There’s nothing like the sights, sounds, tastes and smells of a festive craft fair to put you in the holiday spirit! Each weekend from November to early December, there are several of these joyful events throughout New England.
They offer the perfect opportunity to stock up on one-of-a-kind holiday decorations, personalized ornaments, foods – to serve or to give, and an array of gift options from handmade jewelry to artisanal soaps and candles.
Here are our picks for the best holiday craft fair coming to each New England state this season.
CraftWestport | Westport
November 4-5, 2017
This annual extravaganza is the longest running indoor fine craft event in the state. 175 artisans specializing in metal, fiber, wood, paper, and clay will showcase their work. There will be several gourmet goodies to sample plus a Kid Zone – featuring a bounce house and face painting – for the little ones. Best of all, the admissions net profits benefit local charities.
United Maine Craftsmen Holiday Arts & Crafts Show | Portland
December 2-3, 2017
The United Maine Craftsmen is a non-profit organization founded by local artisans in 1969. They put on several shows across the state each year, but the annual holiday arts and crafts show is the most beloved. More than 100 artists from across the state gather together to showcase their wood, fiber, silver, sea glass, and clay creations. Enjoy a snack and find the perfect gift for everyone on your list!
CraftBoston Holiday | Boston
December 14-17, 2017
2017 marks the twelfth year for the annual CraftBoston Holiday event at the Hynes Convention Center. 175 artists from around the country flock to Boston bi-annually for the chance to showcase their wares at the region’s premier, juried exhibition and crafts sale. Mediums include ceramics, fiber, glass, metal, and wood, and guests have the unique opporunity to meet the artists and discuss their work. CraftBoston Holiday supports the Society of Arts + Crafts, the nation’s oldest craft nonprofit, founded in 1897.
Seacoast Artisans Annual Fine Arts & Crafts Show | Portsmouth
November 11, 2017
The 18th Annual Seacoast Artisans Holiday Show will be held November 11, 2017 at the Great Bay Community College in Portsmouth, NH at the Pease Tradeport. It will feature dozens of vendors selling jewelry, art pieces, pottery, and more – all made with their heart and soul! This is your chance to support your community and the arts by buying local and handmade. Refreshments will be sold.
Foundry Artists Association Holiday Show | Pawtucket
December 1-3, 8-10, 2017
For three decades, this unique show has been run by the very artists who will showcase their work – including several RISD grads! The annual 7 day holiday sale runs over the course of two weeks and features extraordinary handmade items such as paintings, photos, jewelry, sculpture, textiles, ceramics, clothing, and accessories. The event also includes a silent auction.
The 35th Annual Foundry Artists Holiday Show is right around the corner! Postcards are in the mail and information can be found here, on our Facebook page, and our website (link in profile). OPENING RECEPTION Thursday November 30th 5pm – 9pm SHOW DATES & HOURS December 1, 2, 3 and December 8, 9, 10 Fridays 12pm – 8pm Saturdays 10am – 6pm Sundays 10am – 6pm Located at the Pawtucket Armory at 172 Exchange Street in Pawtucket, RI. Hope to see you there!! #foundryartists #foundryartistsshow #pawtucketri #art #holiday #shoppinginri #madeinri #shoplocal #rhodeisland
Craft Vermont | Burlington
November 17-19, 2017
Celebrating more than 60 years, this annual show features more than 100 vendors and is put on by the oldest and largest juried craft organization in the state of Vermont. Find fine art items, pottery, jewelry, textiles, gourmet food, and more.