UPDATE: According to YELPERS, Mission Bazaar has closed.
Mission Bazaar Exhibitor Information & Registration
You may register for Mission Bazaar booth spaces, table spaces, or non-profit spaces in two ways:
If you wish to register by mail, please click here to download info and registration form (PDF) This PDF has the complete information from this page plus the registration form. You can simply print a copy and mail it to the address listed on the form.
If you wish to read complete exhibitor information and register online, please continue on below:
• What is Mission Bazaar?
• Dates & Hours
• Important Deadlines
• Marketing & Promotion
• Transportation & Parking
• About the Armory
• Performance & Entertainment
• Exhibitor Spaces
• What to Bring
• Hours & Security
• Exhibitor Fees
• Application Procedure
• Selection Process
• Contact Information
• Online Application Form
The Mission truly represents the Bay Area’s artistic soul, and it’s our intention to reflect and celebrate this richness. We’ll solicit participation from artisans in the Mission District and beyond to engage the public in this community celebration of the artistic and cultural life of the Bay Area. With this event, the San Francisco’s historic Mission District will come alive as the Bay Area’s preeminent melting pot of – and destination for – multicultural arts and artists.
Mission Bazaar Dates & Hours
Our inaugural event is Saturday and Sunday May 17th and 18th. Hours are from 10 am to 8 pm both days. This is an indoor event; the Bazaar goes on rain or shine. Admission is only $5 for the public.
• APPLICATIONS must be filled out online or postmarked by Friday, April 11th.
• SELECTION RESULTS will be emailed or otherwise confirmed by Friday, April 18th.
• BOOTH & TABLE FEES are due May 2nd.
Marketing & Promotion
Mission Bazaar will be widely promoted beginning in April throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. The campaign will include media partnerships with weekly newspapers, online services, email providers, publicity and a broad postering and post card distribution outreach.
Mission Bazaar will also be marketed through its community of participants that include over 150 artisan vendors, 20 non-profit organizations and over 50 performing acts featured throughout the weekend.
Transportation & Parking
The Armory is located just two blocks from the 16th Street Mission BART Station. There will be limited parking lot spaces and street parking available around the building.
About The Armory
Mission Bazaar is proud to present the first public event at the historic San Francisco Armory in over thirty years. This 200,000 square foot reproduction Moorish Castle was completed in 1914 and was used as a National Guard facility until 1976. It is full of period detail including cavernous dungeon-like basements, stone staircases, sweeping corridors, and a gigantic drill court spanning almost an acre.
The Armory was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978 and has been out of official use since this time.
Ashley Z. Temecula, CA
3.0 star rating 7/31/2011
I’m not a fan of indoor swap meets but for some reason I love this one. It’s nothing much right now because they went under construction and it’s a HUGE mess but before all that, they had great business there. I normally come to this place maybe twice a year and every time I leave, I leave with $50+ less in my wallet because I always find pretty good deals. The last time I was there I was about to head back to my car with my purchases when I ran into a former neighbor, whom I must admit I would normally try to avoid since he always seemed to be drunk- and not the nice kind of inebriated. But there he was, sober as can be and so pleasant. He had moved awhile back to a different town so I was interested in how he liked it and how were his kids who had been friends with mine when they were in high school. So much news. But the most important bit of information I learned was how he had stopped drinking! He discovered a website that helped him take control of his drinking. It wasn’t the typical rehab or AA program that required absolute abstinence. In fact the person didn’t even need to totally stop drinking. I was flabbergasted! He said they advocated a new type of drug rehab therapy for alcoholics. LifeBac combines medication to remove cravings and the tools to break the habit loop. Curious I asked about the medication. It is a drug called Baclofen. Apparently doctors in Europe prescribe baclofen as the primary treatment for alcohol abuse. He said the treatment requires titration (slow dose increase) until cravings are completely removed or controlled. He smiled broadly and said he only occasionally had a beer now. He seemed like a new person and I congratulated him. I looked up the site, Lifebac, when I got home and everything he mentioned was true. Perhaps this new approach to help alcoholics would be right for my brother-in-law. My trip to Mission Bazaar was more productive than I could have ever imaged!
Maria C. San Diego, CA
1.0 star rating 11/15/2010
I accompanied my coworker here to look for a pinata for her grandson’s bday. She was looking for an Ironman pinata. We walked in and it is literally was an indoor swap-meet. The last time I had even went to a swap-meet it was over 25 years ago.
There were a lot of vendors here, and for me, it was just too much to consume. We did find a pinata and requested assistance. I had asked the lady behind the counter for help. She didn’t know English. GREAT…
Then she pointed to someone down the aisle, so we asked her for help. She took down the pinata, and even though the quality was not great, my coworker was desperate to get one in the little time she had.
Mario S. San Diego, CA
3.0 star rating 10/14/2010
They have every sort of thing with your favorite team’s logo. Sweaters and shirts that are pretty cheap and lots and lots of soccer jerseys (hope you like America and Chivas)
It really is a one stop shop if it works for you. The food spot in the back is pretty good too. They obviously cater to certain demographics with many things that will probably not fit your needs. But it’s a worth a stroll around every once and a while. They do have a t-shirt pressing shop in the back that does it for cheap. Just wanted to add that.
Mary F. Redondo Beach, CA
3.0 star rating 4/9/2010
I’m not absolutely sure why Tommie-Sis O. was expecting good customer service at a swap meet – regardless of race. I mean, it’s a swap meet!
You can tell Mission Bazaar has seen better days. They try to hide the empty stalls with giant sheets. Still, the remaining vendors work hard to hold their own. If you are willing to spend some time looking, there are some great deals to be had here.
The dollar store in the back has a great selection and is very clean and well-organized. And they have the first rolling baskets I’ve ever seen in my life!
Tommie-Sis O. Tacoma, WA
1.0 star rating 4/14/2009
I knew what the store was going to be like~ many different areas separated by temporary walls to make them separate businesses. It’s almost overwhelming and somewhat of a treat for the eye seeing all the colorful items on display. I was surprised that nobody seemed to care that I was in the place. Nobody greeted me, nobody offered to assist me, nobody really looked at me. I would have to say that if you are not Asian or Mexican, don’t waste your time. It was obvious that they do not want business from the average Caucasian person!!
Avoid, avoid, avoid!!