This Weekend's Craft Fairs — Dec 31-Jan 1

Posted by on Dec 26, 2011

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A new year means a fresh start to the craft-fair season! From 100-year old flea markets to first-time craft fairs along the beach, we've got the festive craft fairs happening this weekend!

The East

first night festival Boston logo
First Night Festival of the Arts
Dec 31, 1 pm-12 am

This annual New Year's Eve festival celebrates over 1,000 artists throughout downtown Beantown. Look for massive ice sculptures dotted throughout the city, fireworks at midnight, and the Family Festival at the Hynes Convention Center, which includes a DIY Crazy Hat station (one of our faves). 

Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston St, Boston, Massachusetts,, First Night Festival
toy from Guilford craft fair
Now through Jan (Mon-Sat) 10am-6pm, (Thurs)10am-8pm, (Sun) 12-5pm 

For something a little more subdued, the Guildford Art Center in southern Connecticut offers this annual marketplace, where all the proceeds benefit the center and its many diverse programs. Expect finely crafted toys, fiber, ornaments and more. 

411 Church Street, Guilford, Connecticut,, Guildford Art Center

The South

crochet doilies from craft fair
First Monday Trade Days
Dec 31-Jan 2, (Thurs-Sat) 8-5, (Sun) 8-4 

Featured in Country Living magazine, the Texan town of Canton hosts the world's largest trade days, a monthly flea market with over 100 acres of shopping. But don't show up on Monday — the name's a bit of a misnomer since the marketplace opens on the days before the month's first Monday and not on.

290 East Tyler Street, Canton, Texas, (903) 567-6556, First Monday Canton
flagler beach paper craft
New Year's Party at Flagger Beach 
Dec 31-Jan 1, (Sat) 10-5, (Sun) 10-4 

This first-time Floridian arts and crafts fair features handmade crafts and all-day shopping in the bright sunshine. We hope the address — Veterans Park at Flagler Beach — is close enough so you'll be able to find the booths and tents. 

Veterans Park at Flagler Beach, Florida,, 352-344-0657, TNT Events
handmade soap from a craft fair Saint Augustine Florida
Old Town Art & Craft Show 
Dec 28-29, 10-5 
This mid-week outdoor craft fair in the historic downtown of Saint Augustine, Florida, features functional and funky ceramics, modern jewelry and unique home décor — all chosen through juried selection. 

Francis Field, 14 West Castillo Drive, Saint Augustine, Florida, Holiday Art Shows

The Midwest

handmade bags and purses
Eastland Mall Art and Craft Show 
Dec 29-31

For those who want a little Orange Julius with their handmade crafts, this juried craft fair in central Illinois offers quality handmades as well as easy access to all those post-Christmas sales. 

Eastland Mall, 1615 East Empire Street, Bloomington, Illinois, 708-895-3710,, Heartland Creative

The West

vintage santa decor at craft fair
Alameda Point Antiques Faire 
Jan 1, 6 am-3 

As northern California's largest collectible fair (of the vintage persuasion), this marketplace promises unique antiques, none younger than 20 years. But beware, the earlier you come, the higher the admission price. 

 2900 Navy Way (at Main Street), Alameda, California, (510) 522-7500,, Alameda Point Antiques Faire

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Image credits (from top):,,,, First Night Festival, Guildford Art Center, Alameda Point Antiques Fair and

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