Feria Urbana — quasi-Italian for "cool hipster pop-up shop featuring stuff that person you maybe should consider getting a gift for absolutely can't live without" — may have been born in San Francisco, but lately the event, featuring two dozen local designers who elevate handcrafted jewelry, fabric, letter-press stationary, baby onesies, and everything in between into art forms, has become a decidedly East Bay fixture. (And even when held in San Francisco, a big chunk of participants hailed from this side of the bay.) Monthly fairs — often held during Oakland Art Murmur's First Friday night festivities — bring out the most talented and business-savvy designers around. Admission is free, and you're unlikely to leave without having scooped up a treasure or two — as well as the deliciously good karma that comes with supporting local artists.
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