Cheap Weekend Fun: Craft Fairs

Guys, I have a confession. I signed up for this slot, thinking I would just do a quick Google of craft fairs, put the links here, and wish you all happy crafting. But, it turns out there is a dearth of websites that list craft fairs. Even after I spent a while doing web searches, I couldn’t find much. Most of the ones I found were out of date or without many listings. What a disappointment, as one of my favorite cheap/free things to do in the spring, summer, and fall is to visit local craft fairs. I like to go, get inspiration for my own craft projects, maybe buy a gift for someone if something strikes my fancy, and sometimes they even have snacks.

The best resource I found for craft fairs was at Festival Network Online, which offers a searchable database of a variety of music festivals and arts and crafts fairs. Unfortunately, the whole reason I was inspired to do this post was because I happened to see a flier for a craft fair near me, and it doesn’t come up in the craft fair listing on this site. In fact, the only way I could find it was by searching for the fair itself, and it was listed on a forum for the neighborhood where it’s being held. So, this may be a puny craft fair and it might be disappointing and that’s why it’s not listed anywhere. But on the other hand, what if it’s awesome and I never would have known about it?!

Anyway, the point of all of this is, craft fairs are fun and cheap. You might be able to search for craft fairs by your location and get a bigger selection, but there aren’t a whole lot of resources for everywhere. Do you have any favorite resources for finding craft fairs near you? Let us know in the comments and help out your fellow crafters!

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By Luci Furious

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5 replies on “Cheap Weekend Fun: Craft Fairs”

I asked my coworker, who does crafty things and has tables at craft fairs, and she says she checks the local free weekly paper and also local craigslist. But she says, “Once you’re on the lists, you’re on the lists.” So apparently there are Super Secret Craft Fair Listservs that exist. Perhaps there’s a password and a handshake, too. ;)

No secret list, just a lot of blog-surfing and checking your local/regional events calendars. But most craft shows are anual, or semi-anual or seasonal, so once you are on their mailing list you get updates for upcoming events.

I wish there was a list. It would make my life soooo much easier.

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