Between the deluge of holiday parties, frantic online shopping, and the realization that your body can no longer digest eggnog, this stretch of December can feel like a blur. But before we know it, it’s going to be over. So take some time this week to relax and enjoy it. There’s a whole new crop of holiday markets to explore, the debut of an SGV food hall, and some of the final pop-ups of the year.
Still need to get some gifts for people? Haven’t even started? Us too. Luckily, this Saturday, December 11th, Hot Donna’s Clubhouse is hosting a Holigay Market at Elysian Park. The event runs from 12-5pm and will feature games, live music, snacks, and over 30 queer, BIPOC, and Indigenous-owned vendors. Tickets are $7 with a portion of all proceeds going to @juniorhighla, a non-profit specializing in the safety of queer and BIPOC artists.
photo credit: Naemo
Naemo’s final event/pick-up of the year will be this Sunday, December 12th at the Helen J. Gallery in Hollywood. They’ll be selling hyang, an incense/tea/dessert pairing box designed and presented by several Korean American artists and makers. Each box is $98 and comes with three different pastries, three Korean teas, and three varieties of incense. Pre-order is available here.
This Saturday, December 11th, Kensho is hosting a holiday market inside their soon-to-open ryokan in the Arts District. The event runs from 11am-6pm and will feature artisanal gifts from local artists, sake and wine, mezcal tastings, and a sneak peek of the upcoming space. Entrance is free, but RSVP here.
Blossom Marketplace Hall
Blossom Market Hall, a new food market located in San Gabriel, is opening this Thursday, December 9th. The grand opening party will run all day and feature t-shirt giveaways, live music at night, and of course, lots of delicious food. The 13-vendor market features everything from wine bars to small-batch ice cream shops to one of our favorite pop-ups in town, Caribbean Gourmet.
Fika G’Noto, an LA-based coffee shop and philanthropic organization, is hosting a global coffee tasting event this Saturday, December 11th from 10am-12pm. Tickets are $30 and include seven coffees from around the world and also come with a food pairing. The event is being held at the Engel & Volkers Conference Room in West Hollywood.