Most of these craft fairs’ applications are closed, but go ahead and check them out so you can participate in the Fall!
6 Craft fairs in the Bay Area that you Must Apply to or Attend as a Maker This Summer.
Obvi, we’re gonna toot our own horn, right? Girl Gang Craft is the ultimate craft fair for womxn, non-binary + trans makers and healers. 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.
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.
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.
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 at 4th street.
Next Headwest shows:
June 29 + 30 at Hangar Distillery, Alameda
July 20 Bouquet x Headwest on 4th St in Berkeley
(Applications may still be open for both of these events. Please contact Jimmy for details)
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.
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.
We here at GGC encourage you to check out all these shows as an attendee to figure out which show is the best to highlight your brand. Applications for these shows generally open up months in advance.
Pro-tip: sign up for the craft fair newsletters to be the first to know when applications open for vendors.