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FREE LISTINGS.  We invite you to submit your listings for inclusion on this page.  Disclaimer:  Information is provided to us by promoter's and groups.  We do not guarantee your success and are merely providing you with an additional resource in your search for events.  Some of the listings include application forms, while others merely provide basic info and contact phone numbers.  I am sorry for not providing emal addresses, but I do not want people coming here collecting email addresses to send out their garbage to.  SUGGESTION:  You will see links to shows that are 'outdated' as you scroll down this page.  You can still click on them to get recent info on that particular show along with the dates for this year.

 

Loomis Thursday Night Familyfest
5801 Taylor Road  Loomis, CA    95650
date of event:     May - August
Marie Blomgren
contact_phone_number:    916-835-0989
THE LOOMIS THURSDAY NIGHT FAMILYFEST will begin the first
Thursday of May and continue through the last Thursday of August from 5pm – 9pm .
This weekly event will be located in the historic Loomis Train Depot Plaza where the
annual Loomis Eggplant Festival is held. The weekly, family market will include over
100 craft/business vendors, classic car cruise- ins and weekly entertainment. Also
included will be a local farmer’s market, kid’s fun zone, food court and a beer and
wine garden. A variety of live music and dance groups will also be included in the
17 week schedule.
websiite_url:           
http://www.loomisfamilyfest.com
link_to_application:    
http://www.loomisfamilyfest.com

Hayward Hills Swap Meet and Flea Market

25976 Carlos Bee Blvd. Parking Lot H,  Hayward, CA 94542

  Haywardhillsswapmeet@hotmail.com

Held every Sunday.

$30 - each space is the size of 3 parking spaces - approx. size is 18'x27'

Allow A&C, commercial and food
contact_name:            Mark Edelman
contact_phone_number:    925-273-4312

 Haywardhillsswapmeet@hotmail.com
Brand new swap meet/flea market open every Sunday on the
beautiful campus of California State University at East Bay. Free parking. Free Admission. Great bargains.
http://www.haywardhillsswapmeet.com

 

 

 Los Banos Tomato Festival

Oct 8-9, 2011

403 F St, Los Banos, CA  93635

Contact:  lbpub@earthlink.net     Rhonda Lowe   (209)  704-4384
Booth Fee:  $250 for 10x10   A&C  Food   

 This is a true food festival with everything focused on
tomatoes. We'll have celebrity chefs, cooking demonstrations, kids activities,
vendors, entertainment and more!

websiite  http://www.losbanos.com

 


 

2nd Annual Way Out West BBQ Championship

July 3, 2010

221 North Center Street, Stockton, CA

contact:  info@wayoutwestbbq.com   Ben Lobenstein  415.683.0784

 booth fee:  10 x10 = $100 before 6/6/10, $140 after  A&C  COMM

Application:  http://www.wayoutwestbbq.com

 

The 2nd Annual Way Out West BBQ Championship is being held
in conjunction with the 3rd Annual Taste of San Joaquin in Weber Point in Downtown
Stockton. Taste is the premier San Joaquin celebration of everything local; local
entertainment, local food, regional wine and the West Coast’s best BBQ! All proceeds
from this event benefit local businesses, local charities and the improvement of
Downtown Stockton.

 



School-Force Flea Market

3100 Saint James Rd., Belmont, CA

Date:  Apr 25, 2010

contact:  Rose Lee  650-868-0122  roseleemk@sbcglobal.net
Booth Fee:  10x10  $15      A&C  Comm Food

 This Flea Market is to raise money for the Belmont/Redwood Shores School District
Food:                    Yes
contact_name:           
contact_phone_number:    650-868-0122

 


 

Mark Twain's Wild West Weekend

June 12, 2010

760 HWY 50, Zephry Cove, NV  89449

Booth Fee $74 for 10x10    A&C

contact:  Emily Abernathy   530-543-6114 

abernathy-emily@aramark.com

Mark Twain themed festival featuring live entertainmen,
chili cook off, Vendor Fair, Kids activiites, and a Tahoe chili cook off

e-mail for application


 

Tamale festival

May 8, 2010

601 Dennis St.,Diboll, TX  75941

Booth fee:  $60   20x20    A&C  Comm  Food

contact:  Crystal Williams   936-829-4888

Email:    dibollcivic@consolidated.net

Website & App:  http://cityofdiboll.com/

 

 

Fiesta Days Rodeo

April 9th- 11th, 2010

Cave Creek, Arizona

 Contact:  Kim Wilson     kimberly.wilson21@yahoo.com

Booth_fee_and_size:      10'x10'     $200   Arts & Crafts   Commercial

websiite url:            http://www.cavecreekrodeo.com

Morgan Hill No Bull BBQ Cook Off

May 8,2010. 

17000 Monterey St., Morgan Hill, CA

 

info@fireitupevents.com 

  
Booth fee and size:      10 x 10 - $110    A&C and Commercial
contact name:            Chris / Gerrie Bryant     408.779.9444
   
Do you like to Barbeque? On May 8, The Morgan Hill Chamber
of Commerce and the Kansas City Barbeque Society are teaming up for the Morgan Hill
No Bull BBQ Cook Off. If you like to cook or eat barbecue, this is the event for
you.
websiite url:           
http://www.mhnobullbbq.com
link to application:     http://www.mhnobullbbq.com/forms/vendor%20form-2.0.pdf
 

TRIBAL FUSION FAIRE VII
SLO Vets Hall - 801 Grande Ave.  San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
 December 18&19th 2010
10X10   craft  commercial  food

Wendy Oliver   (805)544-7662
websiite        
http://www.meddevi.com/tribalfusionfaire

 

Lost Dutchman Days

February 26th, 27th, 28th,  2010

1590 E Lost Dutchman Blvd, Apache Junction, AZ

The 2010 version of Lost Dutchman Days continues to be "the fun place to be for all ages." This 46th Annual Event has 3 days of
Professional Rodeo action, a Carnival that features 30+ rides, and carnival attractions. The Parade, always a favorite attracts thousands of spectators viewing nearly a hundred entries. Don’t forget the Rodeo Dance, held outdoors with a large bonfire, it is hailed as the old fashioned barn dance (less the barn). The wild horses and burros can be seen everyday and are available for adoption from the Bureau of Land Management

 

 

 

Zephyr Cove Resort's Mark Twain Days

760 Hwy 50
Zephyr Cove, NV. 89448
Saturday, June 12th 2010      $100 for a 10x10 tent   A&C, Commercial, Food
Emily Abernathy   530.543.6114
This event is Western themed and will promote Mark Twain's route through Tahoe

 

 

Meridian Square Fair/Bazaar

4698 Meridian Avenue, San Jose, California (Branham Ln. and Meridian Ave.)

 

Held monthly:  Dates  March 27, 2010  Arts and Crafts and commercial allowed.    Booth fee is $75.  Contact Nada Kennon  408-732-2811.  www.AlphaZetaEvents.com

 

Green Expo

Family Life Center, Oak & Sycamore
Wofford Heights, CA 93285
Saturday, March 20, 2010

10 x 10 $100 (includes $50 ad in program/newspaper)
accepts A&C and commercial.

