2018 S.F. Bay Area Printers’ Fair

 & Wayzgoose

April 21, 2018, 10 AM to 3 PM
The S.F. Bay Area Printers’ Fair & Wayzgoose is coming to San Jose’s History Park on April 21, 2018. Print a jumbo wood type poster and peruse the marketplace. Free! 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 will enjoy the demonstrations, tours, and array of vendors and exhibitors. All ages are welcome!

RSVP for a chance to win!
Sign up now to attend the fair, and when you check in at the event you will be entered into our raffle to receive a prize, exclusively for advance registrants! Prizes include wood type ornaments, letterpress cards, and a letterpress print.

Exhibitor Registration is now open—read more.

Free Film Screening Saturday April 14, 2018
The Northern California premiere of the movie Pressing On: the Letterpress Film will take place Saturday April 14 at the School of Visual Philosophy. Doors open at 6:30 and film starts at 7:00pm. Please click here to read more.


2018 S.F. Bay Area Printers’ Fair & Wayzgoose
Event Date: April 21, 2018
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.

WikiupArtist/Exhibitor Demonstrations
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!

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


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.

Thanks to all the exhibitors, visitors, and volunteers who have made the previous years’ Bay Area Printers’ Fair & Wayzgoose a big success! The events featured dozens of exhibitors and vendors, with numerous demonstrations throughout the day. Hundreds of visitors attended.

2018 Exhibitors