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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Weekend's Craft Fairs — July 27-29
Celebrating both art and the nature that inspires it, this festival is held right next to the Frosty Drew Nature Center and Observatory. Visitors are encouraged to take a break from shopping the artistic wares to travel through the universe with Dr. Giovanni Fazio. There will also be fish print demonstrations, fabulous food (much of it from the nearby sea) and live music.
Ninigret Park, Park Lane, Charlestown, Rhode Island, 02813, 401-364-9508,Sea Star Marketplace
(Fri) 5-7, (Sat) 9-4
Named for Phil Baxter's 1920s song "Ding Dong Daddy from Dumas," you ought to see this festival do its stuff. In addition to the many craft booths, there will be a parade, a barbecue, a 5K race, a ding dong eating contest and much more!
Downtown Dumas on Court Street, Dumas, Arkansas, 71639, 870-382-5447, Ding Dong Days
(Fri) 12-6, (Sat) 10-8, (Sun)11-6
Ahoy mateys! Bring ye crew to the annual Fishermen's Village Pirate Fest for booty, rum and fun. The pirate encampment features treasures from pirate adventures (or pirate crafts), and it hosts treasure hunts, cannon displays, (temporary) pirate tattoos and more. Aye, there's even word of live mermaids about!
Marion Avenue (Exit 164 off of I-5), Punta Gorda, Florida, 33950, 941-575-3067, Fishermen’s Village Pirate Fest
A juried art event that attracts sixty talented exhibitors from around the greater Minnesota area, the Owatonna Festival of the Arts draws visitors from the tri-state area. In addition to the fabulous artistic goods, there will be live entertainment, participatory art events and succulent concessions.
Central Park, Downtown Owatonna, Minnesota, 55060, 507-451-0533, Owatonna Festival of the Arts
(Fri) 3-8, (Sat) 10-8, (Sun) 10-3
Visitors will be sure to strike it rich at the Gold Dust Days Street Fair: they can pan for gold with the instruction of the onsite Washington State Prospectors Association and Prospectors Plus. If luck doesn't go their way with gold panning, they'll certainly find something at the street fair that's worth more than gold: a unique and perfect art piece, or, at the very least, priceless memories! Free face painting, gunny sack races against firemen and bike decorating are just a few of the activities to be experienced at this small town's delightful festival.
Gold Bar, Washington, 98294, 360-793-0983, Gold Dust Days
(Fri) 2-12:30, (Sat) 12-12:30, (Sun) 12-12:30
The festival features world renowned fantasy artists, Grammy award winning musicians, spectacular performances, and amazing arts and crafts vending village. Thousands of fans from around the globe travel to experience the magic of Faerieworlds.
Buford Park at Mount Pisgah, 34999 Frank Parrish Road, Eugene, Oregon, 97405, Faerieworlds