From yarn crawls to underground craft shows, this weekend's events offer a surprising alternative to the typical arts and crafts shows.
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.
Cottonwood Art Festival
Oct 1-2, 9-6
With over 200 artists, this juried festival curves around a small lake and features visual artists from around the nation. The children's event, ArtStop, allows kids to sculpt a hat from scrap or design a plaster artwork.
Cottonwood Park, 1321 W. Belt Line Rd., Richardson, TX , 972-744-4582, firstname.lastname@example.org, Cottonwood Art Festival
Oct 1-2, 10-5
Jewelry stores can only stock so much, but for the designer hunting for that exact azure blue seed bead, this bead show may have what you're looking for. They feature everything from exotic beads to unique jewelry tools and supplies.
Lighthouse Convention Center, 326 Tryon Road, Raleigh, NC 27603 , 888-729-6904, Intergalactic Bead Show
Oct 1, 10-5
For the alternative crafter out there, consider this unique festival hosted by the Washington City Paper. Over 30,000 shoppers are expected to attend this free underground art event, and there is even a Young & Crafty section, where artists from ages 9 through 18 show off their latest creations.
Marie Reed Learning Center at 18th & Wyoming, Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, DC, email@example.com, Crafty Bastards! Arts and Crafts Fair
Sept 30-Oct 2, based on stores' normal hours
Dyed-in-the-wool knitters will love this free craft event: a yarn crawl that leads through NYC's independent craft stores. Every participant gets a free raffle ticket and is eligible to win yarn crawl baskets worth over $350.
See site for store locations, firstname.lastname@example.org, NYC Yarn Crawl
Sept 30-Oct 1
While this small art show may only have 20 artists, how many times can you say you've crafted on a volcano? In fact, Slope-us Erupts inspired all of the art and crafts at this craft festival.
Whittaker's Base Camp, 30027 State Route 706 E, Ashford, WA 98304, 253-576-0470, email@example.com, Ranier Arts Festival
Oct 1, 10-6
While lamb butchering might not see a revival for many kitchen crafters, this unique food festival does feature other (and more common) home-making arts. For example, the DIY compost demo or the canning 101 workshop will offer techniques for including sustainably-raised veggies in your next kitchen creation.
Plaza de Vera Cruz, Santa Barbara, 130 E. Cota St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101, firstname.lastname@example.org, SOL Food Festival
Oct 1, 9:30-11:30 am
The Craft Alliance has partnered with PNC Bank to offer a variety of family workshops for “Show Me State” natives. Each Saturday class relates to the Craft Alliance's current exhibit. And while this Saturday's glass-blowing class is all booked, there's still room for the early winter sessions.
6640 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63130, 314-725-1177, Craft Alliance
Oct 1, 9-6
Missouri is getting their craft on this weekend, as yet another unique craft event rips through St. Louis. This time, crafters can take a guided tour through the Innovations in Textiles 2011 exhibits. Tours incorporate lectures, hands-on demos and networking to celebrate the textiles crafts on display throughout the city.
Various locations around St. Louis, MO, 636-255-0270, Innovations in Textiles
Image credits (from top): dallasing.com, Washington City Paper, cinditrainor.com, purlbee.com, ranierarts.com, Santa Barbara Independent, craftalliance.org and lobsterboyblue / innovationsintextiles.com