If you love arts and crafts and you’re thinking about a trip to the USA, we’ve found the top five festivals you should check out to add a memorable extension to your holiday.
As you imagine with a population of more than 320 million, there’s thousands of fairs and festivals to choose from depending on your particular interest. Here’s the ones that draw some of the biggest crowds.
1. Annual American Crafts Festival, New York
The Annual American Crafts Festival showcases around 200 artists and their unique wares from every region of the United States. Hosted at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City, this summer time event is touted as one of the best for lovers of craft.
Spend the entire day in downtown Manhattan browsing the colourful displays and enjoying craft demonstrations and live entertainment. If you’re feeling peckish, the festival is also known for its delicious local and exotic foods.
More info: www.craftsatlincoln.org
Location: Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts - 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York
2. American Craft Show, San Francisco
Craft devotees unite every year for three days in San Francisco at the annual American Craft Show. More than 200 dedicated artists gather together to celebrate all things handmade and visitors are encouraged to interact with the creators. Expect to spend hours wandering the many stalls and displays admiring high-quality American creations including jewellery, clothing, furniture and home decor.
If you happen to be exploring the sights of San Francisco in August, make room in your schedule for this can't miss event – the largest juried craft show west of the Rockies.
More info: www.craftcouncil.org
Address: Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, Festival Pavilion - 2 Marina Boulevard
3. Smithsonian Craft Show, Washington DC
In addition to the White House and the Washington State Memorial, add the Smithsonian Craft Show to your must-see Washington DC sights. This annual event is considered one of the most prestigious craft shows in the country.
While thousands of artists apply, only 120 artists are selected to exhibit. Held in the historic National Building Museum, you’ll have the opportunity to browse and bid on a range of works from talented artists.
More info: www.smithsoniancraftshow.org
Location: National Building Museum - 401 F Street NW in Washington, D.C.
4. CraftBoston, Boston
A twice-annual event, CraftBoston is famous for its displays of the best contemporary craft.
You’ll have the chance to chat to local artists and purchase your new favourite piece of art. If your travels take you to Boston in December, you can also visit the CraftBoston Holiday event at the Hynes Convention Centre. Right in the heart of the city’s shopping district, this is the perfect place to purchase one-of-a-kind holiday gifts.
More info: www.societyofcrafts.org/craftboston
5. Annual Tennessee Craft Fair, Nashville
Also staged twice a year, the Annual Tennessee Craft Fair celebrates a huge range of artisans from across the nation. Established in 1972, this long-standing festival is highly anticipated by locals and visitors alike.
Thousands gather on the lawns of Centennial Park to admire the work of photographers, painters and furniture makers. Live demonstrations and entertainment make this fair an all-day event. The Tennessee Craft Fair happens every spring and fall.
More info: www.tennesseecraft.org
Location: Centennial Park - 2500 West End Ave, Nashville
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