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PATCHWORK SHOW

MODERN MAKERS FESTIVAL

a free community event celebrating local creativity

featuring...

maker booths

crafting

music

food

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upcoming shows

long beach, ca

NEXT DATE: Spring 2024


Nestled at the water’s edge of Marine Stadium, our largest show features 200+ makers, junior artists, live music, artisan food vendors, food trucks, DIY crafting, activities and more. This pet and bike-friendly festival is the perfect spot for an afternoon with your four-legged friend plus, we have a bike valet.

ventura, ca

NEXT DATE: Spring 2024

 

Join us as we bring Patchwork Show back to Ventura with our new location in downtown. This outdoor street festival location is central to Ventura’s local restaurants and shops.

tustin, ca

NEXT DATE: Spring 2024

 

Join us at our newest Southern California Patchwork Show location in Old Town Tustin. This outdoor show takes place in the Farmer’s Market Lot at 245 El Camino Real surrounded by historic buildings, shops and restaurants.

oakland, ca

NEXT DATE: Spring 2024

 

Our Oakland Patchwork Show draws on the East Bay’s strong artistic community and commitment to support local commerce. Our venue, Jack London Square, is not only right on the water but features several restaurants (we love the shortbread cookies at Miette and the historic Heinold’s Saloon). We’re honored to be a part of the handmade movement in Oakland, a city that embraces all things local and creative.

redwood city, ca

NEXT DATE: Spring 2024

 

Patchwork Show Redwood City is in the heart of Silicon Valley and we partnered with for a full day of music and activities for the whole family! This location features over 100 vendors in a central downtown locations surrounded by restaurants, a museum and shops.

sebastopol, ca

NEXT DATE: Spring 2024

 

Discover local makers in the heart of Northern California wine country at the Patchwork Show near downtown Sebastopol. We’ve partnered with the Sebastopol Center For the Arts a gallery and workshop space to create an all-day experience featuring activities, fine art, food trucks, Patchwork Show vendors and more.

san pedro, ca

NEXT DATE: Spring 2024

 

Patchwork Show San Pedro takes place outdoors on the grounds of CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles, a year-round handmade marketplace. Grab a beer or seltzer from local brewery Brouwerij West next door and pick up lunch from one of our food trucks after shopping from over 100 vendors.

el segundo, ca

NEXT DATE: Spring 2024

 

Patchwork Show El Segundo happens at The Works, a gathering hub in the South Bay of Southern California featuring great spots to eat & drink. Shop from over 60 vendors just 5 minutes from the beach!

long beach, ca

Nestled at the water’s edge of Marine Stadium, our largest and longest running show features 250+ makers, junior artists, live music, artisan food vendors, food trucks, DIY crafting, activities and more at Patchwork Show Long Beach. This pet and bike-friendly festival is the perfect spot for an afternoon with your four-legged friend and features a bike valet.

 

NEXT DATE: Spring 2024

ventura, ca

Our street festival location in the palm tree-lined downtown streets of Ventura features over 50 vendors. Patchwork Show Ventura brings all the charm of a beach town (you can even see the ocean from the show!) including a walkable collection of local shops, restaurants.

 

NEXT DATE: Spring 2024

tustin, ca

Join us in Old Town Tustin in the heart of Orange County for Patchwork Show Tustin. This unique spot is surrounded by historic buildings, shops and restaurants and our show features food trucks and over 100 vendors.

 

NEXT DATE: Spring 2024

oakland, ca

Patchwork Show Oakland draws on the East Bay’s strong artistic community and commitment to support local commerce and features over 75 vendors in a gorgeous waterfront setting. After the show grab a bite or a drink from any of the dozens of area restaurants or bars.

 

NEXT DATE: Spring 2024

redwood city, ca

Patchwork Show Redwood City is in the heart of Silicon Valley and we partnered with for a full day of music and activities for the whole family! This location features over 100 vendors in a central downtown locations surrounded by restaurants, a museum and shops.

 

 

NEXT DATE: Spring 2024

Sebastopol, ca

Discover local makers in the heart of Northern California wine country at the Patchwork Show near downtown Sebastopol. We’ve partnered with the Sebastopol Center For the Arts a gallery and workshop space to create an all-day experience featuring activities, fine art, food trucks, Patchwork Show vendors and more.