Luz Polcik   661 803-2012

www.livinggreenkrv.org     application:   http://tinyurl.com/2010-GREEN-EXPO-INVITE

 

ASD/AMD TRADE SHOWS - Las Vegas


Feb 28- Mar 3, 2010   Las Vegas, NV

Welcome to ASD/AMD - your premier source for merchandise and industry news. Vendor/Exhibitor Info

Variety Merchandise Show Sands Expo Center & Las Vegas Convention Center - The nation's largest merchandise show featuring products at all price points and categories. Our specialized floor sections will assist you in finding the products you need more quickly and easily. With so many new sources and products to choose from, you will easily navigate your way to the most profitable merchandise mix for your retail needs.

Gift Show Sands Expo Center -- The ASD/AMD Las Vegas Gift Show is the largest national gift show in the West. As a component of the three-in-one ASD/AMD Trade Show Las Vegas, this show lets you source products in the powerfully competitive center--the price range that appeals to the largest number of number of consumers--from leading vendors offering great merchandise at unbeatable prices.

Jewelry Show The ASD/AMD Las Vegas Jewelry Show at the Mirage Events Center & Grand Ballroom is known for its unique roster of exhibitors. Traditional jewelry show wholesalers and exclusive wholesalers and suppliers that only exhibit at ASD/AMD Las Vegas. More than 350 companies in 700 exhibits provide the broadest possible selection of wholesale fine and fashion jewelry at single show. Providing you even greater flexibility with the immediate delivery option on select items

 

Clovis Big Hat Days  
Clovis, CA  Held in Old Town along Pollasky.  Apr 10-11, 2010   Sat 9-6  Sun 9-5
vendor application
The festival features over 400 food and craft booths, garden shows and live entertainment, all to kick off the Western Heritage Month.
With more than 125,000 attendees, the festival is hailed as the largest event in the entire Central Valley. Highlights include the Clovis Strongman Competition and the many carnival rides for children.  Big Hat Days will be held on the second weekend of the month — after Easter Sunday. It is the first main event of the season and provides a great family outing. Thousands of visitors, many pushing strollers, fill the streets to purchase those unique, one-of-a-kind items or terrific food.
Please see my review for 2008

 

 

Quartzsite - Tyson Wells Events for 2010

Visit our listings of events in the area.

 

         QUARTZSITE 2010  SHOW SCHEDULE
IMPORTANT:  2009-2010 SEASON   REQUIREMENTS FOR VENDING IN THE

 TOWN OF  QUARTZSITE, ARIZONA.  You'll need a City Business License to  do shows in the area.
Arizona Transaction Tax License (AZ Tax ID Number)

 

Holiday Super Swap / Clothes Swap Party & Marketplace
Sunday 11-15-09 12 noon to 6pm     Free Admission
2106 South Susan Street      Santa Ana, CA  92704
Vendors needed:  A&C   Commercial   Food

8' tables & 10x10 spaces $45

Free Event / Swap Party with Holiday Theme and marketplace

http://www.housepartyswapnshop.com/111509swap.htm

email for more info:  swappershopper@gmail.com

 

 

Roseland Holiday Craft Fair

1777 West Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA  95407

Dates:  December 5-6

Booth Fee:   $50/1 day; $75/2days; 8'x7' space

Contact:  Marie Riebil

Phone:  707-540-0102  ext 225

Details:  Roseland University Prep is hosting a Roseland Holiday
Craft Fair on December 5th & 6th at the Southwest Santa Rosa Youth Center.  We hope you will support their fund-raising efforts and come enjoy beautiful and unique crafts, a bake sale, food, photos with Santa and more! If you are looking for goodies as gifts you have found the right place.  Free Admission and Free Parking.

 

Quail Lodge Retirement Holiday Bazaar
Location: 4850 Deer Valley Rd. Antioch, CA
Date: December 5. 2009
Booth fee and size:      no charge
contact name:            Karen DeWild
contact phone number:    925-778-7453
We need vendors for our holiday bazaar

 

Antioch Fall Faire.  PLEASE READ STORY/REVIEW/SCREWJOB

Event has been shortened from two three-day-weekends to a single 2-day event and has been renamed and re-invented.  Click on link above to see how vendor's got screwed this year.

 

 
Sat, Nov 14 and 15. 10:00a to 5:00p
at Contra Costa County Fairgrounds. Antioch, CA

Bring the family out to the 2009 edition of the Fall Faire. This annual tradition will feature a Car Show on Saturday, a BBQ contest on Saturday, a FREE kids zone, various entertainment, and all kinds of goodies to eat.    Free Parking.

Price: $5.00 (13 and over), Free (12 and under)
Phone: (925) 757-4400   Vendor Spaces 10x10  $160

 

Suisun City Open Market

Date:  Saturday, December 5

You are cordially invited to participate in our Annual Open Market,

which will take place at the scenic downtown Suisun City Waterfront. This year we will include over thirty vendors selling various items to showcase each merchant’s talents. The Open Market takes place the first Saturday of every month May through August, October and December from 10:00am until 5:00pm 

If you have any questions concerning our upcoming events please feel free to call us at 707-290-9329 or email domeafavor.events@yahoo.com

All spaces provided are 10x10, and vendor must provide own tent and table.  Spaces are $75.  We reserve the right to review and refuse any application. There will be ABSOLUTELY no breakdown until 5:00pm. There will be a $25.00 fee if found doing so.  Click here  for VENDOR APPLICATION

 

 

International Lao New Year Festival 2009


Saturday, April 11, 200 910 AM - 5 PM all day - free event
Civic Center Plaza (link to googlemaps)between Asian Art Museum and City Hall San Francisco, California.

vendors: • Main Entrance Booths $1,500• Food Booths $1,200 2nd booth $600 (does not include health and food permits from City of San Francisco) • Businesses $900 • Arts/crafts/textiles $700
• Non-profits/public service $350

Buddha Image Procession and Parade
Suukhwan/Baci New Year Welcoming Ceremony
“Buffalo Roaming” - Story Writing on Life Size Herd of Water Buffalos
Kato Lao Championship Demonstration
Tam Maak Huung/Green Papaya Salad Contest
Kite Making and Kite Flying
New Year Water Splashing Activities
Khene Music with Master Bounseung Synanonh
Lam Folk songs with Mr. Khamta Mounisay
Jonny Olsen
Traditional Music and Dance Performances

click here to see program listing

 

YUMA 2010

 

Events in Yuma:  vendor application

 

Electric Light Parade
December 11, 2009
Old Town Jubilee 2009
January 8th, 9th & 10th, 2010
Yuma Lettuce Days 2009
January 22rd, 23th, & 24th, 2010
Yuma River Daze 2009
February 12th, 13th, & 14th 2010
Yuma Crossing Day 2009
February 13th, 2010
March Breezes On Main
March 12th, 13th & 14th, 2010
The Bloomsday Festival
March 20th, 2010

 

March Breezes on Main Arts and Crafts Festival, Yuma, AZ March 12-14, 2010. The last of four events on Main Street in downtown Yuma. vendor application   Food and Craft booths $175 (3 days) 10x10; $250 for 10x20. website YumamHeritage    

 

                           

 

  Another Kern River Valley opportunity for VENDORS is LIVING GREEN IN THE KERN RIVER VALLEY (March 27-30, 2009)

Key documents you can download & print out: Dialup people, be patient. These things take time to download.

