Best craft shows in the U.S. in 2018

Mark your calendars! Here are some of the best craft shows for unique, finely-crafted jewelry. Makers rely on them and for artisan jewelry fans (like me), strolling their booths is a great way to get inspiration while meeting and supporting local artists.

When you buy from the maker, you’re helping talented craftspeople earn a living doing what they love. Talking to them about their work helps you appreciate the craft and innovation that went into it. Every time time you wear the piece, you’ll think of that encounter.

You will find many of the best North American studio jewelers at these craft shows, indoor and out, across the U.S. A select few of these shows are wholesale only – meaning you need buyer’s credentials to get in – but the rest are open to the public. I’ll open with one of my favorite of the many outdoor shows (with amazing artisan jewelry) open to the public at the Tucson Gem Show.

JANUARY

January 26 – February 11, 2018: African Art Village at Tucson Gem Show, S. Linda Avenue & W. Cushing Street, Tucson, AZ

FEBRUARY

February 21 – 23, 2018: American Craft Show (wholesale), Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore MD

February 23 – 25, 2018: American Craft Council Show (public), Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore MD

February 16 – 18, 2018: Palm Beach Fine Craft Show, Palm Beach County Convention Center, West Palm Beach FL

African Art Village at Tucson Gem Show (photo Cathleen McCarthy/The Jewelry Loupe)

African Art Village at Tucson Gem Show

MARCH

March 16 – 18, 2018: American Craft Council, Atlanta GA

March 16 – 18, 2018: Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, Winter Park, FL

April 20 – 22, 2018: Craftboston Spring, The Cyclorama at The Boston Center for the Arts, Boston. MA

APRIL

April 19 – 22, 2018: American Craft Council, St. Paul MN

April 26 – 29, 2018: Smithsonian Craft Show, National Building Museum, Washington DC

MAY

May 11 – 13, 2018: Rittenhouse Fine Craft Fair, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA

May 12 – 13, 2018: Bethesda Row Arts Festival, Bethesda MD

JUNE

June 15 – 17, 2018: Lakefront Festival of Art, Milwaukee, WI

June 22 – 24, 2018: Des Moines Arts Festival, Western Gateway Park, Des Moines, IA

Baltimore ACC Show (photo Cathleen McCarthy/The Jewelry Loupe)

American Craft Council Show (photo Cathleen McCarthy/The Jewelry Loupe)

JULY

July 6 – 8, 2018: Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Denver, CO

July 12 – 15, 2018: Central PA Festival of the Arts, State College, PA

July 19 – 22, 2018: Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, Ann Arbor, MI

July 28 – 29, 2018: Fine Craft Fair, Chase Center, Wilmington, DE

AUGUST

August 3 – 5, 2018: American Craft Council Show (wholesale), San Francisco, CA

SEPTEMBER

September 21 – 23, 2018: American Craft Exposition, Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, IL

September 22 – 24, 2018: Plaza Art Fair, Country Club Plaza, Kansas City, MO

Shopping Liz Landers' booth at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show

Liz Landers at her booth at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show

OCTOBER

October 12 – 14, 2018: Rittenhouse Fine Craft Show, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA

October 13 – 14, 2018: Bethesda Row Arts Festival, Bethesda, MD

NOVEMBER

November 1 – 4, 2018: SOFA (Sculptural Objects, Functional Art + Design , Festival Hall, Navy Pier, Chicago

November 2 – 4, 2018: Atlanta Contemporary Jewelry Show, Atlanta History Center, Atlanta

November 2 – 4, 2018: Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia

DECEMBER

Dec. 14 – 16, 2018: Craftboston Holiday, Hynes Convention Center, Boston MA

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