Gatlinburg Craft Fairs
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CRAFT FAIRS & SHOWS
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Craft fairs and shows have become an integral part of the arts and crafts scene in Gatlinburg. Harvest time is the main season of arts and crafts shows in the Smokies, though one of the area’s largest craft fairs does take place in July, the summer Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair. Whether in July or during the fall, harvest festivals and craft fairs abound.
In downtown Gatlinburg in July the original summer show, the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair is held for almost the entire month. Nearly 200 booths hosted by artists and craftsmen from around the country display unique gifts and their artistic talents. All participants are subject to a jury process that insures quality and content.
Come fall you can treat yourself to the Annual Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival on the campus of the Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, typically held the first week of October. The festival features numerous booths of juried artists from around the country. Ceramics, woodworking, watercolor and glass are just some of the categories you’ll discover at this event. Besides enjoying the work of some fantastic artisans, visitors to this free event will also have the opportunity to listen to mountain music and have children take part in an activity program just for them.
Also beginning in early October is the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair’s autumn show. It will also host over 200 booths at the Gatlinburg Convention Center, located near the center of downtown. Handmade products will be on display as well as working artisans and craftsmen demonstrating their creative talents. There is so much to see plan on spending a couple of days just at the fair.
During the Thanksgiving holiday the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community has its first of two seasonal shows at the Convention Center. The second show by the Community is held in the same venue shortly after the Thanksgiving show. The Community also has a crafts show in springtime, near Easter. The fall and holiday shows offer excellent opportunities for some early Christmas shopping. You’ll discover gifts that are unique and distinctive. And there is no fighting the Black Friday crowds!
September 29, 2015 | Share: