This Weekend's Craft Events — Oct 28-30

Posted by on Oct 24, 2011

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Long Beach Antiques Market


Halloween is creeping just outside our door, so let's celebrate our inner craftiness with these unique fall and holiday-inspired craft fairs, festivals and markets.

While we can't write about every craft fair and marketplace happening across the country (or the world), we do like to highlight a handful of notable ones each week. If you'd like more people to know about your craft show or event, list it on our Craft Map and we'll gladly consider it for coverage. You can also email us at

The West

vintage toy car at long beach antique market
Long Beach Antique Market 
Oct 30, 6:30 - 2 pm

Called the nation's best flea market by Good Housekeeping, this monthly roundup of unique antiques and mint vintage features home decor, furniture and lots of other wonderful trinkets.

Long Beach Veterans Stadium, 4901 E. Conant St., Long Beach, California 90808, 323-655-5703, Long Beach Antique Market
mushroom fesitval
The Mushroom Festival
Oct 30, 10-5

Eugene, Oregon is where hippies go to retire. We love our fungi but are a little leery of the mushrooms that counter-culturalists might celebrate. Still, this unique cooking and craft show's hunting, cooking, ecology and fungi workshops look too impressive to keep us away.

Mount Pisgah Arboretum, 34901 Frank Parrish Rd. Eugene, Oregon 97405541-747-3817,, Mushroom Festival
Marana Founder's Day Festival
Oct 29-30, (Sat) 9-4, (Sun) 10-4

What do "professional" women's barrel racing and a mounted shooting competition have to do with arts and crafts? We're not too sure either, but we're certainly excited to see these unique events finally coming together!

Ora Mae Harn Park,  13250 N. Lon Adams Rd., Marana, Arizona 85653, 520-797-3959,, Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Association

The South

bead show
Intergalactic Bead Show 
Oct 29-30, 10-5

Jewelers and bead afficionados are salivating — and if not careful — drooling over the massive amounts of wholesale precious and semiprecious beads at this unique craft event. There's even a coupon for those speedy entry-form-filler-outers. Oh, how they do tempt us so... 

Gwinnett Center 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Duluth, Georgia 30097, 888-729-6904, Intergalactic Bead Shows
hyde park village art festival
22nd Annual Hyde Park Village Art Festival
Oct 29-30, 10-5

This weekend, over 150 exhibitors will flock to Hyde Park Village just outside Tampa for this juried art show which features everything from simple (read: thrifty) $15 earrings to sculptures weighing in at $20,000. Shoppers can browse the crafty wares or talk to the artists for possible commissions.

Hyde Park Village, 1622 Snow Avenue, Tampa, Florida 33606, 813-251-3500, Hyde Park Village
art in the square festival
Art in the Square 
Oct 29-30, 10-5

The last weekend in October, the Old School Square Cultural Arts Center will be transformed into an outdoor art gallery and juried craft show. With unique local and national crafts, this show raises funds for community youth art programs.

Old School Square Cultural Arts Center, 51 N. Swinton Avenue, Delray Beach, Florida 33444, Art in the Square

The East

clock from sugarloaf craft festival
Sugarloaf Craft Festival 
Oct 28-30, (Fri-Sat) 10-6, (Sun) 10-5

With over 250 crafters, this unique festival promotes emerging artists and features interactive demonstrations with master craftsmen who will teach you how to turn wood and make fantasy furniture. Our favorite feature? The fifteen-foot grandfather clock/time machine for kids. Far out! 

The Garden State Exhibit Center 50 Atrium Drive, Somerset, New Jersey 08873-4163, 800-210-9900,, Sugarloaf Craft Festival 
girl drawing at craft show
31st Annual Essex Fall Craft & Fine Art Show 
Oct 28-30, (Fri) 12-7, (Sat) 9-6, (Sun) 10-5

This award-winning craft show runs the gamut of handsome handmades — from tooled leather and sheepskin to herbal soaps and weathervanes. Head to their website for a discount admission coupon!

Champlain Valley Exposition, 105 Pearl St., Essex Junction, Vermont, 802-878-4786,, Vermont Craft Workers

Image credits (from top): Long Beach Antique Market, Long Beach Antique Market,, Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Association, Intergalactic Bead Show, Hyde Village Park, Art in the Square, Sugarloaf Craft Festival and Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Association

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