East Bay Holiday Gift Fairs | Holiday 2019
Photo courtesy of The Crucible.
Temporary holiday markets bring an all-in-one environment to make shopping easier this season. Step offline and step into a craft fair of local vendors when you’re on the prowl for the next perfect present. While boutiques stick around year-round, these holiday markets are special events that will pass you by.
Mark your calendar to attend one (or all!) of these BARTable East Bay gift fairs where you may just check every name off your list. Makers from throughout the Bay Area converge to sell their one-of-a-kind goods that will help you seem like the most creative gift-giver.
Looking for holiday fairs in San Francisco? Check out our San Francisco Holiday Gifts Fairs guide.
Holiday Marketplace at Impact Hub | December 4 by 19th St/Oakland
Three Oakland teams—Sky’s The Limit, The Youth Hub Fellowship, and Impact Hub Oakland—have joined forces to host this event inviting the public to “jingle, mingle and support local with eats, dope DJs and DIY crafts.” Youth entrepreneurs will present their products for sale so that the public can find the right gifts to wrap. Music, food, and festive environs set the stage for this vibrant marketplace that encourages and supports business mentorship for the next generation of Bay Area innovators. Take BART to 19th St/Oakland and walk 10 minutes to Impact Hub.
Berkeley Holiday Gift Fair | December 6 by Downtown Berkeley
Join 30 local artisans, retailers and service providers at the David Brower Center from 3:30 to 6:30PM. Complimentary snacks & refreshments. Exclusive holiday deals & discounts. Free gift wrapping, face painting, and fun for the entire family. Plus, don't miss the Tree Lighting on the BART Plaza from 6pm to 8pm followed by a dance party with DJ Santa, treats, crafts & beer tent. Take BART to Downtown Berkeley and walk 3 minutes to the David Brower Center.
GIFTY 2019 at The Crucible | December 6-9 by West Oakland
The Crucible is where you can craft to the max amidst 56,000-square-feet dedicated to innovation and education. Since it’s a spacious complex that houses cutting-edge art, building, welding, and dance facilities year-round, it makes sense that it would also house the GIFTY holiday craft show and open house. Support local artists, Crucible teachers, and the nonprofit organization as a whole while simultaneously checking items off your gift list. This free event spanning three days will serve up a huge array of one-of-a-kind, finely crafted goods—think jewelry, jams, metal- and wood-work, candles, and much more, all made by creative Bay Area vendors. Take BART to West Oakland and walk six minutes to The Crucible.
Berkeley Farmers’ Market Winter Crafts Fair | December 7 & 14 by Downtown Berkeley
Local produce and other sustainably made goods converge at the Winter Crafts Fair on December 7 & 14. Steps from Downtown Berkeley station, the holiday version of the Downtown Berkeley Farmers’ Market—put on by Ecology Center—will showcase handcrafted and environmentally friendly gift ideas made by local artisans. So pick up some gift ideas you can feel good about while filling your cloth bag with the latest winter squash and dinner veggies. Take BART to Downtown Berkeley and walk three minutes to the Downtown Berkeley Farmers’ Market.
57th Annual Holiday Arts Festival | December 8 by Richmond
With over 45 local artists, the 57th Annual Holiday Arts Festival at the Richmond Art Center is where artists and craftspeople share their best work with the community. Find one of a kind gifts at the famous Ceramics Sales in the Art Center's ceramics studio, dine at one of the many gourmet food trucks and check out the holiday cafe. Don't forget to stop by the giftwrap station where you'll find one of a kind artistic holiday wrapping styles. Take BART to Richmond and walk eight blocks to the Art Center.
Girl Gang Craft was started by Phoebe Sherman as an empowering forum for women creators and business owners to connect, be supported, and bring their products to the forefront. The holiday market in Oakland (at the Oakland Scottish Rite Center) will present an all-female vendor list providing “fine art, ceramics, jewelry, vintage, tarot, reiki, herbs,” and more. DJ Trippy Toya will be on hand spinning, and plenty of drinks will complement the shopping. With all the enticing styles and self-care goods on hand, it might be hard to remember you’re not just shopping for yourself. Take BART to Lake Merritt and walk nine minutes to Oakland Scottish Rite Center.