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December Arts + Crafts Markets {Boston + Providence}

November 29, 2007

Shop Indie Boston! I really look forward to all the fun summer and winter craft events that spring up each year. Last season I selected the best of the best events happening in Boston + Providence and this year is no different, another round-up! And yes baby, I know it’s cold outside – but neither snow nor sleet prevents Boston locals from a few good sales. Here’s a quick view of events going on (starting tomorrow!) around town. Please feel free to print this handy guide so you’ll have it on you during the month. Have fun!

Not in New England? See the last paragraph of this post for a GREAT link just for you.

December Arts + Crafts Markets {Boston + Providence}
Crafts at the Castle
11/30, 10-8
12/1, 10-6
12/2, 10-5
Hynes Convention Center, Exhibit Hall B, 900 Boylston St. (1st floor), Boston.
Rain or shine. $18.00 for adults. $15.00 for seniors. Children under 12 are free.

Holiday Artisian Fair at The Eliot School
12/1, 11-5
The Eliot School, 24 Eliot Street, Jamaica Plain.
Free Admission.

NEW! Paper & Chocolate Event with Albertine Press & Taza Chocolate
12/2, 1-6
561 Windsor Street, Somerville.
Tastings, factory tours, letterpress demonstrations, artisan chocolates,
handmade books, holiday cards and more.

Celebrate Newton! Arts + Crafts Festival
12/2, 10-4
Newton South H.S., 140 Brandeis Rd, Newton Center.
Free Admission.

MassArt Annual Sale
12/3-8, 10-7
MassArt, Tower Building (lobby), 621 Huntington Ave. (corner of Huntington Ave. and Evans Way), Boston.
Rain or shine. Free admission.

The Arsenal on the Charles Vendor Fair
12/4, 10-2
3 Kingsbury Avenue, Watertown.
Free Admission.

School of the Museum of Fine Arts December Sale
12/5-6, 12?8
12/7-9, 12?6
SMFA, 230 The Fenway, Boston.
Free Admission.

NEW! Design Nearby at the pinkcomma Gallery
12/7, 5-10
Pinkcomma, 81b Wareham Street (South End), Boston.

MIT Sloan Craft Fair (sorry no link)
12/7, 9-6
Lobby of the Tang Center, 50 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA (entrance on Wadsworth Street).

Fort Point Holiday Sale

12/7, 4-7
12/8-9, 11-5
Midway Studios, 15 Channel Center Street, Boston with additional studios open throughout the neighborhood.
Rain or shine. Free admission. Free Parking.
{NEW! They also have a brick and mortar holiday store open for the season on weekdays until 1/4/08.}

RISD Alumni Art Sale
12/8, 10-5
RI Convention Center, One Sabin Street, Providence.
Rain or shine. Admission is $7; children under 14 or current RISD students (with ID) get in free.

Sowa Holiday Market
12/8, 10-8
12/9, 10-6
Cathedral High School Gym, 74 Union Park Street (South End), Boston.
Rain or shine. $5 admission. Free Parking at 500 & 540 Harrison Ave.

Bazaar Bizarre
12/9, 12-5
Cyclorama (Boston Center for the Arts) at 539 Tremont Street (South End), Boston.
Rain or shine. $1.00 Admission.
{Tip: Arrive early for the best selection. The line wraps around the block and booths are known to sell out fast.}

UPDATE: This event will not take place this year. Sorry for any confusion! Wears + Wares Final Market of the Year
12/16, 11-5
Downtown Crossing on Summer Street in the lobby of 101 Arch, Boston.
Rain or shine. Free admission.

Month Long Markets

Craftland Show
12/1-12/22 – daily
Wednesday 11-6, Thursday 11-8, Friday 11-6, Saturday 11-8, and Sunday 11-6.
235 Westminster Street, Providence.
Psst: There’s a meet the artists free event on December 13, 6-8 PM.
Rain or shine. Free admission.

The Harvard Square Holiday Craft Fair

12/9-11, M-F 10-7, S 12-6, Su 11-7
First Parish Unitarian Church, on the corner of Mass Ave and Church in Harvard Square.
Free Admission.

Psst: Not in Boston or Providence and feeling a bit left out? No worries! For a complete list of indie markets taking place all over the world visit the Indie Craft Fair Guide. If you are a market owner, don’t forget to list your event on their website because I see this site as only growing and becoming THE source for indie markets in the future. I’m spreading the word the best that I can – it’s a great site – so tell all of your friends!

If I’ve missed a venue for Boston or Providence, please comment below with the scoop. Please share this with a friend by clicking the envelope icon below this post – spread the word – shop Indie. :)

(image from the SOWA website)


  • Reply Jennifer Ramos November 29, 2007 at 10:32 pm

    Hello again,
    I wish there were more festivals and markets etc here in las vegas area…there are a few now, however I REALLY wish you could see what they sell here. NO offense to some of these artists but I don’t think its that great. Its very reminiscent of 80’s in style….bad huh? Maybe next time they have one, i will snap a few pics….and show you. I always go just to see if theres anything new and surprise …..NOTHING. I’m originally from NYC and lived there for 15 yrs, so innovation and style is my thing…culture etc. u name it…but living here i feel i’ve missed out and i see more online then in my own town.
    Just wanted to share….

    Jen Ramos
    ‘Earth Friendly DESIGNER Cards’

  • Reply Jennifer Ramos November 30, 2007 at 3:05 am

    thanks for the email response on this … :)

  • Reply Liz (made in lowell) November 30, 2007 at 3:20 am

    Great list! And don’t forget the Holiday Arts Happening on December 9th at the Worcester DCU :)

  • Reply Anonymous November 30, 2007 at 4:23 am

    FYI – Wears + Wares is not on this year. The site is still up from last year to continue to promote the excellent designers. Sorry for any confusion!

    Ann + Kelly are putting on a series of exhibitions at the pinkcomma gallery in the South End and we thank you for posting about Design Nearby: Prints Charming, the first event of the series on Dec 7.


  • Reply Jenn Ski November 30, 2007 at 3:52 pm

    Thanks for posting the Design Nearby link. I can’t wait for my first show!

  • Reply Anonymous December 1, 2007 at 4:53 am

    Is there an online source for that cute necklace with the number 5 pendant in the top left-hand corner? If so, could you let me know? I’d love that!


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