This Weekend's Craft Fairs — June 15-17

Posted by on Jun 11, 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

Face painting at Rivahfest
(Sat) 10-5

Go with the flow this weekend and be caught up in the swirling current of the Tappahannock's RivahFest. Over a hundred artists showcase their work in the "Arts, Crafts and Antiques" section of the festival, so anyone can catch a great deal.

Prince St. & Cross St., Tappahannock, Virginia, 22560, 804-445-2065, RivahFest

The South

Some artwork at the Smackover Oil Town Festival
Smackover Oil Town Festival
(Fri) 2-9, (Sat) 9-9

If I lived anywhere near here, I would go to this festival, if only to tell my friends that I spent the weekend in "Smackover." However, the unusual name is not the only attraction — there are many folksy activities to do as well, including horseshoe pitching competitions, bake offs, cake walks and tug of war. There are also a number of activities for children and a "Kid's Corner." And, of course, many artisans will be there to sell their wares.

Broadway & 10th St., City Park, Smackover, Arkansas, 71762, (870) 725-3521, Smackover Oil Town Festival
A T-shirt design promoting the Hot Air Balloon Festival
Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival
(Fri) 2 p.m.-10 p.m., (Sat) 6 a.m.-10 p.m., (Sun) 6 a.m.-10 p.m.

Float on over to Foley, Alabama, to see the sky fill up with hot air balloons. Enjoy the whimsical sight while shopping in the Arts and Crafts Village, and don't miss the Dog Show or the opportunity to pet a baby alligator!

Foley Sportspark, 18507 Highway 98 West, Foley, Alabama, 36536, 251-943-3291, Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival

The Midwest

Old Canal Days
(Sat) 10-6, (Sun) 10-4

Have a knack for sleuthing? Nancy "Draw" and the "Arty" boys need assistance in solving the clues the Illinois Art Museum has laid out for them! Prefer something more relaxed? Take a carriage ride and watch historical reenactments along the way. There's also a carnival, a craft show and much more.

State St and 9th St., Lockport Illinois, 60441, (815) 878 – 2728, Old Canal Days

The West

Clover artwork at the Big Irish Festival
The Big Irish Fair
(Sat) 10-7, (Sun) 10-7

For those of us who just can't wait until next Saint Patrick's Day, the Big Irish Fair is a lucky solution. With countless spirited activities and the best Irish performers around, leprechauns will surely be present among the throngs. So brush up on a Gaelic accent and check out the Irish Art Show where some find treasures equal to those at the end of a rainbow.

Oak Canyon Park 5205 Santiago Canyon Road, Orange County, California, 92676, 877-740-9888, Big Irish Festival
Some baskets and totes for Territorial Days
Territorial Days
(Sat) 11:30-11

Territorial Day's craft show is better known as the "Jaywalker's Jamboree." Find some rare treasures, and don't miss the other exciting activities including a parade, car show, foot races and an antique tractor show.

Main Street, Deer Lodge, Montana, 59722, (406) 846-2094, Territorial Days

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