Sacramento, CA – UPDATED November 21, 2018 – More than 100 regional artists are preparing to welcome visitors to the 13th annual Crocker Holiday Artisan Market, a three-day art bazaar that will take place on Thanksgiving weekend at Sacramento's Scottish Rite Center.

Now a community holiday tradition, the festive event is highlighted by the presence of dozens of local and regional artists, who personally welcome more than 5,000 visitors who come to shop for one-of-a-kind, artful gifts and enjoy a world of creative delights at the market each year.

The market is offered in partnership between the Crocker and Creative Arts League, Sacramento (CALS). In addition to supporting participating artists, proceeds from the market will help to fund the Crocker's exhibitions and programs, and essential community programs offered by CALS including arts outreach to Mustard Seed School and low-cost art tours throughout the region.

At noon on Friday, November 23, the market doors will open at the Scottish Rite Center, and visitors will enter to find nearly every inch of the building covered in sparkling decorations, as dozens of volunteer musicians and holiday performers treat them to the sights and sounds of the holidays.

At each of the displays, visitors can browse selections of fine art and functional works including glass, fiber & textiles, wood, ceramics, paper, photography, painting, sculpture, jewelry, and even artisan chocolates, all offered at a variety of price points. What’s more, each of the participating artists will be available to greet visitors, answer questions, and share details of their artistic journeys and processes.

“While people love the music and the holiday festivities, the opportunity to meet the artists is one of the biggest reasons people come to the event year after year," said CALS market co-chair, Connie Spickelmier. "Buying art for yourself or giving it as a gift is meaningful itself, but when a work of art catches your eye and you get to meet its creator, it becomes a true conversation piece. It means so much more than giving or receiving something that is mass produced or typically sold at a shopping mall.”

Other activities include:

  • Live musical performances throughout the venue including a choir, celtic band, harp, flute, dulcimer, classical guitar, clarinet, and ukulele
  • Photo ops with Santa (Friday 11/23 from noon-4:30pm, Saturday 11/24 & Sunday 11/25 from 10:30-3:30pm)
  • Face-painting and visits with Moonrise Pixies and Elves
  • “Passport to Treasure”, an art giveaway treasure hunt with stamping stations located throughout the venue and dozens of prizes donated by the artists. (total value of prizes $2,000+)
  • Culinary delights by Ambrosia Café

Friday, November 23, 12-5pm
Saturday, November 24, 10am-5pm
Sunday, November 25, 10am-4pm

Scottish Rite Center (in “East Sac”)
6151 H Street, Sacramento

Admission tickets are available at the door to the market.
Adults $7
Seniors/Students $6
Crocker Art Museum and Creative Arts League Members $5
Children age 11 and under - FREE

Karen Christian


Through engaging, innovative, and life-changing interactions with art, the Crocker Art Museum provides meaningful opportunities for people of divergent backgrounds to find common ground. Founded as a public/private partnership in 1885, the Crocker features the world’s foremost display of California art and is renowned for its holdings of master drawings and international ceramics, as well as European, Asian, African, and Oceanic art. The Crocker serves as the primary regional resource for the study and appreciation of fine art and offers a diverse spectrum of exhibitions, events, and programs to deepen visitor’s understanding of art, including films, concerts, studio classes, lectures, and an array of activities for families and children. More information about exhibits and programs can be found at