A Guide to Bay Area Holiday Fairs, 2019

This season, normal Behaviour is going to have it’s strongest public presence ever! With so many craft fairs popping up these days, it can be overwhelming to know where to start, and though I’ve done my fair share, there’s still plenty I’ve never even attended. So, to keep it all organized this year,

Here’s my 2019 Bay Area Holiday Craft Fair Guide:

Patchwork, November 2 - 3, 2019

*sigh* * swoon* *smile*

There’s no better setting, for my money, than a craft fair at Jack London Square. Patchwork is no nonsense, just serious makers selling their handmade goods. It’s a great excuse to get yourself to Oakland, and if you’re coming from SF, the ferry basically spits you out right at the front. Make a day of it, and explore JLS, and take in those fantastic bay views. 

Renegade Craft Fair, November 16 - 17, 2019

One of the OG craft fairs and maker brand champions, you gotta give them respect. Around 150 makers fill the Fort Mason Center with their wares, and you’ll likely pick up some sponsored swag like a breakfast bar or something. In addition to being a great one-stop gift shopping experience, you will definitely see a ton of gorgeous people lining the hallways styled out. 

SF Etsy Indie Emporium, November 30 - December 1, 2019

To kick off the shopping madness, head down to the piers when you’re tired of those would-be leftover turkey sandwiches at your house. Everyone here connected through being on Etsy and existing in the Bay Area, so even if it’s still early in your shopping game, go and collect their cards and follow up later for some one-of-a-kind or small batch local treasures.

San Jose Craft Holiday Fair. December 14 - 15, 2019

I’ve only heard great things about this fair, and from what I know, it seems to be the perfect spot to fill in all the holes in your holiday gift lists with 250 makers present. Perfect for you if driving in to San Francisco is the last thing you want to do on your weekends. 

We are planning a few more events that have yet to be confirmed, so to stay on top of it all, follow us @normalbehaviour!

Shows I won’t be at, but are still worth your time:

Urban Air

Held regularly in SF and now in Oakland too, attracts lots of great brands

Wunderfaire

Such a lively event with great vendors in the aweinspiring Ideo Studio on Pier 28. *heart eyes*.

West Coast Craft, Nov 23-24

It’s high-end, it’s a very curated collection, and it’s always a great scene. 

Headwest, Nov 30, Dec 14 & Dec 21

Old Oakland is so charming, and especially during the holidays. I’ve made many a maker friend connections through Headwest and love the brands that tend to be there. Haven’t been to the Hanger 1 show yet, but what could be better than heading out to St Georg’s distillery in Alameda, getting an amazing view of the SF, and checking out some unique handmade gifts?

The Battery No Office Holiday Party & Market, Dec 6

The Battery Club makes me feel like I should have IPO’d years ago, but they sure do host a great party. This night time event sounds like a treat. 

Gifty, Dec 6-8

Hosted by the Crucible, you’re sure to meet lots of great makers and amazing artists, and make some connections for Burning Man 2020. 

Girl Gang Craft, Dec 14

Beautiful setting, beautiful bathroooms, exclusively maker chix vending. Love it all.

And of course, if none of those work for you, or you’re not in the Bay Area, our online shop is open 24/7.

Give something truly unique, and support smaller brands to help us reshape what normal means this holiday season!





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