about the marketS
Hi and thanks for stopping by!
Owl Designer Fair is produced by Stephanie Keroack and she loves all things handmade!!
It's so meaningful to make something for a friend or loved one or to receive a gift that you know someone made for you with thought and care.
17 years ago Emmy-Lou McMillan had a vision to bring unique makers together for a great market experience, and thus the Owl Fair began. In 2018, she passed the torch to Stephanie, the maker behind Dottie Handmade. As a past vendor and Fernwood local Stephanie knows the Owl well. Stephanie has a passion to support and grow the handmade industry, and to connect the community with its local makers. She is excited to keep one of Victoria's favourite handmade markets going strong!
The Owl Designer Fair is a fixture in the Victoria Christmas craft show scene and happens every Christmas season in the Fernwood neighbourhood of Victoria BC. The fair features a lineup of fantastic local musicians and food trucks. The Owl markets have a commitment to community and at each show there is a fundraiser for a local non profit with a by donation door prize draw. If you have a non-profit or a good cause you think we should support please let us know!
The Little Owl Kids Fair was started 10 years ago and focuses on handmade goods for babies and kids. Little Owl happens several times a year at different locations on south Vancouver Island. Little Owl also showcases young makers selling their art and designs. For some of them it is their first experience selling at a market. It has been incredible to see the talent in these young makers and also to see their confidence grow with this experience. We also offer a craft station and free face painting!
We are so excited that there are now so many great markets all over the Island and thanks so much for supporting Owl Fairs!
Is there an entrance fee? The Little Owl Fair has an entrance fee of $2 per person. The "big" Owl Designer Fair is $4/adult, kids under 12 Free. This covers the costs of gathering all these great vendors in one venue just for you!
Do vendors take credit cards? Many vendors do accept cards but not all. Bring the cash you may need and an ATM is located in Fernwood.
Are the markets stroller and wheelchair accessible? Yes! This is really important to us and we ensure that all the fairs are accessible to all!
How many vendors are there? Little Owl has between 20-30 and the Owl Designer Fair has 40 vendors.
I make stuff, how can I apply? Our market is juried based on the criteria of quality, uniqueness and style. Products must be handmade or upcycled by the applicant. Applications for Little Owl open December 2, and applications for next winter's Owl Designer Fair will open in late summer 2024.
We would love to hear from you. Drop us a note!