Big Bang Bazaar brings 200 local artists to the Central Florida Fairgrounds for a day of bargain hunting

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Since 2012, the Big Bang Bazaar is the place to find trinkets that are weirdly cute but don’t match with anything in your foyer, like a Harry Potter-themed piggy bank or a crocheted Kermit the Frog blanket. The event, which hosts over 200 local artists selling handmade arts and crafts, outgrew the Maitland Civic Center and now moves to the Central Florida Fairgrounds on Colonial Drive. Big Bang Bazaar upped the ante this year by making admission free and also having (gasp) free parking. The first 100 lucky souls who attend the event get a free swag bag filled with random knickknacks and delivered by one of the Orlando Psycho City Derby Girls on skates. When you’re tired of sniffing all the different vegan soaps, you can also head to the lounge area and watch the dinosaur-themed movies playing throughout the day. Try to be there early – Big Bang Bazaar predicts about 3,000 to 5,000 people attending this year.

11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22 | Central Florida Fairgrounds, 4603 W. Colonial Drive | bigbangbazaar.net | free


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