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The 8th Annual Los Angeles Renegade Craft Fair returned for its semi-annual Summer Market this past weekend at its original home of the LA State Historic Park outside of Downtown Los Angeles. This free and all-ages event sees thousands of visitors all coming to see over 250 select independent artists, crafters, and vendors all exhibiting and selling their wares. Among all the possible merchandise, visitors could purchase anything from clothing, accessories, home goods (candles, soap, wind chimes, etc), kitchen supplies, artisanal eats (candy, preserves, etc), music records, pet supplies, and so much more. What makes Renegade Craft appealing revolves around every single vendor, all independently crafting their own handmade goods as opposed to manufacturing them in a factory. In addition to the multitude of aisles filled with vendors, Renegade Craft also offers various hands-on workshops, art installations, live DJ’s, a photo booth, gourmet food trucks, and more.

With the change in location came a change in the lineup of vendors. This past weekend’s event appeared to have fewer amount of vendors compared to the past couple of years at Grand Park. This does not denote a bad thing, as the organizers had to deal with a smaller area this time, despite returning to its original location. Renegade Craft exists to introduce the locals to new vendors that they would have never heard of, and this past weekend’s event certainly did that for me.

If you attended Renegade LA this past weekend, I would love to know what you purchased. Please share your items by commenting on this post, or by posting on my Facebook page. Keep in mind that Renegade runs twice a year in Los Angeles – the holiday show will occur on the weekend of December 9-10 later this year. As a free event open to the public that lasts two days, Renegade Craft Fair can easily fit into anyone’s schedule. Shop local, and support local business – doing so drives the local economy and greatly benefits your local community. Support Renegade Craft Fair by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

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The Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market returned to Grand Park in Downtown Los Angeles for its seventh year in a row this past weekend. This FREE two-day event features over a hundred different vendors and exhibitors selling various arts & crafts goods, ranging from apparel to accessories to miscellaneous home goods and more. The exhibitors, which consisted of artists, designers, bakers, crafters, and more, brought plenty of merchandise for the thousands of guests to browse and buy, just in time for the holidays. The Renegade Craft Fair typically sees a consistent crowd throughout the day at all of their events. Navigating the numerous aisles proved somewhat of a challenge with so many people around. This year’s holiday fair featured a mix of returning vendors and new vendors. Some of the returning vendors included Bad Pickle Tees, Pop Candy, Yarnover Truck, Hepp’s Salt, The Poster List, and more.

No one can truly go wrong at an event like this because it supports the local community. Not only can you acquire some really neat clothes or accessories that many other people may not own, but you support locals, meaning your money helps to stimulate the local economy instead of sending money to a corporation outside of the state, or even outside of the country. Of course, one does not need a fair like this to support independents. Anyone can find mom & pop shops everywhere, and purchasing from them helps more than just the business staff and owners. Supporting local businesses also supports the people, workers and customers, linked to that business. An occasion like Small Business Saturday does not exist simply for the purpose of spending even more money on holiday shopping – it promotes the awareness of small businesses and their effect on the local community. Take some time to appreciate the local wonders in your community, and you may find the outcome rewarding at best. Keep up with updates about local craft fairs by liking Renegade Craft Fair on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

The Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market returned Grand Park in Downtown Los Angeles for its sixth year in a row this past weekend. This FREE two-day event features over a hundred different vendors and exhibitors selling various arts & crafts goods, ranging from apparel to accessories to miscellaneous home goods and more. The exhibitors, which consisted of artists, designers, bakers, crafters, and more, brought plenty of merchandise for the thousands of guests to browse and buy, just in time for the holidays. The Renegade Craft Fair typically sees a consistent crowd throughout the day at all of their events. Navigating the numerous aisles proved somewhat of a challenge with so many people around. This year’s holiday fair featured a mix of returning vendors and new vendors. Some of the returning vendors included Bad Pickle Tees, Pop Candy, The Library Store, Yarnover Truck, Hepp’s Salt, and more.