 

 

NEXT DATE: Spring 2024

san pedro, ca

Patchwork Show San Pedro takes place outdoors on the grounds of CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles, a year-round handmade marketplace. Grab a beer or seltzer from local brewery Brouwerij West next door and pick up lunch from one of our food trucks after shopping from over 100 vendors.

 

NEXT DATE: Spring 2024

el segundo, ca

Patchwork Show El Segundo happens at The Works, a gathering hub in the South Bay of Southern California featuring great spots to eat & drink. Shop from over 60 vendors just 5 minutes from the beach!


NEXT DATE: Spring 2024

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everything you need to know...

Patchwork Show will adhere to the government and local COVID health & safety regulations that are in place at the time of the show. This may include social distancing and masks.

Patchwork Show is Dear Handmade Life’s bi-annual makers festival in several California cities showcasing local handmade and independent businesses alongside food, crafting, activities and more.

Vendors are selected through a jury process and feature a variety of items including clothing, handbags, accessories, jewelry, art, ceramics, home goods, plush products, crochet & knit items, pet gear, kits & patterns, apothecary items and more!

Patchwork Show is free to attend, family-friendly and happens rain or shine. Each location features special activities and crafting. Most projects are free unless otherwise noted and some may have a tip or donation jar. Only our outdoor events are dog friendly.

Join our mailing list and get notifications about upcoming shows or click here for current show info.

Generally, shows take place in the spring (May-June) and fall (November-December). Sign up for our newsletter for updates on when Patchwork Show is happening.

Click here for vendor information and to apply. Applications are only open specific times of year, click here to join our vendor mailing list so you can be notified as soon as we release applications.

We’re always looking for reliable friendly staff members for our shows! Click here to submit your info. We’ll be in touch if/when we have an open position for you.

We love showcasing bands at the show. We’ll provide you with a captive audience and you’re welcome to sell merch at the show too! Click here to submit your info. We’ll be in touch if/when we have an open position for you. 

We offer a limited number of booths to non-craft, service and non-profit businesses. Generally you must provide some type of activity or engaging demo in your booth. You can find more info on our vendor page.  

We love connecting like-minded brands with our large at-event and online audiences. You can find sponsorship info here

In 2008, after living in San Francisco for college and then in Los Angeles, Nicole Stevenson headed back to Orange County where she was raised. Then she moved in with her aunt Delilah Snell. As kids, the girls had dreamed of one day starting a business together but the time was never right.

Over a few glasses of wine on the patio, Nicole and Delilah talked about what was missing where they lived. Nicole had been running a handmade business and selling her goods at craft shows. Delilah had been working hard to cultivate community and had opened an eco-shop that served as a meeting place for education in food and the environment. Craft show veteran Nicole was getting tired of trekking to big cities for festivals and Delilah was frustrated with the lack of community art events in Orange County. Finally, they were both living in the same place and seeking the same thing… community, creativity and coolness in their hometown.

They started brainstorming and a few weeks later, they decided to produce a small craft show in the parking lot of Delilah’s shop in Santa Ana, California. They named the event Patchwork Show, to represent the heart, craft and the soul of the event: bringing together all types of people from the community to celebrate local creativity.

Although that first Patchwork Show had just 25 vendors, it was a hit and people were already asking when the next one was. The girls realized that it wasn’t just them who were yearning for a festival to celebrate creativity and community. Patchwork Show offers makers an affordable venue to show their goods, network and build their businesses and guests an opportunity to support local business and be a part of the creative community in their city.

Over the next decade, Delilah and Nicole juggled their own businesses while producing several Patchwork Show events in five cities with nearly 200 vendors at each event.

In 2017 Delilah stepped back from Dear Handmade Life to focus on her café and market Alta Baja Market in Santa Ana, California. Nicole still runs Patchwork Show with the assistance of the awesome Dear Handmade Life team.

They are grateful to have helped incubate hundreds of creative businesses who got their start at Patchwork Show and look forward to helping more creative entrepreneurs build their businesses..