Arts and Crafts Markets In and Around Calgary

Craft season extravaganza runs until mid-December.



The winter edition of Little Modern Market takes place on Nov. 24.

Photograph by Lindsay Skeans Photography

 

[This article has been updated to show details on markets that are taking place in 2018.]

It’s the time of year to shop for all things handmade. The arts and crafts markets in and around Calgary have already started, meaning now’s the time to get a head start on your Christmas shopping. You can find the perfect gift for everyone on your list from now until mid-December.

 

We will keep updating this article as we learn of more arts and crafts and Christmas markets. Think we missed an important market? Let us know.


Markets In October

 

Curated Holiday Market

The Curated Holiday Market runs over two different weekends in October and November. Shop from 70 vendors, enter to win prizes and grab a snack at a food truck. 

When: Oct. 5 and 6, 2018; Nov. 23 and 24, 2018
Where: Bowness Community Association, 7904 43 Ave. N.W. 
Cost: $4

 

Beacon Original Art Annual Fall Exhibition and Sale

Beacon Original Art holds its annual sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. over these two days. Up to 25 local artists will be there displaying and selling their paintings, photography, ceramics and more. Each day has different artists. There’s free parking here and a prize draw.

When: Oct. 13 and 14, 2018
Where: Bridgeland-Riverside Community Hall, 917 Centre Ave. N.E.
Cost: Free admission

 

Ujamaa Grandmas Bags, Babies and Beyond

Ujamaa Grandmas holds its an annual fall sale to benefit the Stephen Lewis Foundation. The grandmas are selling handmade purses, accessories, decor items and toys. If you go home with nothing else, get a felted bag — it’s what the group is known for. All proceeds support African children who have been orphaned by HIV/AIDS and are now being cared for by their grandparents. 

When: Oct. 19 and 20, 2018
Where: Marda Loop Communities Association, 3130 16 St. S.W.
Cost: Free admission

 

Vintage & Vines Country Market

Vintage & Vines Country Market is a market that's being hosted at the Livestock Pavilion Ag Society Grounds in Strathmore. Shop for a range of vintage and handmade items from local vendors such as candles, vintage furniture, home decor and jewellery. You can also try drink tastings from Field Stone Fruit Wines. The market starts at 4 p.m. on Oct. 19 and 20.

When: Oct. 19 to 20, 2018

Where: Livestock Pavilion, 33 Wheatland Trail, Strathmore

Cost: $3 admission for adults (partial proceeds going towards The Wheatland & Area Hospice Society)

 

36th Annual Bearspaw Fall & Christmas Market

This market has offered fall and Christmas goodies to the community for the last 36 years. This year, there will be more than 90 vendors selling various handmade items. The market runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

When: October 19 to 21, 2018

Where: Bearspaw Lifestyle Centre, 253220 Bearspaw Rd.

Cost: $3 admission

 

The Fibre Shindig

This craft show is dedicated to all the knitters, crocheters and felters in Calgary. Stop by Calgary’s only fibre show and buy yarn, beads and buttons for all your fibre-focused projects.

When: Oct. 20, 2018
Where: Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Centre, 1320 5 Ave. N.W.
Cost: $5 admission; kids are free

 

Calyx Distinctive Arts Semi-Annual Art Exhibition and Sale

This two-day art exhibition and sale showcases work by different artists each day. This is the 35th year that the event has taken place.

When: Oct. 20 and 21, 2018
Where: Crescent Heights Community Centre, 1101 2 St. N.W.
Cost: Free admission

 

Palette Fine Art Show and Sale

Pick out a new piece of artwork for your home at this show and sale put on by the Calgary Community Painters Society. 50 local artists will paint a segment of a Van Gogh painting to create two mosaics that will be auctioned off. All of the proceeds are being donated to the Canadian Mental Health Association. It runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

When: Oct. 27, 2018
Where: Triwood Community Hall, 2244 Chicoutimi Dr. N.W.
Cost: Free admission

 

Markets In November

 

Festival of Crafts

More than 250 artisans from across Canada convene at Stampede Park to sell their gorgeous handmade goods at the Festival of Crafts. The market showcases work by artists, artisans and designers — you'll be able to find clothing, food products, artwork, glassware, bath products and much more for everyone on your Christmas list. 