No one can truly go wrong at an event like this because it supports the local community. Not only can you acquire some really neat clothes or accessories that many other people may not own, but you support locals, meaning your money helps to stimulate the local economy instead of sending money to a corporation outside of the state, or even outside of the country. Of course, one does not need a fair like this to support independents. Anyone can find mom & pop shops everywhere, and purchasing from them helps more than just the business staff and owners. Supporting local businesses also supports the people, workers and customers, linked to that business. An occasion like Small Business Saturday does not exist simply for the purpose of spending even more money on holiday shopping – it promotes the awareness of small businesses and their effect on the local community. Take some time to appreciate the local wonders in your community, and you may find the outcome rewarding at best. Keep up with updates about local craft fairs by liking Renegade Craft Fair on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

The 5th Annual Los Angeles Renegade Craft Fair returned for its semi-annual Summer Market this past weekend at its new home of Grand Park in Downtown Los Angeles. This free and all-ages event sees thousands of visitors all coming to see over 250 select independent artists, crafters, and vendors all exhibiting and selling their wares. Among all the possible merchandise, visitors could purchase anything from clothing, accessories, home goods (candles, soap, wind chimes, etc), kitchen supplies, artisanal eats (candy, preserves, etc), music records, pet supplies, and so much more. What makes Renegade Craft appealing revolves around every single vendor, all independently crafting their own handmade goods as opposed to manufacturing them in a factory. In addition to the multitude of aisles filled with vendors, Renegade Craft also offers various hands-on workshops, art installations, live DJ’s, a photo booth, gourmet food trucks, and more.

With the change in location came a change in the lineup of vendors. This past weekend’s event appeared to have the most amount of new vendors compared to the past couple of years. Of particular note, I did not find MNKR or Bad Pickle Tees. Some familiar faces showed up, such as Maya Brigadeiro, Commuter Collection, and Bunny Butt Apothecary. This does not denote a bad thing, since variety makes an event more lively and interesting year after year instead of bringing on the same vendors each time. Renegade Craft exists to introduce the locals to new vendors that they would have never heard of, and this past weekend’s event certainly did that for me.

If you attended Renegade LA this past weekend, I would love to know what you purchased. Please share your items by commenting on this post, or by posting on my Facebook page. Keep in mind that Renegade runs twice a year in Los Angeles – the holiday show will occur on the weekend of December 13-14 later this year. As a free event open to the public that lasts two days, Renegade Craft Fair can easily fit into anyone’s schedule. Shop local, and support local business – doing so drives the local economy and greatly benefits your local community.

The Renegade LA Craft Fair returned to LA State Historic Park for its fourth year in a row this past weekend. This FREE two-day event features over a hundred different vendors and exhibitors selling various arts & crafts goods, ranging from apparel to accessories to miscellaneous home goods and more. The exhibitors, which consisted of artists, designers, bakers, crafters, and more, brought plenty of merchandise for the thousands of guests to browse and buy, just in time for the holidays.

The Renegade Craft Fair typically sees a consistent crowd throughout the day at all of their events. However, during this weekend, way more people attended the fair than I had expected. I encountered this upon arrival when I inspected the parking situation, where the park staff had to open up additional parking locations within the park. I usually find parking either on the street or across the street, but this time, so many people commuted that I had to park in the newly-opened area behind the fair. Once inside the fair, I again noticed an increased amount of attendees compared with my last visit this past summer. Navigating the numerous aisles proved somewhat of a challenge with so many people around. The amount of attendees meant that not only would the vendors receive high foot traffic, but the food trucks would see lots of business too. I have not seen this many food trucks at a Renegade Craft Fair than at this one.

This year’s holiday fair featured a mix of returning vendors and new vendors. Some of the returning vendors included Bad Pickle Tees, Pop Candy, Pernicious Pickling, Love Nail Tree, The Library Store, Yarnover Truck, and more. Some vendors that caught my eye that I have not seen before or recognized included Cotton & Flax, Pommes Frites Candle Co., Against The Grain (last seen at Artisanal LA), and more.

