It's finally December and that means holiday art events are cropping up all over Oregon. No matter where you are this weekend, there are pop-up markets to help you find the perfect gifts while supporting local artists. Plus, there are cultural holiday events to help you get in the spirit no matter how you celebrate.
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Winter Maker’s Mercado Craft Fair - Free!
Saturday, Dec. 7 - 11 am to 4pm
Portland Mercado - 7238 SE Foster Rd.
This multicultural event starts this weekend and continues next weekend as well. It will feature food, crafts, music and other live performances. There are worse ways to get in the holiday spirit than by supporting local arts!
“¡Felices Fiestas! To celebrate the season, we will be hosting a Holiday Craft Fair at the Portland Mercado ... Come and support local community craft vendors, and enjoy culture food, drinks, music, and live performances.”
Nordic Southwest Scanfair - $10
Saturday, Dec. 7 & Sunday, Dec. 8 - 10 am to 5pm
Veterans Memorial Coliseum - 300 N Winning Way
This event, in its 35th year, celebrates the cultures that many of our holiday traditions come from. With foods, goods, games and music from all over Scandinavia, this is a seasonal market done right.
"A two-day Nordic craft fair extravaganza, always the first full weekend in December at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland's Rose Quarter.
Jame Doe + Orkis - Free! (21+)
Sunday, Dec. 8 - 8 pm to 10 pm
Rontoms - 600 E Burnside St.
A Sunday of Portland pop featuring Jame Doe, a group we wrote about in a premium article last month, and Orkis, a darkwave synth-pop act that released its debut album this year.
“Join us for a night of electro-power-pop and dark synth-pop.”
Gingerbread Festival - Free!
Saturday, Dec. 7 - 10 am to 2 pm
Salem Public Library - 28 E Main St.
Who says cookies can’t also be an artistic medium? This free event has gingerbread sculpting, pics with Santa, and arts and crafts of all kinds.
“There's so much to do, and all are welcome!”
Renaissance Christmas Fair - $10+
Sunday, Dec. 8 - Noon to 5 pm
Arcane Cellars Winery - 22350 Magness Rd. NW
Fine wines, chocolates, foods and music of the Italian Renaissance, find us a classier way to start your December. We’ll wait.
“This year’s event has a Renaissance Christmas Faire theme: live recorder and flute music with Figs & Thistles, along with tunes from the Salem Madrigal Singers, two holiday plays performed by Theatre 33, a chocolate pairing with Missionary Chocolates as well as a variety of artisan craft vendors.”
Snoball 2019: Masquerade
Saturday, Dec. 7 - 8 pm to midnight
Oregon State Fair & Expo Center - 2330 17th St. NE
We feature quite a few 21+ events on these roundups, but here’s one just for the teens. Only people 14-19 are encouraged to attend (school or state ID required), so think of this as a high school dance without the high school (dress code and everything). It will have music, prizes and free Dutch Bros.
Modest Mouse - $56+
Saturday, Dec. 7 - 8 pm
McDonald Theatre - 10101 Willamette St.
The Portland-grown Modest Mouse became a global smash with the release of “Float On” in 2004, but the group has a formidable catalog of many more hits it's taking to the McDonald Theatre this weekend.
“The ocean breathes salty, won't you carry it in?
In your head, in your mouth, in your soul.
And maybe we'll get lucky and we'll both grow old.
Well I don't know. I don't know. I don't know. I hope so.” - The Ocean Breathes Salty
Creswell’s Winter Lights
Saturday, Dec. 7 - Noon to 7 pm
Creswell Community Center - 99 S 1st St. - Creswell, OR
This annual event fills the entire day with Christmas celebrations, including a holiday market opening at noon and live music starting at 5:30 pm until the tree lighting. This family-friendly event includes many ancillary events at businesses all over the community, so visit the event page for more info!
“Old fashioned celebration with your friends and neighbors to light the trees of Oregon Avenue, sing carols, meet Santa and enjoy this hometown holiday season.”
Whiteaker Winter Market - Free!
Saturday and Sunday - Dec. 7 & 8 - Noon to 8 pm
Thinking Tree Spirits - 88 Jackson St.
