Richmond offers eventful slate of holiday fun

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Richmond offers eventful slate of holiday fun
The 47th annual Craneway Crafts Fair on Dec. 16-17 at the Craneway Pavilion is one of a number of great holiday events in Richmond, and among the best holiday shopping spots in the Bay Area.

By Zach Chouteau

With December upon us, it’s time to plot out your holiday season plans. Richmond has a gamut of festive doings of all kinds, and we’ve put together a holiday sampler of lively affairs to consider. Here are five events ranging from cool arts and crafts fun to a nifty networking opportunity.

Sunday, Dec. 3, Holiday Arts Festival

This annual shindig is definitely one of the Richmond Art Center’s most bustling affairs, and offers the opportunity to peruse and purchase about 60 artisan vendors. Held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the RAC’s 2540 Barrett Ave. headquarters, items displayed for viewing or purchase will range from handcrafted journals to meticulous metalwork and unique laser-cut wooden jewelry. And that’s not even the tip of the iceberg.

Food and beverage vendors will comprise Benoit-Casper Brewing, Curbside Kitchen, Taqueria Esperanza and Far West Cider Company. The event is sponsored by Kaiser Permanente and Rotary International, and community partners include Girls Inc., NIAD Art Center, Rosie the Riveter Trust, The Latina Center and Pogo Park. Here’s a photo from a previous year’s event:

For more information: www.richmondartcenter.org

Thursday, Dec. 7: Santa Needs a New Sleigh!

Richmond Main Street Initiative is teaming up with East Brother Beer Company for a festive FUN(draiser) at East Brothers’ taproom.  

Santa Needs a New Sleigh! will offer top-tier beer, food, guest bartenders, music, and more, with all tips from beer and food sales supporting the 16th annual Downtown Holiday Festival (listed below).  The fun will run from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 1001 Canal Blvd., and also include a Santa photo booth, “Ugly” Holiday Sweater Contest and raffle prizes. City of Richmond employees will receive $1 off pints (with ID).

Another bonus will be the presence of the popular Taqueria Esperanza food truck. The event is sponsored by Richmond Main Street, East Brother Beer Company and Taqueria Experanza.

For more information: www.richmondmainstreet.org

Wednesday, Dec. 13:  Downtown Holiday Festival

Slated for 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, this vibrant shindig offers a winter wonderland of holiday music, live performances, tasty refreshments and group caroling. The dazzling illumination of Macdonald Avenue, and a visit from Santa Claus himself, will make the evening complete.

In addition to Richmond Main Street and the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, other sponsors include Mechanics Bank, Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, Sims Metal Management and West County Reads.

The agenda overview includes: Santa Visits, 4 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.; Richmond Nutcracker Performances at 5 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.; Caroling & Holiday Street Lighting, 7:30 p.m.; Light refreshments & giveaways while supplies last.

Don't miss! Richmond's RYSE Center to hold first film festival SaturdayFor more information: www.richmondmainstreet.org

Thursday, Dec. 14, Chamber Holiday Party

Hosted by Mechanics Bank at 3190 Klose Way, in partnership with the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, this evening affair will run from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and boast DJ Music, door prizes, food and wine, and the chance to network with other Richmonders in holiday style.

What better way to mix business with pleasure than spreading a little holiday joy while expanding your professional connections locally?

For more information: www.rcoc.com

Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 16 & 17: Craneway Crafts Fair

Held at the Craneway Pavilion at 1414 Harbour Way South, this Bay Area tradition is now in its 47th year and offers a cavernous sprawl of amazing arts and crafts to view and purchase. Over 180 artists will be on hand, showcasing jewelry, textiles, clothing, photography, painting and much more, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

Other temptations include tasty food fare for purchase from GDC Kitchen—a minority-, women- and veteran-owned catering business—plus wine & beer on sale during all fair hours. The dining area is also showcasing live local musical acts that will include the World Harmony Ensemble with over 30 choir singers.

Entry is $12 for general admittance (for the 18-64 crowd) and $8 for the disabled and those 65 and over; youth are allowed in free. Proceeds from the event will support the public radio station KPFA 94.1 FM. Ample free parking is on hand and a no-cost shuttle will run to-and-from the Richmond BART Station.

For more information: www.cranewaycraftsfair.com

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