The gift-giving season is right around the corner and what better way is there to shop than by supporting local artists?! Be sure to stop by at any of the numerous events and fairs going on through November and December, making it easy to get all of your holiday shopping done in Santa Cruz County.
SANTA CRUZ SEA GLASS & OCEAN ART FESTIVAL
November 2nd and 3rd, 2019 from 10am-5pm
On its 11th year, this special event is held at the Boardwalk’s Coconut Grove Sunroom. Items for sale include art pieces, ceramics, sea glass jewelry, bath products, and much more! The $5 entrance fee also enters you into a raffle to win a gift basket filled with items from the artists. Multiple baskets are given away each day! Find more event details here.
DOWNTOWN SANTA CRUZ MAKERS MARKET
November 3rd, 2019 from 10-5pm
The Downtown Santa Cruz Makers Market takes place on Pacific Avenue between Water and Locusts Streets. Featuring local artisans and their unique handmade items, this is the perfect time to start checking holiday gifts off your shopping list while enjoying live music and the atmosphere of Downtown. View a full list of artisans here.
SCOTTS VALLEY HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR
Saturday, November 2nd, 2019 from 9-4pm
Hosted at the Scotts Valley Senior and Community Center, this one-day event offers a wide variety of hand-crafted gifts. From jewelry, knitted items, handmade soap, and bath products, to jam and birdhouses, there is sure to be something for everyone. When you’re done shopping, stop by the Farmer’s Market in front of the community center and stock up on some organic veggies.
GOAT HILL FAIR
Saturday, November 9th, 2019 from 10am-4pm and Sunday, November 10th, 2019 from 10am-3pm
This semi-annual event takes place at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds in Watsonville and is highly anticipated by many. There are over 100 vendors featuring antiques, hand-made goods, artisan food and more. Admission to the event is $10 per day and early bird entry tickets for Saturday are available online only, for $25. You can find more details here.
ANNUAL WESTLAKE WINTER ARTISAN FAIR
Saturday, November 16, 2019 from 11am to 4pm
Bring your friends and family to this special holiday event! Shop a fabulous array of gift items for children and adults, gift ideas from around the world, and much more. Support local arts and Westlake Elementary School, free admission. $2 Raffle tickets for artisan items. Also enjoy baked goods, coffee, cocoa, a gift wrapping station and great food! Click here for more information.
HOLIDAY ART & CRAFT FAIRE
Saturday, December 7th, 2019 from 10-4pm
Hosted at the Simpkins Family Swim Center, you won’t want to miss this annual event. Shop handmade art and crafts created by local Santa Cruz County artists and craftspeople. Items include jewelry, textiles, ornaments, soap, artwork, and much more. Admission and parking are both free! Learn more about this event here.
JINGLE SHELLS ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL
Sunday, December 15th, 2019 from 12-5:30pm
You won’t want to miss this unique chance to visit the Seymour Marine Discovery Center while shopping locally made goods at the same time! This event includes live music, free gift wrapping, hot apple cider, and children’s activities, as well as the chance to meet the artists who’ve created these unique ocean-themed gifts. You can also feel good about your purchase knowing that the proceeds benefit the center. Event details can be found here.