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    Shop Boulder's Artisan Markets

    With the third-highest concentration of artists in the country, Boulder overflows with creativity. And this is the time of year when their amazing creations overflow, too — from rows of booths at Boulder's many artisan markets, craft fairs, makers marts and holiday markets. If you want to shop Boulder's arts and crafts this season, here's where to do it. 

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    October

    NoBo Art District First Fridays

    Oct. 4, 2019
    North Boulder

    On the first Friday of every month, NoBo Art District welcomes visitors for self-guided tours of artists’ studios and creative businesses. There’s live music, refreshments, demos and special activities in several of the locations, which range from galleries and studios to churches, coffeehouses and framing shops. There are more than 40 artist studios open.

    Open Studios Tour

    Oct. 5-6, 12-13 and 19-20, 2019
    Across Boulder
    Every fall, over 100 artists invite the public into their private studios during Boulder’s Open Studios Tour, which happens during the first three weekends in October. Watch an oil painting appear on canvas before your eyes, hear the story behind a sculpture and have a chance to buy art directly from the artists — from pottery and ceramics to furniture and photography. The tour will get you out exploring some of Boulder’s coolest local neighborhoods, too. The best way to participate is to download the free annual map at openstudios.org.

    Customers Shopping at Open Studios

    Handmade in Colorado Expo 

    Oct. 5-6, 2019
    Sat. 9am‑6pm, Sun. 11am‑6pm

    Central Park
    This showcase is juried, so you are sure to find high-quality handcrafted products curated from only Colorado artisans. Everything on sale here is handmade in Colorado and sold direct by the artisan. 

    Artisan Show at the Boulder Saturday Farmers Market 

    Oct. 12, 2019
    Sat., 8am-2pm
    13th Street Between Canyon & Arapahoe

    Join local craft artists as they display and sell their creations — jewelry, paintings, pottery and so much more — adjacent to the Boulder Farmers Market in Central Park along Boulder Creek. Be sure to also stroll through the market for delicious samples and a bite to eat at the "food court," with local dumplings, stone-oven pizzas, fresh salads and more. Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA) is also on-site, with thought-provoking installations, a modest $2 entry fee and a great, artsy gift section.

    Crowd of People at the Boulder Farmers Market

    Deck the Mall

    Oct. 26-27, 2019                                     
    Sat.-Sun., 10am-5pm  
    Pearl Street

    Head to downtown Boulder’s Pearl Street Mall to kick off the holiday season with some holiday cheer and festivities. Shop the independent retailers on historic Pearl Street, alongside the open-air holiday festival’s one of-a-kind creations and handmade treasures crafted by local artisans. This holiday shopping spectacular will include live music, a free holiday craft design area and fun for the whole family. Deck the Mall is also raising funds for the Imagine! Foundation, an amazing organization that assists the local families of those with developmental delays and disabilities. 

    November

    NoBo Art District First Fridays

    Nov. 1, 2019
    Fri., 6-9pm
    North Boulder

    On the first Friday of every month, NoBo Art District welcomes visitors for self-guided tours of artists’ studios and creative businesses. There’s live music, refreshments, demos and special activities in several of the locations, which range from galleries and studios to churches, coffeehouses and framing shops. There are more than 40 artist studios open.

    Boulder Mountain Handmade Art & Gift Market

    Nov. 9-10, 2019
    Sat. and Sun., 10am-4pm 
    Boulder Elks Lodge 

    Now in its 45th year, this longtime Boulder tradition brings an outstanding selection of crafters, local artists, photographers, potters, fiber artists and bakers together to support the Boulder Mountain Fire Protection District. There will be fire truck tours and free kids’ art activities at the event, too.

    Boulder Holiday Market

    Nov. 23, 2019
    Sat., 10am-5pm
    Central Park

    The Boulder Holiday Market really is an awesome selection of one-of-a-kind seasonal items, high-quality handcrafted goods, fabulous holiday gift ideas, delicious specialty foods, and more, made from a diverse collection of local artists and crafters. 

    Small Business Saturday

    Nov. 30, 2019
    Downtown

    Shopping local is the Boulder way, and Small Business Saturday is a great day to join in. Head to Pearl Street, where historic buildings are filled with boutiques and indie shops, plus cute eateries, bookstores, and coffee shops. Holiday lights will be twinkling overhead and Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the Visitor Information Center from 11am to 2pm. Kiddos can enjoy rides on the Snowflake Express kiddie train and Holiday carolers in nostalgic attire will stroll downtown throughout the day. Don’t forget to explore “off the bricks” on West Pearl and East Pearl, too.

    December

    NoBo Art District First Fridays

    Dec. 6, 2019
    North Boulder

    On the first Friday of every month, NoBo Art District welcomes visitors for self-guided tours of artists’ studios and creative businesses. There’s live music, refreshments, demos and special activities in several of the locations, which range from galleries and studios to churches, coffeehouses and framing shops. There are more than 40 artist studios open.

    Boulder Arts Week First Friday

    ARTastic Holiday Market 

    Dec. 6, 2019
    Fri., 11am-2:30pm
    Horizons K8

    This impressive craft market has been happening for 16 years and benefits Horizons K8. Shop for beautiful, unique gifts made by the school's creative community and beyond — and feel good about supporting a positive learning environment.

    Boulder Holiday Gift Festival

    Dec. 8, 2019
    Sun., 11am-5pm
    Boulder YMCA 

    With over 100 booths, this is one of Boulder’s biggest holiday artisan markets, with a vast array of amazing, high-quality gifts that are locally made. The whole family is welcome to come shop. Admission is free and there is a holiday concert starting at noon.

    Studio Arts Boulder Holiday Sale

    Dec. 13, 14 and 15, 2019
    Fri., 3-7pm; Sat, 10am-5pm; and Sun, 11am-4pm
    Prana

    This annual sale features the handmade work of Studio Arts Boulder instructors, staff and board members. You’ll find pottery and ceramic work, prints, and other handcrafted goods, with proceeds from the Holiday Sale benefiting the participating artists and Studio Arts Boulder's programming. 

    By Elke sign on the sidewalk

    Firefly Handmade

    Dec. 14-15, 2019
    Sat., 10am-5pm and Sun., 10am-4pm
    Balch Fieldhouse, University of Colorado​

    Perhaps the most buzzed-about artisan market in Boulder, Firefly Handmade is eagerly awaited four times a year, and its holiday market is especially impressive. Come shop a tastefully curated selection of some 100 artisans, with rows and rows of charming artist booths for as far as the eye can see. You'll find woodworking, clothing, candles, home decor, jewelry, skincare, ceramics, stationery and so much more — all made by the friendly vendors on site. 

    Woman looking at decorative pillow at Firefly HandmadePhoto: Shaleen DeStephano

    Shop the Makers Year-Round

    If there's not a gift market or artisan fair going on while you're in town, don't worry. There are lots of places to shop made-in-Boulder gifts. Right on Pearl Street are two artist emporiums that sell the wares of many local makers under one roof: Boulder Arts and Crafts Gallery and Art Mart. On East Pearl Street (between 17th and 21st streets), you'll find a cluster of makers: By Elke (handmade purses), Bohemi (jewelry made on site), Sherpani (bags designed in Boulder) and madelife (jewelry, pottery, furniture and so much more).