If you love amazing art and handmade crafts, Seattle is the place to be this weekend, December 4-6th! Okay, close your eyes and think of a place to buy wonderful unique holiday gifts while also supporting the local creative community...now, open your eyes and check out these holiday shows this weekend:
Location: Seattle Center Exhibition Hall
Hours: December 5th & 6th, 11am-5pm (FREE Admission)
Urban Craft Uprising is hosting their fifth annual winter show, which is the largest indie craft show in the Pacific Northwest. The show features indie artists, designers and crafters with a variety of handmade goods including clothing, jewelry, gifts, bags, candles, etc. The list goes on and on! This is a juried event, ensuring a high quality, broad mix of arts and crafts. Last year, there were over 130 vendors with over 8,000 people in attendance. One really fun aspect of this event will be the crafting demonstrations held throughout the weekend, including the following:
- Needle felting by Moxie
- Sweater beasts by Coco Howard of Softlife
- Ribbon flowers by Midori
- An Intro to Soft Electronics and adding LED to fabric by Becky Stern of Sternlab
Location: Legacy at Pratt Park 1800 S. Jackson (19th and Jackson)
Hours: 10am-7pm December 5, 6, 8-13th (FREE Admission)
If you’ve never heard of Pratt Fine Arts Center, you're about to! Pratt has been in Seattle since 1976 and "is an arts education and resource center dedicated to promoting creative development and artistic engagement to the local and global community." To ring in the holiday season, Pratt is hosting a fine art sale of paintings, handmade glass, sculpture, jewelry, ornaments and much more. And, if you just can't wait until December 5th, Pratt is holding an opening night celebration on Friday, December 4th from 7-9pm for $20 admission where you can eat, drink and shop with your friends before the shows regular hours starting on Saturday. Who knows, while you at the show maybe you can sign up for one of their amazing classes!
Location: Various artists’ studios and community halls on Bainbridge Island. (Need a Map?)
Hours: December 4th-6th, 10am-6pm
It’s worth the 30 minute Ferry ride from Seattle to Bainbridge Island to celebrate the 26th anniversary of the Bainbridge Island Studio Tour, which is self guided tour available by car or bike. This is a juried event run by the artists celebrating local, handmade art. There are over 60 incredible artists participating this year and the event will have holiday lights and decorations, cookies and cider and even holiday carolers!
Seattle is so lucky to have three amazing events going on this weekend to showcase the incredible talent of local artists and handmade crafters. With so many great options, there is no way you could possibly get bored if you are in the area so enjoy the weekend! If you aren’t from the Pacific Northwest, please share which events are occurring in your neck of the woods!