The Standard’s Guide to SF’s Holiday Pop-Up Shops

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The holidays are upon us, marking a season of spending sprees—for our loved ones, of course. 

Sure, you can buy online and risk losing your bounty to porch pirates. Or you could trade a little convenience for the adventure of exploring what local businesses have to offer. 

Then there’s Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, which make this holiday weekend a perfect time to shop close to home. 

Hopefully this round-up of holiday pop-up shops can guide you through the unique gifts one can find while supporting local merchants. 

Small Business Saturday

Makers Holiday Bazaar
Gratta Wines
📍2022 Lane St. 
🕑 1-5 p.m.

Santa Claus will be in the Bayview this weekend to join about a dozen vendors selling artisan wares at Gratta Wines. The market will feature all sorts of handmade items, including jewelry, wine bottles, pastries and pasta sauces. You better not leave before snapping a photo with Santa.

Holiday Market Pop-Up at Decant SF 
📍1168 Folsom St. 
🕑 1-5 p.m.

At its inaugural holiday market, SoMA wine shop Decant SF will keep your glass full while you peruse locally made goods from eight vendors. 

Dec. 2-4

Le Marché Pop-Up 
KTF Warehouse 
📍2310 Fourth St., Berkeley
🕑 Fri-Sat: 1-5 p.m. | Sun: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This market pops up just twice a year and features a carefully curated collection of modern home goods like glassware, linens and cutlery with classic French flair…

Dec. 3

Muni Diaries Market
📍80 Albion St.
🕑
12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Are you a MUNI fan? If so, you’re in luck because the folks behind the Muni Diaries podcast will host their own holiday market selling art and trinkets crafted by 10 artists who welcomed the challenge of making transit-themed gifts.

ZeitMarkt 
Zeitgeist 
📍199 Valencia St.
🕑 1-6 p.m.

Crack open a beer and shop away at Zeitgeist, the Mission’s favorite beer garden and host to an event with a dozen or so local artists selling what would make for some very unique gifts. Live music will make for a festive backdrop and a bake sale to holiday sweet tooths.

Photo of a display at the the annual City Hall Holiday Pop-Up Shop on Dec. 7, 2021. | Camille Cohen/The Standard

Dec. 3-4

Sunset Holiday Mercantile at Golden Gate Park
San Francisco County Fair Building 
📍1199 9th Avenue
🕑 Sat-Sun: 11a.m. –  5 p.m. 

How about shopping for a good cause? More than 85 local makers will join live musical acts and food trucks at the seventh installment of the Sunset Holiday Mercantile, which raises money for Sunset Youth Services. The fair is family friendly, but gives adults a beer and wine garden to look forward to each year.

FrameArt Studio Holiday Market
📍153 Bacon St. 
🕑 Sat: 2-7 p.m. | Sun: 12 p.m. –  6 p.m.

Swing by the Portola District for FrameArt Studio’s grand opening of a framing shop and community art space. A dozen makers will join artists from San Francisco in the celebration that will showcase work from Farnaz Ceramics, prints from artist Brandi Ynocencio and vegan and keto cakes from Cathy’s Cake Salon. The holiday market will run from 2 to 8 p.m. on Dec 3 and noon to 6 p.m. on Dec. 4.

Dec. 4

Black Sunday Holiday Expo 
Liberation Park 
📍7101 Foothill Boulevard, Oakland
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11 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

The Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce is bringing back Black Sunday for the fifth time with an open-air holiday fair with Akoma Market. The event brings Black food and art to the outdoors and includes live music with special guest performers.

Dec. 6 

SF City Hall Pop-Up Shop 
📍1 Dr. Carlton B Goodlett Place
🕑 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

There should be something for everyone at this semi-annual pop-up. Some 30 local makers will set up shop at City Hall to sell handiwork such as jewelry, clothing, paintings and edible offerings like sweets and baked goods.

Dec. 8

Clement Street Holiday Stroll
📍Clement St. (Multiple locations)
🕑 5-9 p.m.

Stop by Clement St. in the Richmond District for the 12th Annual Clement Street Holiday Stroll! The event features over 20 shops and eateries, which will host special pop-ups, raffles, refreshments, crafts, music, and more.  

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Dec. 9 

In The Black Marketplace
📍1567 Fillmore St. 
🕑 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

This is more than a marketplace. In the Black forges a path to prosperity in the Black community. To that end the shop picked Black Friday to mark its grand opening in a celebration that will bring 20 Black-owned businesses under one roof. Shoppers will have plenty of gifts to choose from, including clothing, accessories and home goods made by sought-after vendors.

Dec. 10 

La Cocina Holiday Market + Fundraiser
La Cocina Municipal Marketplace
📍332 Golden Gate Avenue 
🕑 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Support BIPOC women-owned small businesses while enjoying bites and drinks at La Cocina’s Municipal Marketplace, whose chefs will whip eats that complement drinks from La Paloma Bar and Fluid Cooperative Cafe. It’s a service that lets you booze while you peruse assortments of crafts. Parents with young ones in tow can rest assured that there will be activities and entertainment, including drag performances, face painting, a photo booth and raffle.  

Halo Halo Holidays 
📍Kapwa Gardens 
🕑 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Halo-Halo Holidays: A Festive Outdoor Filipino Holiday Crawl will be hosted by the SoMA Piliinas Cultural District. The market should be brimming with local Filipino-owned vendors. It also features a workshop to make holiday wreaths and pictures with Santa as well as plenty of chances to shop for gifts.

The holidays are upon us, marking a season of spending sprees—for our loved ones, of course.
Detail from the annual City Hall Holiday Pop-Up Shop on Dec. 7, 2021. | Camille Cohen/The Standard

Dec. 17

Visitacion Valley Holiday Light Festival + Art Show
📍Visitacion Valley Greenway
🕑 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Bring the family to Vis Valley’s Leland Avenue for the first-ever Holiday Light Festival, which includes a light show, live entertainment and holiday food.

Dec. 18

Castro Winter Wonderland 
📍Noe St. between Market and Beaver Streets
🕑 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

An art market hosted by the Castro Merchants Association is a centerpiece of the group’s Winter Wonderland. The event offers free photos with Santa, drag queen story time, a sexy elf contest and a backdrop of festive music. Oh, and there’s also a petting zoo and a Santa’s Little Helper contest for the wee ones.

Dec. 18-19

Bardo Holiday Pop-Up Shop
Bardo Lounge & Supper Club
📍3343 Lakeshore Avenue, Oakland

🕑 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The best part of hosting a holiday party—aside from the amazing food, of course—is getting to  flaunt your fancy dinnerware. If that’s something in short supply at home, you can find some conversation-starting pieces at the annual vintage glassware sale hosted by Oakland’s Bardo Lounge & Supper Club.

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