(Updated 11/16/2018) (Original Post) The 2017 Crocker Holiday Artisan Market, a collaboration between the Crocker Art Museum and the Creative Arts League of Sacramento, was held November 24-26 at the Scottish Rite Center on H Street.
This was the first year that I attended the Crocker Holiday Artisan Market – which featured over 100 local and regional artists! After attending this year I can understand why many Sacramento residents make a point of attending this event annually.
A wide variety of unique items were on display and offered for sale making the Crocker Holiday Artisan Market a great place to shop for holiday gifts.
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The Scottish Rite Center is quite large – the perfect venue for an event of this size. The large Scottish Rite Center parking lot made it easy to find a parking spot as attendees rotated between arriving and departing.
I was very impressed with the organization of the event. As a Crocker Art Museum member my entry fee was only $4. Otherwise the entry fee was $6 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and children under 12 were free.
Also offered was the opportunity for children to have a picture taken with the Victorian Santa, or to stop by the face-painting station – which appeared to be very popular.
Attendees also had the opportunity to enter a drawing to win a variety of prizes, catch a bite to eat, and to have their purchases gift wrapped.
Purchases made at the Crocker Holiday Artisan Market support local artists and the work of the non-profit Creative Arts League of Sacramento. The Crocker Holiday Artisan Market is one of two major fundraisers for the Creative Arts League of Sacramento. To close the circle – among other things the Creative Arts League of Sacramento provides support for certain select exhibitions at the Crocker Art Museum.
I slowly made my way around the venue, taking my time as I looked over booth after booth of hand-crafted items for sale and chatting with some of the artists. As one would expect, the quality and craftsmanship were exceptional.
Every imaginable medium was represented – ceramic, fiber and clothing, glass, gourmet food, metal, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture, and wood creations – among others.
Each room of booths also featured a rotation of musicians (guitar, hammered dulcimer, harp, recorder, etc.) which added to the ambiance.
After making the rounds of the booths, and having my raffle card stamped at each of the four stamping stations, I deposited my entry for the raffle and made my way outside to head home – deciding as I did that I would return next year.
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(Updated 11/16/2018) 2018 Crocker Holiday Artisan Market Snapshot:
- 13th Annual Crocker Holiday Artisan Market
- Scottish Rite Center, 6151 H Street
- November 23-25
- Hours: Friday 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Admission: Crocker & CALS Members: $5; Seniors (65+) & Students $6; Adults $7; Children (under 12) free
- Free Parking; Large Lot
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