Frequently Asked Questions

Enterprise for Youth

 What is Enterprise for Youth?

Since 1969, Enterprise for Youth (formerly Enterprise for High School Students) has been guiding San Francisco teens and young adults in developing life and career skills, through intensive workshops, mentoring, a job bank, and internships. Enterprise provides internships to hundreds of youth each year, partnering with scores of employers to provide after-school and summertime internships and jobs. Special efforts are made to reach the neediest students who face significant barriers to workplace success.

100% of the net proceeds of The San Francisco Fall Show benefit Enterprise for Youth.

For more information about Enterprise and our programs, visit

 How can I support Enterprise?

In addition to attending the Fall Show, you may support our nonprofit by donate, hosting an intern, or volunteering. To donate directly to Enterprise for Youth, visit For extra help around the office, you may consider hiring an intern. Enterprise provides rigorous training, mentorship and handles all the administration of hiring a young person, making it easy for your local company to host a vibrant young person in your office. For more information on hiring an intern, contact Meghan Smith at

What is Glady’s Fund for the Future?

Glady’s Fund for the Future is a special, commemorative fund celebrating the 50th anniversary of the founding of Enterprise for Youth by Glady Thacher. The fund will create a special resource to enable Enterprise to strengthen and expand its programs into the future. With your help, we can look forward to the next 50 years with promise for our youth.



100% of net proceeds from all ticket sales benefit the 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Enterprise for Youth.

    How do I buy tickets?

All ticket registration is through Eventbrite. To purchase tickets to the 2019 Preview Gala, Show days and lecture tickets, visit the tickets page.

To purchase by phone, please call (415) 989-9019.

If you prefer to pay by check, checks can be made out to The San Francisco Fall Show and sent to 200 Pine St, Floor 6 | San Francisco, CA 94104. In the memo field include the type of ticket(s) you are purchasing.

    Can I buy a ticket at the door?

Yes, but we suggest purchasing your tickets in advance in order to avoid lines and receive a discounted rate. General Admission tickets are available to purchase at the door for $25.

Special rate Lunch and Lecture combination tickets are ONLY available in advance and must be purchased by September 20, 2019. Click on the “Tickets” tab or call (415) 989-9019 to reserve.

  What should I do if I have lost my tickets?

Search your email for the confirmation from Eventbrite. Your tickets will be attached as a PDF. Further instructions on where to find your tickets can be found on Eventbrite’s help page.

  How much does it cost to attend the Show?

General Admission tickets purchased in advance are $20 per person (includes the Show Catalogue valued at $12), $25 per person at the door. 

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

Lecture Series: $85 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 at $15 each for General Admission (includes the Show Catalogue). Please call (415) 989-9019 to reserve a special group rate in advance. In order to take advantage of group rates, your group must make one payment. To purchase tickets at the door at the group rate, only one credit card may be used to purchase the tickets.

    Do you offer special rates for seniors, children or students?

There are no senior or student rates for this charitable Show benefiting Enterprise for Youth; 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.

Children under the age of 12 receive free admission.


  What is the 2019 theme?

WANDERLUST: Around the World with Art, Antiques & Design

Destinations near and far conjure rich textures, vibrant colors, pleasing patterns, and a sense of place. Cultures throughout the world develop their own unique visual style from which arises meaning, symbolism, devotion, and a strong sense of identity. Stylistic attributes can travel between places, inspiring artists and artisans to infuse new meaning into their works. Wander the globe with us and experience the art and artistry found along the way.


   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
    • Ethnographic Art
    • European and American Ceramics and Glass,
    • Chinese Export Porcelains
    • Paintings and Sculpture
    • Photographs
    • Prints and Maps
    • Folk Art Furniture of the Americas Jewelry
    • Precious Metals
    • Modern Art
    • 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
    • Contemporary

   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.

   How do I become an Exhibitor at 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 2019 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.


  What are the dates and times of the 2019 Lecture Series?

Thursday, Friday and Saturday during the Show at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. each day. For descriptions of lectures, see our Schedule page. To attend the lectures you must buy a ticket as well as a general admission ticket to enter the Show. To be notified when the lecture series is announced, sign up for the Show’s email list at the bottom of the page.

  Where is the lecture series?

The lectures take place in the Lecture Theatre located at the far end of Festival Pavilion.


    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 nonprofit, Enterprise for Youth. 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. To enquire about membership, contact Sam Stanich at


    Is there a charge for the Catalogue?

The cost of the catalogue is included in the price 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 to order a Catalogue.

    How do I advertise in the Show Catalogue?

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


   Where is the Show and Preview Gala? 

The Show and Gala are held at Festival Pavilion in Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture.

Fort Mason Center is located in the beautiful Marina District, between Fisherman’s Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge on the 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.

2019 Dates & Hours

Preview Gala
Wednesday, October 2
7:00 to 10:00 p.m. – Gala
4:00 to 7:00 p.m. – Patron Receptions

2019 Show Dates
October 3 to October 6
Thursday – Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, Noon to 5:00 p.m

Future Show Dates
The 2020 Show will take place October 22-25.


    Is parking available?

Yes. Limited paid parking is available within the Fort Mason complex. We will also offer valet parking during the Gala and on Show days.

Valet parking during the Preview Gala is complimentary for Enthusiasts, Patrons Circle, Designers Circle, Artisans Circle, Collectors Circle, and Connoisseurs Circle patrons. Shuttle service will be available from nearby lots for all other guests.

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

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.


Visit Fort Mason Center’s website for travel information by car and public transit.


  Are there public transit options?

Yes. We encourage public transportation.

For Bay Area-wide transit information visit or call 511 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 taxicabs 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. Uber and Lyft pick up within Fort Mason Center.

Food & Beverage

    What are the dining choices offered at the Show? 

Café Girandole, located in 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.

All catering provided by McCalls Catering and Events.

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.  Some guests enjoy dressing to the yearly theme.


    Are children allowed?

Yes! We welcome children on Show days and those under 12 receive complimentary admission. Strollers are not allowed on the show floor, and can be checked at coat check. All children under the age of 10 must be supervised by an adult. As there is alcohol served at the Preview Gala, children are not recommended on opening night.


  Are wheelchairs available? 

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


  Can I bring my pet?

Pets are not allowed on the Show floor with the exception of guide dogs and service animals which are protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Volunteer Opportunities

  What volunteer opportunities are available at the Show?

At the Show, there are volunteer positions for Welcome Committee, Finance Committee, Lecture Series Committee, Floor Committee and Special Events. See our Volunteer Page to sign up.

  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.

Job Opportunities

  How can I work at the Show?

The Show hires Enterprise for Youth members who have completed the job readiness training. If you are an Enterprise member and would like to sign up to workthe Show, please contact the Enterprise office at (415) 3927600 x1. If you are not a member and would like to find out how to become one, please contact the Enterprise office at (415) 3927600 x1.

  What jobs are available at the Show? 

The primary jobs available for students at the Show are:

Party Assistance – serving food and beverages at the Preview Gala
Welcome / Thank You Assistance – helping at the Front Door during the Show
Office Help – answer phone calls, process ticket sales, and general help around the office
Coat Check – during the show, store the coats and large bags of guests

   What career opportunities are there?

We are not currently hiring office staff for the Show.