July 22, 2015 | Home & Happiness Team | Comments Off on Craft Fair Season Favorites Coast-to-Coast
Craft fair season is in full swing and America’s artists are showing off and selling hand-made wares in festive parks and gardens nationwide.
Whether you’re looking for inspiration, artwork, textiles, gifts, novelties or just a great day of outdoor browsing – there’s bound to be one going on nearby. And usually where you find crafts, you’ll also discover a bounty of local food and drink favorites. Planners can get a jump on holiday shopping (rumor has it that there are those who excel at this type of pre-season shopping) and the rest of us can simply enjoy the bounty while seeking out the unexpected to adorn ourselves and our homes.
These are some of our favorites festivals from among the nationally recognized events still happening this summer… Do you have a favorite nearby or a great find you want to show off? Show us your discoveries! Send us your favorite art finds! We want to know!
West Coast Style: California Crafting
Sausalito Art Festival, Sausalito, Calif., September 5 – 7
Whether you’re a west coast resident or looking for an adventure far from home, this festival has been frequently ranked as the top outdoor fine art festival in the nation. Chock full of arts crafts and foods fresh from the sea, the Sausalito Art Festival is one of the best in the nation, let alone the West Coast. From the early 1800’s when painters came to capture the natural Bay beauty to now, this 60 year-old festival has been growing into an internationally recognized arts event.
Midwestern Bounty: Michigan & Chicago
Charlevoix Waterfront Art Fair, Charlevoix, Mich., August 8
In Michigan, the second Saturday in August is set aside for the 57th year of the Charlevoix Waterfront Art Fair. Already a resort town, the festival takes over this area between Lake Michigan and Round Lake and highlights some of the highest-quality artwork in the nation with the bonus of a picturesque waterfront location. One day only.
ACE: American Craft Expo, Chicago Botanical Gardens, September 25 -27
In the Windy City, 150 artisans will come together at the 31st annual American Craft Expo, in Chicago’s famous Botanical Garden. One of the country’s finest shows, ACE features one-of-a-kind creations, museum quality artwork and luxury collections in fiber, ceramic, furniture, glass, leather, metal mixed-media, paper and wood.
Elevated Artisans: Crafty Colorado
Crested Butte Arts Festival, Crested Butte, Colorado, July 31 – August 2
Another of the nation’s top arts festivals kicks off at the end of July with a 43rd annual event featuring an amazing array of jewelry, paintings, fine arts, ceramics, glass and textiles plus a full menu of activities and entertainment. If you’re anywhere near or willing to travel, this three-day festival shines as another sparkling beauty in the midst of great natural scenery.
Northeastern Nuance: New England and Pennsylvania
Berkshire Crafts Fair, Great Barrington, Mass., August 14 – 16
Right in our backyard and celebrating its 42nd year, this fair boasts more than 89 juried artists spanning contemporary to traditional jewelry, furniture, textiles, glassware and more from across the country.
Long’s Park Art & Craft Festival, Lancaster, Penn., September 5 – 7
But before the season closes, there’s also the Long’s Park Art & Craft Festival in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Also among the nation’s top 25 shows, it closes out a full summer season of outdoor festivities in the park with a collection of top artisan creations from more than 200 artists.
Can’t make it to a fair this year, or missed the ones you hoped to make earlier in the season? Check out our Berkshire Artisan Originals, a year-round, curated collection of local art and textiles from right here in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. There’s something for everyone!