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Ottawa Handmade Markets | Spring 2016

ottawa handmade markets

Ottawa is a such a diverse city with endless new discoveries at every turn which is why I love being a creative maker. No matter the time of year, our city has amazing events happening every weekend. If you’re anything like me, the coming of spring means fantastic weather for walks along the Rideau Canal, fresh produce shopping at local farmer’s markets and handmade shopping at the best craft shows this city has to offer.

Creativity and inspiration seems to bloom everywhere this time of year which is why I thought it would be a great idea to share some amazing handmade markets coming up in the next few months. (Not to mention, Birch Jewellery will be at some of them.) Here are some Ottawa handmade markets worth checking out this season.

RAW: Ottawa Presents Signature – Thursday May 26 @ Ritual Ottawa  

RAW’s mission is to provide an outlet for artists from fashion design to music to showcase their creations and talents through a community of artists like themselves. With locations and events held throughout North America, RAW is bringing their multi-faceted showcase to Ottawa this May with a huge kick-off of talent. The show will feature live music, fashion shows, hair styling and a handmade market with local Canadian artists from around the city and beyond. After the main event there will be an after party celebration with a DJ and dance party. (This is a 19+ event)

WHERE: Ritual Ottawa – 137 Besserer Street
WHEN: Thursday May 26 @ 8 PM to 2 AM
ADMISSION: $25 at the door

Capital Pop Up! Handmade Show – Saturday May 28 @ Makerspace North

The talented and committed team of Capital Pop Up! strive to create events that not only showcase the talents of local artists and food-makers, they’re also passionate about connecting the community with local charities. Every event features an incredible bunch of talent and is in support of a local charitable organization. This year’s spring show will benefit the Ottawa Humane Society and will feature a raffle table, visits from the Yelp Canada team and your puppy pals are also welcome to attend. The show will have vendors selling handmade food items, clothing & jewellery, toys, home décor, body products and vintage goods.

WHERE: Makerspace North – 250 City Centre Ave, Bay 216
WHEN: Saturday May 28 @ 11 AM to 4 PM

Heart, Home & Handmade: West Edition – Saturday June 11 @ Bell Sensplex

This fully-loaded creative market is a semi-annual event created to showcase some of Ottawa’s talented handmade designers. Every event has a charitable component with proceeds staying within the community. They’ve yet to announce who they will be supporting for this show, but the event is sure to feature some of Ottawa’s best talents.

WHERE: Bell Sensplex – 1565 Maple Grove Rd
WHEN: Saturday June 11 – 10 AM to 4 PM

Urban Picnic Craft Pop-Up – Saturday June 18 @ Makerspace North 

This fun event is set to be a mix of good eats and unique Canadian-made goods – everything you’d expect from a great summer picnic. Featuring new and coming Ottawa makers and pieces inspired by the outdoors and creativity, this event is sure to bring the best of summer all in one place.

WHERE: Makerspace North – 250 City Centre Ave, Bay 216
WHEN: Saturday June 18 @ 10 AM to 4 M

Ottawa Makers Market – Saturday June 25 @ Rideau Curling Club

Another fantastic group of passion-driven folks are responsible for a series of shows called Ottawa Makers Market. The team works hard to bring great makers in on space and raise awareness and funds for local charities. This year their June show will benefit the Big Sky Ranch Animal Sanctuary where 50% of all admission fees will be donated.  Described as “not your nana’s craft fair” this urban market features makers of home goods, jewellery, paper goods, delicious food and more.

WHERE: Rideau Curling Club – 715 Cooper Street
WHEN: Saturday June 25 @ 10 AM to 3 PM
ADMISSION: Pay what you can / by donation

These are just a few of the handmade shows happening coming up in the next few months. Come out and support local makers and charities and find something truly unique and authentic. Happy shopping!

* Birch Jewellery will be at the following shows: RAW, Capital Pop Up! and Ottawa Makers Market – hope to see you there!



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