A Weekend of Pin-Related Events

Free this weekend? Check out these five pin-related happenings in five different cities. All featured events include at least one pin vendor.

32nd Annual California Avocado Festival

Carpinteria, California


About: Home of the world’s largest vat of guacamole! The California Avocado Festival is a A celebration of peace, love and guacamole at the three-day festival dedicated to the green fruit (yep, it’s a fruit, not a vegetable) in all its forms. In past years, the event has attracted 100,000+ people.

When: Friday 1 p.m.-10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Where: Linden Avenue in Downtown Carpinteria, CA 93013

Details: The event’s Food Venue, which features tastings of avocado-based recipes, like guacamole, salad, soups and more, is located on the 800 block of Linden Avenue.

The festival includes more than 70 musical acts on four different stages–The MAIN stage is located on 9th Street, The SEAL Stage is located in front of the Smart & Final, The GUAC & GROTTO Stage is located on 8th Street and the KIDS Stage is located on 7th Street. Signature events include the World Champion of Guacamole contest, avocado auction and largest avocado weigh-offs (they sometimes reach more than four pounds). There will be dozens of arts and crafts vendors, commercial vendors and food booths.

Parking: There’s a Park & Ride Shuttle Service available at Carpinteria High School on Foothill Rd. and Canalino Elementary School on Linden Ave.

Admission Cost: Free

More information available at the California Avocado Festival website

Known Enamel Pin Vendors Include: Jesse JFR and Ela Mella.

Salem’s Market

Garden Grove, California


About: A Halloween Market in Southern California.

When: Saturday 1 p.m.- 5 p.m.

Where: Elk’s Lodge, 11551 Trask Ave., Garden Grove California

Details: There will be vendors, photo ops, giveaways and costume contests with cash prizes.

The first 60 attendees will receive a Salem’s Market exclusive pin.

Known Enamel Pin Vendors: MonsterPosseOdd Sprout, Rattle Head CraftsSpooksieboo, Save The Panduhs, Little Shop of Gore, Lucky HellcatDulce Calaveritas 


Enamel Market

Glendale, California


About: A marketplace featuring original enamel pins and toys by local artists.

When: Saturday 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Where: The parking lot at 3D Retro, 1851 S. Victory Blvd., Glendale CA 91201

Details: Admission is free. The first 100 attendees receive an Enamel Market Halloween edition pin designed by Pirate Robot.

Known Enamel Pin Vendors: Punch It Chewie Press, Little Shop of Pins, Leen Customs, Flavor Brand, El Kapintan Pins, Pin Plugged, Nerd Pins, BB-CRe.8, Pirate Robot, Fan Flaire, Midnight Dogs, Geeky & Kinky Pins, Jesse JFR, 1980 Who, Special Ed Pins, Double G Pins, Jamie Lee C, Toxic Toast Pins, Move in Silence Co., 77th Pinfantry, Black Series Rebels.


New York City Comic-Con

New York City


About: The East Coast’s largest pop culture convention.

When: Friday and Saturday 10:30 a.m.- 10 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Where: Will Call/Registration, the Show Floor, Artist Alley, select panels, and more is at The Javits Center, 655 West 34th Street in NYC. The Secondary Campus includes offsite locations: The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, Hammerstein Ballroom at the Manhattan Center, the Hudson Mercantile/Annexes, Shop Studios, and Pier 94.

Details: NYCC includes panels, speakers, special guests, autographs, costume contests, screenings, trailer launches and more.
Badges to the event are sold out. Pets are not allowed, service animals are welcome. The event offers many services for disabled guests. You can check out the NYCC website for more information.

Known Enamel Pin Vendors: Asher Bee Art (booth AA-C18), Pin Stop Shop (booth 2458), Otaku Pins (booth 120), Shop Onion Knight (booth 120), Cosmic Skies Pins (booth 6311), Pin Club (booth 120), Hero Complex Gallery (booth 228), Zen Monkey Studios (booth 1865), The Cotton Candy Machine (booth 682), Hideaway Melon (booth AFB5).

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