KQED Guides

Indie Craft Fairs You Can’t Miss

Updated: June 2, 2014

Flickr:Orin Zebest

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 19-20, 2014, 11am-6pm
Fort Mason Center
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 hundreds of talented crafters, hands-on workshops, music, and food, it’s best to set aside at least a few hours for this outing.

Flickr:Gary Soup

Treasure Island Flea

2014 Dates: Sat-Sun June 28, 29; July 26, 27; August 30, 31; September 27, 28; October 25, 26; November 29, 30
$3 or get a deal via funcheapSF
Great Lawn, Ave of the Palms, Treasure Island
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 July 25, 2014, 9:30am – 8:30pm; Sat July 26, 2014, 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.

Check out KQED Arts for more arts-related ideas.

– By Nicole Zeichick and Adrienne Blaine