If you’re looking to shop local on your trip to the Lone Star State, check out our markets, fairs and art festivals. Each one is brimming with handmade goods, storied art, unique furniture and more special pieces for you to take home.
Each April and October, tens of thousands of antique seekers make the drive out to Round Top to search for hidden gems and treasures at the famous Round Top Antique Weekend. With hundreds of local vendors set up along the highways leading to the main event, you can pick through unique jewelry, vintage collectibles, home goods, furniture, antiques, project pieces and more on your way to the Big Red Barn, where you’ll find even more quality goods.
For the art seekers in your group, visit a juried neighborhood festival in Dallas to take some quality art to go. With tons of art in all media types, genres, colors and textures to sift through, the Deep Ellum Arts Festival is the perfect spot for traveling collectors. While you’re there, you can also enjoy delicious eats, live music and the annual pet parade featuring adorably costumed cats and dogs.
Nearby, stop and hunt more fine art pieces on the winding streets of Fort Worth’s juried, citywide Main Street Arts Festival. Each April, you’ll find a wonderfully diverse selection of Made in the USA originals ranging from the whimsical to the highbrow. To collect something truly one-of-a-kind, you can even ask artists about commissions.
In San Antonio, you can peruse beautiful handmade merchandise along the River Walk during 10 annual arts and craft shows. At each show, more than 40 artists display their art, with a fresh selection of pottery, textiles, jewelry, woodwork, beadwork and two-dimensional pieces available to purchase every time you visit.
If you’re traveling during December, head to Tomball to celebrate Texas’ German heritage with a trip to one of the top-five traditional Christmas markets in the country. At this open-air festival, you can enjoy the spirit of the season with stage performances, carolers and Christstollen while shopping for gifts from over 175 local vendors.
With festivals, markets and pop-up shops throughout Texas, you’ll never be far from incredible new – or new to you - pieces to take home. Make time on your trip to search for something totally unique – you’re likely to pick up some colorful memories along the way, too.