Overflowing with the works and talents of Baton Rouge artisans, makers markets and events are some of the best ways to support the community while shopping for friends and family during the holiday season! From jewelry to pottery to candles, everything is made with the hands and hearts of our local community. With several markets coming up, make sure to mark your calendar so you don’t miss your chance to find unique gifts for everyone on your list!
Venue: Mid-City along Government St. (Multiple Locations)
Date: Friday, November 19 from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Every fall, the annual White Light Night takes over the Mid-City Art and Cultural District along Government Street. As the largest arts festival in Mid-City, White Light Night allows local businesses, makers and musicians to come together with Baton Rouge natives and tourists alike for one exciting night! Beautifully strung lights and live music from local musicians will guide you down Government Street as you stop to browse and shop the works of local artists. You’ll also want to pick up a drink or a bite to eat from one of the many restaurants and food vendors along the route. For more event information and a list of participating businesses, visit Mid-City Merchants website.
Venue: The Market at Circa 1857
Date: Friday, November 19 & Friday, December 17 from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Started in 2015, the Mid-City Makers Market provides a space where the community can gather and support over 70 local artists, makers, bakers, painters and creators! Held monthly at Circa 1857, this market is your best bet for tracking down a variety of unique finds all in one place. With new vendors coming to the market each month, this event promises to deliver something new each time you attend.
Venue: Scotlandville Plaza
Date: Saturday, November 27 from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Held monthly in North Baton Rouge, Scotland Saturdays serves as a hub where local makers, thinkers, performers and artists can share their works and talents with the community. Founded in 2018 by Byron Washington, this market’s mission is to reinforce the arts, and foster a connection among community members and visitors alike. With a variety of new and returning vendors, you can expect to find homemade sweets, handmade jewelry, skincare products and more! Be sure to pay a visit to the Scotland Saturday's market on the last Saturday of each month!
Looking for more? Shop these pop-up events this holiday season:
- November Mini Market @ the Hope Shop - Saturday, November 13 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
- Local Pop-Up Mini Holiday Market - Saturday, November 27 & Saturday, December 4 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
- Baton Rouge Arts Market - Saturday, December 4, 11 & 18 from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
- December Mini Market @ The Hope Shop - Saturday, December 4 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
If you’re trying to find the best holiday gifts or simply looking for a place to enjoy time with friends and family, a stop at any of Baton Rouge’s local maker events is a must. With one-of-a-kind pieces and handmade items waiting at every booth and vendor table, you’re sure to pick up great finds while supporting the local arts community during the season of giving.