Frequently Asked Questions

Contents

Lectures Dress Code
Location Exhibition Children
Hours Antiques Wheelchairs
Parking Exhibitors Pets
Directions Designers Student Employment Opportunities
Public Transportation Catalogue Volunteer Opportunities
Tickets Food and Beverage  

Location

Where is the Show and Preview Gala? 

THE SAN FRANCISCO FALL ART & ANTIQUES SHOW is held at Festival Pavilion in Fort Mason Center.

Fort Mason Center is located in the beautiful Marina District, between Fisherman's Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge on San Francisco Bay. The entrance to Fort Mason Center is at the intersection of Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street. A former military base, this National Historic Landmark is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and therefore has no street address.

Hours

Preview Gala
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
7:00 to 10:00 p.m. - Gala

4:00 to 7:00 p.m. - Patron Receptions

2017 Show Dates 

October 2 to October 29, 2017
Thursday - Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, Noon to 5:00 p.m. 

Parking

Is parking available?

Yes. Limited paid parking is available within the Fort Mason complex. Due to high attendance, THE SAN FRANCISCO FALL ART & ANTIQUES SHOW is a high-impact parking period.

The parking fees are reasonable and go directly toward preservation and restoration of historic Fort Mason Center. 

Please do not self-park inside any valet parking area under any circumstances. If you are unsure of the appropriate place to park, check with security once at Fort Mason. Illegally parked cars will be ticketed and towed. 

Free, but very limited, parking is available along Marina Boulevard; however, make sure to carefully read posted parking restrictions.

Is valet parking available?

Valet parking is available at Festival Pavilion (inside Fort Mason complex) during the Preview Gala and on show days.

How much does valet parking cost?

Valet parking is free during the Preview Gala for Enthusiasts, Aficionados, Designers Circle, Collectors Circle and Connoisseurs Circle patrons. 

For all other guests, shuttle service will be available from nearby lots.

On show days, valet parking is complimentary to Connoisseurs, Collectors and Designers Circle members. For all others it is $20 per car.

Directions

Is Fort Mason easy to find?

From East Bay: Bay Bridge to Fremont Street Exit; on Fremont (100 yards north) take first right on Howard; left on Embarcadero and go 2 miles; left on Bay and go 2 miles; right on Buchanan. Cross Marina Boulevard and turn sharp right into Fort Mason Center.

From Peninsula/South Bay: US 101 North to 9th Street Exit; 9th across Market and left on Hayes; right on Franklin; left on Bay; right on Buchanan. Cross Marina Boulevard and sharp right into Fort Mason Center.

From North Bay: Golden Gate Bridge (US 101) to Marina Exit: Marina Boulevard (1.5 miles) to Buchanan and turn left into Fort Mason Center.

Is there a map available?
A map of Fort Mason Center, and the primary transit routes, is available on their website.

Public Transportation

Are there public transit options?

Yes. We encourage public transportation.

For Bay Area-wide transit information call 511 (or 817-1717) from any area code in the Bay Area counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma. Or, contact one of the following:

East Bay: Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART): (510) 465-2278

North Bay: Golden Gate Transit: (415) 455-2000

Peninsula/South Bay: SamTrans/CalTrain: (800) 660-4287 

San Francisco: Municipal Railway (MUNI): (415) 673-6864 

Which San Francisco buses will take me to Fort Mason Center?

There are many buses that stop at, or near, Fort Mason Center. Contact MUNI at (415) 673-6864 for times, or for other transit options.

#10 Townsend (stops at Van Ness and Bay, a short walk from Fort Mason)
#22 Fillmore (stops at Fillmore and Beach)
#28 19th Avenue (stops inside Fort Mason)
#30 Stockton (stops at Chestnut and Laguna; stops at the Transbay Bus Terminal)
#42 Downtown Loop
#47 Van Ness (stops at Van Ness and Bay, a short walk from Fort Mason)
#49 Van Ness / Mission (stops at Van Ness and Bay, a short walk from Fort Mason)
#82X Presidio/Wharves Express

Are taxi cabs readily available at Fort Mason Center?

