From hailstorms to thunder snow, cozy craft fairs around the nation help knitters, quilters and jewelry-makers weather any kind of weather. Need some new project ideas or unique supplies? The Craft and Hobby Association is putting on their annual Winter Conference and Trade Show in central California while the Sugarloaf Craft Festival is staging their arts and crafts marketplace in Chantilly, Virginia. For craft fairs and festivals closer to you, read on.
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.
Biddeford Art Walk
Jan 27, 5-8 pm
An art walk during a New England winter might not appeal to some, but diehard crafters are a sturdy stock and will enjoy this monthly event featuring the best of Biddeford, Maine's artists and creators.
Downtown Biddeford, Maine, firstname.lastname@example.org, Biddeford Art Walk
Woodworking Certificate Program Jan 28-April 13, (Mon-Fri) 9-5
Looking for a little more commitment in your crafting regimen? This all-day, week-long woodworking course teaches design, traditional hand skills, finishing and more.
Yestermorrow, Design and Build School, 7865 Main Street, Waitsfield, Vermont, email@example.com, Yestermorrow
Jan 28, 11-2
This unique Atlanta craft fair focuses on sharing ideas rather than selling crafts. Participants sign up for four out of six craft stations in order to make clever crafts like pearl-wrapped necklaces, cork wine charms and even an upcycled T-shirt scarf.
Piedmont Park Conservancy, 1071 Piedmont Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, Georgia, firstname.lastname@example.org, DIY Days
Sugarloaf Craft Festival Jan 27-29, (Fri & Sat) 10-6, (Sun) 10-5
This massive craft fair hosts over 250 vendors, interactive demos like papermaking and copper spinning and even costume storytelling (for the kids and kids at heart).
Dulles Expo Center, 4320 Chantilly Center, Chantilly, Virginia, sugarloafinfo@SugarloafFest.com, Sugarloaf Craft Festival
Key West Craft Show Jan 28-29, 10-5
Attracting over 25,000 visitors, this Florida craft fair isn't just notable for its unique juried crafts but also for its location: The show runs along some of Key West's most famous historical landmarks.
Along Whitehead and Caroline Streets, Old Town Key West, Key West, Florida, 305-294-1243, email@example.com, Key West Art Center
A Sami Show
Jan 28-29, (Sat) 10-5, (Sun) 11-4:30
This Texan arts and crafts marketplace promises trendy home decor and the finest of hand-created fashions and jewelry.
Bell County Expo Center, 301 W Loop 121 Belton, Texas, 512-441-7133,
firstname.lastname@example.org, A Sami Show
Intergalactic Bead Festival Jan 28-29, 10-5
The original sin city (Cincinnati, Ohio) will host this giant bead and jewelry marketplace, which features millions of high-quality beads, jewelry supplies and (most exciting) hobnobbing with other like-minded crafters.
Craft and Hobby Association's Winter Conference and Trade Show
Jan 29-Feb 1, Hours vary
Offering both a marketplace as well as workshops and business seminars, the Craft and Hobby Association's yearly get-together allows crafters a whirlwind of all things craft (and hobby). Look for classes on marketing and trendspotting or even basic how-tos on beading and body art.
Stitches in Bloom Quilt Show
Jan 27-28, 10-4
With several quilting retreats preceding the show, this Oregonian craft fair also features classes for the beginner quilter as well as unique trends in quilting, like a workshop on using crayons to personalize quilting fabrics.
The Oregon Garden Resort, 879 West Main Street, Silverton, Oregon, Info@OregonGarden.Org, The Oregon Garden
Image credits (from top): designer-tea.com / Craft and Hobby Association, flickr.com/biddefordengine, Yestermorrow, greenisuniversal-reuse.com / DIY Days, Sugarloaf Craft Festival, Key West Art Center, A Sami Show, Intergalactic Bead and Jewelry Show, Aline Casai Sigler / Craft and Hobby Association and The Oregon Garden