With so many great merchandise available to take home, I simply could not leave empty-handed. As I strolled through the aisles, I instinctively turned my head towards Maya Brigadeiro as I walked up to it. These handcrafted dessert bites come packed with so much dense flavor that I have not sampled in a long time, so I opted to purchase a 6-pack of their Brazilian Staples.

Recently, I found myself using lip balm quite often. I can consume an entire stick of lip balm within a week depending on how many hours I work. So when I passed by Bunny Butt Apothecary, I told myself to take some time to check out their selection of lip balms. They make a variety of lip balm flavors that most people would not expect. I settled for their Lychee and Mango Lassi lip balm flavors.

Lastly, I knew I had to eventually encounter MNKR. Since I first started attending the biannual Renegade Craft Fair, I have always purchased one shirt from MNKR each time. This time, I purchased a white shirt that boldly proclaimed f*** censorship. I love their designs, and I love their dedication to supporting the local community, especially in empowering people to stand up for themselves instead of listening to what others tell them to do. MNKR will always have my thumbs-up and support.

No one can truly go wrong at an event like this because it supports the local community. Not only can you acquire some really neat clothes or accessories that many other people may not own, but you support locals, meaning your money helps to stimulate the local economy instead of sending money to a corporation outside of the state, or even outside of the country. Of course, one does not need a fair like this to support independents. Anyone can find mom & pop shops everywhere, and purchasing from them helps more than just the business staff and owners. Supporting local businesses also supports the people, workers and customers, linked to that business. An occasion like Small Business Saturday does not exist simply for the purpose of spending even more money on holiday shopping – it promotes the awareness of small businesses and their effect on the local community. Take some time to appreciate the local wonders in your community, and you may find the outcome rewarding at best.

The holiday version of Renegade LA returns to LA State Historic Park this upcoming weekend. This FREE alternative arts & crafts fair exhibits hundreds of independent artists, designers, bakers, and crafters for guests to come and snag some cool apparel, accessories, music records, food, and more. Occurring biannually, the holiday version makes a few changes from the summer version. Vendors have to adjust to a slightly smaller venue space, apparent by narrower aisles and lack of a middle aisle/dividing lane.

A handful of vendors will return to this fair from the last one, such as Sebastien Millon. Plenty more may appear here that did not attend the last fair, like I Wish I Had A Penguin Friend.

The center of Renegade holds a big top, which houses vendors carrying what I consider the more delicate items.

You may also notice that some vendors may post signs denoting that they will donate a portion of their sales to a charity. For a holiday show, I enjoy that either the organizers or the vendors would consider this.

Because I love to support independent entrepreneurs, I search around to find out if anything suited my liking. Last time, I ended up purchasing a shirt from MNKR, which you may see me wearing one day.

I love these types of fairs because of the guilt-free feeling you get when you finally leave. Not only can you acquire some really neat clothes or accessories that many other people may not own, but you support independents, meaning your money means much more to them than spending your money on some corporation’s product. Of course, one does not need an event like this to support independents. Anyone can find mom & pop shops everywhere, and purchasing from them helps more than just the business staff and owners. Supporting local businesses also supports businesses linked to that business. For example, if you dine at a local establishment like Tavern On 2, you also support the local farms that supply their locally-grown produce and meats.

Anxious to attend the next independent arts & crafts fair? Check my blog every Monday for my post on the week’s upcoming events. Also follow fairs like Renegade Craft, State of Unique, and Patchwork Fest on Twitter to find out more. Until then, always strive to contribute to the locals in your community.

The 4th Annual Los Angeles Renegade Craft Fair returned for its semi-annual Summer Market at LA State Historic Park this past weekend. This free and all-ages event sees thousands of visitors all coming to see over 250 select independent artists, crafters, and vendors all exhibiting and selling their wares. Among all the possible merchandise, visitors could purchase anything from clothing, accessories, home goods (candles, soap, wind chimes, etc), kitchen supplies, artisanal eats (candy, preserves, etc), music records, pet supplies, and so much more. What makes Renegade Craft appealing revolves around every single vendor, all independently crafting their own handmade goods as opposed to manufacturing them in a factory. In addition to the multitude of aisles filled with vendors, Renegade Craft also offers various hands-on workshops, art installations, live DJ’s, a photo booth, gourmet food trucks, a beer & wine garden, and the Yarnover Truck.

