The annual four-week holiday arts and shopping event, Blue Genie Art Bazaar, (BGAB) returns for its 16th year on November 25th, opening at 10 a.m. This year the Bazaar brings 11,000 square feet of one-of-a-kind handmade gifts to a new home at 6100 Airport Boulevard, across from the ACC Highland Campus. The Bazaar has moved to a former warehouse just blocks from its longtime location at the Marchesa Hall and Theatre, giving BGAB a space to call home for years to come and utilize for a range of creative programming throughout the year.
Known for its curated selection of unique, hand-crafted items from more than 200 of the region’s best artisans and craftspeople, the bazaar runs seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (with the exception of December 24th, when it closes at 6 p.m.).
And there’s more than shopping, on the evenings and weekends the Bazaar will host live music and special presentations. See website for a full event schedule.
All items featured at the Bazaar are handmade and designed by some of Austin’s favorite artisans. These include paintings, photography, prints, sculptures, jewelry, clothing, glassworks, and more. BGAB is an ideal place to find “Austin-tatious” gifts, from the stunning designs of Ornamental Things, to handmade stoneware by Little e Pottery, to pop culture poster art by Tim Doyle of Nakatomi, Inc.
On “Make-A-Wish Mondays,” BGAB donates 10 percent of that day’s profits to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central & South Texas. Last year, BGAB raised nearly $6,000 for the foundation.
“We’re excited about our new home which is even easier to get to — just steps from the Highland Metro Rail Station and free parking. It’s a new backdrop, yet the same holiday shopping and discovery experience we are known for,” said Dana Younger, BGAB co-founder.
BGAB offers free admission, free parking, and a hassle-free shopping environment.
Founded in 2001 by the principals at Blue Genie Art Industries, the Bazaar has grown from a small East Austin gathering to one of the city’s most beloved holiday traditions. “Whether your budget is large or small, you’ll find something – for yourself, for your best friend, or for that impossible-to-shop-for relative,” says Kevin Collins, BGAB co-founder.