2019 S.F. Bay Area Printers’ Fair

 & Wayzgoose

April 27, 2019, 10 AM to 3 PM

The S.F. Bay Area Printers’ Fair & Wayzgoose is coming to San Jose’s History Park on April 27, 2019. Exhibitor registration will open by Feb. 1, 2019.

Thanks to all of our exhibitors and attendees for a successful event in 2018! We had more demos and vendors than ever before, and more visitors this year as well. People young and old cranked our one-ton Hacker Test Press to print their own jumbo wood type posters. Other demos featured silkscreen printing, hand typesetting, printing on table-top presses, papermaking, and bookbinding.

Sponsored by the San Jose Printers’ Guild, this event celebrates letterpress printing, typography, book arts, ephemera, fine paper, printmaking, and allied arts. Print enthusiasts, students, educators, graphic designers, typophiles, artists, and printers new or old enjoyed the demonstrations, tours, and array of vendors and exhibitors.

Visitors who signed up online in advance to attend the fair were entered into a raffle to to receive prizes including wood type ornaments, letterpress cards, and Wayzgoose t-shirts. Thanks to Moore Wood Type for their generous donation.

Shift-click on the image below to download the Fair poster — share online and via social media:


Film Screening Saturday April 14, 2018
The Northern California premiere of the movie Pressing On: the Letterpress Film took place Saturday April 14 at the School of Visual Philosophy.

2019 S.F. Bay Area Printers’ Fair & Wayzgoose
Event Date: April 27, 2019
Event Time: 10 AM to 3 PM
Event Location: History Park, 635 Phelan Ave., San Jose, CA 95112

Activities running throughout the day include:

Letterpress Demonstrations & Shop Tours: Museum Print Shop
San Jose Printers’ Guild members will help visitors print keepsakes on several vintage presses from handset wood and metal type, and lead tours of a 1900s era print shop.

Letterpress Printers’ Market & Shopping Letterpress Supplies and Printed Goods, Book Arts, etc.: Exhibitors will be offering letterpress printed goods, artist books, fine papers, ink, handset type, and reference materials, as well as printing presses, tools, and equipment for printing and related crafts.

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Exhibitors and featured artists and craftsmen will demonstrate the skills related to printing and book arts, and show visitors how to set type and impress ink onto paper. Demonstrations include hand papermaking, linocut and woodblock printing, and hand-setting metal type to print on a tabletop press. Visitors can print their own poster from wood type courtesy of the San Jose Printers’ Guild. Don’t forget to ride the historic trolley for free!

script-woodtypeFood and Drink
Lunch will be available from a food truck on the grounds. Cold drinks and frozen treats will be available at O’Brien’s Candy Store & Ice Cream Parlor in the Pacific Hotel.

Location, Parking and Admission
Admission is free!
History Park is located at 635 Phelan Ave., San Jose, CA 95112
Park for free on local streets or use the San Jose city parking lot on Phelan Ave. for $6.

EatsShootsLeavesDirections: Exit Highway 280 at 10th St., then go south on 10th., left on Keyes St., right on Senter Rd., left on Phelan Ave. History San Jose is ahead on left; visitor parking lot ($6) is straight ahead at end of Phelan Ave.

For more information about the event, contact info@sjprintersguild.com.


2018 Exhibitors