25th Annual Tarpon Springs Thanksgiving Art & Craft Festival
The 25th Annual Thanksgiving Art & Craft Festival, sponsored by the Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce, returns on November 28-29, 2015 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm each day. The outdoor showcase has been a holiday favorite for more than 24 years, and has always been held during Thanksgiving weekend on Small Business Saturday. Small Business Saturday is an American shopping holiday held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving during one of the busiest shopping periods of the year. The event encourages holiday shoppers to patronize businesses that are small and local. With the holidays right around the corner, the Thanksgiving Art & Craft Festival is the perfect opportunity for locals and visitors alike to shop small for their gift giving needs and avoid getting mauled at the mall!
The weekend’s event will feature the original works of new and upcoming talent as well as established artists and crafters. Whether you are an art and craft aficionado or simply looking for a one-of-a-kind gift item, there is something for everyone here; from metal sculpture, pet gifts, and paintings, to wearable art, body products, personalized gifts and more.
Historic Tarpon Springs, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is widely recognized as a spirited arts destination. The Festival location is at 111 E. Tarpon Ave, Downtown Tarpon Springs, FL, and there are no parking or admission fees for shoppers. For more information visit our Facebook page/Thanksgiving Art & Craft show or call 727-322-5217.
Gulfport Art Walks December 4 & 19 & Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market December 1, 8, 15 & 22
The Gulfport Art Walk event features new artists every first Friday and third Saturday each month and includes several different sculpture and paint mediums, jewelry, photography, folk art, upcycled items, handmade/designed clothing and accessories, body products, authors, entertainers and more. For your musical enjoyment, live musicians appear at several venues throughout the waterfront district during Art Walks from 6-10 PM, year round! Follow Art Walk on Facebook or call 727-322-5217 for more information. 3129 Beach Blvd. S., Gulfport, FL
Gulfport’s Tuesday Fresh Market is a community-spirited gathering in a small, “Old Florida”-style town. Vendors offer a variety of products, including but not limited to, local, organic and hydroponic fruits and vegetables, honey, teas, cheeses, fresh breads, pastries, vegetarian/vegan and ethnic foods, candy, garden plants, fresh flowers, bath and body products, jewelry, pet products, art, jams, jellies, and much more. Follow the Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market on Facebook or call 727-902-2326 or 727-453-9093 for more information. 3129 Beach Blvd. S., Gulfport, FL
7th Annual Holiday Hoopla!
Support small business and independent artisans and crafters by shopping local! The Gulfport Merchants association presents the 7th annual Holiday Hoopla on December 12, 2015 from 10am to 6pm. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Operation Santa and Gulfport families in need.
The Gulfport Merchant’s Association gives back to the community all year round. During the Holiday Hoopla event donations will be collected for Operation Santa (New Toys/Gift cards, etc.), If you are able, please help these organizations in need. Collection Boxes will be located at the Casino Stage at the intersection of Beach and Shore Boulevards during the event. Prior to the event drop off locations include Gulfport Police Department and The NEW Gulfport Welcome Center on Beach Blvd..
Holiday Hoopla is a celebration of arts, crafts, foods, holiday music and roving characters set in a waterfront atmosphere. Visitors will be enchanted by a variety of festive and fun holiday-themed music, holiday carolers, dance performances, and roving street performers. The festival will provide shoppers with one-of-a-kind gifts that cannot be found anywhere else, and all of your holiday shopping can be done in one place!
Come early and shop the decorated streets filled with talented exhibitors and unique shops & galleries and stay late to view the Lighted Boat Parade. Additional activities include a “make and take craft section” and festive holiday costume contests in the following categories; family, adult, child and pet. Boca Ciega Yacht Club’s 30th Annual Lighted Christmas Boat Parade will provide the perfect end to the day’s festivities beginning at 6:00 pm. 3129 Beach Blvd. S., Gulfport, FL