Shop local: A guide to Pittsburgh holiday markets

Skip the big-box stores, and support these local makers instead.



Courtesy of Handmade Arcade
Rossilynne Culgan

Updated, 12:26 p.m. Nov. 16

There’s a Pittsburgh-made gift for everybody on your shopping list this holiday season. Here’s your guide to the best local holiday markets around town, from outdoor vendors in the middle of Downtown to a Small Business Saturday pop-up shop. We’ve organized the list chronologically, so you’ll know where to shop — whether you start your holiday shopping before Thanksgiving or at the last minute. We’re not judging. Know of another local market we should add to the list? Let us know.

Bundle up for this market.

Bundle up for this market.

Photo by Renee Rosensteel / Courtesy of Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership

Brave the cold temps to peruse an outdoor market

Shop at the sixth annual outdoor holiday market from a variety of vendor booths, including local visiting vendors Abandoned Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Pottery and Three Rivers Clay Works. Located in the heart of Downtown, the market runs from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

Where:Market Square (Downtown)

When:November 17, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. to December 23, 2017 at 9:30 p.m.

Live west of the city? This one’s nearby.

The Allegheny Artisans Holiday Market features a variety of a local makers in a special setting — a restored barn at the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden. Plus, if you want to get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping, this one takes place before Thanksgiving.

Where:Pittsburgh Botanic Garden at 799 Pinkerton Run Rd. (North Fayette Township)

When:November 19, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Shop for cute gifts like these.

Shop for cute gifts like these.

Courtesy of the I Made It! Market

Make your list, check it twice, check everybody off it

One-hundred regional artists will bring handmade wares to the "I Made It! Market," so you can check off everybody of your shopping list. There's also hands-on crafting along with a kids shop on Sunday. The event will be held inside the former Office Depot space beside Michael's Craft Store at the Waterfront.

Where:Former Office Depot at 630 Waterfront Drive East (Homestead)

When:November 24, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. to November 26, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

Use your shopping dollars to support ‘Black Saturday’

The Community Empowerment Association is hosting Buy Black - A Black Saturday Holiday Market Place encouraging shoppers to use their economic power to support black businesses and black entrepreneurs during the holiday season. "Don't spend your money on Black Friday," the event listing says "but support black owned businesses on Saturday."

Where:7120 Kelly St. (Homewood South)

When:November 25, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Celebrate Small Business Saturday with these women designers

Small Business Saturday kicks off the beginning of four weekly PennStyled pop-ups this holiday season. Trusst Lingerie will turn into a holiday pop-up showcasing four local women designers: Kiya Tomlin of Uptown Sweats, Gillian Preston of Broken Plates, Nisha Blackwell of Knotzland and Shannon Pultz of Blak Rust, with Sophia Berman and Susan Banerjee of Trusst Lingerie.

Where:Trusst Lingerie at 5125 Penn Ave. (Garfield)

When:November 25, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Support a local museum store

Stop by your favorite gift shop on Museum Store Sunday to pick up a gift inspired by art, science or history. Bonus: Make a day of it, and check out the museum after you shop. Participating museums in Pittsburgh include:

  • The Andy Warhol Museum
  • Carnegie Museum of Art
  • Carnegie Museum of Natural History
  • Carnegie Science Center
  • Children's Museum of Pittsburgh
  • Contemporary Craft
  • Fort Pitt Museum
  • The Frick Pittsburgh
  • Heinz History Center
  • Mattress Factory
  • National Aviary
  • Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
  • Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Center for the Arts
  • The ToonSeum

Where:Various museums in Pittsburgh

When:November 26, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Live east of the city? This holiday market’s for you.

If you live in the Eastern 'burbs (or are willing to face the Parkway to get there), this market in Monroeville promises 55 vendors, along with holiday refreshments, photos with Santa and music.

Where:Doubletree by Hilton Pittsburgh Monroeville Convention Center at 101 Mall Blvd. (Monroeville)

When:November 26, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Peruse 5,000+ pieces of local art at this holiday mART

This one isn't just a holiday mart, it's a holiday mART — emphasis on the art. This pop-up boutique features locally made handcrafted gifts, such as jewelry, ceramics, glass, weavings, knitted wears, fine art, wood craft, toys, cards and ornaments. In all, expect to see more than 5,000 items for sale from more than 100 artists. Event runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Where:Sweetwater Center for the Arts at 200 Broad St. (Sewickley)

When:December 1, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. to December 9, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

Handmade Arcade

Handmade Arcade

Courtesy of Handmade Arcade

Check out more than 170 vendors at Handmade Arcade

In terms of maker-made, this one is the biggie every year. It's worth the crowds to shop at Handmade Arcade, which this year features more than 170 vendors (66 of them first-time vendors), an activity area with make-and-take projects, raffles and music. It's set to be the biggest Handmade Arcade in 13 years.

Where:David L. Lawrence Convention Center at 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd. (Downtown)

When:December 2, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Shop local (and shop vintage) at Made + Found

More than 30 regional vintage and handmade vendors will take over two floors of the Ace Hotel. On the list: Functional ceramic ware from Bombabird, American-made lingerie from Calligramme and vintage apparel from Highway Robbery Vintage.

Where:Ace Hotel at 120 S Whitfield St. (East Liberty)

When:December 10, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Walk through a winter wonderland holiday market

LUXE Creative will transform Hotel Monaco into a winter wonderland. Grab a holiday-inspired sandwich and some cider to shop from a long list of The Wintermarket vendors. Check out a selection of handmade items like glassware, soft goods, leather goods, jewelry and more from local makers.

Where:Kimpton Hotel Monaco at 620 William Penn Place (Downtown)

When:December 11, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. to December 12, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Here we come a-wassailing (and shopping)

The holiday market at Threadbare Cider and Mead will no doubt be a big draw, but there's also mulled cider cocktails, wassail crown making and cookie decorating to enjoy between buying stuff.

Where:Threadbare Cider and Mead at 1291 Spring Garden Ave. (Spring Garden)

When:December 16, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Make spirits bright with a procrastinator’s holiday ball

The holidays are here, and if you're shopping still isn't done, you're in luck. This event from the good people at Second Shift Crafters assembles 30 local artists and their wares — everything from candles and soap to jewelry and fudge — and allows you to check off your last few holiday gift items all in one place. Oh, yeah, and brunch and cocktails are included.

Where:Spirit at 242 51st St. (Lawrenceville)

When:December 16, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Wrap up some last-minute shopping

Fuel up with brunch, then finish your last-minute holiday shopping with this Boheme Pittsburgh holiday extravaganza. Score some one-of-a-kind vintage, artisan and handmade goods from regional vendors.

Where:Spirit at 242 51st St. (Lawrenceville)

When:December 17, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:55 p.m.