The Renegade Craft Fair is the first and biggest event of its kind. Established in 2003 in Chicago, RCF is now in its twelfth year and has grown to include eight different cities: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, New York, Chicago, London, and Austin. As the most ambitious indie craft fair, RCF is always looking to feature new artisans from different cities. Year by year, the fair continues to grow as it becomes more established in each of its eight locations. Many of the crafters sell out their inventory during a single weekend. The fair focuses on bringing these hand-made crafters and their fans together in a vibrant marketplace. RCF focuses its mission on the community of creativity and the connections made at the fair. Their team upholds the highest level of quality, and they handpick artisans that represent the most talented and unique crafters in America. Many of their designers are unable to be found at other trade shows, so RCF is truly a chance to get noticed and make meaningful connections within the DIY community.
The San Francisco event is held at the Fort Mason Festival Pavilion—a weekend-long home to the micro-entrepreneurs. The festival pavilion is a large, open space right on the water that has always been an advocate of dedication to local art and culture. Fort Mason is one of the most historic locations in the city, so it is an appropriate venue to host an event that emphasizes the nostalgia of artisanal, handmade goods. The fair is free, and RCF encourages visitors to walk, bike, or use public transportation due to limited parking. The San Francisco fair will host stands of handcrafted jewelry, clothing, art, furniture, beauty products, ceramics, and much more. It has something for everyone, including kids. A shipping station will be set up on-site so that shoppers can use flat rate shipping with FedEx.
Besides shopping for handmade goods, you can participate in DIY workshops, taste samples from stands such as Bear Naked Granola, and explore installations from local makers. There are chances to make your own goods on the spot with venders such as Handcrafted Honey Bee, commission custom poems from The Poetry Store, or sift through handpicked vintage goods. There are more than four hundred different venders and about forty food and drink stands ranging from specialty Brazilian candies to artisanal mustard.
RCF’s mission is to bring back quality homemade goods created by a community of energy and originality. Exploring RCF is a great way to spend the weekend, meet some artists, and form connections. Try to get there earlier in the day so that you bypass the afternoon crowds. The Wholesale Market is on Friday the 17th, but the fair is open and free to the public on Saturday and Sunday from 11 AM to 6 PM.
Fort Mason Festival Pavilion, 2 Marina Blvd. San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 345 7557