Many craft shows are connected to county fairs and outdoor festivities, but the exhibits continue after summer fairgrounds close and outdoor festivals retreat indoors. Preparations for trade and craft shows begin months in advance, but are subject to changes and cancellations. All exhibitors must register and go through an approval process. Before attending an event, contact the sponsors, organizers or the local chamber of commerce.
Red Wing River City Days
439 Main St.
Red Wing, MN 55066
Dates: August 6, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; August 7, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Often in the spotlight for its art culture, Red Wing marks the 34th year of its arts and crafts festival. Hundreds of handcrafted creations from well-known and emerging artisans will be on display. Many have exhibited in Red Wing's galleries and museums. The festival is an outdoor event, so bring protective coverings and rain gear just in case.
Little Falls Arts & Crafts Fair
Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce
200 1 St. N.W.
Little Falls MN 56345
Dates: September 10, 2016 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; September 11, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Every year, Little Falls receives hundreds of visitors who come to attend the arts and crafts fair. This exciting festivity usually takes place in the city's historic downtown district. In addition to arts and crafts, attractions include a car show and car swap, antiques, collectibles and an open air farmer's market. The city's chamber of commerce has steadily introduced new venues into the festival.
17th Annual Twin Cities 20th Century Design Show & Sale
Minnesota State Fair Grounds
Progress Center Building
St. Paul, MN 55101
Dates: Sept. 24, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sept. 25, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
"From Mission to Modern" is the theme of this 20th century design show. It's a collection of designer furniture and accessories from the first American Arts and Crafts Movement (1890 - 1920) and the 20th century movements that followed. From art deco through mid-20th century modern, it's a marvel to look at the originals and reproductions in this collection: wood sculptures, ceramics, textiles, metalwork, decorative art and everyday furnishings and lighting. Interior and home decorators love this exhibit. Many leading art and furniture dealers will be at the show to answer questions and give decorating tips.
Fall Craft & Gift Show
Maplewood Community Center
1830 County Road
Maplewood, MN 55109
Date: Oct. 8, 2016 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Organized by Carousel Craft Shows, this single day event is scheduled to take place at the Maplewood Community Center. This craft and gift trade show promises to be an exciting one. Exhibits will feature hand-blown glassware, pottery, woodworking, art objects, designer jewelry, handwoven textiles, homemade bath and body products, plenty of home decor and gourmet foods. This is a good opportunity to jump-start holiday shopping.
Christmas Craft & Gift Show
Rosemount Community Center
13885 S. Robert Trail
Rosemount, MN 55068
Date: November 26, 2016 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
If you missed the Maplewood craft and gift show, here's another show to attend. You'll get a chance to meet art and craft dealers, industry suppliers, and designers. Many art and craft pieces make excellent gifts. Used in room decorating, they add color and style. The craft and gift show will also feature select gourmet foods.
Christmas Craft & Gift Show
Blaine National Sports Center
1700 105th Ave.
Blaine, MN 55449
Dates: Dec. 3, 2016 to Dec. 4, 2016 - times to be announced
It's a large exhibit, bringing together a varied cross section of handcrafted and manufactured design ware. The show will feature an array of designer jewelry, fashion wear, children's apparel, accessories, ornaments, ceramics, houseware, glassware and crafted gift items. Beauty products and gourmet foods will also be in the mix. Visitors who attend this trade show extravaganza have the opportunity to tour Blaine's spectacular multi-sport complex.
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Linda Cameron has written home design, home improvement and lifestyle articles for The Boston Globe and City Shopper Magazine. She has related interests in the building industry, travel, real estate and financing. She is a contributor to Examiner, House Spot, Techsling and Behance, covering topics on career, people, businesses, education and technology.
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