Lotteries are held Friday, Saturday and Sunday in some locations. Lotteries are used to assign selling spaces to participating artists.

Each designated area has a slightly different lottery process. Downtown, Fisherman’s Wharf and Embarcadero are conducted electronically using the online lottery system. 

For Land’s End/Cliff House you must arrive 15 minutes early to participate in the hand drawn lottery.


Downtown Spaces         9:00 AM 9:00 AM  
Fisherman's Wharf         9:00 AM 9:00 AM  
Embarcadero Plaza         7:00 AM 7:00 AM 7:00 AM
Land's End/Cliff House   8:30 AM   8:30 AM   8:00 AM  


*Mon-Thu at Embarcadero Plaza and Fisherman’s Wharf there is no official lottery. It is first come first served. Artists claim their space by setting up in their chosen space.

Embarcadero PlazaThe lottery location for both the Downtown and Fisherman's Wharf spaces is at Fisherman’s Wharf, Beach Street (between Larkin and Hyde), Bleacher steps of Aquatic Park.

The lottery location for Embarcadero Plaza is in the plaza.

The lottery location for Land's End/Cliff House is near the fire hydrant by the Cliff House.

For more detailed information about how the lottery works, see the Blue Book or Program Resource Guide (under the Art Vendor Resources) or email

What's Coming Up


Artist Reception for we were here

January 11
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

SFPL Main Branch
Public Meeting

Executive Committee Meeting

December 27
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Hybrid: 401 Van Ness | Rm 125 and Online

EarthSea Film Screening

December 14
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

SFAC Main Gallery

Holiday Art Vendor Pop-up Market

December 14
11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

War Memorial Veterans Building