So, we all know what season has quickly descended upon us, yes? That’s right, browsing season.
Thanks to a bounty of holiday craft fairs and boutiques across the greater Modesto region, this time of year has become a browser’s paradise and a chance to stock up on decorations, gifts and food goods for the fast-coming Christmas extravaganza of parties, celebrations and good cheer.
Several events are being held today and Sunday, with more planned in the region – large and small – through early December; here’s a look at some:
GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH CRAFT FAIRE – Through today. Hand-crafted decorations, apparel and food. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 640 Minaret Ave., Turlock. (209) 667-7712.
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HOLIDAY AND GIFT BOUTIQUE – Through today. Seventh annual event featuring baked goods, candies, jams, decorations and art. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Holy Family Catholic Church, 4212 Dale Road, Modesto. (209) 545-5419.
2013 HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA – Through today. Oakdale Saddle Clubs’ holiday “Bootique.” 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oakdale Saddle Club, 1624 East F St. $3 or donation of a new or gently used coat. (209) 988-3134.
CRAFT BIZARRE – Today. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Modesto Free Will Baptist Church, 225 E. Orangeburg Ave., Modesto. Free. (209) 840-2446.
HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE – Today. Unique gift items including soaps, jewelry, aprons, quilts and art work. Baked goods and snack bar available. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Hilmar Country Club Estates, 19667 W. American Ave. Free.
HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR & BOUTIQUE – Today. Holiday shopping, variety of items from crafts to antiques. Lunch and baked goods available to purchase. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The Well Community Church, 2500 Claus Road, Modesto. Free.
CRAFTERS FOR A CAUSE – Today. Bake sale and craft fair. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mill Creek Church, 147 Auto Center Court, Modesto. Free. (209) 262-8064.
CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL – Today-Sunday. Christmas festival featuring food, book nook, baskets filled with items, jewelry, Christmas decor and more. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. today; 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday. St. Patrick’s Church, 127 Jackson St., Sonora.
COUNTRY FOLK ART SHOW – Today-Sunday. 30th anniversary of Country Folk Art Craft Show featuring an array of unique decorating needs, music and gourmet delights. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Stanislaus County Fairground, 900 N. Broadway, Turlock. $5. (209) 668-8861.
CRAFT FAIR – Today-Sunday. Y.L.I. of St. Mary’s Parish in Oakdale’s eighth annual craft fair featuring local artisans and commercial vendors. Bake sale and food booth. Holiday photos, $5. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. today; 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. St. Mary’s Church Parish Center, Oak and Olive streets, Oakdale. (209) 985-1486.
ST. ANTHONY ANNUAL HOLIDAY LUNCHEON AND CRAFT FAIRE – Nov. 13. Local crafters and artisan booths. Lunch will be provided. 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. St. Anthony’s School, 323 N. Fremont St., Manteca. $15 adults; $10 seniors. (209) 823-4513.
HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIRE – Nov. 16. Handmade crafts and baked goods. Proceeds to provide food baskets and toys for needy families. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 19399 E. Highway 120, Ripon.
HOLIDAY VENDOR FAIRE – Nov. 17. Variety of vendors and handmade crafts. Raffle drawings. Food and beverages available for purchase. Proceeds benefit Sacred Heart Class of 2015 Washington, D.C., trip. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sacred Heart Catholic School, 505 M St., Patterson. Free admission. (209) 652-0830 or (209) 892-1370.
CHRISTMAS BAZAAR – Nov. 23. Local artists, homemade items and lunch. Cody Ebert the Magic Man will perform at noon. Special appearance from Santa, 2-4 p.m. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Town Hall, Main Street, Mokelumne Hill. (209) 286-0607.
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS – Nov. 23. Featuring a variety of booths and a silent auction plus an Apple Orchard Brunch. 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. First United Methodist Church, Modesto, 850 16th St. Brunch $15 adults; $10 children. (209) 522-9046.
SONORA CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL – Nov. 29-Dec. 1. Annual holiday festival featuring 150 craft and artist booths, live entertainment, kids activities including Polar Express Train and a play area, food, desserts and seasonal drinks, street performers. Admission, $7 adults, $5 students and seniors, $2 children 6-12. http://fireonthemountain.com.
COWBOY CHRISTMAS – Nov. 29-30. The Oakdale Cowboy Museum is celebrating its 21st annual Cowboy Christmas Gift and Craft show. More than 40 exhibitor booths with western art, furniture, jewelry, cowboy grub and entertainment. Cowboy Santa arrives on horseback, 11 a.m. and pictures with Santa available until 3 p.m. Fair is 5-9 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Gene Bianchi Community Center, 110 S. Second Ave., Oakdale. Free.
HOMETOWN CRAFTERS CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIRE – Nov. 29-30. Local crafters and live Christmas music. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. Sonora Opera Hall, 250 S. Washington St., Sonora. (209) 536-9625.
CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL – Nov. 30. Craft fair with tree-lighting ceremony, parade and Santa Claus. 2-8 p.m. Riverbank City Hall and City Chamber Gallery, 6707 Third St. (209) 863-7122.
CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY – Nov. 30. Mountain Ranch Community Club hosts a Christmas craft faire, bake sale and luncheon. Handmade items, raffle. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mountain Ranch Community Hall, 8049 Washington St. (209) 754-5360.
COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS FAIRE – Nov. 30. Christmas Faire featuring vendors, crafts, bake sale and door prizes. Christmas cafe will have lunch, coffee and snacks. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Modesto Free Methodist Church, 1520 Rose Ave., Modesto. (209) 765-7639.
CHRISTMAS IN KNIGHTS FERRY – Dec. 1. Breakfast, holiday craft faire, Knights Ferry Museum open with Christmas display and annual Christmas parade. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Knights Ferry , Sonora Road, off Highway 120.
ANNUAL CRAFT FAIR – Dec. 6. Oak Valley Hospital volunteers are sponsoring annual craft fair. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oak Valley Medical Plaza, 1525 West H St., Oakdale.
DICKENS FAIRE – Dec. 7. Venture back to the Victorian era inside and outside the McHenry Mansion, which will be decorated in Christmas splendor. Costumed carolers, stories of Christmases past, plus a street fair with crafts and the Modesto farmers market. 9 a.m. McHenry Mansion, 906 15 St., and outside down 15th Street. www.mchenrymuseum.org
HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR – Dec. 7. The Tuolumne River Lodge hosts fair featuring vendors with homemade and custom items. Lunch available. 10 a.m.-4p.m. Tuolumne River Lodge 2429 River Road, Modesto. (209) 537-6651.