S.F. Bay Area Printers’ Fair

& Wayzgoose

Thanks to all the exhibitors, visitors, and volunteers who made the 2015 Bay Area Printers’ Fair & Wayzgoose a big success! The event featured two dozen exhibitors and vendors, with numerous demonstrations throughout the day. Several hundred visitors attended.

Save the Date: April 9, 2016
Mark your calendars for the next S.F. Bay Area Printers’ Fair & Wayzgoose, coming to San Jose’s History Park on April 9, 2016. Sponsored by the San Jose Printers’ Guild, this free event celebrates letterpress printing and allied arts. 2016 marks the third year of the Printers’ Fair and Wayzgoose at History San Jose. 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! For more information about the event, contact sjprintersguild@gmail.com.

type-rocksType rocks at San Jose Mini Maker Faire
Over 3,000 visitors came to History Park on Sept. 6, 2015 the San Jose Mini Maker Faire. The Printers’ Guild let visitors of all ages print, score, and die-cut “Type Rocks” pieces with silver ink on dark blue paper.

2016 S.F. Bay Area Printers’ Fair & Wayzgoose

Event Date: April 9, 2016
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.

Artist/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, binding a booklet with thread, 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!

New exhibit on printing in Santa Clara Valley
Visit the opening day of the museum exhibit “Slugs, Dingbats, & Tramp Printers! Printing in Santa Clara Valley,” in the Pasetta House adjacent to the Printers’ Fair.

Food 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.


Directions: 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.

Download an exhibitor list and map in PDF format, or view exhibitor list online.