Wouldn't it be great if you could find the best local artisans and crafters in one place? That way, you wouldn't have to go from store to store to find all your holiday gifts.
Lucky for us, local craft enthusiasts Jennifer Byard and Rebecca Chase had the same thought. Their annual Makers Arcade Holiday Fair is packed with unique, handmade items that are varied enough to ensure patrons will find something for everyone on their list. Held Saturday, Dec. 5, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. inside the Port Pavillion at Broadway Pier (1000 N. Harbor Dr.), Byard says they had to move the event from the Moniker Warehouse to the larger Port Pavilion in order to have enough room for the nearly 100 vendors they'll have this year.
"We always felt like we wanted to do something larger," says Byard, who along with Chase started the Makers Arcade with smaller events held in South Park. "We'd both been to the larger fairs in L.A. and San Francisco and thought that San Diego really needed a well-curated arts and crafts fair here that was community minded and a real shopping event."
Byard also stresses the "fun" aspects of the Holiday Fair. Rather than be content with having just the shopping aspect, the event will also include cocktails, craft beer, food trucks, live music and a lounge area for patrons to rest their legs. There will also be crafts and games for folks bringing kids.
"You can stay there all day long if you want," says Byard. "And people do. That's our favorite part about doing it. Hearing the comments from people about how much fun they're having. Sure, they can get their holiday shopping done, but they also have a good time hanging out and meeting people in their community."
Admission is $3 in advance, $5 at the door.
Now that we're done (for the time being) indulging on a smorgasbord of fattening holiday foods, it's the perfect time for a lengthy bike ride. Luckily, the San Diego Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a local nonprofit dedicated to combating homophobia of all kinds, is hosting its second annual Red Dress Ride on Sunday, Dec. 6, starting at noon at Balboa Park's Plaza de Panama. Riders of all genders and persuasions are encouraged to don their best red dress and join others on a leisurely bike ride through the city culminating in an after-party at Numb3rs Night Club (3811 Park Blvd.) in Hillcrest at 5 p.m. The ride is in commemoration of World AIDS Day and the $10 suggested donation benefits The Sisters & Team Cretins AIDS/LifeCycle teams.
VINO FOR VETS
Just because it doesn't snow here doesn't mean San Diegans are standing jacketless in the 50-something degree weather throughout the holiday season. The Wine Pub wants to make sure the city's homeless veterans aren't, either. To help keep them warm, the shop is hosting Winter WINEderland, a pop-up boutique event that will reward donors of used jackets, sweaters and blankets with half-off sparkling wine on Sunday, Dec. 6. from 3 to 5 p.m. The Wine Pub's (2907 Shelter Island Drive #108) outdoor patio will be decked out in twinkling lights and a fire pit to show items from Teeter, Point Loma Gifts, Concordia and Meg Tyndall Design. The event is free but donations are encouraged, and all collected clothing will be given to Veterans Village of San Diego.