Away with the witches, the jack-o’-lanterns and black cats – a new autumn month dawns and with it time to get a sneak peek at your upcoming holiday spirit.
November brings the holiday craft fair, boutique and bazaar season to the Modesto region and Mother Lode. Artists and crafters will offer a wealth of wares to help you get a jump on Christmas shopping. There are options big and small, from church events to massive community street fairs and celebrations.
And don’t think just because Halloween’s barely ended it’s too early to think Christmas: Several of the craft fairs will be held later this week. Here’s a look at some:
Christmas In The Country – Nov. 6-7: Annual Holiday Boutique. Raffle to benefit Community Hospice. Cider, coffee and refreshments. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Ferrero Family Barn, 668 N. Blossom Road, Waterford.
Holiday Bazaar – Nov. 7: Handmade crafts, gifts and holiday items. Soup and pie lunch available for $7. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Escalon United Methodist Church, 2000 Jackson Ave., Escalon. Free. 209-838-2792.
Holiday Bazaar – Nov. 7: Handcrafted items, jams and jellies, handmade quilts, baked goods, embroidered dish towels, crocheted and novelty items 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Grace Lutheran Church, 617 W. Orangeburg Ave. Modesto. Lunch available.
Craft Fair – Nov. 7-8: Handmade items, toys, quilts, jewelry, aprons, baked goods, holiday photo studio, pics with Santa, food booth. Sponsored by Young Ladies Institute of St. Mary’s Parish. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. St. Mary’s Catholic Church parish center, 55 Oak St., Oakdale. 209-985-1486.
Take a canned food donation on Sunday, Nov. 29, to the Sonora Christmas Festival to save $1 on admission.
Country Folk Art Show – Nov. 7-8: Decorating accents and gift items, framed art, metalwork, chandeliers, holiday decor, vintage items, florals, handcrafted furniture, textiles, candles and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 8. $6. Stanislaus County Fairgrounds 900 N. Broadway, Turlock.
Holiday Boutique – Nov. 7: More than 25 vendors with gifts, fashion, decor, more. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Trinity United Presbyterian Church, Telle Center, 1600 Carver Road, Modesto. 209-529-3228
Holiday Boutique – Nov. 7: Handmade gift items including soaps, jewelry, quilts, purses, aprons, home baked items, greeting cards, more. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The Clubhouse, Hilmar Country Club Estates, 19667 American Ave. Hilmar.
Christmas Boutique – Nov. 7: Arts, crafts, food. Also holding a canned food drive for St. Vincent dePaul Society. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. St. Stanislaus Community Center, 1416 Maze Blvd., Modesto. 209-523-7006.
Community Outreach Holiday Craft Faire – Nov. 12-14: Handcrafted, holiday items, jams, jellies, pastries, more. Proceeds go to local charities and missions. Lunch available for purchase. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 640 Minaret Ave., Turlock. 209-667-7712.
Holiday Boutique – Nov. 14: Oakdale Junior High hosts second annual boutique. Proceeds benefit Parent Teacher Club. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oakdale Junior High School gym, 400 S. Maag Ave.
Holiday Boutique – Nov. 14: Handcrafted and other items for sale, light lunch available for purchase. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Prescott Church, 3000 Prescott Road, Modesto.
Free children’s activities take place at the McHenry Museum during the Dec. 5 Modesto Dickens Faire.
Coralwood Holiday Craft Faire – Nov. 14: Crafts including crochet and knitting items, paintings, plastic canvas, jewelry and quilting. Hot dog and soda for $1.50 and baked goods for sale. Coralwood Senior Mobile Home Park Clubhouse, 331 Coralwood Road, Modesto. 209-300-7974.
Holiday Boutique – Nov. 14: Holiday gifts from more than 20 vendors with jewelry, ceramics, wood, ornaments, baked goods, more. Breakfast and lunch for purchase 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Connecting Point Nazarene Church, 3200 E. Monte Vista Ave., Denair.
Hughson Arts & Crafts Faire – Nov. 21-22: 20th Century Club’s annual event with handcrafted arts and crafts. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Hughson High School, 7419 Whitmore Ave. 209-874-5012.
Cowboy Christmas Craft Show – Nov. 27-28: Oakdale Cowboy Museum holiday event with western arts and crafts. Cowboy Santa arrives on horseback at 10 a.m. Nov. 29 and will be available for photos. Event runs 5-8 p.m. Nov. 27, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 29. Gene Bianchi Community Center, 110 S. Second Ave., Oakdale. 209-847-5163.
Hometown Crafters Christmas Faire – Nov. 27-28: Local crafters. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 28, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 29. Sonora Opera Hall, 250 S. Washington St., Sonora. 209-532-8375.
Riverbank Christmas Festival – Nov. 28: Craft fair with handmade items from noon-8 p.m., parade at 5:30 p.m., with tree-lighting ceremony and Santa Claus. Downtown Riverbank, 6707 Third St. 209-863-7122.
Christmas in the Country Craft Fair – Nov. 28: Artists and crafters, lunch, bake sale, raffles, more. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mountain Ranch Community Hall, 8049 Washington St., Mountain Ranch.
Mod Shop Indie Crafters Market is held in conjunction with Small Business Saturday on Nov. 28.
Sonora Christmas Festival – Nov. 27-29: The 41st annual festival features over 150 craft artists, music, festival kitchens and bake shops. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Adults $7, ages 13-18 $5, 6-12 $2, under age 6 free. Mother Lode County Fairgrounds, 220 Southgate Drive, Sonora. fireonthemountain.com.
Mod Shop Indie Crafters Market – Nov. 28: Third annual event with more than 70 vendors participating. Businesses hosting vendors include Peer Recovery Art Project, Mod Spot, Concetta, Mira’s Bridal, Deva Cafe, Galletto, Mistlin Gallery and Preservation Coffee & Tea. Live street entertainment. 5- 9 p.m. J Street between 10th and I streets.
Dickens Faire – Dec. 5: 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. Free children’s activities at McHenry Museum. McHenry Mansion, 906 15 St. Modesto, and outside down 15th Street. www.mchenrymuseum.org.
Holiday craft fair – Dec. 5: Featuring more than 45 vendors with homemade and other items. Lunch and other treats available for purchase. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuolumne River Lodge, 2429 River Road, Modesto. 209-531-0602.
Pat Clark: 209-578-2312