8 Family-Friendly Craft Fairs to Officially Welcome Fall
Get a jumpstart on holiday shopping with one-of-a-kind gifts from local vendors.
Field + Supply returns to The Hutton Brickyards this fall.
Photo by Scott Rudd / @scottruddevents
According to the calendar, fall kicks off on September 22 this year. In our minds, however, autumn has officially arrived in the Hudson Valley. After all, the leaves are changing, the orchards are open, and, let’s be real, the pumpkin spice lattes are blowing up our social media accounts.
While the Hudson Valley’s summer festivals are stellar in their own right, there’s something particularly special about the region’s fall craft fairs. Perhaps it’s because gifting season is right around the corner, or perhaps it’s because creativity and cooler temperatures seem to go hand in hand. Either way, there’s no time like the present to plan a visit to the upcoming crafty happenings in the area.
We visited the Cornwall Yarn Shop this morning. The store is one of the many vendors participating at In the MKNG, September 29-30 at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts! Check out the link in our bio for a virtual tour of the store. It will explain the beer in this picture! . . . . #cornwallyarnshop #yarnshop #shoplocal #knittersofinstagram #knittingaddict #instaknit #knitspiration #IntheMKNG #learning #makers #creativevibes #instacrafts #makeityourself #crafters #makersmovement #creativityfound #creativelife #DIY #doityourself #hudsonvalley #cornwall #upstateNY #makersgonnamake #creativity #craftersgonnacraft #craftsposure #fallfestival #craftbeer #beerlovers @bethelwoodscenter @afci_global @cornwallyarnshop
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel
Head to Bethel for its first-ever festival dedicated to creativity and imagination. Crafters of all sorts will love the hands-on atmosphere, which includes live demonstrations and activities over the course of the two days. Vendors will be onsite to showcase their works, while companies and makers will host workshops to teach visitors how to complete fun projects and master new skills.
The Hutton Brickyards, Kingston
Returning for its fifth year at The Hutton Brickyards, Field + Supply brings a modern twist to the craft fair scene. The riverside shopping event includes dozens of talented vendors selling everything from minimalist jewelry and woven baskets to locally made soap and funky mugs. Register for a hand embroidery or frame loom weaving workshop or walk straight up to one of the fun activity stations to learn how to add gold leaf, make your own arrowhead, or create a leather keychain tassel.
Saturdays and Sundays through December
New location every weekend
Unlike one-off craft fairs, Phoenicia Flea is a traveling market that showcases a medley of artisanal food, drinks, home goods, clothing, skincare, jewelry, and more. The Flea changes location every weekend, hopping from upstate NY to the Hudson Valley to Brooklyn from April to December during the year. This autumn, look out for the market at Hasbrouck House in Stone Ridge on October 6-7 and at Lumberyard in Catskill on November 24-25.
Brand new to the @midhudsonmarketplace, Olde York Farm @oldeyorkfarm is a woman-owned and family operated distillery sourcing Hudson Valley grown and foraged ingredients to make seasonal spirits. Find them in the barn October 7th from 11 am - 5 pm at @nostranovineyards. #hudsonvalley #upstste #hudsonvalleydistillery #hudsonvalleymade #madeinny #upstateny #makersofthehudsonvalley #hudsonvalleyhappenings #hudsonvalleyliving
Nostrano Vineyards, Milton
For one day in October, Mid-Hudson Marketplace takes over Nostrano Vineyards to showcase the talented array of Hudson Valley creatives. Shop handcrafted goods, munch on local eats, and sip wine and cider from regional distilleries and vineyards. If you’re looking to support the Hudson Valley community and score unique presents for family and friends, this is the place to do it.
Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck
This October, the Sheep and Wool Festival camps out at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds for a fun-filled two days. Join the crafting community at large as it turns out for book signings, competitions, demonstrations, and shopping galore. Visitors will love browsing the stands of raw wool, yarn, rugs, and fibers. Vendors come from all over the country, so expect to see a wide variety of goods and materials. For kids, the sheep shearing and fiber arts demonstrations are bound to fascinate.
Thank you to everyone who came out to support the Hullabaloo, it was a great weekend! And thanks to all the talented vendors, @dj_mr_chips, and our sponsors, @chronogram, @kingstonhappenings, @primrosehillschool, and @greenmtnenergy. We feel so lucky to be a part of this creative community. Let’s do it again in November! If you missed it, check out our vendor page and shop online.
Andy Murphy Midtown Neighborhood Center, Kingston
After a successful summer fest in June, Hudson Valley Hullabaloo returns for its pre-holiday event. Make a day trip to Kingston to check out the Brooklyn-esque celebration that highlights the innovative, talented artisans in the Valley. Pick up a few gifts for family and friends, then grab a bit to eat from a local food vendor and unwind with live music.
Basilica Hudson, Hudson
If you want Brooklyn shopping without the subway commute, make the scenic drive to Hudson for Basilica Farm & Flea instead. The annual holiday market provides an alternative to Black Friday commercial madness, allowing attendees to escape the chaos of the weekend and support local makers at the same time. Organized with holiday shopping in mind, the craft fest and farmers’ market showcases a charming mix of artwork, home goods, jewelry, food, and furniture. Bring the family for a fun holiday weekend and check a few presents off your list while you’re at it.
Dutchess Community College, Poughkeepsie
After the Thanksgiving festivities wrap, the crafting party at Dutchess Community College begins. Visitors can walk off the Turkey Day eats as they browse the wares from more than 100 artists. The juried event will feature a fusion of handcrafted and fine art, along with specialty food and fun knickknacks. As an added bonus, proceeds go toward scholarships funds for students.