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 26 – February 11, 2018: African Art Village at Tucson Gem Show, S. Linda Avenue & W. Cushing Street, Tucson, AZ
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
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 19 – 22, 2018: American Craft Council, St. Paul MN
April 26 – 29, 2018: Smithsonian Craft Show, National Building Museum, Washington DC
May 11 – 13, 2018: Rittenhouse Fine Craft Fair, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA
May 12 – 13, 2018: Bethesda Row Arts Festival, Bethesda MD
June 15 – 17, 2018: Lakefront Festival of Art, Milwaukee, WI
June 22 – 24, 2018: Des Moines Arts Festival, Western Gateway Park, Des Moines, IA
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 3 – 5, 2018: American Craft Council Show (wholesale), San Francisco, CA
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
October 12 – 14, 2018: Rittenhouse Fine Craft Show, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA
October 13 – 14, 2018: Bethesda Row Arts Festival, Bethesda, MD
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
Dec. 14 – 16, 2018: Craftboston Holiday, Hynes Convention Center, Boston MA
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