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‘Tis the Season for Small Business Supporters

Craft Fairs are on a Mission to Grow Artists Communities in San Francisco

As an alternative to the stampede of Black Friday shoppers flooding Union Square, San Franciscans are turning to local craftsman and small business owners by attending the craft fairs that are popping up throughout the city this holiday season. Key Events was knee deep in the rummage of two awesome craft fairs, and can’t stop beaming about the experience.

What’s with SF and Craft?

Peer-to-peer e-commerce has exploded with the emergence of websites like Etsy and Pinterest. Independent business owners and self-creators/designers/craftsmen flock to marketplaces with a Holiday Craft Fair mission to promote handmade goods to the masses. San Francisco has a history of attracting artisans, and continues to connect the artist community with events to support growth of small business.

Key in Crafts

Pinterest teamed up with SFMade to create 38Makers Holiday Gift Fair, bringing your DIY Pinboard to life! They opened the doors to the new Pinterest offices and replaced the think-tank’s lounge of couches with a maze of local vendors who manufacture their products in San Francisco. Pinchefs in house culinary team provided baked goods and beverages to attendees. The fair showcased the heart of these craft businesses and the community they support.

Because we couldn’t get enough, we then headed over to Fort Mason for the big daddy of craft fairs- the Holiday Renegade Craft Fair! RCF is the largest international indie-craft fair whose mission is to showcase the independent handmade craft community worldwide. This past Saturday & Sunday, Fort Herbst Festival Pavillion Mason’s Festival Pavilion was jam packed with 300+ vendors, various DIY workshops, and hundreds of craft lovers. And when shoppers needed a break from the mayhem, local food trucks were parked right out front for a recharge to make it through the four long aisles expanding the length of the warehouse.

Making Your Events Crafty

As large supporters of our local San Francisco artist community, Key Events loves to link clients with SF’s local businesses. We invite clients to get crafty with their team building experiences! Meet local wood smith that goes by Wood Thumb

Many artists are working with low maintenance plants for urban gardens.

A succulent garden for sale at the Renegade Craft Fair.

at his workshop to create a repurposed wood wall mounted bottle opener before hopping aboard a cable car to seek out SF’s greatest brews. Or get your hands into some brine before sitting down to a cheese and wine pairing experience. Key Events gets guests engaging with local artists for a fun programs with impact.

I Want to Get into the Fun!

Itching to join in? The leader of peer-to-peer e-commerce, Etsy, is throwing the Holiday Indie Emporium at Pier 35 this Saturday and Sunday from 11:00am – 5:00pm. Boasting 180+ local artisans, live music, crafts, and free entry- this would be the perfect place to kick off, or continue, on your holiday crafting journey!

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