Hell, Yeah! It's Holiday Market Season, Betches!
Merchants make it easy for you to open your wallet during the holidays. Instead of forcing you to hop from store to store (or site to site) to find unique gifts for everyone on your shopping list, they huddle together at maker markets for a one-stop shopping experience. It's like going to a mall, except a million times better.
Market season is ramping up, and if you don't schedule your favorites on your calendar now, you'll wind up missing them. I've rounded up eight of the best SF holiday markets below—organized by date—to help you plan your shopping strategy. In the words of T. Swift, "Baby, let the games begin."
- 38 Makers Holiday Gift Fair, November 4 (11am–4 pm). It's every Pinner's dream come true: a fully immersive, shoppable Pinterest board at the company's new office at 651 Brannan Street. 38Makers leads off the gifting season with a Pinterest-curated fair for shoppers looking for artisan, locally-made gifts. This year will mar SFMade and Pinterest's fourth annual joint event inside Pinterest’s new headquarters. Wares will include jewelry, coffee, gourmet gifts, wine, home and garden items, holiday cards and decorations, stationery, bags, body products, men’s and women’s apparel, pet gear, and more, all made in SF.
Patchwork Show Oakland Maker's Festival (11am–5pm). Over in Jack London Square, (at Broadway and Water Street), more than 150 makers are joining forces for a family- and dog-friendly market. Vendors for the show are selected by a jury and feature clothing for men, women and kids, handbags, accessories, jewelry, art, ceramics, garden finds, home goods, plush, crochet and knit items, pet gear, kits and patterns, bath and body goodies and more!
- A Current Affair, November 4 (10am-6pm). The beloved vintage sale is back at Craneway Pavilion (1414 Harbor Way South in Richmond) with a winter blowout. A Current Affair is a community of over 150 vintage retailers and private dealers showcasing the best vintage clothing, accessories and jewelry. Stop in to shop from over 70 premier vintage retailers and private dealers from the Bay Area and beyond. Granted, you may see this show as more of a shop-for-yourself than shop-for-others opportunities, but you totally deserve a gift for making it through 2017. Admission starts at $12.
- Renegade Craft Fair, November 11-12 (11am-6pm). Renegade returns to Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion with a celebration of all things handmade. Find one-of-a-kind gifts for friends and family, discover top independent maker talent from around the country, and enjoy a memorable holiday weekend of local food vendors, seasonal cocktails, DJ sets, DIY workshops, photo ops, and more.
- West Coast Craft, November 18-19 (10am–6pm). WCC is a juried exhibition of artist and designer craftspeople inspired by the mood and aesthetics of the West Coast lifestyle. One of the great things about this event is so many of the best indie stores and brands in the city will set up shop for it. So you could drive around town for Future Glory, Freda Salvador, Ali Golden, Amour Vert, and Little Paper Planes...or you could save time, gas, and parking fees by visiting them all at WCC.
- SFEtsy Indie Holiday Emporium, November 25th (12pm -6pm), and Sunday, November 26th (11am - 5pm). This is SFEtsy's fifth year bringing Etsy to life in San Francisco: more 200 local artisans and small batch food vendors are expected to participate. The event will be at Pier 35, 1454 Embarcadero.
- Holiday Urban Air Market, December 3 (11am–6pm). Is Oakland calling to you? Head to 55 Harrison Street in Jack London Square for this one-stop-shop for ethically made gifts that give back. Score unique fair trade and sustainable finds for your socially conscious friends and family. The event will feature more than 100 curated local vendors of clothing, jewelry, accessories, and home decor including members of the Sustainable Fashion Alliance and Fair Trade USA-approved brands. There will also be food trucks, a patio bar, and a photo booth for your holiday greeting cards.
- Heath Ceramics Make Good Market, December 9-10 (10am–5pm Saturday, 10am–3pm Sunday). Step inside Heath's factory (2900 18th Street) and meet over 25 of the ceramics brand's designer and maker friends—including Rockyt favorites Aplat, Future Glory, and Jacob May. While you shop for gifts, prepare to see a show and tell of the making process: from woodworking and leather painting to candy-making, ceramic throwing and sewing. Tartine Manufactory and a handful of Heath's favorite food vendors will gather with nibbles ready to gift. The market is free and open to the public.
- Vas + Susan + Friends, December 9-10 (11am–6pm). Vas Kiniris, of Zinc Details, and Susan Kim of My Dear Tejas, have teamed up to to host a holiday market at 1633 Fillmore Street. Shop for one-of-a kind goods from their select group of 20-plus Bay Area artisan makers and designers, and connect with the people behind their favorite products. In addition to the organizers' brands, local vendors include Millie|Lottie, Elizabeth Street Cosmetics, Piece x Piece, and more.
- Women x Made, December 9 (12pm–6pm). If you support female entrepreneurs, this is your chance to put your money where your mouth is. Style Lounge Events is bringing more than 40 local independent woman owned and operated businesses for this curated shopping event. Vendors at the show will be selling everything from apparel, jewelry, artisanal food, art, home goods, and more. This event will take place in the historic Women's Building, 3543 18th Street.
- Holiday Makers Market, December 16 (11am–3pm). Future Glory designer Theresa Lee is opening her Dogpatch workshop for a holiday shopping event on Saturday, December 16, and inviting a host of badass Bay Area maker-women to join her. Stop by to shop handbags, apparel, home decor, bath and beauty, and jewelry from Future Glory Co., Seldom Seen, Stevie Howell, Jordan Kushins, The Brightly Co., Aplat, Yuzu Soaps, Herbs + Oil Bath, Wildberry Ink & more. The event will take place at Future Glory inside Storage San Francisco, 435 23rd Street.
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