Fairs and Craft Festivals in Ohio
Five upcoming can’t-miss craft shows to wind up your year
If you are interested in finding some comprehensive arts and crafts events in the heartland before the holidays, here are just a handful of examples that are sure to be a shopper’s delight.
Summit Fall Avant-Garde Art and Craft Show
At St. George’s Fellowship Centre in Fairlawn, locals will have the opportunity to browse the works of artists and crafters selling their original handmade items. There will also be lunch items available for purchase from TLC Catering. Admission is $3 for people 13 and up. A portion of the proceeds benefit Jade’s No Kill Rescue, a local non-profit supporting the rescue of animals.
Each show features about 100 arts and crafts vendors and has the same admission fees. Partial proceeds from the admission costs and vendor fees all go to support a different local non-profit organization. This year’s Summit Fall Avant-Garde Art and Craft Show is scheduled for Oct. 18.
For more details, visit http://www.Avantgardeshows.com.
Forest Park Women’s Club Craft Show and Bazaar
Cincinnati’s Winton Woods High School hosts artists, crafters, and patrons for the sale of handmade crafts, jewelry, gifts, etc. FPWC also runs the lunch counter there, serving barbeque sandwiches, hot dogs, coleslaw, chips, beverages, and muffins. Then visit its bake sale right outside the cafeteria for homemade desserts. There will also be a raffle with a grand prize of $500 cash taking place at the event. Prizes donated from vendors will be raffled off throughout the day, as well. The proceeds of this Oct. 25 show, which has been a staple in the Cincinnati area for two decades, go toward the FPWC’s scholarship program.
For more details, visit http://www.forestparkwomensclub.org/craftShow.html.
Four times a year, the Offinger Management Company brings this show to theOhio Expo Center’s Lausche Building in Columbus. Fast and easy one-stop shopping here includes both holiday decorations and gifts. There are opportunities for cash and carry purchases, as well as placing orders for future delivery.
Artisans and craftspeople come from throughout the country to offer you quality, handmade folk art, rustic primitives, museum-quality replicas, country collectibles and contemporary works of art. Offinger’s offers special deals at the shows, including a VIP Buyer Badge, a 60-minute Gift Hop, and Come-Back Cash details on these innovative money savers can be found on the show’s website.
The market is scheduled for Nov. 1. For more details, visit http://www.offingersmarketplaces.com.
Holiday Craft and Gift Marketplace
The 19th annual Holiday Craft and Gift Marketplace will take place in Maumee at the Lucas County Recreation Center. Festive booth decorations and Christmastime arts and crafts available for purchase, among other things, are what makes this event one of the jolliest in Northwest Ohio. Those ‘other things’ mentioned above include: Americana, Country, Primitive, Contemporary, Victorian and Folk collectibles, gifts, food, home and personal items, and more
Parking is free at the rec center, and admission is $5 for everyone over 12 years old. The producer’s website even offers a coupon for admission and a calendar of other shows in the area by Cloud Productions, Ltd. The event is scheduled from Nov. 1-2. For more details, visit http://www.cloudshows.biz.
Mrs. Claus’ Closet
For the 44th year, Creative Keepsakes Craft Shows is putting on Mrs. Claus’ Closet in the Cleveland area from Nov. 4-5. This year, it will conveniently be held at LaCentre Conference & Banquet Facility in Westlake. Each year, the show opens on Tuesday with charity benefit preview party called “A Peek in the Closet.” This will be for four hours and requires advanced purchase of tickets. It is a special wine and cheese, “Ladies Night Out”-type of event in which proceeds go to the Kidney Foundation of Ohio. The main event the following day is an all-day affair with light refreshments available for purchase.
For unique gifts this upcoming holiday season, instead of shopping online or visiting busy retail shops, why not stop by some of these quaint arts and crafts shows? Buy something that came straight from the heart.