Our 1-page SMALL POSTER lets anyone know at a glance what Living Green is all about:  Small Living Green POSTER (8½ x 11 color, 1 side) [100kb JPG file] for printing out & sharing.  Living Green FACT SHEET (as of 2-12-08) [382kb PDF file]

See www.KRVR.org for details.

There is a 'Green Expo" all day Saturday, March 28 in Wofford Heights.  26 vendors already signed up (as of 2-12-09)

              VENDOR FORM 

 

 

2009 Contemporary Crafts Market. March 14-15, 2009. Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA. View their website for more info and listing of vendors.

10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Daily   Admission $7, Children 12 & Under FREE
(San Francisco, Calif.) The Contemporary Crafts Market will return to San Francisco’s historic Fort Mason Center March 14-15, 2009, and will showcase over 230 of the nation’s finest artists and their distinctive works.

As the premiere event for one-of-a-kind functional and decorative crafts, the show will present a broad range of pieces including intricate jewelry, unique glassware and ceramics, hand-painted textiles, custom furniture, mixed-media creations and much more. All items on display and for sale have been jury-selected for their exceptional quality.

All the work in these shows is made by the participating artists. All the artists are residents in the United States. The participants have undergone a rigorous screening process to qualify as participants in this show and we are proud to showcase them.

 

2009 Pacific Orchid Exposition. Thur, Mar 5 - Sun Mar 8. Held at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco. Landmark Buildings A-E

Thu Mar 5 (6:30 - 10:00 pm)
Fri Mar 6 (10 am - 6 pm)
Sat Mar 7 (9 am - 6 pm)
Sun Mar 8 (10 am - 5 pm)

Get ready to grow "Green...with Envy" at the 57th annual Pacific Orchid Exposition (POE), March 5-8 at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco.

Known as one of the top three orchid shows in the country, the Pacific Orchid Exposition boasts over 150,000 orchids from around the globe. The theme for the 2009 POE is "Green...with Envy" and will highlight orchid preservation and eco-friendly growing tips. In addition to the plethora of orchid displays, there will also be tours and potting demonstrations. The event will open with the prestigious Gala Benefit Preview Night, March 5th, where guests can enjoy wine from 22 Northern California wineries, delicious hors d'oeuvres, live music, a silent auction and more. The hosts of the Pacific Orchid Exposition, the San Francisco Orchid Society, will be awarding its annual $7,500.00 scholarship award to a Cal Poly horticultural student.

For more information, please visit www.orchidsanfrancisco.org

 

DANDELION DAYS, Jackson, CA   vendor  application

Saturday and Sunday, March 20th and 21st, 2010, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., in Downtown Jackson.  The Annual St. Patrick's Day Dandelion Days Celebration is a family-oriented event, and it's lots of fun! It includes an outdoor bazaar and flea market featuring antiques, relics and collectibles, arts and crafts, and much more.

 

Booth size is 10' X 10' (this is the only size available; for more space, you may purchase additional booths). The cost for each booth will be $90. This is for two days (no refunds are offered if you cancel after 2/15/09).  You must provide your own tables and sales fixtures.  Booth set-up is permitted the Friday before the event (March 13th, 2009).
No persons are permitted in the booths after selling hours; booths will be patrolled Friday and Saturday nights.  No electricity is provided, and no generators are allowed

 

 

 



 

 

Mother's Day Arts and Crafts Fair

 

LOS BANOS TIGER SHARKS ANNUAL

"It's a Beautiful Day in the Park"

 

Saturday and Sunday, May 9-10, 2009   9:00AM-5:00PM

Booth fee $75 for 15x15 space (approximate)    flyer    application

 

 

Cloud's Jamboree

 

CLOUD'S 8th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL ROCK, GEM & JEWELRY SHOW, JAN 2009.

This event runs from Jan 1-31 and is held at the Avi Casino, near Laughlin, NV. Free! Open to the Public. Outdoor show 9am to dusk Jan. 1 -31 Indoor show 10am - 6pm Jan 9 - 18

Cloud's Jamboree Website
vendor info: http://www.cloudsjamboree.com/res-form_outdoor.htm

I guess that this event is gaining in popularity since settling down here 7-8 years ago after leaving Quartzsite. I have not found very much info on this event, but do know that spaces are $400, but I do not know how large they are, etc. They have rooms over at the Avi Casino for $30 per night, but that's a lot to shell out for a month there. I guess that RV'v park in the Camping Area next door or you might be able to get selling spaces where you can bring your RV. I drove past this event a couple years ago and spaces looked kind of large and spread out.

I've visited Laughlin many times visiting several of the 7-8 casinos there. The Avi Casino is located several miles from there. Buffets are nothing to speak of, as the ones in Las Vegas have the ones in Laughlin beat (Bellagio, Paris, Mandalay Bay, Mirage, etc.) Every time I have visited the Laughlin area, I have experienced very strong, sustaining winds and I am not talking about itty-bitty breezes either. They get pretty strong and blow stuff all over the place.

THE GREAT SAN FRANCISCO CRYSTAL FAIR

Held on February 28 and March 1 at Fort Mason Center, 99 Marina Blvd, @ Bushannan Street in San Francisco, CA

Saturday 10am - 6pm, Sunday 10am - 4pm
Admission: $6.00 (children under 12 free accompanied by adult)

If you like minerals, crystals, geodes, semi-precious jewelry, etc., then you might find a trip to this event enjoyable. We were vendors at this event many times but people came there mostly for the 'rocks' and I would tend to believe much of our merchandise wasn't suitable for this type of event. Many of the dealers do quite well there. You can see some really beautiful amethyst cathedrals there. At one time, we were selling them also, but we were not equipped to be lugging them around in our van and they were quite heavy. You have to be very careful when handling them.Here's a link to the website: http://home.earthlink.net/~sfxtl/

You can find out about future events or if you wish to be a vendor there, you can take care of that.It was enjoyable doing the show and the other vendors were very nice. There was a Safeway across the street where we picked up food occasionally. Nothing to eat over at Fort Mason. We did this event before in November and February and it always seemed to rain on at least one of the days. Our biggest problem was the traffic head down Van Ness over to the Bay Bridge. That was a mess. In some areas, you would have to wait for 3 light changes before you could snake your way through the intersection. Probably be quicker to head over to the Golden Gate bridge, go to San Rafael and take the Richmond bridge and 580 over to 880.Off topic: If you ever attend this event, drop over to Mike, who is set up there to give massages and and he does a good job. Whenever we did this event, both my wife and I always stopped by his space for one. Prices are reasonable.