If you attended Renegade LA this past weekend, I would love to know what you purchased. Please share your items by commenting on this post, or by posting on my Facebook page. As for myself, I purchased another shirt from MNKR, just like I did last year. They have such awesome shirts that I cannot pass them up whenever I see them – the shirt I bought says “Ping Pong Till I Die” on the front with two crossed paddles.

Keep in mind that Renegade runs twice a year in Los Angeles – the holiday show will occur on the weekend of December 14-15 later this year. As a free event open to the public that lasts two days, Renegade Craft Fair can easily fit into anyone’s schedule. Shop local, and support local business – doing so drives the local economy and greatly benefits your local community.

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The holiday version of Renegade LA took over LA State Historic Park this past weekend. This FREE alternative arts & crafts fair exhibits hundreds of independent artists, designers, bakers, and crafters for guests to come and sang some cool apparel, accessories, music records, food, and more. Occurring biannually, the holiday version makes a few changes from the summer version. Vendors had to adjust to a slightly smaller venue space, apparent by the narrower aisles and lack of a middle aisle dividing lane.

A handful of vendors returned to this fair from the last one, such as Sebastien Millon. Plenty more appeared here that did not attend the last fair, like I Wish I Had A Penguin Friend.

The center of Renegade holds a big top, which houses vendors carrying what I consider the more delicate items.

I also noticed that some vendors also posted signs denoting that they would donate a portion of their sales to a charity. For a holiday show, I enjoy that either the organizers or the vendors would consider this.

Because I love to support independent entrepreneurs, I searched around to find out if anything suited my liking. I ended up purchasing a shirt from MNKR, which you may see me wearing one day.

I love these types of fairs because of the guilt-free feeling you get when you finally leave. Not only can you acquire some really neat clothes or accessories that many other people may not own, but you support independents, meaning your money means much more to them than spending your money on some corporation’s product. Of course, one does not need an event like this to support independents. Anyone can find mom & pop shops everywhere, and purchasing from them helps more than just the business staff and owners. Supporting local businesses also supports businesses linked to that business. For example, if you dine at a local establishment like Tavern On 2, you also support the local farms that supply their locally-grown produce and meats.

Anxious to attend the next independent arts & crafts fair? Check my blog every Monday for my post on the week’s upcoming events. Also follow fairs like Renegade Craft, State of Unique, and Patchwork Fest on Twitter to find out more. Until then, always strive to contribute to the locals in your community.

Radioactive Chicken Heads: Free Show @ Gamestop Manhattan Beach
10:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 12
Gamestop, Manhattan Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/170809876392292/

Free show for the midnight launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2!

Dishcrawl Los Angeles
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, November 13
Los Feliz, Los Angeles
http://dishcrawl.com/LA/

Imagine a pub crawl, but with food instead of drinks. This idea will pan out this Tuesday night in Los Feliz, as attendees will visit restaurants to try the food. Attendance costs $39 per person, and will sell out fast, so anyone interested should buy tickets immediately, as the crawl cannot accommodate such a large group.

Meatloaf Wednesday
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 14
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/383305551746398/

Following the success of their ribs, mac & cheese, and poutine special events, Beachwood BBQ will now hold a Meatloaf night this Wednesday. Choose from six different meat types, and enjoy it as a meal or as a flight paired with craft beers.

Still Life Stout Release Party
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, November 16
Beachwood Brewing, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/244120412383695/

Beachwood Brewing will celebrate the release of their latest smoked double oat stout, as well as the 1 year anniversary of Still Life Tattoo in Seal Beach. Guest will find special appetizers on the menu, and enjoy music from DJ Dravidian, and an art show curated by Still Life Tattoo owner/artist Tim Shelton.

