Bring Your Family and Friends to the Hudson Valley's Summer Craft Fairs
Shop local and support the creative makers behind the colorful festivals around the Hudson River.
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Summer may not officially begin until June 21, but vacation vibes are already in full force in the Hudson Valley. While there is already so much to do this summer, from food festivals and day trips to beach days and hikes, the craft fairs in the region are well worth a spot on the warm weather bucket list. Mark your calendar now for the family-friendly fests that showcase the best of what local creators have to offer.
Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck
Kick off the summer at Rhinebeck Crafts Festival, where artists and craftspeople galore gather together and show off their wares. Shop to your heart’s content, take part in hands-on crafting demonstrations, or take the little ones to watch a puppet show and stilt walkers. Don’t forget to check out the local artisan food options available too.
Saturdays and Sundays through December
New location every weekend
As the name suggests, Phoenicia Flea got its start in Phoenicia in 2014. It hops from one location to the next each weekend until December as it celebrates the innovative local makers in each community. Look out for Phoenicia Flea in Greenville on June 22 and 23, at Catskill Brewery on the Fourth of July weekend, and in Woodstock from July 20 to 21.
Saturdays and Sundays through November
Behind Bread Alone, Maple Lane, Woodstock
In its 42st year, the Mower family craft market unites a charming ensemble of antique dealers, collectors, crafters, and farmers every weekend from May to November. The neighborhood event is an enjoyable addition to a day trip to Woodstock, so get planning now.
Museum Village, Monroe
The combination food and shopping event, held in Monroe’s Museum Village, is a must for anyone who loves history and New York eats. Visitors can attend tastings, shop a local and international assortment of honey, and browse the wares from craft and jewelry artists. The festival comes from the producers of The Chocolate Expo, so hopes are high for this one.
Second Sundays from April to November
Hastings-On-Hudson MTA Commuter Parking Lot, Southside Ave, Hastings-on Hudson
The Hastings Flea might be on the small side, but the artisans and craftspeople there still charm visitors with their showing of local crafts, ranging from jewelry and colorful scarves to antique furniture. This display of local talent occurs every second Sunday this summer, so check it out while the weather is nice.
July 6-7, August 31-September 1
Stormville Airport, Stormville
Stormville Airport’s summertime flea markets are iconic in the Hudson Valley and beyond for their mish-mash assortment of antiques, artisans, bites, and beverages. Slather on the sunblock and pack your roomiest shopping bags before you head out to the market. As repeat visitors can attest, the event is so massive that it’s difficult, if not impossible, to explore each and every booth. After a few trips here, expect to have developed your “go-to” vendors to return to time and time again.
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Shaker Heritage Society, Goshen
The Shaker Heritage Society offers a craft fair in Goshen this summer unlike any other. Shop for traditional Shaker crafts and local food, explore the lush herb garden, and learn about Shaker history. All proceeds from admission go towards the Shaker Heritage Society’s educational and preservation programs.
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Mayor’s Park, Cold Spring
You’ll find more than just food and wine at the Putnam County Wine and Food Fest. Along with the mixology demonstrations and local wine, cider, and food samples, visitors can shop from vendors selling handmade jewelry, handbags, and even eyewear. Add in some live music and it’ll be a day you’ll never forget.
Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck
Ok, ok, the Dutchess County Fair is more than just a craft fair. However, the abundance of artisans at this weeklong event, which celebrates its 174th anniversary, makes it worthy of inclusion on the list. When you need a break from the farm animals, fair foods, and flying rides, meander over to the marketplace to shop from the 300 vendors in attendance. Inside the three designated buildings, you’ll find goods of shape, size, and kind imaginable. You may even forget about the rest of the fair as you delve deeper and deeper into labyrinth of shops.
August 28 – September 2
Columbia County Fairgrounds, Chatham
For a taste of the country, head out to the Columbia County Fair. Crafters and artisans sit side by side with down home entertainment, from a demolition derby to a painted pony rodeo. If the crafts and the bull riding aren’t enough for you, there will also be live music, including a performance by local celebrity from NBC’s The Voice, Moriah Formica.
August 31 – September 2
Ulster County Fairgrounds, New Paltz
Home crafters, professional artists, and the whole of the Hudson Valley community should visit the Woodstock-New Paltz fair at least once this summer. Held during Labor Day weekend, the fest packs hundreds of artists and craftspeople onto the Ulster County Fairgrounds to celebrate the creativity of the hardworking souls throughout the region. With shopping, children’s activities, and massage therapy as only a few of the onsite attractions, this event is one for the books.
Hudson Valley Community College, Troy
Take a trip northward to Troy to explore the best of country chic. Crafting aficionados can shop the décor of their dreams and pick up one-of-a-kind treats like candles, jewelry, and holiday décor. As a bonus, individuals who purchase a ticket to the fest can return anytime over the course of the three days free of charge.
635 South Broadway, Tarrytown
Sneaking in at the tail end of summer, Fall Crafts at Lyndhurst deserves a shout-out for its stunning location and expansive assortment of creative professionals. Head to the Tarrytown estate to revel in the changing of the seasons and to shop from regional artisans. As a bonus, visitors can tour the mansion, snack on specialty foods, and go behind-the-scenes at craft demonstrations.
Sundays in September
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel
As summer fades into fall, head over to Bethel Woods for one of their annual Harvest Festivals. Each Sunday in September, there is fall bounty aplenty in the form of local food vendors and craftspeople, along with a hay maze and horse and buggy rides. Each week features a different artisan, so be on the lookout for Rosehaven Alpacas, The Abandoned Hard Cider Garden, and more.