SF Agenda: Design and Arts Events in the Bay Area


Hot off the heels of Small Business Saturday is the 3rd annual SFMade Holiday Gift Fair, and we’re pumped to continue supporting our local makers. Over 50 venders will be gathering in the Fleet Room at Fort Mason this weekend to sell handmade wares perfect for your Secret Santa or crafty coworkers. You’ll recognize local staples like Heath Ceramics, Dandelion Chocolate, Bi-Rite, and Rickshaw Bagworks, and discover gems like Crave, 3 Fish Studios, and DODOcase. From tech goodies and home décor to sweets and wine, the fair will definitely be your one-stop shop for everyone on your list – don’t forget to score some treats for yourself! Free to attend; Saturday and Sunday, December 7 and 8, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Fleet Room at Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard at Buchanan.

Design Night series at Autodesk Gallery. Photo courtesy of SF Gate.

Head downtown this Thursday to Autodesk Gallery for the latest event in the weekly Design Night series, “The Shape Of Things To Come.” Renowned sculptor Bruce Beasley will be speaking about the new possibilities of sculpture and technology. If you’re curious about 3D printing, robotics, and biomimicry, take part in this enlightening evening with fellow design enthusiasts and innovators. Thursday, December 5, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; General tickets: $25, Student tickets: $20. 1 Market Street, San Francisco.

Shop around and enjoy local eats at DISPLAY: Holiday. Photo courtesy of Display Emeryville.

Creating big ideas in small spaces is the mantra of DISPLAY, a pop-up shop in Emeryville that is focused on designers, makers, and entrepreneurs that make up the collaborative creative community. December’s theme is fittingly DISPLAY: Holiday and will feature a fantastic assortment of workshops, installations, music, and locally-made food throughout the month. Events are Thursdays, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Event launch: December 5; DIY workshops: December 12; holiday market: December 9. Free to attend; Public Market, 5959 Shellmound Street, Emeryville.

The Tenderloin becomes the “Trendyloin” in the monthly art walk. Photo courtesy of Fun Cheap SF.

The first Thursday of the month is devoted to transforming the Tenderloin into the “Trendyloin,” and you can experience it all on the Upper TL Art Walk. With 16 different galleries and retail stores to discover along the way, enjoy a tour of the neighborhood’s lively art scene. Pop into the Popular Workshop, EverGold, SpokeArt, and more, and chat with the local independent artists. List of participating galleries here. Free to attend; Thursday, December 5, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Polk and Larkin between Geary and Bush.

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