Alabama is home to its own collection of art lovers and welcomes thousands of art enthusiasts from everywhere to its art fairs and festivals each year. There are many indoor and outdoor craft fairs throughout the year boasting an assortment of one-of-a-kind pieces. The following best craft fairs in Alabama showcase a large variety of art and crafts, some of these fairs even offer kid-friendly activities.
Known as the largest, oldest, and most popular craft fairs in the South, Calico Fort Arts & Craft Fair features over a hundred arts and crafts exhibits and draws in thousands of visitors annually. This outdoor show sits on six acres and offers fun for the whole family with pony rides, clowns, food, a petting zoo, and more!
Each year, over seventy thousand art lovers visit the Panoply Arts Festival to view the works of over 100 of the best visual artists nationally. This long-standing annual art festival also features an art marketplace, demonstrating artists, hands-on art, food trucks, two stages for musical performances, and other activities.
Originated in 1999, the Monte Sano Art Festival is a long-standing annual North Alabama tradition featuring the top local and regional artists showcasing various one-of-a-kind masterpieces in an assortment of techniques and disciplines ranging from sculptures to photography. This no-charge admission festival welcomes all artists and art lovers.
Held the third week of March, the Annual Fairhope Arts & Crafts Festival features artists from all over the country. This free event is located downtown Fairhope, a charming town with beautiful views of the bay. This slice of utopia makes the perfect relaxing spring weekend trip for art and nature lovers.
Located on the campus of St. Bernard Abbey and Prep School, the annual Bloomin' Festival attracts thousands of attendees to over 150 booths featuring art exhibitions and demonstrations. This two-day juried arts festival also offers a new automobile sweepstake giveaway at the end of the show.
Located at the Historic Marks House in Pike Road, the Pike Road Arts and Crafts Fair features a diverse assortment of original handcrafted artwork and craftworks for thousands of visitors to enjoy. There’s also delicious food, great shopping opportunities, and a children’s crafting area at this juried craft fair.
Located in the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Center, Cottontail’s Village Arts & Crafts Show offers the opportunity for local artists and crafters to showcase their new spring merchandise. You’ll find a variety of arts and crafts, demonstrations, plus womens and children’s clothing at this weekend event.
Located in Spinner’s Park near historic downtown Prattville, the Prattville’s Pumpkin Patch Arts & Crafts Show is a local annual tradition featuring local and non-local exhibitors showcasing original artworks. This free event also includes family-friendly events and activities including jack-o-lantern contests, contests, prizes, games, and plenty of free entertainment.
Located in the Von Braun Center South Hall, the N.E.A.C.A. Spring Craft Show features nearly 150 booths of various handcrafted items from Alabama artists and craftworkers. This juried event is free to the public and held in March. It’s the prime opportunity to explore an assortment of unique craft items in an indoor setting.
Held at the end of January, the OWA’s Arts & Crafts Festival showcases local art and handcrafted goods in the immaculate Downtown entertainment district. This free event also provides live music, kids activities, and the opportunity to create some art yourself. It’s the perfect family-friendly event to get inspired by local creativity.