Event PickSpring is in full swing and so are events of all kinds offering an excuse to get out and connect with community and small businesses. Shopping events in particular are plentiful right now. Beyond flea market or mall destinations, craft fairs and pop-ups offer something unique and fun for the whole family. This weekend there are some really big gatherings featuring local creators selling wares of all sorts. Spend your money and feel good about it with these multi-faceted shopping picks.

“Half-o-ween” – the faux holiday celebrated by dark souls halfway to Halloween – is here and the Spooky Swap Meet returns to Heritage Square Museum for a gloomy good curated shopping fest. Loads of vampy vendors and a walk-thru haunted attraction by Fear Farm await with gothic decor, apparel, props, and more for sale plus fortune telling and food available. Trick-or-treat at seven stops within the Square’s manors each done up by the likes of AdamJessFx, Art’s Sideshow, a Bones’ Gulch and Samhain’s Lot collaboration, A Mr. He Slasher, LA Haunted Hayride, and Vamp & The Fiends. LVCRFT and Skeleton Sam host a Halloween dance party at the top of each hour. Sat.- Sun., April 29 and 30; 10 a.m. Info at spookyswapmeet.ticketspice.com.

“Shop Small, Do Good!” is the slogan of Shop Renegade LA featuring  225+ curated artists and crafters by creative west coast brands, artists, designers and thinkers. The mega-shopping event has a new Westside home at the Santa Monica Airport that should be great for buys and breezes. Sat.- Sun., April 29 and 30; 11 a.m. Info at renegadecraft.com/fair/los-angeles-spring/.

DTLA Proud has with  Kinda Fit Kinda Fat for a Pop-Up store experience at the queer marketplace and community center at The Bloc in Downtown. Products from SlushropesClayclops Ceramics and more will be available for those who care about fitness but also celebrate thickness. Sat. April 28, 12 p.m. Info at eventbrite.com/e/kinda-fit-kinda-fat-dtla-pop-up-store-experience-by-art-community-center-tickets-624835548947



































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