A Handy Guide To: Holiday Markets In DC
svetlana | Dec 12, 2012 | 10:30AM |

Ok-now that the hot mess of Black Friday and Cyber Monday is behind us, and Christmas is but 2 weekends away (WHAT?) we can focus on what really matters: all those awesome Holiday Markets that are  popping up around DC.

We JUST PUBLISHED a great gift guide (all locally purchasable, natch) for you but for now, here is a solid list of one-day and beyond pop-ups to get your holiday shopping done WHILE supporting the local economy, in an easy-to-share-with-your-friends format. Even if all we want for Christmas is you:


  • ROCK-N-SHOP-the annual rock’n’roll garage sale @ Black Cat on December 19th. Hunting for that perfect holiday gift? Looking to augment your hardcore collection with some essential records? Searching for the perfect T-shirt? Stop right there, my friend! Rock-n-Shop is where it’s all at. This annual junk sale offers more than the standard fare…for one thing, it’s not all junk…
  • THE DOWNTOWN HOLIDAY MARKET @ 8th and F Streets NW, through 23rd, Noon-8pm Daily. For the 8th year in a row, 60+ exhibitors will set up “shop” in front of the National Portrait gallery to offer everything from jewelry to ceramics to textiles and more.
  • DECK THE HALLS – December 9th to 20th. Presented and sponsored by the Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID), celebrating the holiday season with 12 days of special store sales and events, seasonal festivities, live entertainment, holiday activities, and more. Full list of events and deals can be found here.


  • GRUMP @ Artisphere – Saturday, December 15th, 10-4pm: GRUMP is an annual, alternative holiday craft show and is a very solid opportunity to shop local this holiday season. Join 40 of your favorite local makers and score everything from kids clothing made from vintage t-shirts and handmade soap to plush anteaters to t-shirts about zombies eating pizza. It is pretty much like shopping Etsy.com in real life, but without having to rely on a search function. And with a tacky-sweater photo booth and DJ!
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Friday 10/20
SAAM & BYT Present: Murder House Party! A Renwick Gallery Opening @ Renwick Gallery
55.00 / 65.00


Murder House Party is sadly already SOLD OUT

check out our upcoming

FOUND IN SPACE after hours event

at the National Air & Space Museum instead

  SAAM + BYT Present: Murder House Party A Renwick Gallery Murder is Her Hobby Opening! A murdery after hours featuring exclusive access to the BRAND NEW exhibition Murder is Her Hobby: Frances Glessner Lee and The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death! Frances Glessner Lee crafted her exquisitely detailed miniature crime scenes to train homicide investigators to “convict the guilty, clear the innocent, and find the truth in a nutshell.” These dollhouse-sized diorama composites of true crime scenes were the equivalent of virtual reality in their time, and helped to revolutionize the emerging field of forensic science. Constructed in the 1940s and 50s, they are still used to train homicide investigators today.
Enjoy bloody good beatz from:

Madame Gandhi (DJ Set)

Barber Streisand (DJ Set) and more TBA! Ticket includes open bar, featuring: Beer from Denizens Brewing Co. and speciality cocktails featuring SKYY Vodka by: Big Chief / Highline +PLUS+ limited qty small bites from our friends at: Franklin Hall +CREEPY BONUS STUFF+ Face painter / OM Digital Photobooth / Caricature Artist / Special Appearance by the #BYQueens / Tarot Card Reader / Music Perfomances / Contortionist and more! Plus access to the entire museum including the new exhibition Rick Araluce: The Final Stop Transforming a gallery into an abandoned underground subway platform in the artist’s first large-scale installation on the East Coast. Stepping on to the platform, visitors are enveloped in the illusion of an eerie subterranean world where flickering lights and distant rumblings suggest the comings and goings of trains that never arrive. COOL. Croosh Deets October 20th, 2017 8:30pm-12:00am Renwick Gallery Pennsylvania Avenue @ 17th St NW Farragut West or North #BYTMurderHouse #RenwickGallery #BYThings Early bird $55 tickets ON SALE NOW Price goes up soon $65 day of - but we'll for sure sell out before then! This is a 21+ event As always, there is no dress code, but we recommend: Kid n' Child's Play / Cereal Killer / Jack the Ripper? I hardly knew her / Sherlock Holmes/Katie Holmes / The Zodiac Killer / The Chinese New Year Killer / The Tarot Card Killer / The Light as a feather stiff as a board killer / Jeffrey Dahmer Judi Dench / BTK / OMG / LOL / The Son of Samwell Tarly / Charles Manson in Charge / Death, The Destroyer of Worlds / Bloody Mary (the person) / Bloody Mary (the drink) / Vlad the Tame Impaler / Ivan the Everything's Terrible / Elizabeth Bathory/Elizabeth Showery / Baron Munchausen by Proxy Our friends:           SKYY Vodka / Denizen's/ OM Digital / Jackson Pro Audio ~~~ Brought to you by: BYT Productions BYT Productions / Smithsonian American Art Museum Stay informed: http://www.brightestyoungthings.com http://www.twitter.com/byt http://www.instagram.com/BYThings http://renwick.americanart.si.edu/ https://twitter.com/americanart Look how much fun we had last time: Just like any other ticket you buy, we are not able to issue refunds unless the event is cancelled. Talent and attractions subject to change.
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  • Night Market @ Ulysses Room – Saturday, Dec 15th, 7-11pm – we actually shot our holiday gift guide in this newly opened space and now, this weekend you can stop by yourself and grab holiday gifts by our favorite local designers & boutiques while eating gourmet ice-cream sandwiches under our ivy-ringed skylight.  Nothing not to like. Vendors include DeNada, Mutiny, Worn Abroad, Saint Clair Jewelry, Kelly Towles and many more!

  • THE GIVING MARKET @ UNION MARKET – Saturday, December 15th and Sunday, December 16th, 8am-8pm – This weekend marketplace will feature handpicked vendors dedicated to eco-conscious art, craft and design, plus family-friendly activities, with a special focus on local artists, businesses and nonprofits that “give back” to the environment or the community. Bonus: Bring a canned food item or clothing donation to support a local relief organization

  • Fenton Street Market –  Saturday, December 22nd – what you can expect to find: original artwork, handmade and imported crafts, antiques, bath and body products, clothing, jewelry, kids toys and more. You’ll be sure to find one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your list all in one place.  Vendors will be running sales on their merchandise for the holidays, offering gift sets, and gift wrapping options.  BONUS: music courtesy of Capital Accord Chorus & Bethel World Outreach Church.



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