When: Nov. 1 to 4, 2018
Where: BMO Centre, Stampede Park, 20 Roundup Way S.E.
Cost: Adults $7 admission

 

Airdrie Christmas Show 2018

Shop from a range of handmade items at the eighth annual Airdrie Christmas Show. The two-day show takes place on Friday, Nov. 2 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sat., Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

When: Nov. 2 and 3, 2018 
Where: Airdrie Town and Country Centre, 275 Jensen Dr. N.E.
Cost: Free admission

 

25th Annual Chestermere Christmas Craft Sale 

Shoppers have been visiting this annual market since 1993, although Crazy4Crafts took over in 2010. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., meet the artisans, buy holiday decorations and Christmas gifts (you’ll find handmade products like quilts, crocheted clothing, toys and jewellery).

When: Nov. 3, 2018
Where: Chestermere Regional Recreation Centre, 201 West Chestermere Dr. 
Cost: Free admission with a donation to the Food Bank 

 

Crossfield Christmas Market

Visit this annual Christmas market in Crossfield to do some shopping for the holidays. There will be more than 100 vendors selling artisanal and food items. It runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

When: Nov. 3, 2018
Where: Crossfield Community Centre, 900 Mountain Ave.
Cost: Free admission with a donation to the Food Bank

 

Peace By Piece Christmas Market

This is the third year that the Peace By Piece Christmas Market has taken place, and it's a great spot to do some holiday shopping. The market runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

When: Nov. 3, 2018
Where: St. Peter's Anglican Church, Cormack Hall, 903 75 Ave. S.W.
Cost: Free admission

 

Springbank Christmas Market

This festive craft sale is a great spot to shop for handmade crafts and artwork. You'll find items like apparel, paintings, holiday wreaths and more. Parking is free at the event, too.

When: Nov. 3 and 4, 2018
Where: Springbank Community High School, 32226 Springbank Rd.
Cost: Free admission

 

What a Woman Wants for Christmas

Do some shopping for the women in your life at this Christmas market in Marda Loop. Shop from more than 35 local vendors for items such as beauty products, jewellery, apparel and more. The market runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

When: Nov. 4, 2018
Where: McKenzie Towne Hall, 40 McKenzie Blvd. S.E.
Cost: $5

 

Millarville Christmas Market

Back for a 31th year, this Christmas market is sure to give you all the seasonal feelings. Shop at the vendors’ booths indoors and outdoors, and you’ll probably go home with baked goods and handmade gifts such as pottery, stained glass pieces, apparel and jewellery. You can also spend the day enjoying hay rides, roasted chestnuts, carolers, music and glass blowing demonstrations. And you can take the kids for their photo with Santa.

When: Nov. 8 to 11, 2018
Where: Millarville Racing and Agricultural Society, 306097 192 St.
Cost: Adults $5 admission

 

MarketSquare's Christmas Festival in Okotoks

More than 175 artists and small businesses will be on-site for this annual curated Christmas market in Okotoks. You'll find jewellery, apparel, ceramics, artwork, bath products and much more at this curated market. There will be free activities for children, caroling and Santa will be there for photos, too. The market's open from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. 

When: Nov. 9 to 11, 2018
Where: Foothills Centennial Centre, 204 Community Way, Okotoks
Cost: Adults $5 admission

 

Southern Alberta Art Alliance 2018 Fall Art Show

Decorate your home with a new piece of art from the Southern Alberta Art Alliance. At their fall show, you will find locally made pieces in a range of mediums and styles. There is free parking at the event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

When: Nov. 10, 2018
Where: Holy Cross Anglican Church, 2828 19 St. N.W.
Cost: Free admission

 

Fort Calgary Holiday Artisan's Fair

This is Fort Calgary's 16th annual artisan fair. The holiday event will feature a Remembrance Day ceremony as well as a market with more than 60 local vendors. Shop for art, food items like preserves, glasswork, apparel and more.