Taxis are not readily available at Fort Mason Center. They must be ordered by telephone. Our staff and volunteers are happy to assist you in calling a taxi if needed.

Tickets

PLEASE NOTE: TICKETS WILL NOT BE MAILED. ALL TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE TO PRINT YOURSELF OR ON YOUR MOBILE PHONE VIA A TICKET CONFIRMATION FROM EVENTBRITE.

100% of net proceeds from all ticket sales benefit the 501(c)(3) non-profit, Enterprise for High School Students

Can I purchase tickets online?

Yes, tickets are available for purchase via Eventbrite. Click on the “Purchase Tickets” tab on the left sidebar of this site. You may print your tickets yourself or send to your mobile phone and bring with you.

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept MasterCard, VISA, American Express, Discover and Personal Checks. 

Can I purchase tickets over the phone?

Yes, you may order tickets via telephone at (415) 989-9019.

Can I pay by check?

Yes. To pay by check, please RSVP to the Preview Gala invitation or download the Ticket Order form here and send it with your check made out to The San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Show to:

San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Show Tickets
200 Pine Street, Floor 6
San Francisco, CA 94104

Can I buy a ticket at the door?

Yes, General Admission tickets are available to purchase at the door for $20. Tickets to the Preview Gala and Lectures can be purchased at the door, but to avoid lines, it is best to buy your tickets in advance. 

Special rate Lunch and Lecture combination tickets are ONLY available in advance by October 16, 2017. Click on "Purchase Tickets" tab or call (415) 989-9019 to reserve.

Will you mail me the tickets?

No. No tickets will be mailed. All tickets are available either to print at home or send to your mobile device. If you pre-purchased tickets, please call (415) 989-9019 with your email address and we will email your tickets.

What should I do if I have lost my tickets?

Instructions on where to find your tickets can be found here

How much does it cost to attend the Show?

General Admission tickets purchased in advance are $15 per person (includes the Show Catalogue valued at $12), $20 per person at the door.

Lectures: $10 each (does not include General Admission)

Lecture Series: $100 for the full series (6 lectures, including General Admission) 

Lunch and Lecture: $65 each (includes a special prix fixe lunch in Café Girandole, lecture of your choice, entrance to the show)   

Do you offer special rates for groups? 

Yes, we offer group rates for groups of 10 or more:

General Admission $10 each (includes the Show Catalogue)

After October 15, although your group is still welcome to take advantage of group rates, you will not be able to sign up for Lunch and Lecture.

In order to take advantage of group rates, your group must make one payment. In order to take advantage of group rates at the door, your entire group must arrive together and make one payment.

Please call (415) 989-9019 to reserve a special group rate.

Do you offer special rates for seniors?

There are no senior rates for this charitable Show benefiting Enterprise for High School Students; however, if you would like to take advantage of group rates, we encourage you to speak to your local senior centers, red hat societies, and other social groups about arranging a group outing.

Do you offer special rates for children or students?

Children under the age of 12 are free. Children 13 and older pay standard general admission fees. 

There are no student rates for this charitable show benefiting Enterprise for High School Students; however, if you would like to take advantage of group rates, we encourage you to speak to your teachers or after-school activities leaders about arranging a group outing.

Does the Exhibition require a separate admission ticket?

No, the Exhibition is included in General Admission and does not require a separate admission ticket.

What are the benefits associated with the various levels of Patron tickets?

The most notable difference between the various levels of patrons are the early receptions prior to the Preview Gala on Wednesday, October 25, 2016. Following are a few of the additional highlights:

Connoisseurs Circle ($5,000, two tickets) (contribution, less $300, tax deductible)

  • Lead name placement in Show Gala invitation and Catalogue*
  • Earliest entry to Opening Night Preview Gala at 4:00 p.m.
  • Courtesy valet parking for the Preview Gala and all show days
  • Unlimited entry for 4 for all show days
  • Invitation to the Chairmen Luncheon on Thursday, October 26
  • 2 tickets to all 6 lectures. Must reserve your seats in advance.
  • Invitations to exclusive parties
  • A special Connoisseurs gift

Collectors Circle ($3,000, two tickets) (contribution, less $300, tax deductible)

