8 Family-Friendly Craft Fairs to Officially Welcome Fall
Get a jumpstart on holiday shopping with one-of-a-kind gifts from Hudson Valley vendors.
Field + Supply returns to The Hutton Brickyards this fall.
Photo by Scott Rudd / @scottruddevents
According to the calendar, fall kicks off on September 23 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.
New location every weekend
Saturdays and Sundays through December
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 New York to the Hudson Valley to Brooklyn from May to December during the year. This autumn, look out for the market at the Uptown Autumn Street Fair in Kingston on October 5 and at Hasbrouck House in Stone Ridge on October 12-13.
Hutton Brickyards, Kingston
Returning for its sixth year at 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 industrial jewelry and handmade chess sets to highly addictive chocolate and funky kitchenware. 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 arrows, or create a leather pouch.
October 12, 1-6 p.m.
For one day in October, Fall for Art takes over the village of Millerton to showcase the talented array of Hudson Valley creatives. Beginning at Main Street and looping down John Street toward Veteran’s Park, the fest transforms the town into a large-scale shopping market. 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.
Head to Sugar Loaf for arts and crafts fun with family on Columbus Day weekend. Crafters of all sorts will love the festive atmosphere, which includes arts, crafts, and face painting. Vendors will be onsite to showcase their works, while food, music, and a beer garden provide welcome respites from the multi-day shopping spectacular.
Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck
This October, the Sheep and Wool Festival camps out at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds for two fun-filled 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, as well as speaking with the makers behind them all. 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.
467 Broadway, Kingston
After a successful shopping fest last fall, Hudson Valley Hullabaloo returns for its pre-holiday event. Make a day trip to Kingston to check out the Brooklyn-esque celebration that highlights more than 75 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
November 29 – December 1
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
November 30 – December 1
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 features a fusion of handcrafted and fine art, along with specialty food and fun knickknacks. As an added bonus, all proceeds go to scholarships funds for students.