5 Austin Holiday Markets Boosting Cultura

‘Tis the season to shop local while amplifying cultura and comunidad at these events featuring Latinx vendors, comida and música.

The holiday season brings local markets to Austin, making it easier to find those unique gifts that are perfect for your loved ones. While it is easy to shop online or head to a big retail store, consider shopping at these holiday markets to support local vendors and events that amplify cultura.

Browse the work of artistas for your gift list. Dance to some cumbias while you shop. Savor comida deliciosa from food vendors. Take the opportunity to experience comunidad this holiday season.

Here are five holiday markets featuring Latin music that you don’t want to miss!

Dec. 4: Head to The People’s Market by Frida Friday ATX at Republic Square from 1-5 p.m. The People’s Market features live music by DJ KickIt, performances by Austin Samba, and free on-site activations along with more than 35 of Austin’s small businesses, creatives, and makers. Frida Friday ATX will also host markets on Dec. 10 and 18. Visit here for more information.

Dec. 14: Are you a jefa looking to network? The Everyday Jefa Market offers a chance to come together and shop at small local businesses. Head to Mira Mira Photography Studio from 6-8 p.m. to enjoy a night of networking, shopping, and music by DJ Helios.

Dec. 11: LATINXMAS! A Latin Cumbia Music Fest is an all-day celebration featuring live music at the Far Out Lounge. Doors open at 1 p.m. and the fest also includes food from Los Danzantes and Press Kitchen plus a vendor market from the Far Out Vintage Mall. Tickets cost $10.

Dec. 17: Celebrate all things Latinx at ¡Eso Es!, a fiesta featuring live music performances by Sofia Valdes, Victor Internet, Ariel & the Culture, and more. Visit their holiday market with local vendors such as Las Ofrendas, Barrio Vintage, and more. Head to The Mohawk starting at 3 p.m. Tickets are free, but donations are accepted and will benefit Latinitas.

Dec. 17-23: The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar, a shopping destination featuring art, gifts and live music is back in full swing at the Palmer Events Center. Gina Chavez, Del Castillo, and Rosie Flores are among the musical lineup for this year. The Bazaar opens daily from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.. Tickets cost $12. See the music schedule here.

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