Makers Markets & Craft Fairs In the Greater Sacramento Area
Sacramento is a town that prides itself on its creative spirit, with hundreds of local artisans and makers calling the city home. This holiday season, you can support their work by picking up a one-of-a-kind gift. One of the best places to do so is at one of the many makers marts (i.e. craft fairs) around town. These markets bring together painters, potters, jewelers and clothiers to show off their creations in a low-key atmosphere. Whether you choose a day-long event or simple pop-up, there’s bound to be a makers mart in the greater Sacramento area where you’ll find that perfect gift.
Sacramento Makers Mart | The Mill at Broadway
Dec. 7, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sacramento’s premier artisan fair, Sac Makers Mart brings together more than 70 vendors selling everything from pottery and beaded jewelry to metalwork and leather goods. You can even indulge in a craft cocktail from Burly Beverages while you shop or fill up on tacos from Masa Guiseria or vegan ice cream from Conscious Creamery.
Sac Co-op Makers Mart | Sacramento Foods Co-op
Dec. 14, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
This annual makers fair features more than two dozen artisans selling sustainable, upcycled and all-natural goods. Items include handcrafted goat milk and botanical soaps, succulents and hand-made planters, and one-of-a-kind screened tea towels and tote bags. Plus, you can pick up a bite to eat from the Co-op’s deli counter.
Crocker Holiday Artisan Market | Scottish Rite Center
Nov. 29–Dec 1, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Hosted by the Crocker Art Museum, this market welcomes more than 100 local artists from across Northern California. Offerings run the gamut, and include original paintings, hand-blown glass, woodworking and more. Shoppers can chat with artists and the kids can meet Santa. Best of all, proceeds support local art education programs.
Photo courtesy Pickle Pottery
Nevada City Winter Craft Fair | Miners Foundry
Dec. 15, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
More than 70 local crafters and designers will be on hand at this annual event in Nevada City. The curated selection of modern, sustainable goods such as pottery, stationary, apparel and home décor showcases the best of local artisans. Food and drinks will be available for purchase as well.
Folsom Arts & Crafts Fair | Folsom Historic District
Dec. 8, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Historic Folsom has been hosting this outdoor craft fair for more than 50 years! Come stroll the quaint downtown district and browse the booths of local makers selling unique, handmade items. More than 200 vendors will be on site! Plus, you enjoy live music and pop into one of the nearby restaurants for a bite to eat.
Auburn Art & Craft Faire | Gold Country Fairgrounds
Nov. 30–Dec. 1, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Home décor, gourmet food and fine art are just a few of the items for sale at Auburn’s holiday craft fair. More than 100 regional artists will display their wares, and there will also be live art demos. Take a break and enjoy a snack from the café or food trucks, and have your children’s photos taken with Santa.
Crafts & Drafts | Drakes: The Barn
Dec. 14, 12 p.m.–5 p.m.
Head out to the Barn in West Sacramento and enjoy a craft beer while you shop this event hosted by River City Marketplace! More than 75 local makers will be on hand to sell their creations, which range from handbags to wood carvings, pottery to candles. After shopping, relax in front of the fire pit, listen to live music and have a bite to eat from the onsite restaurant or food truck. River City Marketplace also hosts Uptown Market on the Boulevard, to be held Nov. 23 and Dec. 21 from 12–5 p.m.
Photo courtesy Lucky Find Market
Roseville Christmas Craft Market | Veterans Hall
Dec. 7 & Dec. 14, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
More than 50 craft and gift vendors will be showcasing their wares at this artisan market hosted by Lucky Find Market. The curated collection of unique goods includes gourmet food items, jewelry and fun and whimsical holiday décor. Listen to live music and find the perfect gift for that special someone on your list.
Loomis Christmas Craft Market | Blue Goose Center
Dec. 1 & Dec. 8, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Also hosted by Lucky Find Market, this holiday craft fair in Loomis brings together goods from area artisans. Ornaments, food items, home décor and jewelry are just a few of the items you’ll find here. Plus, the event features door prizes, hot drinks and holiday music!
Country Christmas Faire | Nevada County Fairgrounds
Nov. 29–Dec 1, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Enjoy the beauty of the Sierra foothills at the Country Christmas Faire in Grass Valley. Stroll the vendor booths, enjoy live music by the Sierra Symphony Quartet, and warm up by the bonfire. Local girl scouts will offer free babysitting, so you can shop til you drop!
Photo courtesy High Hill Ranch
High Hill Farm Festival | High Hill Ranch
Mon.–Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat.–Sun. 9 a.m.–6 p.m. through Dec. 8
Apple Hill is much more than just apples. Many of the farms also put on craft fairs, and with more than 75 vendors, the one at High Hill Ranch is one of the largest. You’ll find everything you need here, including hand carved woodworks, leather goods, jewelry and knitted clothing — all within a beautiful mountain setting. And of course, in between browsing you can head to the bakery for a hot apple donut or slice of apple pie.
Artisan Crafter Fair | Old Sugar Mill
Nov. 29–Dec 1, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Weekends in December, the Old Sugar Mill is hosting special holiday events that include live music, food trucks, winery tours, and of course, wine tasting. The weekend after Thanksgiving features an artisan craft fair with one-of-a-kind handmade items.
*Featured image courtesy Pickle Pottery