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53rd 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 2, 3 & 4, 2017 (Saturday, Sunday, and Monday)
10am to 5pm
Breakfast available from 8:00am
Kings Mountain Firehouse and Community Center
13889 Skyline Blvd.
Woodside, CA 94062
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)
More DetailsFor 53 years now, 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, local beer and wine begins to flow, and a harpsichord plays softly in the background. 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 (2011).
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 a.m. to 4 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, still 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.
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.