Fall and winter in Edmonton is not only beautiful, it’s also a great time to shop local and handmade goods. Edmonton is home to so many amazing artists, artisans, creators, and crafters, and each year there are some great markets that showcase this talent. I have my favorite markets below, but also some tips on how to make your market shopping experience the best it can be.
Buy Your Tickets In Advance
Whenever possible, buy your tickets online in advance. Sometimes you will get a discount for early-bird pricing, but the best part is you will skip the long lineup to get inside the market. Many places only take cash for tickets, so this is also a good way to avoid the ATM fees.
Even though it is starting to get cold out, when you get inside the market it will likely be quite warm. You won’t want to be bundled up in sweaters and long-johns underneath your fall or winter jacket while you’re in there, so dress lightly to avoid getting uncomfortably hot. Even better, wear a light jacket and forget about your puffy winter coat. Some markets don’t always have a coat check, and it’s quite a hassle to pack a big jacket around.
Bring a Tote
Bring a reusable bag to store your purchases in – it’s always better than having to handle several smaller bags all at once, and you will save waste from all the extra bags and packaging.
Research the Vendors
Follow these markets on Facebook and Instagram so you know what amazing things you will be seeing at the market. And when you get to the market, don’t be afraid to ask the vendor about their process, and what went into the product. They love to create, and obviously love to share that creativity with those around them.
Now that you’re prepared to go out and shop, here are my five favorite markets coming up this season!
Two weekends! November 24-26 and December 1-3
November 30 – December 3
Do you know of any other fall or winter markets happening this season? Let me know in the comments!