 

 

Holtville Carrot Festival

WHAT'S UP, DOC? The 62nd Holtville Carrot Festival Saturday & Sunday, February 7th & 8th, 2009 is what's up.

Vendor application website- Holtville Chamber of Commerce Holtville Business License is required - $12.00 Arts and Crafts $50 one day, $75 for two days; Commercial crafts $75/$100.

The week-long Holtville Carrot Festival is held every year in February. The festival includes a golf tournament, carrot cooking contest, arts & crafts fair, carnival rides and the Carrot Festival Parade. Click here to download schedule of events for the upcoming 2009

 

 

Original Creative Festival San Mateo

Jan 23-25, 2009. San Mateo Expo Center, San Mateo County Fairgrounds, San Mateo, CA INFO WEBSITE

Original Creative Festival-San Mateo provides a opportunity to Home sewers, embroidery enthusiasts, quilters and crafters of all ages and skill levels are invited to attend this fun filled, refreshing and unique festival. The Festival is the perfect place for everyone who enjoys a bit of CREATIVITY.

Visitor's Profile:
Trade Visitors - importers & exporters from all sectors of the textile machinery industry, including spinning, non wovens, weaving, knitting, dyeing and finishing, garment making, testing, software as well as dyestuffs and chemicals & General Public are the target visitors

 

 

ELEVENTH ANNUAL SAN DIEGO MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL - 2009

Date: January 17, 2009Time: 11 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Vendor application website
Location: Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade, downtown San Diego along Harbor Drive, across the street from the Convention Center between Market Street and Fourth Avenue

Getting there: Festival attendees are encouraged to use the San Diego Trolley (Convention Center stop). For information, visit www.sdcommute.com. The closest public parking garage is the 6th & K Parkade at Sixth Avenue and K Street near PETCO Park.

Vendor Booths: More than 100 booths brimming with cultural merchandise, diverse cultural food stations and information from a wealth of organizations.

If you would like to become a vendor, or have questions about vendor booths, please fill out the appropriate form below and e-mail it, or your questions, to sayers@ccdc.com.
One Main Professional StageAn entertaining lineup of live multicultural performances including music, dance and more, will be showcased throughout the day. View the full entertainment lineup below.

 

 

 

International Family Film Festival 2009!

Make A Film, Make A Friend! World Peace through Filmmaking
February 26 - March 1, 2009 For young film makers Ages 8-18.
Raleigh Studios, Hollywood, CA

Welcome to the International Family Film Festival! Last year, (2008) films from around the world connecting filmmakers and audiences through one heart, one mind, and one world - all united by universal human experiences. We all enjoyed a plethora of family films from the US and seventeen diverse countries, which expressed a fundamental respect for humanity and the affirmative values of life that connect us all. The IFFF is celebrating its 14th year, and it’s third at Raleigh Studios in the heart of the entertainment industry, Hollywood, CA. http://www.iffilmfest.org/

The IFFF has a target audience of Filmmakers, Producers, Distributors, Press, Critics, Industry, Small Businesses, Families and Kids. The IFFF reaches over 6,200+ families in the Los Angeles area. According to Chris Shoemaker, IFFF Executive Director, "Following the successful market for the independent family films screened at the last IFFF, it became apparent that the family film genre has come of age and is ready to hold its own in Hollywood

The FreshiFilm Camp and Festival are sponsored by the IFFF, and this years dates for the FIF Camp are July 6-10, July 13-17, July 27-31 to be held at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, in Hollywood, CA. Students ages 8-18 are encouraged to attend one week or possibly 2 weeks of digital filmmaking instructions by film industry professionals.

FreshiFilm (FiF) Festival
is held on July 18, 9:00am to 6:00pm at the Raleigh Studios, Hollywood, CA.The FiF Festival showcases films made by students ages 8-18 from the Freshi Filmworx After School projects, the continental US and all other countries abroad. Deadline for Film and Screenplay submissions is June 1, 2009. All FreshiFilm information is available at: www.freshifilmfest.com

 

 

2009 Cherry Blossom Festival - Southern California

 

The Cherry Blossom Festival will be held in the Little Tokyo district of Downtown Los Angeles on Apr 4-5, 2009. Hours of the event are: Sat 10:30AM-6:30PM Sun 10:30AM-5:00PM.
website:
http://www.cherryblossomfestivalsocal.org/index.htm vendor application

Celebrate the advent of spring the way the Japanese do, by honoring the delicate, short-blooming sakurai at the Cherry Blossom Festival. One of the ways to celebrate the coming of spring is to attend the Cherry Blossom Festival of Southern California. It was a great way to spend quality time with family and friends while taking in a variety of entertainment, vendors and food.

The yearly festival takes place in Little Tokyo on San Pedro between 1st and 3rd streets. The location allows one to explore more of Downtown Los Angeles, including Little Tokyo and Chinatown.

During the two-day event, tons of performances took place- from demonstrations of the martial art form Aikido, taiko (Japanese drum playing), to Hawaiian/Polynesian dances. For adults, demonstrations for making origami balls with strips of long paper are available

 

Bite of Seattle

 

July 17-18-19, 2009 at Seattle Center, Seattle, WA. FESTIVAL HOURS: Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.Sunday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. www.biteofseattle.com vendorapplication Vendor spaces are $400.

Bite of Seattle Serves up the Food and Fun! The 27th annual Comcast Bite of Seattle presented by Emerald Queen Casino surpassed records and stretched waistbands with a successful sensory overload of sights, sounds and smells this past weekend at Seattle Center. The event attracted 500,000 visitors and provided the chance to relax and savor the summer sun at the Northwest’s premier food festival. Read the full story here.

Sounds like a nice event to try many different foods. We thought about doing this festival several years ago. If you have ever been a vendor at this event, let me know how it went. We sell necklaces, wrap-skirts and a lot more. (www.DandLCREATIONS.com) They get several hundred thousand people for this, but I really didn't feel as though we would get very much business at a festival where people came mainly to eat, etc. We make our yearly trip to Oregon during this time to do the Coos County Fair and other Fairs and we were considering extending our journey into WA. You can find out about other events and read our reviews of shows we have done at Starving Vendors

 

Oregon Seafood and Wine Festival


January 23-24, 2009 The Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Blvd. Portland, Oregon vendor application  events Northwest Inc.

