The Esperanza Peace and Justice Center is once again presenting the truly splendid Mercado de Paz, now in its 28th year. A local mainstay for fans of all manner of arts and crafts, the Mercado de Paz is a whole lot more than just a weekend pop-up arts fair. As stated on the nonprofit’s website, the Mercado de Paz combines the arts with considerations of “economic sustainability, international exchange and social consciousness.” What else would you expect from the consistently active team at Esperanza? The indoor/outdoor event is family-friendly and, starting on Black Friday, provides a conscionable, community-centered alternative to the biggest corporate shopping days of the year. This year’s mercado will feature dozens of international and local artists/artisans (offering jewelry from across Mexico, rugs, textiles and alebrijes from Oaxaca, apparel and embroidered cushions from Jalisco and much more), an eclectic lineup of music and performances (soul siren Alyson Alonzo, all-female DJ
collective Chulita Vinyl Club, accordion master Santiago Jimenez Jr. y Su Conjunto, supergroup Las Tesoros de San Antonio and Zombie Bazaar Panza Fusion are all on the bill) and tons of food choices, including vegetarian and vegan options. In summary, the
annual tradition is an ideal go-to, whether you’re looking to bolster your art collection, score some points for the proletariat in the grand battle against our capitalist overlords,
snag some one-of- a-kind gifts, catch some live music, occupy the kiddos for the day, or simply hang out and avoid the rest of your family.