9 Fall + Winter Bay Area Craft Fairs to Attend or Apply to as a Maker
We’ve put together a list of our favorite craft shows in the Bay Area (and beyond) to participate in as a maker. I really wish something like this existed when I was starting out, so we’ve made it easy for all you beginning or veteran creatives to know what to participate in. Here are our favorite shows and links to applications.
PS most of these involve some sort of application process. Some fairs are really great for beginning vendors, and some fairs (like WCC) are pretty selective in their acceptances. GGC STILL has not gotten accepted to WCC for the years we’ve applied. Anyways, if you get denied to a fair, KEEP TRYING. Shows like to see you improve and grow!
As a craft fair ourselves, we understand different shows are looking for different kinds of makers. We here at GGC are looking for high quality products, professional-looking photographs, authentic + cohesive branding, and businesses that are aligned with our personal values (ie we love a punk-y politicized vibe).
Here are our favorite shows in the Bay Area (and Beyond) this Holiday Season. Good luck applying makers!
We’ve obviously got to start the list out with ourselves! (everything else is relatively in order of dates)
Girl Gang Craft is the ultimate craft fair for womxn, non-binary + trans makers and healers (and moving forward we will have limited spaces for allies). Plus we’re the only craft fair that has dope feminist merch AND works hard to aid in brand education so our makers can kickass in person and online.
—> tickets + more info available here.
GGC Holiday Market November 9+10, Grand Central Market, Los Angeles, CA
applications open late august.
GGC Holiday Market December 14, Scottish Rite, Oakland, CA
applications open late august.
Headwest is thrown by Jimmy Brower of West Perro. His market is beautifully curated with vintage + handmade goods. Headwest offers numerous events throughout the year and has just merged with Bouquet Market as well for a market on 4th street.
Next Headwest shows:
September 14 Bouquet x Headwest on 4th St in Berkeley
October 19 Headwest at Hangar One Distillery in Alameda
Urban Air was established in 2005 and is the largest outdoor design festival in the country. They throw 2 shows in Hayes Valley, one in Oakland, and one in LA. These shows get tons of traffic. They open their applications at the beginning of the year and you can reserve your spot for all 4 shows ahead of time, so make sure you are on their newsletter to be in the know.
Next Bay Area Urban Air Market: September 15, Hayes Valley SF.
Applications are closed but please contact Danielle to get on the waitlist.
4. Good Omen
Good Omen is a crowd favorite with a cult following. In the past this market has been at Classic Cars west but this year will be at the Humanity Hall (across the street from CCW). This market has a bit of a punk DIY vibe. Expect to find lots of pins, zines, patches + prints.
Next Good Omen: October 13 Humanity Hall, Oakland
Patchwork show is put on by Dear Handmade Life and has several shows throughout California. Their Oakland show is at Jack London Square outside along the water. This is a very inclusive show and was GGC Founder Phoebe’s first ever craft show when she was making jewelry. Nicole, the founder of Dear Handmade Life is also a badass and throws Craftcation, a weekend long conference located in Ventura, CA.
Next Patchwork Show: November 2 at Jack London Square, Oakland, CA.
Renegade Craft Fair has been around since 2003 and travels all around the US and London too! Renegade is always a great experience for makers to get their name out there. You can share a booth if the weekend price tag seems a bit high. We like to think of the cost as covering both the booth space and the chance to market your wares to 20,000 people. Renegade has 3 weekend craft fairs year round: April, July + November.
West Coast Craft is the ultimate showcase of polished brands from across the US. WCC features artists that embody the west coast lifestyle. It takes place at Fort Mason, and you are bound to find some inspiration for your next creation or if you’re selling the traffic at this show is amazing! *The application process is highly selective.*
Next WCC: November 23 + 24 at Fort Mason, SF
8. SF Etsy
SF Etsy is one of my favorite shows to do. Generally scheduled Thanksgiving weekend, this show is 2 days at Pier 35 in San Francisco. SF etsy also offers a FREE event on Fridays at Civic Center Commons. Please contact them directly to get involved for the Friday shows.
Next SF Etsy Holiday Emporium: 11/30 + 12/1 Pier 35, San Francisco
Applications open late August.
9. Maker’s Mart
Maker’s Mart is a Sacramento based craft fair that was started in 2009. This craft fair is a fun show and a super well trafficked event. Last year it took place in the Sacramento Convention Center. This year’s location is TBD. Keep in mind Sacramento doesn’t have too many of these events, so the attendees are excited to come!
Next Maker’s Mart: December 7, location TBA
and finishing up the sequential calendar (with out virgo like tendencies) with another reminder that GGC is December 14