This winter event held January 23 & 24, 2009 is a celebration of all things Oregon, but most specifically our wonderful Oregon seafood and wines.Scheduled in the quiet of winter, and smack dab in the middle of the Dungeness Crab season, it promises to be a popular event in Portland, the gateway to the Oregon coast and the Oregon wine country.

The event will be a very upscale yet festive event at the Oregon Convention Center, promising a climate-controlled facility with lots of on-site and surrounding parking. Over 98,000 square feet of exhibit space will allow for lots of room to wander the event while stopping to sit and enjoy the good food, drink and live music throughout the event.The first 500 people each day through the gates receive a commemorative wine glass to use at the festival and then take home with you.

Portions of the $12 admission charge go to the Oregon Chapter of the National MS Society. There will be a $2 discount price on tickets purchased Friday from 2 PM - 4 PM and on Saturday from Noon - 2 PM (first 2 hours each day).Food item prices range from $1 and up. Wine sampling starts at .50 and prices for menu items varies from $2 to $15.00.

 

February 2009; scroll down for more February 2009 events

 

2009 Lake Havasu City Winterfest

 

February 7-9, 2009. vendor application Lake Havasu Chamber of Comm

24th Annual Winterfest held downtown along McCulloch Blvd. Reasonable fees for booths; check vendor application-fees vary. Bus License is require along with insurance.

We did this event for a number of years but didn't make much of a net profit because we drove out from the Bay Area and stayed in a motel 6. (This particular Motel 6 was located about 2 blocks from our space)

This really draws a large, slow-walking crowd but they looked like zombies strolling down the street, looking neither to the left or to the right. Most of them could care less...just enjoying the nice weather this area usually has to offer during the month of February. Some snow birds; mostly locals.... virtually all of which did not spend and we didn't see a lot of them carrying bags.

We have two micro climates existing on the street. If you are faced toward the sun, it can be a pleasant, warm day with occasional breezes and you can wear your shorts and t-shirts. While on the other side, you get very little sun and often you'll need winter clothing and the wind is much colder as it whips its way around the booths.

We will not be doing this event, since we will be at Tyson Wells at the Arts & Crafts Fair (Space PQ-2) until around Feb 15. I've enjoyed Havasu over the years and we had several good shows there, but we are getting older and we would rather set up once for 17 days instead of for a 2-day show. Lots of food there. You'll enjoy.

December 2008

 


 

2009 Houston International Boat, Sport & Travel Show

 

The 2009 Houston International Boat, Sport & Travel Show, Reliant Center at Reliant Park, Houston, TX January 2 - 11, 2009 Website

One of the largest in the country with more than 1,000 luxury yachts, sailboats and powerboats and 450 exhibits, will open its doors, January 2-11 at Reliant Center.

The ten-day show, which annually attracts more than 150,000 visitors, also will present the latest in campers, RV accessories and services, travel trailers, and camping equipment. Many dealers at the show will offer pre-season savings and discounts.

Besides more than five football fields of boats and exhibits, those new to boating can visit the show's "Discover Boating Center" allows those new to boating to pick up valuable information on boater safety; tips on how to buy a boat, and more. Seminars on how to secure a captain's license; the how to's of wakeboarding and water sports; and the latest in fishing for Redfish and Bass also will be presented. Also at this year's show is the ever-popular Fish-O-Rama, which allows kids of all ages to try their hand at reeling in a prize catch. It's a great opportunity for all ages to experience the fun of fishing. Choose to catch and release, or keep the fish to take home!

Show Hours
Reliant Center at Reliant Park January 2 - 11, 2009 Friday January 2th 5:00 PM-9:00 PM
Saturday January 3th 10:00 AM-9:00 PM
Sunday January 4th 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Monday - Friday January 5th - 9th, 1:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday, January 10th 10:00AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday January 11th, 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Vendors: listed in Craftmaster News. Need to call 713 526-6361 for info, fees, application, etc. 150,000. attendance.   500 booths

 

 


 

Bell Rock Arts and Crafts Show

 

December 20-21.  Sedona, AZ. Bell Rock Arts and Crafts Show. Presented by Donna Campbell.
Nestled in the cradle of some of the most beautiful scenery in the state of Arizona, the Village of Oak Creek is a growing community of upscale homes and clientele. Shows are held right in the village on Highway 179 at the Bell Rock Plaza.
Vendors: Application Website. Listed in Craftmasters. $100 for 10x10 space. I have been to Sedona many times and this is truly a beautiful place. Have not done this event though. The Red Rocks are so envigorating. Jeep tours are available along with many other activities.

 

 


 

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair

 

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair. Cow Palace Exhibition Halls, 2600 Geneva Avenue, San Francisco website

Four Weekends including the Friday after Thanksgiving, November 28, 29, 30, Dec. 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 2008; 11:00am - 7:00 pm General Admission: $22.00 Student/Senior/Military: $19.00 Children 5-11: $10.00 Children Under 5 are Free Groups of 15 or more: $17.00 ($15 for Senior Groups)

The bustling streets of London, immortalized for all time by the mighty pen of Charles Dickens, form the living backdrop of your excursion into Christmas Past. You are a living part of a Victorian Christmas card come to life!

A Bay Area tradition for 29 holiday seasons, the Great Dickens Christmas Fair returns to the San Francisco Cow Palace Exhibition Halls for four weekends , including the Friday after Thanksgiving in 2008, from Friday, November 28 through Saturday, December 21st from 11am 'til 7pm. Created in 1970 by Ron & Phyllis Patterson, the fair is now produced by Kevin & Leslie Patterson & Red Barn Productions, who continue the family tradition of theatrical excellence through authenticity, participation, and playfulness.

Come wander the lanes of Victorian London, as the glow of twilight settles upon the city. With the scent of pine boughs and freshly baked scones floating in the air and the sound of carolers and holiday merrymakers accompanying your stroll



San Diego Gem Faire
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 Dec 19-21 Scottish Rite Event Center, 1895 Camino del Rio S., San Diego, CA Fri. 12noon-7pm Sat. 10am-7pm Sun. 10am-5pm General admission$5 weekend pass Children under 12 Free Wholesale Hours: Fri. 10am-11:30am


Gem Faire is a world renowned marketplace for the finest in gemstones, beads, jewelry, minerals, fossils, meteorites, lapidary equipment, metaphysical items and much more. Over the years, Gem Faire has produced over 40 shows a year, making it the largest gem & jewelry show circuit on the west coast. Gem Faire will bring together some of the world¿s finest jewelry designers, importers, manufacturers, beading instructors, gemstone miners & cutters, along with certified graduate gemologists.

Vendor info: Vendor application 10x10 space $895. www.gemfaire.com Listed in Craftmasters. Attn: 5,000


 

Desert Arts Festival.

