Fall is only a week away! Before you know it, fall will slip right by us and the holiday season will be here. Art and craft fairs and festivals are great for finding unique, one-of-a-kind gems perfect for gift-giving. The great thing about craft fairs is the array of different vendors that will allow you to find something for everyone, with each vendor set up within inches of another. No more spending hours upon hours driving from store to store! Nobody likes to do last minute shopping either. So avoid the chaos and get a head start on your holiday shopping! Not to mention you’d be supporting your local handmade artists, craftspeople, and artisans.
Check out the list below of amazing craft fairs and festivals coming up in Philadelphia and the surrounding region. If you live close to any of these events, stop by! (I hear this weekend’s supposed to be beautiful.)
Saturday, September 15, 2012
9am – 8pm
9th and Freedley Streets, Conshohocken, PA
The 5K run/walk begins at 10am and the day’s festivities begin at 11am. In addition to the 5K run-walk and other fun activities at the FunFest, you will find unique and creative home decor, clothing, accessories, art, gifts and more for sale by local artists from Philadelphia. Check out the full entertainment schedule here: http://conshyfunfest.com/ent_schedule.asp.
Doylestown Arts Festival
Saturday, September 15 – Sunday, September 16, 2012
10am – 5pm
State and Main Streets, Doylestown, PA
This two-day festival, Doylestown’s largest event of the year, includes more than 150 local and regional artisans selling handmade goodies in the areas of furniture, glass, handbags, jewelry, kids clothing, photography, pottery, and more.
Go West! Craft Fest
Saturday, September 29, 2012
(Rain date: Sunday, September 30, 2012)
11am – 5pm
40th and Woodland Streets, Philadelphia, PA
Go West! Craft Fest features the finest handmade creations of over 50 Philadelphia art and craft vendors. You will find a range of handmade items for sale such as original artworks and prints, upcycled clothing and screenprinted tees, ceramics, home goods, jewelry and accessories, and much more.
Click here for more information or to RSVP to on Go West! Craft Fest Facebook event listing! Go West! Craft Fest is brought to you by VIX Emporium, a shop in West Philadelphia selling gifts made by independent artists and craftspeople.
New Hope Arts & Crafts Festival
Saturday, September 29 – Sunday, September 30, 2012
10am – 6pm
New Hope-Solebury High School
West Bridge Street, New Hope, PA
This outdoor juried arts and crafts festival features over 200 fine artists and craftsmen with original work ranging from oil paintings and sculpture to jewelry, ceramics, wood, glass, and photography. Admission is free for visitors, and there will be food and music.
22nd Street Craft Market
Saturday, October 6, 2012
12pm – 6pm
Olivet Church Studios
22nd and Mt. Vernon Streets, Philadelphia, PA
Artists’ studios will be open inside the building and crafters will be along the street at the Olivet Church Studios located on the corner of 22nd and Mt. Vernon Streets. The 22nd Street Craft Market will be happening in conjunction with POST (Philadelphia Open Studio Tours) west side of Broad Street.
Chestnut Hill Fall For The Arts Festival
Sunday, October 7, 2012
(Rain date: Sunday, October 14, 2012)
11am – 5pm
Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA
Enjoy a day of art, music, culinary delights and boutique shopping in Chestnut Hill for Fall For The Arts Festival, an outdoor art and crafts marketplace. The Festival will be set up along Germantown Avenue between Willow Grove & Rex Avenues.
Keep an eye out for more details about Philadelphia’s holiday craft fairs and bazaars such as Artmore Gift Fair, Merry Shopoholic, and Crafty Balboa Holiday coming up in November and December!Michelle is a crocheter, graphic designer, and arts administrator in Philadelphia, PA. She is the creator of Only Meesh Handmade through which she brings brilliant colors and great fashion into peoples’ lives with her crocheted scarves, cowls, and jewelry. Michelle obtained a BFA in graphic design from the University of the Arts, and from time to time creates custom designs for social events such as weddings, showers, graduations, and birthdays. Discover her etsy shop and blog .