If you’re into buying local or just want a Christmas gift that’s different, local shopping events are the place to find them.
This weekend kicks off a flurry of craft fairs, pop-up boutiques and other events. Most of the vendors are local artisans selling their creations, ranging from soaps to high-end leather purses made in Fresno and sold around the country.
Food trucks and live music are often part of the events, too. Here’s a rundown of upcoming events.
▪ Dec. 3: Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom Crafts Faire, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fresno City College Cafeteria complex, near Weldon and College avenues. The fair (usually held at the First Congregational Church of Fresno) has new venue this year. The event sells fair-trade coffee and lots of handmade gifts. A selection of soups will be available, too.
▪ Dec. 3: Fresno High Flea, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fresno High parking lot at McKinley and Echo avenues. This event features lots of handmade goods, including totes and postcards with Fresno landmarks printed on them. It also has food trucks for snacking. Bring a non-perishable item for a chance to win a mystery prize.
▪ Dec. 2 and Saturday Dec. 3: The Wolf Family Barnyard Holiday Boutique at Wolf Lakes Park, 11646 E. Ashlan Ave., Sanger. You likely know this place for hosting weddings, but this weekend its big barn will host 30 vendors selling handmade items. The event also features pictures with Santa, hay rides and more.
Early-bird access on Friday is from 6-9 p.m. with a $5 entrance fee. The main shopping event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday is free.
▪ Dec. 4: Punk Rock Flea Market, noon to 6 p.m. at Dynamite Vinyl, 1476 N. Van Ness Ave. Definitely not your average Christmas presents here, this event has punk-style Christmas ornaments, band T-shirts and vegan body care products.
▪ Dec. 4: Photos With Santa and Holiday Boutique, noon to 4 p.m. at the Smittcamp Alumni House, 2625 E. Matoian Way (between Maple and Woodrow avenues, just north of Shaw Avenue). More than a dozen vendors will sell all kinds of gifts, from clothing to children’s books. Bring your camera for photos with Santa, Victor E. Bulldog and Fresno State mascot Time Out.
The event organizers hope to promote female vendors. The names Lydia and Pearl are from the Bible.
The event is also a fundraiser for City Without Orphans, with entrance fees and $1 from each sale going toward the organization’s focus on vulnerable children in Fresno. Early bird entrance from 9-10 a.m. costs $10. Regular entry from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. costs $5.
▪ Dec. 10: Fresno Urban Holiday Market at Full Circle Brewing, 620 F St., from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is also a chance to try the new beer made by the new owners at the downtown brewery. They’ll have four acoustic musicians performing, three food trucks and gifts from 30 artists and crafters. Gifts include clay ornaments that can be personalized at the event, steampunk jewelry and repurposed furniture.
▪ Dec. 10 - 21: Iron+Copper+Bronze pop-up shops. The Fresno-based duo who makes handmade leather and canvas purses, totes and clutches will host special events where people can buy their bags. The pop ups are at several Valley stores.
Clovis: The Foundry Collective, 516 Fifth St., from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 11. A men’s shopping night (beer will accompany the shopping and women are welcome) at The Foundry is from 5-8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 15.
Fresno: Root, 1424 Fulton St., from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 14. Iron+Copper+Bronze’s studio at at 1821 Gallery & Studios will also be open from 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21. The studio is at 1821 Calaveras Street.
▪ Sunday, Dec. 18: Hand Made Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Gazebo Gardens, 3204 N Van Ness Blvd. This event has local artisans selling baby items, soaps, home decor and more. Food trucks and a free Christmas card creation station will be available.