When: Nov. 11, 2018
Where: Fort Calgary, 750 9 Ave. S.E.
Cost: Free with a donation to the Veteran's Food Bank

 

Art Market Art and Craft Sale

This is one of the biggest art and craft sales in the city and you’ll find great gifts here that you won’t find at any other market because of its diversity. Around 200 artisans from across Canada sell everything from jewellery to ceramics to furniture. There will also be reduced parking rates during the event. And, there is two-for-one admission on Thursday and Friday evenings from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

When: Nov. 15 to 18, 2018
Where: Telus Convention Centre, 136 8 Ave. S.E.
Cost: Adults $12 admission

 

Crestmont Christmas Market

Get a head start on your holiday shopping at this weekend Christmas market. Running from November 16 to 18, the Crestmont Christmas Market will feature around 25 vendors selling artwork, wooden home decor pieces, jewellery, Indigenous crafts and more.
The market runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

When: Nov. 16 to 18, 2018
Where: Crestmont Hall, 12400 Crestmont Blvd. S.W.

 

Spruce Meadows International Christmas Market

This market is taking place over three weekends starting in mid-November and running into December. Find imported gifts and handmade items that are perfect for your loved ones at the indoor and outdoor venues. More than 300 vendors are on-site and there will also be live music performances and dance displays.

When: Nov. 16 to 18, 2018; Nov. 23 to 25, 2018; Nov. 30 to Dec. 2, 2018
Where: Spruce Meadows, 18011 Spruce Meadows Way S.W.
Cost: $15 at the venue; $12 in advance

 

Spirit of Christmas Art Show and Sale at the Okotoks Art Gallery

The Okotoks Art Gallery transforms into a holiday shopping venue until December 22. Stop by and find items like holiday ornaments, cards, jewellery and original artwork. Perhaps the best part? All the products available for sale at the market are under $200.

When: Nov. 16 to Dec. 22, 2018
Where: Okotoks Art Gallery, 53 North Railway St. 
Cost: Free

 

Balzac Christmas Market

The annual Balzac Christmas Market is the perfect spot to pick up some gifts for your loved ones. Shop the market's two levels for items like baking, knitting and woodworking. Little ones can also get their photo taken with Santa. Admission is free, and the market runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

When: Nov. 17, 2018
Where: Balzac Community Hall, 10075 Township Rd. 262, Balzac
Cost: Free admission

 

Silver Springs Christmas Crafter's Market

This annual Christmas craft market in Silver Springs welcomes many local vendors selling handcrafted items. Browse the jewellery, soaps, artwork, crocheted items, accessories and more. Bring along a non-perishable food item to donate as well. This market runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

When: Nov. 17, 2018
Where: Silver Springs Community Association, 5720 Silver Ridge Dr. N.W.
Cost: Free admission

 

New Brighton's Annual Christmas Market

Get your holiday shopping done at New Brighton's Annual Christmas Market, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on November 17. Shopping isn't the only thing you can do here though — you can also get a photo with Santa.

When: Nov. 17, 2018
Where: 2 New Brighton Dr. S.E.
Cost: A non-perishable food donation for the food bank.

 

Shawnessy Christmas Craft Fair

This one-day Christmas craft fair has been around for more than a decade, and has two floors that feature more than 30 vendors. The market runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

When: Nov. 17
Where: The Shawnessy Barn, 224 Shawmeadows Rd. S.W. 
Cost: Free with a donation to the Calgary Interfaith Food Bank

 

22nd Canmore Christmas Artisans’ Market

At the end of November, more than 85 local artists will be offering paintings, photography, pottery, furniture and more at this Canmore market. There will also be food vendors. The admission fee supports the Canmore Preschool Society. It runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days.

When: Nov. 17 and 18, 2018
Where: Canmore Collegiate High School, 1800 8 Ave., Canmore
Cost: $3 admission

 

Bragg Creek Artisans Christmas Sale

Escape the city for your arts and crafts shopping. More than 65 local artists showcase their handicrafts and artwork at this sale, which is back for its 41st year. There will also be lunch and snacks served in the country kitchen café. This market is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the whole weekend. 