  • Premier name placement in Show Gala invitation and Catalogue*
  • Earliest entry to Opening Night Preview Gala at 4:00 p.m.
  • Courtesy valet parking for the Preview Gala and all show days
  • Unlimited entry for 2 for all show days
  • Invitation to the Chairmen Luncheon on Thursday, October 26
  • 2 tickets to 4 lectures. Must reserve your seats in advance.
  • Invitations to exclusive parties

Patrons ($2,000, two tickets) (contribution, less $300, tax deductible)

  • Principal name placement in Show Gala invitation and Catalogue*
  • Early entry to Opening Night Preview Gala at 5:00 p.m.
  • Courtesy valet parking for the Preview Gala and all show days
  • Unlimited entry for 2 for all show days
  • 2 tickets to 2 lectures. Must reserve your seats in advance.
  • Invitations to exclusive parties

Enthusiasts ($800, two tickets) (contribution, less $300, tax deductible)

  • Your name printed in Show Gala invitation and Catalogue*
  • 6:00 p.m. entry to Opening Night Preview Gala 
  • Courtesy valet parking for the Opening Night Preview Gala 
  • Unlimited entry for 2 for all show days
  • 2 tickets to 1 lecture. Must reserve your seats in advance.
  • Invitations to exclusive parties

Young Collectors ($400 for one ticket or $700 for two) (contribution, less $85 per ticket, tax deductible)
Open to those between the ages of 21 and 40

  • Your name printed in Show Gala invitation and Catalogue*
  • 7:00 p.m. entry to Opening Night Preview Gala  
  • Invitation to a special panel discussion at The Battery in September
  • Unlimited entry for all show days
  • Shuttle parking from nearby Fort Mason for the Preview Gala
  • 1 tickets to 1 lecture. Must reserve your seats in advance.

Supporters ($300 per person) (contribution, less $85 per ticket, tax deductible)

  • 7:00 p.m. entry to Opening Night Preview Gala
  • Shuttle parking from nearby Fort Mason for the Preview Gala
  • Unlimited entry for all show days

*Orders received by August 4, 2017 will be listed in the Show Catalogue and Preview Gala invitation. 

 

Lectures

What are the dates and times of the 2017 Lecture Series?

Thursday - Saturday, 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.;  For more information, see our Programs page

Exhibition

Will there be a Loan Exhibit?

No. Instead, the Designer Vignettes in the Grand Entry Hall will showcase the theme. Prominent designers are selected the bring the theme to life with beautiful designs incorporating pieces from the Exhibitors.

What is the 2017 theme?

FLOWER POWER: Floral Imagery in Art, Antiques & Design

Antiques

What periods / specialties are represented at the Show?

The Show strives to present to the public a wide selection of furniture and objects in a broad range of prices and a diverse range of styles, tastes and periods. The Show regularly includes dealers in the following specialties:

  • Antiquities
  • Asian Decorative and Fine Arts
  • Books, Documents, and Manuscripts
  • Carpets, Rugs, and Textiles
  • Clocks and Scientific Instruments
  • English Furniture
  • Ethnographic Art
  • European and American Ceramics and Glass, Chinese Export Porcelains
  • European Furniture
  • Fine Art - Paintings and Sculpture
  • Fine Art - Photographs
  • Fine Art - Prints and Maps
  • Folk Art
  • Furniture of the Americas
  • Jewelry
  • Metals - Silver
  • Metals - Base Metals: Brass, Pewter, etc.
  • Modern Art-Paintings
  • Objets de Vertu - Enamels, Miniatures, Snuff Boxes, etc.
  • 20th-Century Furniture and Works of Art - Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Mid-century Modern
  • Works on Paper

Can I bring my antiques to the Show to be appraised, sold, or traded? 

No. The Show is only for Exhibitors to sell to the public. Independent parties attempting to sell merchandise to Exhibitors will be removed by security and barred admittance.

Exhibitors

How do I become an Exhibitor in the Show? 

