Shop for unique and locally made artisanal crafts and original artwork at the Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block’s 31st annual Holiday Artisans Market. The market will be open from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 18-20 on the Museum’s campus at 140 N. Main Avenue in historic downtown Tucson. The event is free and open to the public.
Mayor Jonathan Rothschild will speak at the event at 12:30 p.m. Saturday to kick off Local First Arizona’s Buy Local Month which celebrates the importance of buying local for the holidays through a month long campaign across the state. Local First AZ will be on the scene at the to share tips about great ways to Go Local! this holiday season. To get into the festive spirit we will be having live raffles at the LFA table. To remind us to be green this holiday season, we will be raffling off a Grobal Self Watering planter every hour.
More than 120 of the region’s finest artisans will offer crafted pottery, glass, jewelry, textiles, fine art, and gift items for sale during the three day event guaranteeing great unique gifts for everyone on your list. In addition to these exceptional offerings the Tucson Museum of Art will offer a beer and wine garden in the Museum’s lobby, and a pop-up café presented by Café a la C’Art all three days; as well as live music on Saturday and Sunday. While shopping from the region’s best artisans, don’t miss the annual book sale held by the Museum’s research library in the Education Center.
While you are at the festival, check out a Tucson holiday tradition El Nacimiento, a beloved nativity scene created by folk artist Maria Luisa Tena over a period of 30 years, reopens to the public on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. with a celebration of music and dancers. Housed in La Casa Cordova, the oldest adobe in downtown Tucson, El Nacimiento is a wonderland of miniature Mexican village scenes interwoven with scenes from the story of the nativity.
For more information visit TucsonMuseumofArt.org.