Fall 2023 Show and Sale
WHERE & WHEN |
VISITOR TIPS |
HOW TO HELP |
Back and bigger than ever!
A three-day extravaganza of plant show and plant sale.
Free and open to the public — bring a friend and a box!
Spectacular plants on display will compete for your votes,
while a wide variety of cacti and succulents, along with
handcrafted pottery and assorted accessories, will be up for
Exceptional plants on display for our plant show. Open for
public voting on Saturday. Grab some voting dots at the
Membership Table and tag your favorite contenders!
Rarities. 30+ Plant vendors selling unusual and rare
species of succulents & cacti you can’t buy in stores.
Expanded hand-made pottery selection. Craftspeople whose
work you've admired at previous sales will be joined by new
Expert growing advice. The vendors who raised the plants from
seeds and pups will be there to answer your questions and
Plant Hotel. Save your arms, and drop your full boxes off with
us until you're ready to check out.
Free Parking! Enter throught Gate C — see below — and park free of charge.
A worthy cause. Proceeds support the Cactus and
Succulent Society of San Jose’s monthly programs and further
our mission of community, education, conservation and
Where and When
The Show and Sale will take place in
Hall of the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, just off
of Old Tully Road, southeast of downtown San Jose.
Parking will be free for all — volunteers, vendors, and
attendees — who enter through
off of Old Tully Road.
If you're heading northeast on Old Tully, Gate C will be to
your right. Drive through and park in the lot; Fiesta Hall
will be next to the far left corner of that lot.
Friday, October 6th through Sunday, October 8th.
The Show and Sale is free, and will be open to the public
during the following days and times. Tap a day's entry to
automatically add it to your Calendar, or
here to add all three days at once.
- 5PM - 7PM
- 10AM - 5PM
- 9AM - 3:30PM
Society Member Early Access:
Society members will also be able to skip the entry line.
You can become a member
now for $15 (individual) or $20 (household).
Saturday mornings tend to be extremely busy! If If you
don’t like crowds, you might want to wait until after 2 PM, or
The doors will not open early.
Bring your own boxes — while we will have some on-site, bringing
your own will spare you from having to hunt for the one that's
You may want to take advantage of our Plant Hotel to hold your plants
while you continue shopping. Be sure to hang on to your claim check,
so you can retrieve your plants. For more details on the Plant Hotel,
see the Plant Hotel FAQ.
Pets, in particular dogs, are not allowed. (Sorry. It’s not
that we don’t love them. It’s just that it’s safer for
everyone if they stay home, and in any case, fairgrounds rules
To make shopping safer and more pleasant, the aisles will be
wider than in pre-pandemic days.
The wider aisles notwithstanding, while you’re welcome to
bring your cart to help transport all of your purchases,
please keep said cart out of the aisles themselves.
For faster checkout, please plan to pay by debit or credit
card. Our systems support contactless payment, including Apple
Pay and Google Pay. Unfortunately, we are unable to take
checks. Cash is acceptable.
You can sign up for CSSSJ membership at the Show and Sale, as
Please note, however, that we will not be taking
membership signups at the door during early access.
How Can I Help?
Thanks for asking! There are several things you can do
before and during the event.
Volunteer! If you’re a member, please consider
form. You get to interact with customers, as well as
fellow club members, in a fun environment. You also earn
$10 in Show Bucks, discounts usable with any
purchase, for each Volunteer slot you fill, as well as first
dibs on shopping early Friday afternoon.
Spread the Word! Point your friends at our on-line resources:
What Are The Rules For Entering The “People’s Choice” Show?
You must be a current member of CSSSJ.
You must have owned the plants you exhibit for at least six months.
Because it is a People’s Choice show, rather than a judged
show, you may choose to be a bit more relaxed in selecting
your entries. However, we encourage you to enter your best
as you want to garner the most votes from the public.
Each member is allowed a maximum of 10 plants to
show, as we have a limited amount of space for them.
Please provide a list of what you are entering, with your
name on it, to assist with our recordkeeping.
Entries need to arrive by 4:30 PM Friday for the show. You
will find entry tags for each classification (see below
for details). Write up your tags, putting the information
on both halves. Fold in half, leaving your name on both
halves for the counting of points.
Novice: You are under 18, have not won a total
of 50 first-place ribbons in previous CSSA affiliated
shows, or have been competing for less than 5 years.
Advanced: If you no longer qualify as a novice,
you must exhibit in this class.
Open: If you possess or have possessed a
nurseryman’s license, or earn a substantial income from
the sale of plants, you must exhibit in this class.