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A Complete Guide to In-Person Crafting Events in the US

Preparing for an in-person event can be daunting. A simple weekend show might take weeks or even months of preparation, so it’s important to make sure it pays off in the long run. By choosing your shows carefully, planning your products and display to appeal to your target audience, being prepared on the day, and following up afterward, you can make the most of every in-person event right from the start. These are some of the top shows in America—see if one’s coming up in your area!

Northeast Shows

Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, Philadelphia, PA (November 9-12, 2017): This juried show accepts 195 artists and hosts as many as 18,000 guests over the course of the show. Examples of previously accepted artists’ work is available on the show website, as are application forms.
Long’s Park Art Festival, Lancaster, PA (September 1-3, 2017): A Labor Day weekend festival, this juried event features an Emerging Artist category to help new artists get their work in front of a larger audience.
American Crafts Festival at Lincoln Center, New York, NY(September 9-10 & September 16-17, 2017): One of the largest and best attended craft shows in the country, the American Crafts Festival runs for two weekends in the heart of New York City. Only 250 applicants are accepted, so put your best works forward!
American Craft Show, Baltimore, MD (February 21-22 & February 23-25, 2018): The first exhibition for this show offers artists who sell their items wholesale a chance to meet potential clients, while the second period is geared toward retail sales. Applications for both are accepted!
Paradise City Arts Festival, Northampton, MA (October 7-9, 2017): Featuring more than 200 artists from all over the country, this show focuses on “fine and functional art” ranging from wearable fiber art to furniture. Check out their website for featured artists!

Southern Shows

Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, Winter Park, FL (March 16-18, 2018): The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival has been an annual tradition since 1960. Today it hosts more than 200 juried artists and features awards (complete with prize purses) for the top artists in attendance.
Coconut Grove Arts Festival, Miami, FL (February 17-19, 20180: South Florida’s most successful art show, the Coconut Grove Arts Festival attracts over 120,000 visitors over its three-day run. Artist categories include fine art, jewelry, leatherwork, and more.
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, New Orleans, LA (April 27-May 6, 2018): This week-long festival boasts several makers’ markets, each with a distinct atmosphere. Check out their website to see which one suits your business!
Artisphere, Greenville, SC (2018 dates to be announced): Focused on fine and performing arts, this juried cultural exhibition includes categories for visual artists working in a wide variety of media.
Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival, Reston, VA (May 19 & 20, 201): Hosted by the Greater Reston Arts Center, this fine arts exhibition features the work of painters, jewelers, fiber artists, sculptors, ceramicists, woodworkers, and more!

Midwestern Shows

Oak Park Arts & Craft Show, Oak Park, IL (August 26-27, 2017): Located just outside Chicago, this outdoor show is one of several organized by the American Society of Artists. Once crafters have passed the jury process, they can apply for any of the shows without further approval.
Ann Arbor Art Fairs, Ann Arbor, MI (July 20-23, 2017): This one-weekend event packs as much as possible into those short days. With four separate fairs running simultaneously, The Ann Arbor Art Fairs draw artists and guests from all over the country.
St. James Court Art Show, Louisville, KY (October 6-8, 2017): Garnering an audience of over 160,000 visitors, this show is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. There are six different sections to the show; while artists can apply to all six, they can only exhibit in one.
Saint Louis Art Fair, St. Louis, MO – September 8-10, 2017): Food, music, art, and crafts all combine in this cultural festival. Applications to exhibit at the 2018 show will open December 1st, 2017.
Detroit Urban Craft Fair, Detroit, MI (December 1-3, 2017): Timed to catch the holiday shopping rush, this juried show features more than 100 artists and crafters as well as special events to keep customers engaged all day.

Western Shows

Northern Nights Music Festival, Cook’s Valley, CA (July 14-16, 2017): For a very unique event experience, sign up to be a vendor at the Northern Nights Music Festival, a rustic event held at Cook’s Valley Campground. Despite the remote location, amenities such as electricity are available for vendors.
16th Street Fair, Denver, CO (June 23-24, August 11-12, September 9-10, 2017): Nestled in the heart of downtown Denver, the 16th Street Fair happens three times each summer, celebrating the best of handmade arts and crafts.
Fleastyle, Dallas & Houston, TX (Spring and Fall dates are available for both locations): If your wares run toward a vintage or boho aesthetic, check out this unique event, which is more like a collection of mini pop-up shops than your standard craft show.
The New Mexico Arts and Crafts Fair, Albuquerque, NM (June 22-24, 2018): One of New Mexico’s largest exhibitions, this event combines both a fine arts fair and a crafts show to feature the best handmade works available.
Renegade Craft Fairs, Portland, OR (July 29-30 & December 22-23): Renegade coordinates top makers’ markets in cities all over the US and beyond. These juried shows feature everything from candles to stationery to jewelry and more.

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