 

Jan 24-25 538 North Palm Canyon Drive, Frances Stevens Park, Palm Springs, CA Show hours: Sat/Sun 10-4PM.

Fine art festivals featuring exceptional artists and craftsmen offering high quality original artwork, from throughout the Western United States. Frances Stevens Park at Alejo in Palm Springs. 818-709-2907

Dec 13-14. Arts and Crafts Fair, Warner Park • Oxnard St. & Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA Sat/Sun 10-4PM. Website Vendor Application Att: 10,000. Booths 100

Over 100 Fine Artists Display Original Hand-Made Works in Ceramics, Glass, Mixed Media, Photography, Etchings, Jewelry, Paintings, Sculpture, and Water Color. Admission is Free! Food Vendors will provide a tasty menu selection! Bring the whole family and have a fun time at the 40th Annual Arts & Crafts Faire!

Vendor info: At least 50% of the artist’s work on display must be original. Only works representative of juried submissions may be displayed. Manufactured, imported or production-line works are not allowed. You have to describe how products were made. $275 single space, $440 double. Deadline was Nov 12. Think about it next year. Listed in Craftmasters.

Vendor info: Listed in Craftmasters. Promoter: West Coast Artists (818) 709-2907 vendor application Booth Fee: $185 plus 10% Jan show application Feb 14-16

 

 


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Fresno Hmong New Year Festival.

 

December 26-Jan 1. Fresno Fair Grounds 1558 N 9th Street, Fresno CA 93703 Contact Info: (209)384-7384   http://www.hmongnewyear.us/

Vendor Applications: Vendors who wish to reserve a booth space may contact HINY immediately. Demands for booth spaces are extremely high. To reserve your favorable spot, contact us today.Please contact HINY at the following:1558 N. Ninth StreetFresno, CA 93703Ph: 559-487-1012Fax: 559-487-1015

This event is held at various cities in California, Wisconsin and Minnesota at various times late in the year.

Since the Hmong arrived in the United States in 1975, Hmong Year Celebration has become a part of American culture. Of all such events, the celebration in Fresno remains the largest of its kind.In order to prepare for the huge Hmong Celebration, Hmong International New Year, Inc. was selected by the community to organize this festive, cultural event.

Hmong International New Year is a non-profit organization founded to preserve Hmong cultural heritage, to promote collaboration and understanding among Hmong and other groups, and to build bridges with the world community.The spirit of community cooperation is reflected in how the New Year is organized and conducted. Since the beginning, the event has been organized and operated mainly by volunteers

 

 


 

KPFA Crafts and Music Fair,

 

Dec 13-14 Concourse Exhibition Center in San Francisco.

The 38th Annual KPFA Crafts & Music Fair, the largest weekend holiday craft fair of its kind in Northern California, to be held December 13 & 14, 2008 at the Concourse Exhibition Center in San Francisco. Every year, more than 10,000 collectors, craft enthusiasts and holiday shoppers attend this signature event that features 220 craftsmakers and artists from throughout the country , a gourmet food pavilion and live performances by some of the area’s leading world musicians – all in a warm and spirited ambiance that reflects the Bay Area’s great diversity.

Website VENDORS: This event is listed in Craftmaster News and I would believe they are filled up. For informational purposes. booth fees range from $475-900 with 200 booths.

 

 


 

Kwanzaa Gift Show,

 

Dec 13-14 Join us for 23rd Annual Holiday Kwanzaa and Christmas Gift Show,  from 11am to 8pm at the Oakland Marriott Convention Center, located at 10th & Broadway in Oakland. Admission for the Gift Show is only $5 and children under 12 are free. Holiday Shopping is a fun time for individuals and families! It's a fabulous and profitable time for creative artist to market and sell their one of a kind specialty items to many jovial holiday shoppers.

It's also a season when community groups, organizations and corporations come out and support the annual Holiday Kwanzaa Gift Show. As Oakland's and the Bay Area's original African American Holiday Crafts Show, this grand event is in its 23rd year and is undoubtedly committed to sustaining and growing African American crafts exhibitors, small businesses, wholesome families and communities.

Kwanzaa is a unique, non-religious, African American celebration, celebrated from December 26 to January 1 with a focus on the traditional African values of family, community responsibility, commerce, and self-improvement. The celebration of Kwanzaa builds self-respect, unity and respect for those ancestors who worked and made a better life for all of us. Harambee (let's pull together) and let's make this event and all community affairs successful for the betterment of the people and our businesses. If you are interested in being apart of our event, please contact me at 510-534-1594 or email me at spam james@kwanzaagiftshow.com (remove the word spam before emailing for info)

NOTE: For Vendors, This event is listed in Craftmaster News. Booth fees are $575+ for 10x10, attendance 10,000. www.kwanzaagiftshow.com

 

 


 

Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair,

 

Dec 13-14  Berkeley, CA. Also Dec 20-21 and 23-24.
More than 200 Artists offer 6 days of Bargain Shopping! 11AM-6PM. 94706
Janet Kleinrjrd20@hotmail.com (510) 234-1013
Yolanda Castillo yolandasbeadwork@hotmail.com (510) 220-8791
Vendors Info and Applications

Located between Dwight Way and Bancroft Way near the U.C. Campus in Berkeley CA.
Holiday shoppers to the Telegraph business district will be treated to an abundance of good cheer, great music, fine food, and unique and unusual handcrafts by some of Northern California's finest artists.

This fair offers the rare opportunity to buy fine art originals and inexpensive gift items in the same place. Shoppers can choose from a tremendous diversity of arts and crafts, including jewelry, beadwork, wirework, hats, candles, leather work, silk-screened and tie-dyed clothing, pottery, wood crafts, metal crafts, paintings, henna-art, gift boxes, photography and sculptures.
Festive lights, colorful decorations, and a friendly multicultural shoppingatmosphere complete the experience.

 


 

Tucson 4th Avenue Street Fair.

December 12-14.  There are two Street Fairs per year, one in spring and one in winter. The next Street Fair is December 12, 13, 14, 2008. The Street Fair takes place between Ninth Street and University Blvd. along Fourth Avenue. Free to the public, the Fourth Avenue Street Fair brings together 400+ arts and crafts booths, 35+ food vendors, 2 stages, street musicians, food, jugglers, street performers, “VAN GROW” kids hands-on-art area, face painting, balloons, and tons of other fun activities, then packs them into three days of celebration.

 

The Fourth Avenue Street Fair began in 1970 when Fourth Avenue merchants put tables in front of their stores to attract customers before the holidays. From that beginning it has developed into one of the premier street fairs in the nation, drawing crowds of 200,000 to 350,000 and ranking as one of the top visual arts fairs in the country.

Venues for Vendors: A bit pricey for this three day event. There are at least three promoters of booth spaces within the show.

