For 25 years, Jerry Tomlinson has been bringing the Contra Costa Crystal Fair three times per year to Walnut Creek’s Civic Park Community Center. With the exception of the recession years, each year, the shows keep getting bigger and better attended. A Crystal Fair includes an interesting mix of dealers of crystals, minerals, beads, jewelry, and of metaphysical services, readers, healing tools, aura photographer, etc.
“The gemstones, jewelry and beads are incredible. I have some of the best dealers in the country,” says Tomlinson. Which may be true. As although there are many avenues to purchases these products and services, there are very few shows similar to the Crystal Fair.
“The last two years have been the best,” he states. Tomlinson began producing shows 30 years ago at Fort Mason in San Francisco. This past year the lines stretched outside the door both days there.
It was somewhat mystical how Tomlinson’s chose this career path of producing Crystal Fairs.
“I was looking for something to do and a friend of mine had an abandoned shop in Larkspur Landing and said to ‘put on a benefit for me’. I met a vendor that had a booth selling crystals at an East Bay fair, and decided that I was going to put on a crystal fair. He said okay, get all your people together… which I didn’t have anybody. But I knew of somebody who had a crystal shop. Anyway, it took about three months to gather around 25 crystal dealers.
“It was just at the height of the crystal phase in 1987. Shirley McClain had just come out with her autobiography “Out on a Limb” four days earlier. She revolutionized the industry.
“I thought maybe 500 people would come, but more than 2000 showed up. I thought to myself, I can do this!”
His first show was held at Fort Mason, and in 1992, he added three shows in Walnut Creek. April, August and October. It seems to have been the right decision as vendors and attendees have posted many favorable reviews on Yelp.
The Contra Costa Crystal Fair is one of the BEST fairs I have ever participated in! I have been a vendor for a couple of years now and have met the most AMAZING people there. I’m not only a vendor, but I also purchase ALL of my crystals there. I always find the best bargains at the Crystal Fair!From George L. of Walnut Creek: Incredible experience. So worth the small admission fee I can’t even tell you. Do yourself a favor bring yourself and family for an amazing, beautiful and educational opportunity. Amazing creation is there at your fingertips with lots of knowledgeable vendors to tell you all about geology and geochemistry.
From Pi-Te Jau Hua P. of Emeryvlle: Fifteen years ago I went to Crystal Fair to buy rocks for my collection and now who would have known I am crystal vendor myself at The Crystal Fair. This is a unique and very high quality venue, if you love crystals go visit and you will know what I mean.
From Marie H. of San Ramon: The Contra Costa Crystal Fair in Walnut Creek is a One-Stop-Shop for purchasing the most beautiful gems, jewelry, crystals, and stones. The fair also includes very acurate intuitive psychic readers and healers too!
If you’re looking for a fun fair that offers top-notch crystals, the metaphysical realm, holistic services, exquisite jewelry, and the most laid-back vendors, this is the show for you. Kids like it too and get in free. Adults are $12 which is good for both days. The Civic Park Community Center is located at 1375 Civic Drive at Broadway.