Craft shows offer a great opportunity both for vendors and shoppers to take in all that the craft world has to offer. For vendors, craft shows allow them to ply their wares to a bigger audience than normal. For shoppers, craft shows give them an opportunity to find unique and specialized objects both for themselves and to give to others as gifts. So, here’s a short list of craft fairs in the Sacramento area that you can sink your teeth into.
Project R.I.D.E. Inc.
October Craft Bazaar
8840 Southside Ave.
Elk Grove, CA 95624
www.projectride.org/project/craft-bazaar-october-22

On October 2nd, re-purposed crafts, antiques, a kids craft area and food trucks are all waiting for you for the price of a mere $2 to get in, or free with a canned food donation. This event’s cause is equally exciting, as all proceeds benefit Project RIDE’s therapeutic horseback riding program serving individuals with disabilities or special needs. All items for sale are handcrafted or re-purposed. So, head on down to Elk Grove for this annual craft bizarre. Vendors are still in need for this event, and interested potential vendors should visit the website for details.

Franklin Library Friends Craft Faire
Franklin Community Library
10055 Franklin High Road
Elk Grove, CA 95757
(800) 561-4636
www.saclibrary.org/locations/franklin

On Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM (PDT), the Franklin Library Friends will hold their annual fundraiser, showcasing a variety of unique crafts like jewelry, paper arts, fiber arts and more. The fundraiser supports ongoing library programs. The beautiful Sac area library will host the fair, providing shoppers with gifts of all sorts for the upcoming holiday. The early bird gets the worm at this fair, so show up early to reap the splendor of this excellent cause.

Gravenstein Apple Fair
Ragle Ranch Regional Park
500 Ragle Road
Sebastopol, CA 95472
(707) 837-8896
www.gravensteinapplefair.com

Truly a one-stop fair, this place has it all. The 43rd annual fair, this one has gained the moniker of the “sweetest little fair” in Sonoma County, presented by Farm Trails. There’s live music on two different stages, 75 arts and crafts vendors, local food and drink, a chef’s tent with demonstrations, tastes and recipes prepared by guest chefs, a “Do-It-Yourself” arena, a children’s corner (with hands-on activities, puppet shows, singalongs, a circus and stiltwalkers), apple-themed games and contests and a “Life on the Farm” arena, not to mention plenty of Gravenstein apples, pies, fritters, bulk, juice, cider, applesauce, caramel apples and more. If you’re going to go to any festivals, make it this one!

Sacramento Harvest Festival
CAL EXPO
1600 Exposition Way
Sacramento, CA 95815
www.harvestfestival.com/sacramento.html

This craft festival is part of a yearly traveling fair that snakes through California, jutting off into Las Vegas. Music, craft tables, demos and anything you can dream of will be on display at the Harvest Festival. Prices are set at $9.00 for general Admission; $7.00 for seniors (62+); $7.00 for military; $4.00 for youth (13 – 17); and children 12 & under get in free. Bring the whole family; there’ll be something for everyone.

St. John the Evangelist School
St. John’s Parish Hall, Tralee Center, Gym, & Classrooms
5701 Locust Ave.
Carmichael, CA 95608
www.stjohnev.com/home/craft-fair

There’s nothing like a school fundraiser to showcase the underground wares of a community. St. John the Evangelist School holds a holiday sale that started 38 years ago. 150 vendors occupying five buildings and ten classrooms, showcasing vintage collections, antiques and collectible with new vendors being added to the show each year. This keeps the show fresh. All proceeds benefit St. John the Evangelist School, and the event sponsored by St. John’s School parents and staff.

Christopher Millard is a freelance writer and cultural critic whose music reviews can be found on Examiner.com. He also works as a publicist for Valence Communications Group and is a contributor to the health and wellness magazine, Hybrid. Chris currently resides in Sacramento, California.

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