The Show is a vetted fair with top caliber exhibitors who maintain high standards. Exhibitors are invited primarily on the basis of their reputations in the trade in their respective disciplines, through recommendations of our Advisory Committee, and by onsite visits to prospective exhibitors' shops/galleries. 

For consideration to participate in the 2017 or 2018 Show, please fill out the Exhibitor Application here. Please include photographs of antiques or art representative of your merchandise, photographs of your booth at other Shows or Fairs, and any recent press you may have received.  

Designers

How do I join the Designers Circle?

The San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Show Designers Circle (DC) was established in 1999 as a dedicated group of design industry leaders in support of the show and the beneficiary charity. DC membership is by invitation only to established, credentialed, professional designers and architects in the Bay Area and across the country. Membership is based on past support of The San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Show, and all members must be in good standing within the design industry. Members are required to have an established body of work (visible through a website or portfolio) and /or two recommendations from members of the DC and /or participating Show dealers. Other individuals or companies who work within the trade in support of interior designers and architects, such as art galleries, furnishing showrooms, contractors, etc., are encouraged to join one of the other patron groups.

Catalogue

Is there a charge for the Catalogue?

The cost of the catalogue is included with the purchase of a General Admission ticket. 

If you do not attend the Show, the price for the Catalogue is $12, plus shipping and handling. Contact the Show Office at (415) 989-9019 or sffas@ehss.org to order a Catalogue. 

How do I advertise in the Show Catalogue?

Go to the Catalogue Advertising page of the website, download the contract and send it along with the specified materials and payment.

Food and Beverage

What are the dining choices offered at the Show? 

Café Girandole, located in the center of the Show, is a seated dining area that offers a selection of gourmet luncheon fare including an excellent selection of soups, entrees and desserts, along with a curated wine list. 

On Sunday there will be a special Champagne Buffet Brunch from noon to 2 p.m.

All catering provided by McCalls Catering and Events.

What are the hours of the Café Girandole? 

A la carte fare and bar service is available during Show hours.

Can I make a reservation at Café Girandole? 

On-site reservations are accepted; however, telephone reservations are not accepted.

Dress Code

Is there a dress code for the Preview Gala?

Yes. The Preview Gala is a social event and cocktail dress/suit and tie is the most appropriate attire. 

Children

Are children allowed?

Supervised children are allowed; however, strollers are not permitted inside exhibitor booths. 

Since alcohol is served at the Preview Gala, children are not recommended. Children attending the party will be charged full admission price.

Wheelchairs

Are wheelchairs available? 

There are a limited number of wheelchairs available.  When you arrive, please request a wheelchair.

Pets

Can I bring my pet?

Pets are not allowed.

Guide dogs and other types of service animals are protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act, and therefore may accompany their handlers most places that are open to the public.

Student Employment Opportunities

What jobs are available at the Show? 

There are two primary jobs available for students at the Show.

  • Party Assistance - serving food and beverages at the Preview Gala 
  • Welcome / Thank You Assistance - helping at the Front Door during the Show

How can I work at the Show?

In order to sign up for a paid position at the Show, you must be an Enterprise for High School Students member who has completed the Party Assistance Workshop.

If you are an Enterprise member and would like to sign up to work the Show, please contact the Enterprise office at
(415) 392-7600 x1. 

If you are not a member, and would like to find out how to become one, please contact the Enterprise office at
(415) 392-7600 x1.

Volunteer Opportunities

What volunteer opportunities are available at the Show?

At the Show, there are volunteer positions for Welcome Staffing, Finance Staffing, Lecture Series Staffing and Floor Staffing. See our Volunteer Page

What volunteer opportunities are available throughout the year?

You can offer administrative and/or creative skills throughout the year. We are always looking for people who can help for 3 to 4 hours one time only, or a couple of hours a week on an ongoing basis.

From teens to seniors, we can accommodate various individuals and groups.

This is a great opportunity for a corporate team building project. We would love for you to bring your team over for a couple of hours to help us with things such as bulk mailings. 

How do I volunteer for the Show?

At the Show, there are volunteer positions for the Welcome Committee, Floor Committee, Lecture Series Committee and Box Office Committee. Volunteers receive 2 General Admission tickets. See our Volunteer Page for more information.