Folk & Tribal Arts Marketplace Pops Up at SB Museum of Natural History

Over four weekends, from November 27 to December 20, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History will host a series of pop-up shops in its courtyard. Each weekend will feature a different vendor from the beloved annual Folk & Tribal Arts Marketplace fundraiser. These pop-up shops will run Friday–Sunday, 10:00 AM–5:00 PM. 25% of sales benefit Museum exhibits and programs. Throughout December, a selection of beautiful items from many other favorite marketplace vendors will be on-site in the Museum Store, which is open Wednesday–Sunday, 10:00 AM–5:00 PM. This selection of items will also be available through the new online store (

Folk & Tribal Arts Marketplace is typically a large annual three-day fundraiser that features 30+ vendors selling goods from all over the world. Discerning gift-givers rely on it to supply a wealth of unique artisanal gifts. This year’s pop-up shop version aims to provide a safely scaled-down outdoor experience that still offers a fine array of handcrafted items. Shopping the Marketplace is free, Museum admission not included.

Vendors include:

  • 11/27–11/29: Peruvian Imports featuring high-quality, handmade alpaca wool clothing and accessories
  • 12/4–12/6: Anomaly Imports featuring handmade gifts such as palm baskets and products from the Zapotec Weavers of Teotitle del Valle, Oaxaca
  • 12/11–12/13: RoHo Goods featuring Kitenge fabric masks, one-of-a-kind Kenyan beaded leather sandals, cowhide bags, African beaded jewelry, Binga baskets, and cowhide home goods that support Kenyan artisans
  • 12/18–12/20: La Calenda featuring folk art from Oaxaca, clothing and textiles, jewelry, sculptures, and Talavera Pottery

Event organizer Director of Operations Amy Carpenter shares, “It’s a great way to spend the day enjoying the Museum and perusing unique items you can’t get anywhere else in Santa Barbara. This is a curated shopping event, with hand-picked vendors and products, and a story to go with every item.”

Shoppers are encouraged to be generous to their loved ones while supporting international artisans and the local community. For more information, visit


About the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

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