The Parking Lot. Set up your booth in The Parking Lot (TPL), at the heart of the Tucson 4th Avenue Street Fair, just a few short blocks from the University of Arizona. Located on the corner of 4th Avenue and 5th Street (Tucson, Arizona), TPL provides a prime location for vendor booth rentals at one of the largest street fairs in the United States. The 4th Avenue Street Fair is free to the public. Too late for November...next event is March 20-22. We've done this lot several times. Good location. Near middle of event. However, high school groups playing alongside are quite loud. Porta potties next to the lot. Paved. Long line for the tri-tip sandwiches next door...must be great!!! Traffic flow is somewhat okay. Maybe 10 percent of passers-by enter the lot. Not too much of a difference if you are located in the back. They do walk all the way around. Commercial goods accepted.

Dingwell's Lot. 238 N. 4th Avenue, Tucson, AZ. Contact Don Dingwell 520-882-5657. Need to call him for fees. No website or email address. We were in his lot a couple years ago and there was rain and it turned quite muddy. When dry, the sand blows all over the place. However, you can get into this lot with general merchandise (commercial) and there is really great traffic flow...even though most of the people walk in..go all the way to the end and around the garbage can and go out. This is toward the beginning of the show, so you get a lot of lookers, but they are not tired from walking around.

 


 

Santa's Helpers Art Craft and Gift Faire

 

Dec 13-14 at Napa Valley Expo Chardonnay Hall, 575 Third St.Napa, CA 94559
The 17th Annual Holiday Craft and Gift Fair on Saturday, December 13 from 10am to 5pm Sunday, December 14 from 11am to 4pm at the Napa Valley Expo Free parking and Admission
Price: Free

 


 

Suisun City Harbor Plaza Open Market.

 

Dec 6.  2 PM to 8 PM at Main & Solano Streets. There are around 60 booths of vendors here and this show is combined with other events in the area with loads of activities for kids, adults. Caroling, Carriage Rides, Santa, Toy Drive, Bonfire (nice and warm), fireworks and a Lighted Boat Parade. If you wish to be a vendor, the listing is in Craftmasters. Or you may contact the promoter of the Market, Debbie Kiikvee, Phone#707 428-4970. Spaces are $75. This is a very nice community event and the people of Suisun come out for it. We were vendors for the past three years and will not be doing the event this year for health reasons. It can get a bit cool and quite windy during the latter part of the afternoon. If your booth is facing the wind, bring blankets.

 



5TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY ART AND CRAFT SALE

 

Dec 5-6.  Creekside Community Church, 951 MacArthur Blvd., San Leandro, CA


Get a jump on your holiday shopping with one of a kind art and craft pieces from over 35 vendors displaying all hand crafted items. Show hours are Friday, December 5th, 12:00 noon-7:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 6th, 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Lasagna dinner will be served on Friday evening beginning at 5:00 p.m Donate a full sized bottle of shampoo or conditioner and get a free raffle ticket for a chance to win pieces donated by our artists. Call Sharon for information at (510) 430-0607. www.creeksidecommunity.org

 

March, 2009  Quartz Hill Almond Blossom Festival.    IMPORTANT NOTICE

Quartz Hill Almond Blossom Festival. It's that time of year when we start getting our applications for next year's festivals and I am pretty certain that all of us (previous participants) have receive their applications for the Quartz Hill Almond Blossom Festival in March 2009.

My wife and I had a very rough time this past March there and we pulled out of the event because we were so disgusted by the way Lee Barron treated us. He has no class and doesn't care about the way he treats vendors. We drove over 300 miles to get there and we refused to stay.

If you want to find out why and hear more about Lee Barron and the Quartz Hill Almond Blossom Festival please read what I had to say about it. My wife was in tears from what he had to say to her. Very humiliating. I spoke to other vendors that did that event and they did terribly. Some left after Saturday because their sales were so disgusting. I am glad we left without setting up. A very very bad show. Has carnival rides and that takes a lot of the money away from the vendors. If you want to listen to my two-cents worth (which is more than I made at this $($(% event) DO NOT DO THIS SHOW. You will not be satisfied. There are other events to do, so stay the heck away. If you are a returning vendor, you pretty know much what I am saying is true. If you are a new vendor who wishes to do this show....my word of advice (and my other vendor friends) is not to even think about it. Stay away. We have been doing events for over 15 years now and never have we been treated so disgustingly.

 


 

PASKO EXPO 2008

A Filipino Christmas Celebration

THE EVENT

DATE: December 13, 2008 11AM-8PM, an Indoor

EventADMISSION: FREE Parking $6-$1 will go towards

ADDRESS:Solano Fairgrounds

900 Fairgrounds Drive Vallejo, CA 94589

"Pasko Expo" is an event where Filipinos, and actually people of all ethnicities, can come together to celebrate the merriest time of the year….Christmas!In the Philippines, Christmas is the most anticipated holiday of the year. With various town fiestas and parties, people gather from near and far to celebrate with friends and reunite with family.

This year you will not have to miss out on any of the Christmas festivities from back home. "Pasko Expo" is here! This soon-to-be yearly celebration will have holiday lights and decorations, local and international entertainment, delicious traditional food, and much more!The First Annual "Pasko Expo" will be held in Solano Fairgrounds, Vallejo, California.

According to the New York Times, Vallejo ranks on top as the most diverse city in the United States. By holding "Pasko Expo" in such a diverse community, we will bring the love, warmth, and spirit of the Christmas in the Philippines to you, to all Filipinos, and to everyone here in America.We, at "Pasko Expo", would like to invite you, your family, and friends to be part of this fun-filled celebration. 2008 marks our inaugural year, but with your participation and support, we all can make this an annual event to enjoy and to remember, not only for this year, but for every year from now on.

Let's celebrate Christmas the way it's done in the Philippines.A WORD FROM DAVE: I have always like selling at the Filipino Events, but the $300 booth fee for ONE DAY is a bit much to swallow. The first year for this...uh uh. The fee is reasonable for a two-day event, but you must also consider probable adverse weather conditions and the refusal of visitors to spend their money. However, there is no entrance fee for the visitors and that makes for a great (inexpensive) time for them. Should be enjoyable.

