While the birds abandon us for warmer climates, holiday craft fairs are eagerly flocking in to take their place. Whether you're a traditional craft shopper who loves a big extravaganza or you're wanting a little more indie-spice in you handmade holiday hunt, we've rounded up the nation's most unique festivals and craft fairs landing this weekend.
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 email@example.com.
Crafts Gone Wild
Nov 19, 11-6
Spring break is to college kids as the holiday season is to crafters. And with this unique craft fair, Columbus has officially surrendered to the handmade haze. The fair, which promotes veteran vendors as well as up-and-coming crafters, will also feature spontaneous DIY snow globes and other dangerous demos.
MadLab Theatre and Gallery, 227 North 3rd Street, Columbus, Ohio, firstname.lastname@example.org, Crafts Gone Wild
Crafty Supermarket's Holiday Show
Nov 19, 11-6
The traditional (translated here as boring) church craft fair gets an exciting makeover with this Cincinnati-centric event. Focusing on indie crafters and locally made goodies, this craft festival will feature over 50 vendors, swag bags and even tips for a de-stressed shopping day.
Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45220, email@example.com, Crafty Supermarket
Holiday Food and Gift Festival
Nov 18-20, (Fri) 10-9, (Sat) 9-8, (Sun) 10-5
One of the midwest's most popular craft fairs, this holiday-themed festival attracts over 30,000 shoppers. With 500-plus vendors, 100,000 square feet of shopping and even a Santa Claus cameo, this massive craft fair is sure to have the handmade holiday gift that you're looking for.
DIY Trunk Show
Nov 19, 10-5
This Chicago-based fair focuses on giving talented newbie vendors their first experience selling at a show. Put on by the Chicago Craft Mafia
, this DIY fair combines style, crafting and attitude (lots of attitude...) for a unique indie experience.
Broadway Armory Park, 5917 North Broadway Street, Chicago, Illinois, DIY Trunk Show
Holiday Art Star Craft Bazaar
Nov 19-20, 11-6
This juried art and craft show in chilly Philly features over 50 local and national vendors, all selected for their charming and quirky style. For those wanting to avoid those uncontrolled crowds, consider the show's VIP Preview Party, which gives early-bird shoppers the first crack at all of the bazaar's handy crafts.
Craft Vermont Fine Craft and Art Show
Nov 18-20, (Fri) 10-8, (Sat) 10-6, (Sun) 10-5
Launched in 1952, this long-standing Vermont craft show can boast of 130-plus booths and vendors, both local and national.
Bedford Gallery's Craft Fest
Nov 19, 11-5
Independently designed jewelry, home decor and other one-off crafts get the spotlight at this unique Bay Area holiday festival. Look for artisan chocolates, kid-inspired quilts and more.
1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek, California, 925-295-1417, firstname.lastname@example.org, Bedford Gallery
Imago Dei's DIY Fair
Nov 19, 10:30-2:30
Another revitalized take on the cliche church-basement craft fair, this DIY show won't actually be selling anything — except for the VooDoo Doughnuts
parked outside! Instead, every vendor will demonstrate how to make handmade gifts and decor, all in the hopes that browsers will give the money they save on making gifts to people who really
need it. Like poor writers ... right?Imago Dei Community, 1302 SE Ankeny, Portland, Oregon, email@example.com, Imago Dei Community
Fall Antique Show & Sale
Nov 19-20, (Sat) 10-6, (Sun) 10-4
Cozy up to an autumn in the Ozarks with Eureka Springs' antique and vintage show. With 55 dealers and a Friday preview showing (complete with local wine and cheese), shoppers will have the chance to browse and be merry. Very merry.
San Antonio Clay Festival and Sale
Nov 19, 9-4
San Antonio is hosting this first-ever pottery and ceramics festival, which hosts a marketplace with local artisans as well as wheel-throwing and hand-building demos.
East Parking Lot at the Pearl Farmer's Market, 200 E. Grayson, San Antonio, Texas, firstname.lastname@example.org, San Antonio Potters Guild
Image credits (from top): Crafts Gone Wild, pattycakeveganbakery.com, garbelladesign.com, Holiday Food and Gift Guide, etsy.com/shop/distractionfiber, flickr.com/ohmay, Ingrid Gitnick, Benjamin Long, Imago Dei Community, flickr.com/adventuredustinholmes and Susan Rodriguez