Best craft shows in the U.S. in 2012

Here are some of the best craft shows open to the public in the U.S. for finding unique, finely-crafted jewelry and, sometimes, gems, beads and materials to make your own. This list is updated regularly as dates become available.

Tucson Gem Show (photo Cathleen McCarthy)


Jan. 26-Feb. 12, 2012: Tucson Gem Shows


Feb. 24-26, 2012: American Craft Council Show,  Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore MD


March 2-4, 2012: Germantown Friends Craft Show, Philadelphia

March 2-4, 2012: Palm Beach Fine Craft Show, Palm Beach Convention Center, West Palm Beach FL

March 9-11, 2012: American Craft Council Show, Cobb Galleria Centre, Atlanta GA

March 16-18, 2012: Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, Winter Park FL

March 23-25, 2012: Craftboston Spring, World Trade Center, Boston (get half price passes here)


April 19-22, 2012: Smithsonian Craft Show, Washington DC

April 20-23, 2012: SOFA New York, Park Avenue Armory NYC

April 20-22, 2012: American Craft Council Show, St. Paul, MN


June 22-24, 2012: Des Moines Art Festival, Des Moines IA


July 6-8, 2012: Cherry Creek Art Festival, Cherry Creek CO

July 13-15, 2012: Cain Park Arts Festival, Cleveland Heights, OH

July 18-21, 2012: Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, Ann Arbor MI

July 27-29, 2012: Maine Craft Guild’s Directions Show, Mount Desert Island, Bar Harbor, Maine


August 2-5, 2012: SOFA Santa Fe, Santa Fe Convention Center, Santa Fe NM [CANCELLED]

August 3-5, 2012: American Craft Council Show, San Francisco, CA

August 24-26, 2012: American Craft Exposition, Henry Crown Sports Pavilion, Northwestern University, Evanston IL


Oct. 12-14, 2012: Westchester Craft Show, Westchester NY

Oct. 19-21, 2012: Craft Show, Academy Art Museum, Easton MD


Nov. 2-4, 2012: SOFA Chicago, Festival Hall, Navy Pier, Chicago

Nov. 2-4, 2012: Fine Craft Show, Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester NY

Nov. 2-3, 2012: Atlanta Contemporary Jewelry Show, Atlanta GA

Nov. 12-15, 2012: Jewelry Fair at Walters Art Museum, Baltimore MD

Nov. 8-11, 2012: Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia

Nov. 19-21, 2012: American Craft Show, Jacob Javits Center, NYC

Nov. 16-18, 2012: Craft + Design Show, Visual Arts Center, Richmond VA

Nov. 16-18, 2012: Washington Craft Show, Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC

Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 2012: American Craft Show, Robarts Arena, Sarasota FL


December 6-9, 2012: One of a Kind Show & Sale, Chicago

Dec. 7-9, 2012: Craftboston Holiday, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston MA


Related posts:

Intergem: gem and jewelry shows for the public (free admission)

Gem & jewelry exhibits in North America 2012

Jewelry trade shows & antique fairs in the U.S. 2012

8 comments for “Best craft shows in the U.S. in 2012

  1. May 14, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    hello we are supplier of amber from dominican republic and we would like to know wich is the best event that we could participate so we could fine good clients interested in our goods.

  2. Cathleen McCarthy
    May 14, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Have you tried the Tucson Gem Shows? See the first listing above.

  3. June 11, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Now if I could just get into each of these shows, that would be some show year! Thanks so much for posting, this is like a print out and apply to list for jewelers.

  4. June 13, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Thank you for including our ACC shows in your list!

  5. Cathleen McCarthy
    June 13, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    My pleasure! I’m a big fan of your shows. Been attending as press for years.

  6. July 9, 2012 at 2:54 am

    You have compiled a nice list. The St. Louis art fair is a GREAT fair as well. I look forward to it all year. Link is below! :-)

  7. August 24, 2012 at 3:06 am

    Thank you for again listing the Atlanta Contemporary Jewelry Show in your Best Shows. We are honored to be included in such fine company!

  8. September 30, 2012 at 2:11 am

    We would love to be included in your list. Our events are now in their 27th season.

    November 2-4, 2012 Contemporary Crafts Market Santa Monica (CA)

    Next year’s Schedule:
    March 9 & 10, 2013 Contemporary Crafts Market San Francisco (CA)
    June 7-9, 2013 Contemporary Crafts Market Santa Monica (CA)
    November 1-3, 2013 Contemporary Crafts Market Pasadena (CA)


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