If you treasure the discovery of a new favorite artisan, enjoy home decorating with one-of-a-kind creations, or love to wear unique handmade jewelry, you'll relish experiencing the 65th annual Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands. From July 19th through 22nd, the US Cellular Center in downtown Asheville is filled to the brim with the work of over 200 craftspeople.
Local traditions come to life
Vendor booths feature crafts made of every kind of material imaginable, from clay pottery to woodcuts to metal sculpture. Often times you can talk with the craftsperson in person and feel their passion for their work firsthand, plus attending craft demonstrations allows you to see the artist's process in creating beautiful handmade wares. Live bluegrass music is played by local musicians on stage all weekend long.
A great place to shop for gifts
Giving someone you love a gift that is hand-crafted is always gratifying. The vendors at the Craft Fair have honed their skills to reflect the roots of Appalachia through their own individual perspective. There's a wide assortment of gifts to select from - find one that reminds you of your loved one! Amongst affordable knickknacks, creative expressions, and high-end precious stone jewelry, the one thing that everything has in common is a unique character that's bound to make someone smile on that next special occasion.
Supporting community arts
The mission of the non-profit Southern Highland Craft Guild is to promote local crafts and provide support for artisans through connectivity, shared resources, education, and conservation. With membership requiring a rigorous jury selection, the Guild's members are the best of the best craftspeople living in the Appalachians. The Craft Fairs are the Guild's main events. Through their popularity, the Guild is able to further this worthwhile charitable mission.
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A chance to visit Asheville
The Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands is reflective of Asheville's artistic spirit. While you're here, tour the River Arts District and peruse the many galleries downtown. You'll find inspiration hiding in so many places, from workshops to mountain tops!
The numerous mountain rental cabins offered by Carolina Mornings are another place to find inspiration. With tremendous views and luxury amenities, it's easy to let your worries fade and give in to the relaxed vibes that make Asheville a favored destination. Check out the wide assortment of Carolina Mornings vacation rentals, from convenient in-town condominiums to secluded wilderness cabins. Our Vacation Specialists will help you find your ideal getaway!