No matter what the calendar or common sense says, the Christmas season is now upon us. Celebrate this long-awaited holiday with these pet-friendly craft fairs, knitting retreats and fair-trade gift festivals.
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.
Bloomington Handmade Market
Nov 12, 10-5
Ironic cross-stitch and punk-rock stained glass aren't your typical fair fare, but, then again, this juried show isn't your typical craft market, which promotes only emerging and contemporary artists throughout the region.
Bloomington Convention Center, 302 South College Avenue, Bloomington, Indiana, email@example.com, Bloomington Handmade Market
The Grove Holiday Craft Faire
Nov. 10-13, (Thurs-Fri) 10-8, (Sat-Sun) 10-5
Looking to put a little more tradition in your Christmas? Consider this popular holiday craft festival located in the suburbs of northern Chicago. Seasonal decor, trendy accessories and handmade gifts combine for a cozy start to our favorite time of the year.
The Grove, 1421 Milwaukee Avenue, Glenview, Illinios, 847-299-6096,
firstname.lastname@example.org , Glen View Parks
Vermont Knitting and Yoga Adventure
Nov 10-13, All weekend long
Nestle yourself into a New England autumn with this unique craft retreat, which combines needles, kneeling and a cozy collection of fellow knitters whose only priority is to purl, stitch and destress.
Augusta Arts & Crafts Show
Nov 12-13, (Sat) 9-5 (Sun) 9-4
My Maine men (and women!) will be getting their craft on at this unique art and craft festival with over 120 exhibitors and hourly giveaways. Look for Maine-made sea salt, hand-turned wood and an abundance of handcrafted home decor.
Augusta Civic Center, 76 Community Drive, Augusta, Maine, 207-621-2818, email@example.com, United Maine Craftsmen
International Fair Trade Gift Festival
Nov 8-12, (Tues-Fri) 11-7, (Sat) 9-5
Purported as the nation's largest fair trade gift festival, this unique marketplace offers holiday shoppers the chance to browse handmade and fair trade crafts via Ten Thousand Villages
, which helps disadvantaged artisans throughout the world earn a livable wage.
Fairfield Mennonite Church, West Main Street at McGinley Drive, Fairfield, Pennsylvania, 717-642-8936, firstname.lastname@example.org, Fairfield Mennonite Church
Arboleda Vintage and Handmade Crafts Festival
Nov 12, 10-5
With more than 60 vendors, a "pets welcome" policy and even adult DIY workstations, this outdoor craft festival in Miami's Design District is a creative way to spend a Saturday afternoon.
The Palm Lot, 140 NE 39th St., Miami, Florida, email@example.com, Arboleda Fest
Junior League of Mobile's Christmas Jubilee
Nov 10-12, (Thurs) 11-8, (Fri) 9:30-8, (Sat) 9:30-6
With iconic southern belle charm, this holiday craft show features a captivating mix of sweet and spice. Traditional craft fair events like breakfast with Santa and an elaborate marketplace are juxtaposed against a kick-off-your heels Girls' Night Out and a "crowd-free, stroller-free" VIP shopping event.
Greater Gulf State Fairgrounds,1035 North Cody Road, Mobile, Alabama, 251-471-3348, firstname.lastname@example.org, The Junior League of Mobile
Funky Finds: A Holiday Shopping Experience
Nov 12-13, (Sat) 9-4 (Sun) 11-4
While we're skeptical of an event that attempts to elevate shopping into an existential "experience," we're rather intrigued by this Texas craft market that benefits the local human league via family-and-pet portraits, swag bags and—of course—over 100 artisans and crafters.
Will Rogers Memorial Center, 3409 Burnett Tandy Drive, Fort Worth, Texas, email@example.com, Funky Finds
La Encantada Fine Art Festival
Nov 12-13, 10-5
Deep in the Catalina Mountains, over 40 local and national artisans will gather in La Encantada, Arizona, to celebrate painting, sculpture, mixed media, photography and more unique artwork.
La Encantada Luxury Shopping Center, 2905 E. Skyline Drive, La Encantada Arizona, 520-797-3959
firstname.lastname@example.org, La Encantada Festival
Image credits (from top): Bloomington Handmade Market, Bloomington Handmade Market, Glen View Parks, blog.nobleknits.com, United Maine Craftsmen, Ten Thousand Villages, etsy.com/shop/jandvaddicted, The Junior League of Mobile, Funky Finds and La Encantada Fine Arts Festival