As the largest weekend craft fair in Northern California, more than 200 artists and crafts people participate in this fair. In 2008, the KPFA Crafts and Music Fair is celebrating its 38th year in 2008. Each year, a panel of judges chooses those artists, providing fair attendees with a huge selection of original and hand-crafted items sold directly from the artists. The art selections also include eco-friendly gifts and items made from recycled materials.
The fair takes place at the Concourse Exhibition Center in San Francisco:
635 8th Street (at Brannan)
San Francisco, CA
See: Map of Concourse Exhibition Center location
In 2008, the KPFA Crafts Fair takes place on December 13 and 14 (Saturday and Sunday). The hours are 10am to 6pm.
The regular admission is $10. Anyone under the age of 17 is free. The price for seniors and disabled persons is $7.
- Body Care Products
- Children's Items
- Textiles – Decorative
- Furniture and Lighting
- Gourmet Food Products
- Mixed Media
Saturday lineup includes: Hosts Aimee Allison and Tom Mazzolini, saxophonist Kasey Knudsen, guitarist Terrence Brewer, Brazilian vocalist Sandy Cressman, hip hop and jazz artist Kev Choice
Sunday lineup includes: Hosts Andrea Lewis, Miguel Gerrero, and Derk Richardson, pianist Mike Greensill, all-star pianist and vocalist lineup, Blame Sally, Creole Belles and FUGA.
In addition to the fair's own amenities, the fact that it's held indoors can be a welcome reprieve from the elements in the winter months -- depending on the winter, of course. You have an opportunity to interact with the artists and find some new favorites, my personal reason for attending any of the crafts fairs around the Bay Area. The fair is not necessarily the place to look for bargains, but you will find unique items owing to the judge-selected group of artisans represented. The musical acts are diverse, feature many local artists, and the lineup runs all day at the fair.
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