July 21-23, 2017 & October 20-22, 2017
Don't miss our favorite craft show of the year, celebrating 70 years in 2017! Every exhibitor is the artist (no salespersons selling someone else's art), and these artists are the finest in the South! For three days each July and October, the US Cellular Center in Asheville comes alive with fine traditional and contemporary crafts. The Fairs, a local tradition since 1948, showcase the work of members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and feature craft demonstrations, regional music and entertainment.
Wear comfortable walking shoes! More than 200 craftspeople fill the two levels of the Civic Center selling their works of clay, fiber, glass, leather, metal, mixed media, natural materials, paper, wood and jewelry. As members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, the exhibiting artists have passed a rigorous jury process to become a part of the organization. Membership is open to artists who live in the mountain counties of Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, the Carolinas, Tennessee, and the Virginias.
While locals and visitors can find crafts at numerous galleries, the Fairs are unique in that they offer people the opportunity to connect with the artists by purchasing directly from them. In an age of mass production and imports, the connection to fine American craft and the individual maker is more relevant than ever.
Long known as an arts and crafts destination, Asheville offers architectural charm, eclectic restaurants and a wide variety of lodging near the Fair. Craft demonstrations are a highlight at the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands. Watching and interacting with highly skilled craftspeople as they create is entertaining and educational.
Be sure to see their interior design vignette showcase. This collaboration between Guild makers, architects, builders, and interior designers showcase craft in the context of furnishing rooms in a house. A great way to get ideas for home.
It's held inside the US Cellular Center (formerly the Asheville Civic Center), 87 Haywood St. in downtown Asheville. Admission is Adults $8, children under 12 free.
Hours are Friday-Saturday, 10 AM-6 PM and Sunday 10 AM-5 PM.
Also see the home of the Southern Highlands Craft Guild, the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway, open every day with exhibits, demonstrations and a wonderful gallery shop.