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2014 Holiday Craft Fairs: November Edition

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San Francisco boasts an abundance of exceptionally good craft fairs every holiday season. Craft fairs present an opportunity to find an extraordinary selection of one-of-a-kind gifts, fine crafts and contemporary art. What could make a better gift than something unique and hand-made-—and something that supports the artist community. Kick off your holiday shopping with these three festive November events—and stay tuned, there’s more to come in December.

San Francisco Center for the Book’s 2014 Holiday Fair

San Francisco Center for the Book’s Holiday Fair is a great place to bring friends and find unique holiday gifts. Peruse the wide selection of letterpress cards, prints and ephemera, journals and notebooks, artists’ books, paper and ink, and unique arts and crafts handmade by a variety of printers, bookbinders, book artists, artists and craftspeople. Enjoy a day full of holiday cheer, music, and merriment. Visit sfcb.org for a list of vendors.

While you’re at Center for the Book, be sure to wander through Water Paper Stone: A Walk-Through Book. This installation by Judy O’Shea celebrates experiences taken from her memoir Water Paper Stone, and includes artwork from French and American artists who participated in the artist-in-residence Judy and her husband hosted at La Pilande Basse, an 18th-century watermill in the Aveyron region of southern France. (Through Dec. 6.)

Center for the Book’s Holiday Fair: Saturday, Nov. 22, 11 am–6 pm

San Francisco Center for the Book, 375 Rhode Island St, SF

Admission is free.

Holiday Artisan Fair 

This cozy fair at the de Young Museum is celebrating its eighth year. The event will feature top Bay Area artisans presenting a selection of jewelry, textiles and home accessories. Come enjoy the extraordinary work at the Holiday Artisan Fair.

Artisan Fair: Friday–Saturday, Nov. 22–23

Piazzoni Murals Room, de Young museum, Golden Gate Park, SF

Members receive a 10% discount on all purchases. Free fair admission.


Celebration of Craftswomen

Don’t miss the imaginative, innovative and high-quality work by women artisans at the Celebration of Craftswomen. Attended by 10,000 annually, the Celebration of Craftswomen is the largest and longest running arts and crafts show in the U.S. featuring more than 150 juried women artists. This show is a unique opportunity to find gorgeous, one-of-a-kind holiday gifts, fine crafts, and contemporary art, showcasing the latest trends in handcrafts. This year’s show will include a variety of live crafts demonstrations all weekend long.

Celebration of Craftswomen: Friday–Sunday, Nov. 28, 29 & 30, 10 am–6 pm

Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, SF

Tickets: $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students, free for children under 12. A 3-day pass is available for $20. Tickets can be purchased at the door.


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