 

 


 

 

 Indio Tamale Festival   Dec 6-7


Indio Tamale Festival
Indio Tamale Festival, Indio, CA Dates: Saturday and Sunday, December 6-7, 2008(Always the 1st weekend in December!)
Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday
Location: Downtown Indio The Festival is between Highway 111 and Indio Boulevard and fills-in the streets of Miles, Towne, Smurr & Requa.
Weather: 79 Degrees, Sunny Days; 40 Degrees, Cool Evenings

It all started in 1992 with an idea by Dave Hernandez, a member of the Downtown Indio Merch
ants Association. The rich heritage of the tamale, consistent community support and hard working tamale makers have created the festival's tremendous success. Recently, the Food Network-TV ranked the Indio International Tamale Festival in the top 10 "All-American Food Festivals" in the nation!Festival's Guinness World Records: The World's largest Tamale-over 1 foot in diameter and 40 feet in length, Dec. 4, 1999. The World's largest tamale festival-with 120,000 in attendance, Dec. 2-3, 2000.The weather is pretty good in Indio this time of year, but nights are a little cooler. Booths are spread along several streets. Lots of tamales and they all sell for the same price. Booth fees are a bit high and overpriced. Commercial goes for $475 and if you are staying in a motel, your expenses end up quite high. Very risky for this economy. Arts and Crafts spaces go for $475



January 2009

Old Town Jubilee

January 9-11, 2009.  Old Town Jubilee, 2009.. All three blocks of Main Street are filled with crafters, specialty foods, and strolling entertainment along with activities for the kids. For more information call 928-782-5712. website Application Booth Fees $200 for 10x10.   We have done this event for several years now and sales are not awe-inspiring.  Much construction the past couple years and improvement downtown for visitors.  New businesses, activities compete for tourist/snowbird dollars with vendors. 

Yuma Lettuce Days

January 23-26, 2009  Yuma Lettuce Days  'The State's only festival featuring the "Winter Lettuce Capitol of the World". Produce, educational and Arizona grown displays. Come check us out ! You will be amazed at the commodities Yuma Arizona offers. Admission is free to the public. There will also be the Art & Craft Festival with entertainment on many different stages during the event. Bring the kids and participate in the games and get a look at all the farm equipment on display. Come see the Southwest's Longest Salad Bar and Free AG Tours! For more information call 928-782-5712. Website and application booth fee: $200 for a 10x10 space.  There has been much construction within the area...you may consider this as an improvement (visitors) or not an improvement (vendors).

February 2009



 

129th Bok Kai Festival

 

Feb 28-Mar 1, 2009 This event is held in the Chinatown district of Marysville, CA yearly. We did the show a number of years ago and I do believe it was held just a bit earlier. click here for website They do not have any info regarding booths for vendors and there is no listing in Craftmaster's. They get a good turnout for this event and I was amazed at the total length of the parade. Several hours and quite enjoyable.

The Bok Kai Festival, honoring Bok Eye, the Chinese God of Water, pays tribute to the many Chinese who worked the gold mines in the 1800s. There was a time when they claimed that it had not rained on this festival in it's 100-plus years,. However, on Sunday, March 7, 2006, they had a downpour on that Sunday, but the event continued. A bit wet.

The 129th Bok Kai Festival, reputed to be the oldest continually held parade in California, will occur February 28th and March 1st, 2009 in downtown Marysville. The Festival opens with a 5K Run/Walk. Registration for the Run/Walk begins in front of the Bok Kai Temple on 1st Street at 8:15 a.m.; The Run/Walk starts at 9:00 a.m. The Parade, starting 11:00 a.m, begins on 6th and D Streets, and is followed by Lung Huang, the 150-ft golden dragon as he noisily winds and dances his way through the historic town of Marysville.

Lung Huang's entourage includes lion dancers, martial arts demonstrations, floats and more. Lung Huang is currently been in the Bok Kai Festival since 1991. It is anticipayed that a new, larger dragon will be sited in 2008. The parade remains a unique small town parade and Festival unmarred by the commercial smoothness and artificial slickness that often accompanies other venues as they evolve. Following the parade, scheduled multi-cultural entertainment for the entire family including Lion Dancing & Martial Arts by the Hop Sing Society will take place at the corner of 3rd and D Street.

If anybody out there has been a vendor at this event during the past few years, please fill me in. dstefa4621@aol.com or leave a comment. We are considering doing it in 2009, since we do not want to do the Ripon Almond Blossom Festival where they have a couple rather snotty individuals working with their committee and they have a lot of unnecessary fees in addition to booth space. Please read my review on the Ripon Almond Blossom Festival.


 

November 2008

Auburn Mountain Mandarin Festival

 

Nov 22-23 Auburn Mountain Mandarin Festival Sat/Sun Nov 22-23.
Nov. 22nd Saturday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Nov. 23rd Sunday: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Admission $5 age 16 and overSeniors (60 and over) $3 Parking $5 no animals admitted (service dogs only
http://www.mandarinfestival.com/

The annual Mountain Mandarin Festival celebrates the new crop of delicious, locally grown Mandarin oranges, a Mandarin Recipe cooking contest, professional chef demonstrations, food, crafts and activities featuring the Mandarin orange, free children’s area, live music and entertainment. Proceeds benefit the scholarship fund of the Newcastle Area Business Association.

When I am up here, I get reminded of the years I lived in New England...lots of trees and leaves all over the place and a bit cool at times. This is a nice show for people to attend and is located on the fairgrounds. Three buildings full of Arts & Crafts, but they are located on slopes and you have to climb the stairs, etc. to get to them. I guess you can get any type of weather here as Auburn is located in the lower parts of the Sierras.

You can even start your Christmas shopping on our website http://www.dandlcreations.com/ where we sell custom-sized shell (puka, etc.) necklaces, cowrie shell chokers, wrap around skirts and a lot more. Thank you.

As a vendor, there are a number of people that had poor sales and I have always had a bad location here. You need to be out on the main walkway and there are vendors that do pretty good, depending upon what you are selling. We don't do this show anymore and you can read why on our website.

Antioch Holiday Craft Fair


Nov 7-9,, 14-26 This event is located at the Fairgrounds in Antioch, CA. Address is 1201 W. 10th St. Held yearly during the first weekend of November. This year the weather looks pretty decent with rain possibly on Saturday. Last year, we had several showers on Saturday and Sunday. This is the rainy time of year in California, but sunny days with temps in the 70s is possible.

There are 3 buildings packed full of vendors selling a wide variety of items, so come on down and support them. Good time to start your Christmas shopping. Admission is $2.00.

Talented crafters offer woodcrafts, country & floral crafts, candles, custom made jewelry and so much more! For the children on your list you can select personalized embroidered shirts and hats, or a furry animal or even a train whistle!

Be sure to visit DandL CREATIONS located in Space 28 and is selling shell necklaces, shoulder bags, tote bags, etc.

Nov 28-29  San Francisco Crystal Fair, Fort Mason, San Francisco

Nov 28-29.  Christmas Crafts Fair, Fairgrounds, Auburn, CA

Nov 29.   Street Faire, Morro Bay, CA

Nov 27-29  The Craft Fair, Bass Lake, CA 'Pines Village' Bass Lake Christmas Tree Lighting arts and crafts fair, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Friday and Sunday 9-5, and Saturday 9-9 because of the expected 5000 people coming for the parade and the tree lighting ceremony. This is a big deal up here in the mountains, and the locals really support this annual event. NOTE:  A number of scenes from The Great Outdoors, with John Candy and Dan Akroyd were filmed at Dulcey's and other locations within Bass Lake.