Many local crafters and artisans will have their work featured at this holiday market in Eugene’s artsy Whiteaker District. This is a good stop to buy holiday gifts while shopping local at the same time.
“Several unique artisans, jewelers, herbalists and healers will present their products…”
First Friday Art Walk - Free!
Friday, Dec. 6 - 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Old Mill District - Bend, OR
This time of year points much of our attention to the holidays, but regular, recurring local art events are still going strong. Here’s a prime example, with events and receptions at galleries all over Bend.
“Come join us as we celebrate First Friday Art Walk with a wide assortment of local artists. Local beverages, food, and music are always on the agenda, and demos and other fun surprises are always a possibility!”
Festival of Trees - Free!
Saturday, Dec. 7 - 10 am to 2 pm
Deschutes County Fair & Expo - 3800 SW Airport Way
Not only will this event feature more than 30 decorated trees, it will also have live entertainment and visits from Santa.
“ ...The annual Festival of Trees by Hospice of Redmond ...features free family activities including visits with Santa, live entertainment, and viewing of over 30 creatively decorated trees designed and decorated by teams of community members!”
Holiday Tails Art and Craft Fair
Saturday, Dec. 7 - 10 am to 4 pm
Athletic Club of Bend - 61615 Athletic Club Dr.
There are plenty of holiday markets for human wares, this one boasts a huge inventory of arts and crafts for those furry family members. It’s all the work of local artists and makers, plus their will be animal-inspired art of all kinds. Proceeds from this event go to help unhoused animals.
Find the purrfect holiday gift and help homeless animals at the Holiday Tails Art & Craft Fair on December 7th, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Athletic Club of Bend.
A variety of local artists will showcase photography, jewelry, wood working, fused glass, metal art, pottery, fiber art, clothing, CBD, ceramics and more!
Rogue Valley Chorale - Home for the Holidays - $16+
Saturday, Dec. 7 - 7:30 pm
Craterian Theater - 23 South Central Avenue
This choral showcase will feature classic Christmas compositions performed by Oregon musicians of all ages. This show pays particular honor to service men and women who are home for the holidays from overseas.
“The Rogue Valley Chorale will be joined by the Cantare Chorus to present a variety of holiday homecoming music featuring Ralph Vaughn Williams Serenade of Carols with featured guest artist, baritone Chris Thompson, Klezmer music, favorite carols, and some Holiday surprises accompanied by the Rogue Valley Chorale Chamber.”
Medford Winter Lights Festival - Free!
Saturday, Dec. 7 - 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Pear Blossom Park - E 5th Ave.
Featuring a candy cane hunt, coloring contest and face-painting, there’s plenty of entertainment leading up to the annual tree lighting. Plus, there will be live music and food trucks.
“Kicking off the 2019 Holiday Season with a fun, free family friendly event in downtown Medford. Join Medford Parks, Recreation and Facilities along with Lithia and Fortunes Folly as they count down to the lighting of the municipal Christmas tree. Candy cane hunt, coloring Contest, Food trucks, face painting by Mermaid Kissed, SANTA and more!”
Holiday Arts Festival
Saturday, Dec. 7 - 10 am to 5 pm
Florence Events Center - 715 Quince St. - Florence, OR
Designs and works from local artists will be highlighted at this annual showcase. Not only will buying these works help support local artists, but a percentage of all sales goes to benefit the Florence Regional Arts Alliance.
“The Florence Regional Arts Alliance (FRAA) is presenting their Holiday Arts Festival 2019 for two days or shopping for unique gifts of fine craftsmanship. Meet the coastal artisans who will show off their latest designs in a range of mediums and inspired from the coastal landscape to far-away locales.”
Christmas Bazaar - Free!
Saturday, Dec. 7 - 9 am to 3 pm
Kiwanda Community Center - 34600 Cape Kiwanda Dr. - Pacific City, OR
Rounding out a long list of community markets supporting local artists, this one will also feature handmade food and cookies.
“Come and enjoy some festive cheer and support your local artists by doing your Holiday Shopping with friends and neighbors at The KCC Annual Christmas Bazaar!”
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