Thanksgiving is fast-approaching, which means the bustling rush of Black Friday shopping is not far behind. As small businesses continue to recuperate in the wake of COVID-19, it’s more crucial than ever to support your local vendors. Beginning Black Friday and spanning all through the holiday season, Austin offers a merry host of holiday bazaars, featuring one-of-a-kind handmade items as unique as the loved ones you shop for.

Blue Genie Art Bazaar

  • When: November 19th through December 24th, 2021
  • Where: 6100 Airport Blvd in Austin
  • Hours: 10am-10pm daily (10am to 6pm on Christmas Eve)

A beloved fixture of Austin’s holiday scene, Blue Genie Art Bazaar offers both in-person and virtual shopping experiences. Guests can peruse thousands of unique items, from collectible artwork to fun and quirky craft pieces. Too busy to shop? The bazaar’s Ask the Genie! service pairs shoppers with a personal “genie” to work some special holiday magic on their behalf. Customers can have items selected for them, based on provided interests and estimated budget. To sign up, or learn more about all that Blue Genie has to offer, visit the official website at bluegenieartbazaar.com

Small Business Saturday with the Austin Flea

  • When: November 27th, 2021
  • Where: Southern Heights Brewing Company
  • Hours: 12pm-5pm

Austin Flea provides gift options for every occasion, making it the perfect pit stop for holiday shoppers. Small Business Saturday unites local Austin vendors offering everything from jewelry, to clothing, to vintage collectibles. To learn more or catch the upcoming comprehensive vendors list, visit the official website at austinflea.net

A Christmas Affair

  • When: November 17th through the 21st, 2021
  • Where: Palmer Events Center

Austin’s five-day charity shopping event returns this year with over 200 retail merchants. Among the exciting events lined up for this year’s event is the annual raffle, which guests can enter for the chance to win a fashionable handbag direct from French designer, Christian Louboutin. Proceeds benefit the Junior League of Austin, and its non-profit community partners. To purchase tickets or learn more, visit the official website at shop.jlaustin.org

Lone Star Holiday Farmers Market

  • When: November 28th through December 19th, 2021
  • Where: Hill Country Galleria Central Plaza
  • Hours: 10am-4pm

The Lone Star Market is getting into the holiday spirit with a special seasonal rendition, complete with holiday-themed vendors. Shoppers can browse local art, gifts and cuisine, while enjoying a flare of Christmas cheer. To learn more, visit the official website at

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

  • When: December 7th through the 19th, 2021
  • Where: Outside at the Palmer Events Center
  • Open daily, 10am to 5:30pm

Shoppers can partake in 3 days of fine art and live music at the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar: an Austin holiday tradition for 45 seasons and counting. The event features local vendors, a full bar, and a spacious outdoor setup, all with the mission to promote local arts and culture. To learn more, visit the official website at armadillobazaar.com

 

What’s your favorite holiday shopping experience? Let us know in the comments!

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