Craft fairs abound around the nation this last weekend before Valentine's Day. Whether it's the Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet or the Winter Blues Craft and Gift Show, this weekend's craft fairs offer the DIY inspiration you need to prep for (or cope with) the upcoming lovey-dove day.
Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet
Feb 10-12, Hours vary
This unique tri-state craft fair features not only a marketplace and classes but also hosts a fashion show and pajama party. Who knew P-burgers had a sense of humor? Keep a look out for yarn celebrity Iris Schreirer
, a favorite in the knitting
and design world.
Four Points Sheraton, North, 910 Sheraton Drive, Mars, Pennsylvania, email@example.com, 412-963-7030, Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet
Nittany Shop with Heart's Valentine Country Craft Fair
Feb 11, 10-2
This charity craft fair, benefiting Pennsylvania families suffering from financial distress, promises goody bags, live music and treats from The Sustainable Kitchen
, a food truck that sources exclusively from local farms and suppliers.
Old Gregg School Community and Recreation Center, 106 School St., Spring Mills, Pennsylvania, firstname.lastname@example.org, 814-422-0235, Nittany Shop With Heart
Winter Blues Craft and Gift Show
Feb 11-12, (Sat) 9-5, (Sun) 10-4
Push away your SAD-ness with this Delaware craft fair. Unique handmades, hourly giveaways and lots of crafty networking offer an exciting cure for any biting bout of cabin fever.
Canvas by U!'s Art in the Park
Feb 12, 2-4
One of the latest trends in the craft world — mini art classes for adults — lands in Atlanta this weekend. Just in time for Valentine's Day, spend an afternoon creating a love-inspired painting for (or with) your beloved one.
Atlantic Town Center, 1380 Atlantic Drive, Suite 14250, Atlanta, Georgia, info@CanvasbyU.com, Canvas by U!
New Braunfels Hill Country Doll Show and Sale
Feb 11, 9-4
Are you one of those few who consider antique dolls charming rather than terrifying? Then this doll show might be for you. New and vintage dolls, toys and plaything accessories will descend upon central Texas in the state's biggest show ever. (Wait, are those eyes following me...?)
New Braunfels Civic Center, 375 South Castell Avenue, New Braunfels, Texas, 830-372-5868, email@example.com, Attic Antiquity Dolls
Feb 11-12, (Sat) 10-9, (Sun) 11-6
This juried Iowan craft fair hosts some of the Midwest's finest artisans. Families can try the free DIY puppet workshop or check out portrait demos, all while browsing through the creations of over 40 vendors and crafters.
Valley West Mall, 1551 Valley West Drive, West Des Moines, Iowa, 515-278-6200, firstname.lastname@example.org, Stookey Companies
Made in Arizona 2012
Feb 10-12, 10-5
Over 100 juried artists and vendors will make up this outdoor craft fair, which allows only Arizona-made creations. Shops and galleries all along Scottsdale's Fifth Avenue will also be in on the festivities, offering special deals and displays.
Arts Discrict, Between Scottsdale Road and Goldwater Blouvard, Scottsdale, Arizona, 888 Art Fest
Winter Arts and Chocolate Festival
Feb 11-12, 10-5
Art has never tasted so good, thanks to this indoor juried craft fair along coastal Oregon. With over 30 local vendors and several local chocolatiers, this Valentine's craft fair promises you'll find the just-right gift (or, if not, then at least many sweet-treat commiserations).
Brookings-Harbor High School, 629 Easy St, Brookings, Oregon, email@example.com, 541-266-7687, David Willhite
Image credits (from top): Flickr.com/alington, flickr.com/cosymakes, The Sustainable Kitchen, Handcraft Unlimited, Canvas by U!, flickr.com/ro/wererabbit, Stookey Companies, 888 ArtFest and David Willhite