When: Nov. 17 and 18, 2018
Where: Bragg Creek Centre, 23 White Ave.
Cost: Free admission

 

Lake Bonavista Christmas Craft Fair

The community Christmas craft fair at Lake Bonavista sells a range of products created by local artisans, including knitting, baking and soaps. In the multi-purpose room, you'll also find items that aren't from crafters, like Pampered Chef and Tupperware. The market runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

When: Nov. 17 and 18, 2018
Where: Lake Bonavista Community Association, 1401 Acadia Dr. S.E. 
Cost: TBA

 

Cochrane Christmas Market

Shop jewellery, home decor, artwork, apparel and more from 100-plus vendors at the Cochrane Christmas Market. It runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

When: Nov. 18, 2018
Where: Cochrane RancheHouse, 101 RancheHouse Rd. 
Cost: $3 admission; Food Bank donations welcomed. 

 

ACAD Show + Sale

See what Calgary’s up-and-coming young artists have been producing at this bi-annual show and sale. During this public retail event, browse handmade pieces and admire the student body’s talent. Whatever your preferred art form, you’ll find it here: there will be jewellery, paintings, fibre pieces, ceramics and more. All proceeds from the event go towards the ACAD student body. 

When: Nov. 22 to 24, 2018
Where: Alberta College of Art + Design, Main Mall, 1407 14 Ave. N.W. 
Cost: Admission by donation

 

Banff Christmas Market

Make a weekend getaway out of this market in Banff, where you can shop for handmade gifts, listen to caroling and dine on great food. Expect gift cards, artwork, food products, apparel, home decor and more. Santa will also be there for photos.

When: Nov. 22 to 25, 2018
Where: Warner Stables, 100 Sundance Rd., Banff
Cost: $5 for day entry; $8 for the weekend

 

25th Annual Blessed Cardinal Newman Christmas Market

Listen to musical performances while shopping at the 25th Annual Blessed Cardinal Newman Christmas Market. The market, which is held at the local elementary/junior high school, will have more than 100 vendors. Shop for items such as jewellery, baking and crafts during this one-day event. The market runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

When: Nov. 24, 2018
Where: Blessed Cardinal Newman School, 16201 McKenzie Lake Blvd. S.E.
Cost: Entry by donation

 

Distinctly Nanton Christmas Market

Its old-world charm makes Nanton the perfect destination to shop for handmade gifts. Just a 40-minute drive away, find a range of products that make great gifts, as well as vendors that are unique to Nanton. This one-day market takes place during Nanton Lights the Way.

When: Nov. 24, 2018
Where: Nanton Community Centre 
Cost: Free admission

 

2018 Christmas Market hosted by Foothills Alliance Women's Ministry

At this morning market, shop at around 75 vendor tables selling jewellery and other handmade items. At 10:45 a.m., there is a 40-minute inspirational program. Childcare is also available here from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. for $7 per family.

When: Nov. 29, 2018
Where: Foothills Alliance Church, 333 Edgepark Blvd. N.W. 
Cost: TBA

 

Markets In December

 

Market Collective

If you haven't started your Christmas shopping yet, don't worry — Market Collective is here for you. The local artisan market returns for two weekends in December and celebrates its 10 year anniversary. In addition to featuring the work of local artisans, there will be food vendors and interactive features at the markets. 

When: Dec. 7 to 9 and 14 to 16, 2018
Where: The BMO Centre, 20 Roundup Way S.W.
Cost: $5 for the weekend

 

Seeds of Enrichment's 4th Annual Christmas Market

This Christmas market is a fundraiser for Seeds of Enrichment, a not-for-profit organization that supports impoverished villages by providing horticulture and agriculture support and promoting education and health. Taking place in the Canmore Miners' Union Hall, there will also be Christmas music playing as you shop at the various vendors here.

When: Dec. 8 and 9, 2018
Where: Canmore Miners' Union Hall, 738 7 St., Canmore
Cost: TBA

 

We will keep updating this article as we learn of more arts and crafts and Christmas markets. Think we missed an important market? Let us know.

 


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