As an artist I usually check out a venue before I become a vendor unless someone recommends it. But as you know there are no guarantees that the next one will be a hit! But it gives you an opportunity to talk to other artists, even make a few friends. So here are some upcoming events you may check out or have enough time to apply.
7/22-7/26 LA Gift Show-LA Convention. This is for retailers but if you have two forms of business ID (Letterhead, business card, business checks, retail license or business license) you can attend. Since I incorporate one-of-a-kind items in my jewelry, I will certainly find them there.
7/28-7/30 Bead and Design Show– Hilton Pasadena
7/30-7/31 Malibu Art Festival, Malibu Civic Center
8/6-8/7 San Diego Bead Bazaar, Scottish Rite Center, San Diego
8/10-8/26 California Open Exposition– Bergamont Station, Santa Monica
8/14 Hillcrest City Festival, San Diego, Uptown District of Hillcrest
8/14 Carlsbad Arts In The Village-State & Grand Streets, Carlsbad
8/19-8/21 Gem Faire, Scottish Rite Center, San Diego
8/26-8/28 Gem Faire, Costa Mesa
8/26-8/28 Fiesta La Ballona, Veterans Park Culver City
9/25 Abbott Kinney Festival, Abbott Kinney Blvd, Venice
9/30-10/2 Harvest Festival, Ventura County Fairgrounds
10/7-10/9 Pasadena Festival of the Arts
10/8-10/9 Fall Art Show, Moorpark, Studio City
10/30 The Bead Society Bazaar, Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Culver City
11/11-11/13 Contemporary Craft Market, Pasadena Convention Center
11/12-11/13 American Indian Arts Marketplace at the Autry, Autry at Griffith Park
11/12-11/13 Jackalope Arts & Craft Fair, Pasadena Central Park (2nd round of juried application deadline Aug 26)
See our ongoing Bead Events page for lists of bazaars, fairs, art shows, etc.!
By Sylvia Humphrey