings in the gallery with some of her art available for purchase as a part of the market. Free. 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. 212 D St. Davis. 530-758-3370.

Davis Arts Center Sale

Dec. 2-4 Davis Arts Center’s largest annual fundraiser shows off knitted gifts, ceramic dolls and colorful glassware from over 60 local artists and crafters. Kids can play Santa by painting pottery and purchasing a crafty item for mom and dad with wrapping help from a volunteer inside the Children’s Secret Store. Warm up with some Hot Italian pizza on Friday, or stop by Kado’s Asian Grill and Mama Kim Cooks food trucks outside the center on Saturday and Sunday. Free. Times vary by day. Davis Arts Center. 1919 F St. Davis. 530-756-4100.

St. John’s Holiday Show of Hands

Dec. 2-4 This 38th annual craft fair will host over 150 artists selling their creative wares, from fine leather journals and handmade Christmas ornaments to intricate quilts and a large collection of vintage antiques and silver. Sip Irish coffee and smoothies while you shop and feel good knowing proceeds from the fair benefit St. John the Evangelist School in Carmichael. $5 Fri. Free Sat. & Sun. Times vary by day. St. John the Evangelist School. 5701 Locust Ave. Carmichael. 481-8845.

Makers Mart

Dec. 3 This popular curated makers market is ringing in the holidays with handmade pottery, arts and crafts from over 40 artists from the Sacramento region. The event will feature booths with creatives selling their work, like hand-carved stamps by Brown Pigeon and cement succulent planters by Tufa Rock, along with holiday cocktails and homemade sodas from Oak Park’s Burly Beverages, coffee from midtown’s Seasons Coffee and catering by Pizza Supreme Being. Local DJs Chic Filet and DJ DeeDee will keep spirits merry throughout the event. Free. 12–6 p.m. 1831 J St.

The Kondos Gallery Holiday Arts Sale

Holiday Arts and Crafts Show

Dec. 3-4 Sacramento Fine Arts Center’s 22nd annual Arts and Craft show will feature work for sale from over 40 fine artists. Browse handmade clothing, stained glass fixtures and needlework, along with folded book art and painted cards to send out for the holidays. Stop by the gift shop for ceramics, silk scarves and jewelry from the center’s featured artists, and pick up homemade brownies, cookies and coffee at the show’s bake sale. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sacramento Fine Arts Center. 5330-B Gibbons Dr. Carmichael. 971-3713.

Kondos Gallery Holiday Arts Sale

Dec. 7-10 Sacramento City College’s Kondos Gallery, named for former faculty member and noted local painter Gregory Kondos, hosts this annual holiday sale, changing up the offerings each year with varying forms of media and art available for purchase. The sale supports student and faculty artists by offering handmade ceramic bowls and vases, fabric buttons and bath bombs, among other unique pieces. Proceeds go directly to the artists and the Kondos Gallery to continue supplying art and scholarships to the community. Free. Times vary by day. Kondos Gallery. 3835 Freeport Blvd. 558-2559.

Identity Coffees Midtown Bizarre

Dec. 10 Sip some hot local coffee while shopping for handmade local gifts at Identity Coffees’ Midtown Bizarre. The event will also feature cocktails and sodas from Burly Beverages and dairy-free gelato and desserts by Conscious Creamery. Among the art and gifts that will be available at the bizarre are colorful decoupage trays from Why Girls Go Astray, hand-carved stamps from Paper Gold Co. and glazed mugs and pottery by Scumugs. Free. 12-6 p.m. Identity Coffees. 1430 28th St. 225-0738.

Handmade Holidays

Dec. 18 This 8th annual market at midtown’s Beatnik Studios will be packed with handmade crafts, including screen-printed clothing and towels by local maker Marty May, homemade soap by Sudz by Studz and items from over 30 other local artists and artisans. Chando’s Tacos' food truck and Federalist Public House’s beer truck will be on scene, along with a crepe stand and East Sacramento’s Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasters. At the outdoor gallery space, some of the Sacramento Rivercats will make an appearance and local bands like Be Brave Bold Robot will be rocking out. $2. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Beatnik Studios. 723 S St. 400-4281.

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