Made In Tucson Market

The biannual Made In Tucson market happens in spring and fall.

Come April 7, around 300 local artists will set up shop along Seventh Street.

The celebration of local art, Made In Tucson, takes place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 7 just west of North Fourth Avenue along East Seventh Street. The market is hosted twice a year by the Historic Fourth Avenue Coalition, which uses its event proceeds to fund murals, grants for local businesses and a year-round community space that's home to gatherings like workshops, swaps and more.

This spring's Made In Tucson market is set to feature everything from handcrafted soap and baked goods to jewelry, prints, crocheted plushies, stickers, metal work, paintings, apparel and truly so much more. You'll find ultra Tucson items like disco balls shaped as saguaros and candles that smell like monsoon.

Melissa Henshaw, right, the owner of Melissa Henshaw Ceramics, helps a curious customer during the Tucson Together market hosted by #ThisIsTucson on Feb. 24. Melissa Henshaw Ceramics will be a vendor at this spring’s Made In Tucson.

If you've been to Made In Tucson in the past, you'll find returning vendors in addition to new favorites. The coalition received nearly 500 vendor applications, which were then juried by a 10-person panel. 

Beyond the 300 (!!) vendors, 13 food trucks and live entertainment are part of the fun. 

On Instagram, market organizers say the goal is to “create an inclusive environment where folks have access to their favorite artists, activate our beloved district and create opportunities for the community to gather.”

“Connection is why we're here,” they say.

Street parking is free on weekends, but you can also park outside of the Fourth Avenue District and take the free streetcar to the market. 

Made In Tucson started in 2018 with roughly 50 vendors and has grown each year since. 

“This kind of event is important because the art in Tucson helps flavor the community and keep us who we are,” DeeDee Koenen, who is co-owner of local shop Pop Cycle and part of the coalition, said last year. “As Tucson grows, we need to invest in those who work hard to produce amazing products.”

Jessica Melrose uses macrame string to create a new piece for her booth Melrose Macrame during the Southern Arizona Home Show on March 15. Melrose Macrame will be a vendor at this spring's Made In Tucson.

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Gloria was born and raised in Tucson and is a 2018 University of Arizona grad. From wildflowers to wildlife, she loves all things Tucson and hopes to share her love of the city with readers ✨