With only one more year until the Fair’s golden anniversary, the annual event is still packing in the crowds. One of the largest fairs of its kind in Northern California, First Street is closed to vehicle traffic from J Street to the waterfront each year. It is said to attract upwards of 20,000 visitors for the antiques and collectibles event. This year it will take place August 11, 8-5. Savvy shoppers come early to snag the best finds as dealers set up their booths. They also get premium parking on downtown streets that are generally full by 9am for many blocks on both sides of First Street. Parking is also available on East 2nd and D Street. Disabled parking is available at Bank of the West at First & J Streets. The Fair is free of charge.
This outdoor, pedestrian-only event began in 1963 with a few collectible and antique stores displaying their wares outside St Paul's Church. It has grown to over 300 select antique and collectible dealers from all over the country. The show offers new collectors and seasoned veterans of the collectible world an opportunity to treasure hunt for hours. What will they find? Popular items include period furniture, decorative antiques, vintage textiles and fashion, pottery, porcelain, pink and blue Depression glass, paintings, prints, jewelry, clocks, hardware and more. Dealers at the fair are generally very knowledgeable and happily answer questions. New this year is a Children’s Art Space, a free drop-in for creative projects. Animals are not allowed. For more information, visit beniciapeddlersfair.org.