Holiday season is bearing down fast on Portland. In the spirit of loosening wallets and dropping thermometers, we’ve compiled a few special occasions about town, from maker markets to free pajama embroidery at MUJI.
Beaverton Night Market Bazaar
4-10 p.m. Fridays, 2-10 p.m. Saturday/Sunday until December 22, Bank of Beaverton
Cold weather might have chased the Beaverton Night Market inside, but this offshoot of the venerated open market is still bringing its diverse cast of local artisans, musicians and craft leaders. With a focus on cultural inclusivity and diversity, the Bazaar will feature arts, crafts, and other goods made by emerging ethnic craft vendors, as well as hosting a bevy of music, storytelling, and craft sessions from across the globe. Hosted in the vacant Beaverton Bank of Beaverton building in Old Town Beaverton, the Night Bazaar will be open every weekend through the 22nd. For a look at the cultural craft and music events, which change weekly, check out their website.
Mercy Corps Northwest Made Fair
10 a.m.—4 p.m. , December 7, Mercy Corps
The annual Northwest Made Holiday Market returns for a sixth year in the Skidmore-adjacent Mercy Corps Action Center. Grab hot samosas from locally-sourced Spice of Africa, or schmooze a collection of locally-made soaps, pottery and other sundries. The over 40 vendors in attendance aren’t just hawking local goods, they’re also lined up with ambitious missions. Ground Up, a Portland-based, women-owned nut butter company, puts employing impoverished and disadvantaged women at the top of their hiring priority, while winemaker RAM Cellars donates some of the profits on their VIV wine to the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund. Local business and big-picture goals will be on the floor at the Action Center.
Give Good Gift
11 a.m—4 p.m., December 14—15, Union Pine
Founded in 2011 by the team running the venue/creative space Union/Pine, Give Good Gift is a Portland-centric holiday shopping affair. A wide variety of Portland vendors will be on-site, from Portland food stalwarts Olympia Provisions and Woodblock Chocolate to jewelry, candles and tea. Accompanying the gift-getting frenzy will be a selection of food carts, a festive bar replete with a $1 PBR happy hour, and a Santa photo booth. All the festivities don’t last long, though, Give Good Gift will be open only for one weekend.
Portland Night Market
Times vary, December 5—8, 100 SE Alder Street
Portland’s open-air night market returns for its annual holiday edition. Shoppers can browse through over 180 vendor brands and makers, a full bar and an eclectic variety of food carts. For the Thursday edition, $15 will get you a drink along with first priority on the profusion of shopping delights. If you’re bringing the family, though, take the extra day and wait till the weekend, when kids of all ages will be allowed.
Portland Pop-Up Market on Industrial Row
10 a.m.—4 p.m.December 7, Tillamook Station
Cruise the creative spaces of North Portland’s Tillamook Station for the annual Pop-Up Market, featuring goods from the creators nestled in the creative collective. Offerings range from locally-sourced jewelry to stoneware succulent pots to CBD “spliffs” loaded with herbal ingredients like peppermint and rose. The Market isn’t just a chance to pick up goods made by local vendors, though—it’s also a chance to get to meet the artisans and tour their open studios to see where the magic happens. Get up close and personal with Portland’s own little corner of artisanship on December 7.