For California visitors who want to take home a one-of-a-kind piece of the state, look no further than San Francisco’s West Coast Craft (WCC). The biannual artisan festival’s winter edition—held next on November 12–13—showcases more than 250 of the most creative art, craft, and design vendors on the West Coast at San Francisco’s Fort Mason. If you typically spend hours perusing Etsy, Pinterest, and Instagram for unique home goods and gifts you can’t find anywhere else, this free craft fest is for you.
“The show has a real West Coast vibe and aesthetic, and it’s a real celebration of the West Coast lifestyle,” says Sarah Ewick, director of Partnerships and Artist Programs for WCC. “There’s nothing else like it in the country.”
Started in 2013 by a trio of artisans who wanted to blend fine crafts with high art, the most recent festival in June saw more than 20,000 attendees. West Coast Craft has become a hot-ticket festival due to its high-caliber vendors—each selected through a juried application process—and the range of offerings. Browsing through the festival, you'll find customized wrist watches by Bespoke Watch Projects, totes made of reclaimed sails from MAFIA, gluten-free sourdough bread at Bread Srsly, travel-inspired creamics from Easy to Breathe, and much more. (Browse vendors on West Coast Craft's Instagram page.)
“People who live in California, and on the West Coast, [have] a strong interest in innovation and taking risks, and that goes hand in hand with our culture,” Ewick says. “We represent the creative community, which is a good reflection of what it means to live on the West Coast.”
In addition to the artists, West Coast Craft boasts some of San Francisco’s popular food vendors, including a cocktail bar by mixologists from Bon Vivants (try their Bloody Mary), and craft beer by Fort Point Beer Company—which you can drink in their wintery beer garden. Local coffee roaster Blue Bottle Coffee will be on hand, along with Rice Paper Scissors, Kokio Republic, Tacolicious, and J-Shack.
Plus, the show is built for crafty families, with a kid-friendly lounge set up by Mothermag.com, which will include art-related activities from Oakland Museum of California.