Houston has its share of year-round outdoor markets and festivals. Now, with only eight shopping weekends left until Christmas, double that.
First Saturday Arts Market (this Saturday) and The Market at Sawyer Yards (next Saturday) are always going to be my outdoor art market favorites. Yes, I’m biased. But did you know the exhibitors take part in curating the two shows? I credit them for shaping the markets into such cool, diverse art events. Details can be found on SaturdayArtMarkets.com.
Let’s look at some upcoming events through Thanksgiving weekend that may not be on everyone’s radar. I like to remind you about them every year.
Every first Friday evening of the month is an unusual market called Thorn & Moon Magickal Market at Avant Garden, 4411 Westheimer Rd. Thorn and Moon is a curated, ever-changing, recurring monthly event featuring local artists and artisans, many of the occult variety.
There will be what you’d expect like tarot readings, witchcrafted goods, incense, spell candles and kits, oils, herbs and crystals, “beautifully haunting with a dark aesthetic,” according to the invitation. They’ve curated some great Houston talent, too, including Laura Burlton, offering vintage portraits. Tom Rye, a pen and ink artist with a penchant for humor, will have a selection of strange artwork. Sarah Johnson of Squirrel with Hammer is attending. Among Johnson’s creations that I’ve long threatened to purchase is a perfectly normal-looking English teacup with octopus legs reaching out of the cup.
If you miss the Friday, Nov. 1 market due to the late notice, the next Thorn & Moon Magickal Market is Dec. 6. Check out the event Facebook page @thornandmoonmagickmarket.
Houston Vintage Festival and Market celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and takes place at 10 a.m. Nov. 9 at the 1940 Air Terminal Museum, also the nonprofit beneficiary. Find enthusiastic vintage vendors offering clothing, fashion accessories and many other vintage items for sale from nearly every decade over the past 100 years.
Mix and mingle with people dressed in fashion from their favorite decade while being entertained with performances, a fashion show, Ms Houston Vintage pageant, food trucks, vintage car, airplane and military clubs and a silent auction with seriously cool items. The theme for the 10th year is “Deco to Disco.” For ticket sales and a complete lineup of events, visit houstonvintage.com.
On Nov. 16, there is a new community in the heart of Spring Branch, Zócalo, that kicks off its inaugural residency season by celebrating the 2020 finalists at the Zócalo Artist-in-Residency with a group exhibition at 8787 Hammerly Blvd. It’s a free event, but RSVP is required. Check out @ZocaloAIR on Facebook.
The fourth weekend of November has the most art events going on simultaneously for the year. For the 27th Annual Artists’ Warehouse ArtCrawl, my picks are Elder Street Artist Lofts, Motherdog Studios and Hardy & Nance St. Studios. Get all the details at artcrawlhouston.com.
The Center for Hearing and Speech presents its annual Via Colori Festival all weekend Nov. 23-24, and it features more than 280 local, national and international artists who create impressive chalk murals on the streets of downtown Houston. Make this a date weekend and get the VIP tickets at viacolorihouston.com.
Done with art and need some adult-only activities? Play tourist in your own city and take a walking tour that includes real estate scams, murder, mayhem, police violence, prostitution, drug and alcohol and toss in some humor and a bar at the end. What kind of tour is this? A walking tour of Downtown Houston, exploring its origins and uncommon history. That sounds like my pace. It’s Saturday, Nov. 23 at 10:30 a.m. Pay what you can (suggested $20), but reservations are required at https://swamp-things-houston.eventbrite.com.
Finally, there’s Thanksgiving weekend, and there’s a new shopping event to investigate called Thingamajingle on Main Street. The name alone is enough to get anyone’s attention, and then there are the events that include a Black Friday Night Market hosted by Pop Shop America. A mobile Carol-Oke lets you belt out your favorite holiday tunes. Meet a Hipster Santa, the Omg Photo Bus and a crazy sleigh ride in an immersive, 4D mobile cinema.
The inaugural Thingamajingle (recommended for ages 21 and over) takes place along Main Street, which will be closed to vehicular traffic, between Commerce Street and Rusk Street in Downtown Houston’s Historic District. Visit downtownhouston.org for more information.