Beaujolais Nouveau Passions
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 16
Mercedes-Benz, Beverly Hills
http://www.beaujolaispassions.com/

Celebrate a night of French foods, wines, and entertainment in beautiful Beverly Hills. At this one-night fest, guests get treated to French food samples, merchandise, live music, silent auction, caberet dancers, and more. Presale tickets cost $20, while tickets at the door cost $25. VIP presale costs $50, and $75 at the door, and comes with preferred seating, a 4-course meal, complimentary wine & other drinks, and covers tax & tip. Guests may find free street parking surrounding the venue, while the venue will provide valet parking as well.

43rd Annual Holiday Arts & Craft Faire
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 17-18
Torrance Cultural Arts Center, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/156184074505655/

Over 75 local artists will sell their handmade items at this FREE fair running all weekend in Torrance. Find accessories, merchandise, apparel, trinkets, toys, jewelry, and more gifts for the holidays while supporting independent artists.

The Artisan Faire
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 17
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 18
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.theartisanfaire.com/

More than just your typical art fair, The Artisan Faire provides two days’ worth of books, beauty, art, gifts, toys, and more with an emphasis on high quality. Guests may enter the fair for free, while parking costs $4 per vehicle.

Greater LA Artisan Chocolate Festival & Wine Tasting Expo
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, November 17
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, November 18
Aviation Park Gymnasium, Redondo Beach
http://www.chocolatefestivalsamerica.com/
http://redondobeach.patch.com/events/greater-la-artisan-chocolate-festival-wine-tasting-expo

You may have eaten chocolate before, but probably not as sophisticated as the artisanal chocolates you may find at the Greater LA Artisan Chocolate Festival. Featuring the highest quality chocolates from around the world, this festival costs only $30 per person and provides all-access to chocolate and wine tastings (21+ for wine). The industry’s foremost experts will speak and perform demos throughout the fest.

Getting Our Just Desserts
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, November 17
International Culinary School @ Art Institute of California, Santa Monica
http://www.ccapinc.org/locations/los-angeles/2008/08/news-4/

Like desserts? Check out this dessert fest this Saturday, which will feature pastries, chocolates, candy, baked goods, coffee, tea, and other specialties. VIP tickets cost $100 and enter at 1pm, while general admission enters at 2pm and costs $50 presale and $75 at the door. All guests receive all-access to tastings, demos, and a goodie bag.

Downtown Santa Ana Art & Music Festival
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 17
Blue Lot, Santa Ana
http://www.downtown-santaana.com/

This all-ages festival costs $5 per person to enter, and features live music, art, foodtrucks, local restaurants, and other local businesses. Nearby parking structures charge for parking, so guests looking for street parking may need to park a few blocks away.

Manic Hispanic, Swingin’ Utters, Union 13, Anarchy Taco @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 17
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/manic-hispanic

This all-ages punk rock show costs $15. The surrounding area contains plenty of free parking.

Renegade LA took place this past weekend at LA State Historic Park. This completely FREE (parking & entry) event featured numerous artists and vendors not just from California, but out of state, and some out of the country. Some food trucks also were available to serve food: Front Porch Pops, Brasil Kiss, Crispy Truck, Los Lobos Truck, Ludo Truck, and India Jones.

Unlike a typical arts & crafts fair, Renegade focuses on the alternative side of creativity – art that is not typical or does not follow norms. If you have been to Patchwork Fest, Renegade will feel very similar. Where Patchwork mixes traditional with alternative, Renegade highlights those who not just think outside of the box, but rip & smash that box into pieces.

This one is from a vendor called Drywell:

The first vendor that caught my eye was Robu Roku. I appreciate their quirky style using puns and modern lingo. I do hope to see them again, as I will likely become a customer of theirs soon.

The next vendor to hook my attention was Sebastien Millon. His use of cartoony drawings with ironic yet funny statements is something I recommend everyone take a look at. The jokes do not poke fun at any individual group, so these jokes are tasteful for everyone. Some of these were so funny that I had to purchase some of his material.

For anyone into arts & crafts, I highly recommend you check out Renegade, which will return to Los Angeles in December. If you want a grander experience, many vendors informed me that Renegade San Francisco is the largest of its kind. That one occurred last week – to stay updated with the next series of fairs that should occur around November and December, follow Renegade on Twitter.