Unique craft festivals and marketplaces, including Canton Trade Days and Boston's First Night.
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!
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, email@example.com, First Night Festival
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, Guildford Art Center
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
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, email@example.com, 352-344-0657, TNT Events
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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, Heartland Creative
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, email@example.com, Alameda Point Antiques Faire
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