This Weekend’s Craft Fairs — Aug 24-26

Posted by on Aug 20, 2012

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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 East

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Ally Bally Bee
Monday-Saturday, 10-6

This recently opened craft co-op in Connecticut features the work of local crafters and also hosts workshops and classes. The unique name of this craft shop comes from a Scottish nursery rhyme, much beloved by the store’s owner, Morag.

45 Ethan Allen Hwy, Ridgefield, Connecticut,, Ally Bally Bee
drummer at craft fair
West Chester Art Market
Aug. 25, 9-1

Feed the belly and the soul at this reccurring Ohio craft fair, held in collaboration with the West Chester Farmers Market. Shoppers can browse mixed media and crochet art while also sampling the latest purple tomatoes.

Union Centre on the Square, 9285 Centre Point Drive, West Chester, Ohio,, The Arts Council of West Chester & Liberty

The South

boys at craft fair
Lazy Daze Arts and Crafts Festival
Aug 25th, 9-5

North Carolina takes a lazy approach to craft fairs, as they should considering their hot and humid summers. Expect make-and-take crafts for kids, a misting tent and lots of Southern food with a twist like Humane Carolina’s soy BBQ.

Downtown Cary, North Carolina, 919-469-4061, Town of Cary Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
drummer at craft fair
Goombay! Festival
Aug 24-26

Asheville, North Carolina, hosts this free Afro-Carribbean celebration, which features dancing, music, food and crafts. Workshops and an art gallery also add to this unique craft fair.

Historic Eagle and Market Street, Ashville, North Carolina,, Goombay! Festival

The Midwest

dragon boats at craft fair
Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival
Aug 24-25, (Fri) 5-11 pm, (Sat) 7-7

Dragon boat races, a trendy new watersport, take place around Barker Island in Superior, Wisconsin, this weekend. But there is more to the free festival than just paddling. Music, food and a craft festival all come together to complete this unique competition.

Barker’s Island, 300 Marina Drive, Superior, Wisconsin,, 715-395-7270, Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival
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Grill Games BBQ Competition & Lakefront Festival
Aug. 24-25

The Kansas City Barbecue Society has officially sanctioned this summer festival. With almost $10,000 in BBQ prize money, the food competition is serious stuff. Over 40 local crafters will also gather, and funds raised from the event support youth and child abuse prevention programs in Kenosha County, Kansas.

Kenosha's Lakefront, 56th Street and 1st Avenue, Kenosha, Wisconsin, 262-654-1234,, Kenosha Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

The West

garlic hats at craft fair
Garlic Fest & Craft Show
Aug 24-26, (Fri) 12-8, (Sat) 10-8, (Sun) 10-5

If wine tastings and a beer garden — matched with pony rides — don’t spell a good time, what does? Even better, over 65 different varieties of organically grown garlic will be at this craft fair alongside craft vendors and garlic-themed food in Washington state.

Southwest Washington Fairgrounds, 2555 North National Avenue, Chehalis, Washington,, 360-748-6836, Chehalis Garlic Fest
woman at craft fair
Santa Clarita Street Fair
Aug 25-26, (Sat) 9-5, (Sun) 8-3

California offers another installment of this free monthly craft fair where shoppers can browse handmade creations and crafts in conjunction with a certified farmer’s market.

College of the Canyons / Parking Lot 8, 26455 Rockwell Cyn Road, Valencia, California, 661-299-2139, Santa Clarita Street Fair

Image credits (from top): Garlic Fest, Kaitlin Bradshaw, The Arts Council of West Chester & Liberty, Lazy Daze Arts and Crafts Festival, Bob Pazden Photography, Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival, Konesha Area CVB, and Garlic Fest

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