10 great craft fairs in Brooklyn

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The Brooklyn Lyceum Holiday Craft Fair.

On the list of life’s pleasures, holiday shopping in your average mall ranks alongside going to the tow pound. But who doesn’t love a craft fair? Cupcakes, live music, onesies printed with curse words… There are so many to choose from this Festivus season that you can find a hand-quilted potholder for everyone on your list without ever leaving the BK. Aside from wading through the piles of beaded earrings and papaya-chocolate-cranberry scented soap, you can also gorge yourself on pie or learn how to make your own textiles. It’s a Christmas/Hannukah/Kwanzaa/non-denominational holiday miracle! And as always, if we missed your school, church or vegan commune’s annual shopfest, please let us know in the comments.


Brooklyn Friends School Winter Craft Fair, 375 Pearl St., December 4 from 4pm-8pm and December 5 from 10:30 to 5
-Carnival rides, face painting, Guitar Hero competition
-80% of profits support Horizons at Brooklyn Friends

Holiday Gift Fair and Pie Social, PS29, 425 Henry St., December 5, 10 to 4
-Brooklyn shops Fork + Pencil and Half-Pint Citizens will donate proceeds of their sales to BK schools
-Craft workshops and film festival for children
-Pie Competition with judges from Food and Wine and Top Chef

DECEMBER 12 & 13

Task Trunk Holiday Sale, 100 N. 3rd St., December 12 and 13, noon to 7
-Collaborative trunk show
-Cupcakes from Kumquat Cupcakery

3rd Ward’s Handmade Holiday Craft Fair, 195 Morgan Ave., December 12, noon to 6
-Live music from Raya Brass Band and free coffee from Gimme!
-First 300 guests to arrive will receive free tote bags by local artist Fernanda Cohen full of vendor swag
-Free demos and workshops including Making Old Jewelry New and How to Make Your Own Textiles

Brooklyn Indie Market, Smith & Union St., December 12 and 13, 11-7
-Designers donate 10-15% of sales to benefit Brooklyn Community Housing and service

Bull and Bear Market, Invisible Dog, 51 Bergen St., December 13th, starts at noon
-2 people dressed as the stock market’s Bull and Bear will compete in games
-Check out the Recession Art Benefit dinner at 6 PM: $28 in advance, $30 at door covers dinner, booze, and  the Bull and Bear games

NY Creates Craft Fair, Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St., at Clinton, December 11 to 16, weekdays 11 to 7, weekends 12 to 5
-ceramics, jewelry, apparel, plush toys, organic cosmetics, glass works, photo art to home goods – all at affordable prices

DECEMBER 19 & 20

Brooklyn Lyceum Holiday Craft Market, 227 4th Ave., December 19 and 20, 11-7
– 60 + local vendors including food by Luscious Brooklyn, Mogador Falafels, and Brooklyn Brine

Shiny Squirrel and It’s Ok my Dear Shopping Event,  246 Grand St., December 19 and 20
-Cupcakes, drinks, music

Winter Holiday Emporium
, Hands on World, 132 4th Pl., Saturdays 10am-3pm and Sundays 9am-12pm til December 20
-Supporting debut of Class Ceiling, Massilia Home and Garden, Amini Jewelry


  1. MAXI CRAFT: A Re/Dress Community Craft Fair. Wednesday, December 9, 2009 7pm-9pm.
    109 Boerum Place, Brooklyn, NY.


    Enabling our crafty clientele to sell their wares to our holiday shoppers, this one night only affair will celebrate the handmade, unusual, radical and raucous. Including jewelry, scarves, hair bling, accessories, handmade cards, zines, chapbooks, art, coloring books, perfume oil, and more just in time for Holiday shopping. There will also be a brief reading from works available at the event and a short video presentation. Confirmed Vendors Include:

    Brooklyn Flavors: Candles and Natural Skin Care Products
    Khane: Perfume Oils and Incense
    Knitsy Bitsy: Insanely adorable knitted creatures
    Bevin B.: Hair bling & scarves
    Luxidermy by Taueret: Urban Jungle Showgirl Animals
    Bambi Galore: Hair flowers & Jewelry
    Clever Girl Design: Jewelry
    Rachel Kempster: The Happy Book and Jewelry/Craft Kits
    Kristen W: Knitted & Crocheted items
    Decadent Designs: Clutches and Earrings
    Alchemy Jewelry: Steampunk designs
    Amplified Arts: Jewelry and wrist cuffs
    Soul Rebel Yes: Painted jewelry
    Christina Reilly: Nature Photography in Funky Frames
    Rhythmless Nation: Cute cosmetic mirrors and pins
    Adipositivity Project: Calendars
    Mr. Kate

  2. annie

    I love your post on great holiday markets in BK, but I was hoping I could point y’all to another fair this weekend that is supporting a great cause- Spoke the Hub’s holiday craft fair in Gowanus/ Park Slope.

    My business, Gemini Vintage, will be selling vintage clothing, costumes and accessories, the majority of which will be priced $5-$30.

    Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 12th and 13th, do your holiday shopping and support a good cause at Spoke the Hub’s Holiday Craft Market and Silent Auction.
    Vendors will be selling stationary, ornaments, vintage clothing, jewelry, books, accessories, ceramics and more! All funds raised during the Silent Auction will go toward Spoke the Hub’s Multi-Arts Summer Scholarship Program for underprivileged youth.
    The Gowanus Arts Building, 2nd Floor
    295 Douglass St between 3rd and 4th Aves.
    Saturday Dec. 12th 12pm-9pm
    Sunday Dec. 13th 12pm-7pm

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