July 20-23 and October 19-22, 2023
Don't miss our favorite craft show of the year, celebrating 74 years in 2022! Every exhibitor is the artist (no salespersons selling someone else's art), and these artists are the finest in the South! For four days each July and October, the Harrah's Cherokee Center in downtown Asheville (formally the U.S. Cellular Center) comes alive with fine traditional and contemporary crafts. The Fairs 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 Harrah's Cherokee Center, 87 Haywood St. in downtown Asheville. Admission: Adults $10.
Hours are Thursday-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.