November/December 2023

Happy Thanksgiving to you all and apologies for the forced silence of several months. I hope you find something on this list that will inspire you to seek a different POV with your camera.


11/25-26, 10am-5pm
Craneway Craft Fair
Craneway Pavilion (indoors)
1414 Harbour Way South
Richmond, CA

Free admission and Parking

Craneway Craft Fair website

Following Covid-19 Safety Protocols, masks are encouraged for everyone in attendance.


If you have been to The Crucible, you know this event is special. Includes live demonstrations

Annual Craft Show and Open House
The Crucible

1260 7th St
Sat, 12/2 12-6pm
Sun, 12/3 11a-4pm

The Crucible website


And, on that same weekend...

One of our membersYaniv Sherman is participating in the
Holiday East Bay Open Studios being held 12/2-3, 11am-5pm

His work can be viewed and purchased at 2837 Encinal Avenue, Alameda.

To see a full list of all photographers participating in the event (over 80 artists of wide ranging genres are participating):
Photographers at the Open Studios

To do your own search of the entire list and locations throughout the Bay Area, use their interactive map:


Great Dickens Christmas Fair
is running every weekend now through Dec 17th, 10am - 6pm
Big crowds, but always lots to photograph.
Cow Palace
2600 Geneva Ave
Daly City

Tickets available online only so get them BEFORE you go

Dickens Fair website


Alameda Lighted Yacht Parade
12/2/23, 5:30pm

Find your spot along the Oakland Alameda Estuary near the yacht clubs

Eddy and I went to this last year in the pouring rain and had a great time

Lighted Yacht Parade Official Website


Petaluma Lighted Boat Parade
12/9, 6pm - 7pm
Petaluma Turning Basin
12 C Street

This is the planned field trip we were rained out of last year. Came highly rated by my Petaluma friends. While there, check out all the Victorian homes in the area decked out for Christmas.

Petaluma Lighted Boat Parade website


12/10/2023 11:00 to 11:30am (check-in 10am)
Santa Skivvies (supporting the SF AIDS Foundation)
A half-hour run through Castro starting and ending at Lookout Bar & Restaurant, 3600 16th St, SF (x Noe)

11:30am Santa's drag show and award ceremony

Website is still being updated

Santa Skivvies website


Unless you've been living in another country these past few months (my elliptical excuse ;-), you'll know about this one, but thought I'd mention it anyway...

Glowfari - Oakland Zoo
Now through 1/28/24

Tickets must be purchased in advance
Oakland Zoo Glowfari website

September is Hispanic Heritage Month

** Independent DIY (oxymoron?), go out and photograph anything Hispanic related and share!

** There are Hispanic Festivals scheduled throughout the Bay Area and beyond. Here are two of interest, one close to home, the other in a colonial Spanish setting:

PAL in the Parks Hispanic Heritage Festival
Sat, Sept 23, 12pm-3pm
Chochenyo Park
2430 Encinal Ave
Alameda, CA

   "From the sounds of the cajon to the rhythms of bomba, the Rhythmix PAL in the Parks Hispanic Heritage Festival highlights culture, tradition, music, dance, art and food from Central and South America, the Caribbean and Mexico. Featuring performances by the Ka-Hon Ensemble, Taller Bombalele and more!"

Hispanic Heritage Festival, Sonoma
Sun, Sep 17 2023 at 01:00 pm to 07:00 pm
Sonoma Plaza


Other Happenings in September...

(Sorry this one is so late)
Saturday-Sunday, Sept 2-4, 10am-5pm
Ardenwood Rail Festival
34600 Ardenwood Blvd
Fremont, CA


PrideFest Oakland

Sun, Sept 10, 2023


Art and Soul Festival, Oakland
Frank Ogawa Plaza
Sun, Sep 17 2023


For something different:
Sat, Sept 23, 10am-3pm
World Doll Day Show
Concord Hotel
Glen Drive, Concord
$10 admission; free parking


Oaktoberfest in the Diamond

Sat, Sep 30 - 11am-7pm
Sun, Oct 1 - 10am - 5pm


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