Offering way more than your grandma’s tchotchkes, these fairs feature indie crafts that refuse to be confined to glass-encased china cabinets. Whether it’s free-trade handicrafts from around the world or the best locally made jewelry and clothes, you’re sure to find a one-of-a-kind piece perfect for your own collection.
Renegade Craft Fair
Sat-Sun July 21-22, 11-7
Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
Keep track of your expenses at the Renegade Craft Fair — it’s hard not to succumb to buying all the goodies you’ll find here. With wares from more than 250 super-talented crafters, hands-on workshops, music, and food, it’s best to set aside at least a few hours for this outing.
Treasure Island Flea
Sat-Sun July 28-29; August 25-26; September 29-30
$3 or FREE through funcheapSF
Great Lawn, Ave of the Palms, Treasure Island, San Francisco
The Treasure Island Flea is a monthly open-air flea market held the last weekend of every month. Along with local vendors, this market features outdoor exhibits, gourmet food trucks and spectacular views of downtown San Francisco.
Fair Trade Bazaar
Fri August 3, 9:30am – 8:30pm; Sat August 4, 9:30am – 4:30pm
De Young Museum Store, Golden Gate Park
This two-day event features 16 traders selling fair trade products from around the world including jewelry, textiles, native handcrafts and decorative accessories. Museum members receive 10% discount. All proceeds support exhibition program and art conservation and preservation efforts at the de Young Museum and Legion of Honor.
Indie Mart Street Fair
Sunday August 19
Thee Parkside, Potrero Hill, San Francisco, 12 – 7 pm
You can make it an all day affair at this pop-up street fair, where more than 100 vendors sell unique crafts alongside local food, live music and DJs.
Last Sundays Fest
Sunday Aug 26, all day
Telegraph Ave and Haste St, Berkeley
The world comes to Telegraph for this street fair, featuring indie music, crafts, shops and — of course — spirit.
Check out KQED Arts for more arts-related ideas.
- By Nicole Zeichick and Adrienne Blaine