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Quick Facts

Labor Day Weekend Event

55th Annual Kings Mountain Art Fair
The #1 fine art fair in Northern California (Art Fair SourceBook, 2015), featuring 135+ juried artists in a redwood forest with an old fashioned children's craft and game area.

Labor Day Weekend
September 1, 2 & 3, 2018 (Saturday, Sunday, and Monday)
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Breakfast available 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Kings Mountain Firehouse and Community Center
13889 Skyline Blvd.
Woodside, CA 94062

Additional Details:
Free Admission
Park along Skyline Blvd., and take a free trolley from marked stops to the main entrance (2 stops, located about 1 mile north and south of the fair)

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For 55 years, every Labor Day weekend, a magical transformation occurs in the redwood forest just 30 miles south of San Francisco. Artist booths pop up around the Kings Mountain Fire Station like mushrooms overnight and local beer and wine begins to flow. The forest becomes an outdoor gallery, displaying some of the finest handmade arts and crafts on the West Coast.

More than 400 community members of all ages create the transformation. Local volunteers look forward to this weekend all year long, which is why the person handing you a map as you enter the fair is beaming so brightly, and why the folks at the grill are laughing and dancing as they serve up thousands of hamburgers. Fairgoers tell us the enthusiasm is infectious.

Other art fair directors have approached us over the years asking how they can recreate this magic. But it’s more alchemy than recipe, you can’t build this sense of community and tradition overnight.

Local residents started the Art Fair in 1963 as a fundraiser to help create a volunteer fire company for the remote Kings Mountain community. The first fair, held in a red barn, featured mostly local artists and raised $50.

The fair has only grown since, and now has a reputation among artists and fairgoers alike as one of the best art shows on the West Coast. It was recently ranked in the Top Five Fine Art Fairs in California by the Art Fair SourceBook (2015).

Families will find lots of old-fashioned, fun activities, including face painting, balloon shapes, and various crafts and games in Kiddie Hollow, open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The grill serves a pancake breakfast, including eggs and sausage, as well as satisfying “fair food” for lunch, including burgers, corn on the cob, chili, nachos, and more. Our volunteers at the cook shack seek out the highest quality ingredients every year, like 100% natural beef. And the Kings Mountain Elementary School has dessert covered with Grandma Jenny’s famous giant cookies.

Proceeds from the Art Fair go back to the community, supporting the Kings Mountain Volunteer Fire Brigade, which responds to more than 150 emergencies a year, and the Kings Mountain Elementary School, a 3-room school for grades K-5.

The Kings Mountain Art Fair has worked to reduce its environmental impact and has recently taken it to a new level by focusing on a goal of "Zero Waste," sending as little refuse to a landfill as possible. Each year has seen an increasing reduction in waste sent to the landfill.

Zero Waste is a fair-wide effort. All food sold at the fair is served in compostable or recyclable products and the map to the Fair is printed on recycled paper. All fair volunteers are encouraged to work towards the goal. Zero Waste volunteers help fairgoers divert most of their refuse to composting or recycling bins.

Visitors can park along Skyline Boulevard and catch the complimentary trolley to the fair, which stops at designated locations about one mile north and south of the main fair entrance.

Because much of the art is fragile, dogs and bicycles are not permitted on the fair grounds. Bicycle racks are available. And since the location is the coastal redwood forest, we strongly recommend dressing in layers, as temperatures can vary dramatically through the day.


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