LA Live Cool ‘N Quirky: POPUP Marketplace

It's a craft fair with a downtown nighttime vibe. Plus? Eat/drink specials abound.

As anyone the optimal time on the clock for a craft fair. If they're fast on the draw, and a little droll, they'll answer "any ol' time is the right time," which is the correct answer, for gatherings brimming with handmade goods are fab.

But craft fairs are fairly synonymous with the daytime, and with weekends, too, when people are apt to be out looking for that quirky tee, that elegant chapeau, or a painting for the kitchen.

LA Live, too, loves the artisanal extravaganza, but it is politely thumbing its nose at the notion that craft fairs have a set time (daylight) and a set date (Saturday/Sunday).

The POPUP Marketplace is an evening thing, which is no surprise, given that it is at LA Live and LA Live thrums after sundown. It's also happening on a Wednesday — May 20, to be specific — which upends the rule of fairs brimming with one-of-a-kind and/or unusual items adhering to a mostly weekend-only schedule.

Set to show? Regional independent makers like Panache Jewelry, Cactus Club Paper, Barney & Clyde Mercantile, Topanga Patina, Pop & Timber, and HollyWood & Twine. More than 60 artisans who make wearables and artables and I-didn't-even-know-you-could-make-this-ables shall line up among the booths.

And will there be DJing? Affirmative. There will be eat specials and drink specials at the adjacent eateries of LA Live? Yes. Will parking be discounted for the night, at Lot W — B Gate, to ten bucks? For sure — bring cash.

It is true that night markets are after-sundown staples the world over, and those food-centric spectaculars are making their way to Southern California. But indie craft fairs have stuck fairly closely to weekends, in the past.

Clearly they're ready to also own the sphere of night, a good thing for makers and shoppers, both.

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