Crystals, incense, and amulets–oh my!

Anyone who has explored the streets near Montrose and Westheimer knows just how magical this community is. With vibrant nightlife and eclectic subcultures, there's always something new to experience here in what is essentially the heart of Houston. But beyond the boutiques, restaurants, and bars, there's a lesser-known feature that makes this neighborhood all the more bewitching. 

From 7 p.m. to midnight on the first Friday of each month, Thorn & Moon Magickal Market sets up shop at 411 Westheimer, and vendors from Houston's magical community welcome witches, wizards, and muggles alike to peruse their wares. Stands offering items like locally sourced honey, Houston-made artwork, taxidermied insects, jewelry made from reclaimed animal bones, crystals, incense, and tarot card readings occupy the lot. As the evening darkens, lanterns and fairy lights illuminate and provide an otherworldly atmosphere for late-night shoppers.

Twinkling lights and lanterns allow for late-night shopping.

Serving Midtown since last December, the oddities market is the lovechild of local artisans and coven sisters Jessica Anderson and Dana Dark. Their business partnership began as an Etsy shop, Thorn & Moon Apothecary, specializing in ritual oils, candles, resin, and other witchy wares. But their desire to sell their witch-crafted items evolved into a plan to bring unite other pagan craftspeople in and around Houston. As such, Thorn & Moon Magickal Market was born.

Revolving around a monthly theme and guest vendors, the pop-up offers Houston's magical folk with both a shopping destination and an opportunity to vibe with like-minded individuals. Though a far cry from your average farmers' market, you will find some similar draws like live music from local musicians and DJs, food trucks, and a bar.

You probably won't find snakes encased in snow globes at your average neighborhood farmers' market.

Each evening also includes an additional event, and discovering what each month has in store is part of the fun. Past experiences have included goth yoga, an ouija board historian, prominent drag performances, renowned psychic appearances, occult art exhibits, and a midsummer fairy festival.

But the best is yet to come: Friday, September 7 will feature a dark circus theme as Cirque la Vie comes to town. Complete with contortionists and aerial acrobats, picture The Night Circus meets Cirque du Soleil right on the corner of Westheimer and Taft. And mark your calendars, boys and ghouls, because November’s market promises its own Day of the Dead festival.

With its mix of people, art, and magic, the Thorn & Moon Magickal Market offers a unique atmosphere that's so authentically Midtown that any Houstonian worthy of the title should pay it a visit. And with its free admission, the entrance fee works for every budget. You'll want to splurge for the $6 valet service, though—in Midtown, no amount of magic can protect you from being towed.

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