Market Days: Homespun

Handmade Culture and Crafts

Saturday, September 20 • 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Exploratorium, Pier 15, Plaza

Free (Market Days is a free outdoor program. Ticket required for museum admission.)
All Ages

Get a feel for handmade traditions at Market Days: Homespun. Meet with artisans and entrepreneurs carrying forward folk crafts such as spinning and Mexican papel picado as well as vintage techniques for making hats and paints. Brush up on home brewing, make tortillas, and taste quick-pickled vegetables. Try your hand at making glass or stamping metal jewelry, and enjoy fancy footwork by young folklórico dancers.

Market Days are free, open-air mini-festivals that bring together museum and community scientists, artists, and educators on third Saturdays from June to October. They feature curated art and science demos, hands-on activities, exhibits, and craft displays.


Back to the Roots
Learn how to farm mushrooms on your kitchen counter, and grow fresh greens with the help of a pet fish.

The Crucible
Design your own jewelry using metal stamping techniques.

1:00 p.m.
Enjoy youthful performances of folklórico dances representing four different regions of Mexico.

Create wildflower seed bombs and make flash-pickled vegetables with Explorables volunteers.

Flores de Papel and Papel Picado
With Irma Ortiz
Craft decorative flowers and cut paper designs with local artist Irma Ortiz.

Fort Point Brewery
Get to know the basics of home brewing and take a closer look at the small but mighty yeast.

Knitting Demonstration
With Sonya Philip
Learn the ins and outs of this ever-popular craft.

Krazy Clay
With Miguel Valdez
Browse hand-designed stoneware mugs and bowls.

Museum of Craft and Design
Decorate cards with fruit and vegetable stamp designs.

Paul’s Hat Works
Meet four young women bringing the men’s hat back, and find out how they design and make their custom hats.

SeaGlass Restaurant
See the culinary processes behind charcuterie, shrubs, and pickling.

SF Milk Maid
Get a taste for cheesemaking basics.

Sinopia Pigments
With Alex Warren
Learn how to make paints from natural pigments, and try your hand at traditional painting techniques.

Spindles & Flyers
Follow a “sheep to shawl” demonstration by members of this local spinning guild and then take some fiber for a spin.

Tortilla Making
With Isabel Hawkins and Doña Maria
Learn how to make traditional corn tortillas with Exploratorium scientist Isabel Hawkins and Maya elder Doña Maria.

Explainer Demonstrations
Drag for plankton, get the scoop on compost, and change your perspective with the Rickshaw Obscura.

Food Carts by SeaGlass