By Kathy Chouteau
Want to get a super early jump on your holiday shopping? The “Craneway Craft Fair” will return to Richmond with its Summer Edition Aug. 13-14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., a free-admission event organizers say will feature “more than 200 diverse exhibitors, including both master artisans and emerging newcomers,” per its website.
The weekend marketplace will set up shop at the Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way South in Richmond. In addition to the offerings for sale by artisans and craftspeople, the event will feature concessions by Assemble Marketplace—with Brezo, Tommy’s BBQ Co. and Rocky Island Oyster Co.—live DJ music by Andy Cabic, free parking and extraordinary views of the Bay Trail and Richmond shoreline.
Among the hundreds of exhibitors selling their works will be some of Richmond’s own, including Richmond Gold Honey and Slow Burn Glass Studio LLC. Other creations for sale that weekend will span the gamut from ceramics, wearables, jewelry, artisanal food, prints, paintings, photography and paper to accessories, textiles, toys, metal, wood, glass, body products and leather.
Originally founded in 1970, the Craneway Craft Fair was formerly known as the KPFA Craft Fair. The fair’s winter incarnation—which has an admission fee—is the “largest off-air fundraiser for Berkeley’s KPFA radio,” per organizers on the event’s website. “Over the decades this craft fair has become a Bay Area cultural institution,” they added.