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This weekend’s top holiday markets from Tampa to Tarpon Springs

Plus, the St. Petersburg Pier Marketplace vendors have been selected.
Vendors at a previous Indie Noir Market, which will return on Dec. 14. [Courtesy of Camille Washington]
Vendors at a previous Indie Noir Market, which will return on Dec. 14. [Courtesy of Camille Washington]
Published Dec. 11, 2019


Here’s the latest batch of shopping opportunities.

Indie Noir Market: Support black-owned businesses and enjoy live performances and food at “Tampa’s premier melanated market." Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Tampa Heights Junior Civic Association, 2005 N Lamar Ave.

Daddy Kool Records Night Market: The market includes an art show featuring work by Marcus Rogers and music by Meteoreyes and Dream Thing. Free. 6-10 p.m. Saturday. 2430 Terminal Drive S, St. Petersburg.

Christmas on the Sponge Docks: Shop the waterfront market, feast on Greek food and enjoy holiday activities and music. Free. 2-8 p.m. Saturday. 20 Dodecanese Blvd.

Guerilla Art Market: Find a new piece of art while watching live demos and enjoying music and a cash bar. Free. 5-10 p.m. Saturday. St. Pete Side Lot, 2133 Second Ave. S.

Tampa Alternative Market: Features avant-garde, punk rock and other handmade items and live music. Free. 5-10 p.m. Saturday. Red Star Rock Bar, 5210 N Florida Ave.

Tampa Riverwalk Winter Fest: Enjoy the river views in Waterworks Park while shopping for handmade gifts and art and enjoying live music. Free. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. 1710 N Highland St. (813) 451-7936.


The new St. Petersburg Pier is slated to open in the spring, along with its Marketplace of vendors, which have been announced. The solar panel-covered promenade (yes, shade!) will be located at the pier’s entrance and will have 10 tents and seven stalls. It will initially be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Vendors include artist collective Sunshine City Arts; the Merchant, which has a location on the 600 block and sells locally made goods; Hats at the Pier; Craft-Tee custom T-shirts; and a variety of jewelers, apparel, handmade good and foods. There are too many to name here. Find the complete list at


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  2. The Sears at University Mall near the University of South Florida in Tampa is in the process of being torn down to make way for a new mixed-use development project. [RD Management]
    This is what developers plan for the old Sears stores at University Mall and Citrus Park.
  3. Roberto Gomez, of Puerto Rico, dressed as Darth Vader, attends the world premiere of "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" on Dec. 16, 2019, in Los Angeles. [CHRIS PIZZELLO  |  Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP]
    The massive fandom was built on the strength of a universe that continues to expand beyond the movie theater.
  4. Fashions by De Johnea Bianca, a designer involved in the Fashion Market that will take place in Tampa on Jan. 18. [Courtesy of De Johnea Bianca]
    Plus, a pre- Gasparilla fashion and hair event and markets dedicated to a healthy lifestyle.
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    Celine Dion will perform at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Jan. 15. [ANDREW WHELAN  |  Columbia Records]
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  8. A photo taken during a previous Cocktails and Couture, the art and fashion party that will revisit the Ritz Ybor in Tampa on Jan. 11. [Courtesy of Okie Tilo]
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