San Jose Harvest Festival: 11/27-11/29, San Jose
Get a head start on your holiday shopping while supporting independent craftspeople and artists at the San Jose Harvest Festival. Taking place at the San Jose Convention Center on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, the event will feature unique gifts, live music, holiday performers, and more. You can purchase tickets online or at the door, and one ticket is good for all three days of the event. To get there, take the Capitol Corridor to the San Jose station, which is less than a mile from the Convention Center. For public transit options, check out Google Maps.
Crocker Holiday Artisan Market: 11/27-29, Sacramento
Modern art aficionados will enjoy perusing the Crocker Holiday Artisan Market, where exhibitors will find unique, high-quality pieces and gifts including glass works, painting, jewelry, ceramics, woodworking, fiber arts, metallurgy, and more. Jointly hosted by the Sacramento Creative Arts League and the Crocker Art Museum, this free event will take place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the Scottish Rite Center, located at 615 H Street in Sacramento. To get there, take the train to the Sacramento station, and you’ll be a couple of blocks from the venue.
Fairmont Gingerbread House: 11/28, San Francisco
On Saturday, make your way to The Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco from 11am to 3pm for the kick-off of the annual Gingerbread Open House, a holiday celebration highlighted by the opening of a giant gingerbread house. Constructed from thousands of home-baked ginger bricks and over a ton of icing, the gingerbread house will stand more than 22 feet high and 23 feet wide and feature beautiful candy embellishments. Taking place against the backdrop of the Fairmont’s exquisite holiday decorations, the family-friendly festivities will also include holiday music, complimentary holiday refreshments, appearances from Santa Claus and other holiday characters, a pet-friendly Gingerbread Doghouse, and more. To get to The Fairmont, take the train to the Richmond or Oakland Coliseum station, where you can connect to BART. Take BART to the Montgomery station, which is a few blocks from the holiday fun.
Etsy Holiday Emporium: 11/28-11/29, San Francisco
Come out to Pier 35 on Saturday and Sunday and be prepared to shop ‘til you drop at the Etsy Holiday Emporium. From 11am to 5pm, you’ll have the opportunity to shop locally and support 180+ local artisans and food vendors while enjoying holiday music. With over 200,000 square feet of shopping space and a diverse array of offerings, this event is sure to have something to suit everyone’s fancy. To get there, take the Capitol Corridor to the Pier 39 stop, which is a short walk to Pier 35.