The hills are alive with hundreds of thousands of crafts fair-goers each fall in Northwest Arkansas for the Fall Arts & Crafts Fair Weekend – happening this year Oct. 15-18!
With fairs held at various outdoor and indoor venues across the region, the Fall Arts & Crafts Fair Weekend attracts hundreds upon hundreds of craftsmen and artisans from across the country, and is a great time to find everything from baskets, woodworking, pottery and stained glass, to jewelry, photography, paintings, mixed-media art, handmade food items, soaps, potpourri and more. It’s easy to spend the entire weekend going from show to show!
Here are some of the region’s top fairs:
War Eagle Mill Fall Arts and Crafts Fair / 11045 War Eagle Road, Rogers / wareaglemill.com / 479-789-5343
War Eagle Mill vendors are set up along the mill parking lot grounds. Professional craftsmen offer original handmade work ranging from country decorative items to antique broken china jewelry. These juried artists come from across the country to sell their wares. You can also explore the old mill and eat at The Bean Palace restaurant.
War Eagle Fair / 11037 High Sky Inn Road, Hindsville / wareaglefair.com / 479-789-5398
Across the bridge from War Eagle Mill is the fall War Eagle Fair show, the original crafts fair that started it all back in 1954. More than 250 booths of handcrafted products are displayed along the banks of the War Eagle River.
Sharp’s Show / http://bit.ly/1ijbWuu / 479-789-5683
This show takes place on the fields adjacent to the War Eagle Mill. The fair has more than 250 booths offering visitors a wide array of handmade crafts from skilled artisans located throughout the country. Holiday themed gifts are in abundance, as well as seasonal decorations.
Spanker Creek Farm Arts and Crafts Fair / 8464 W. McNelly Road, Bentonville / spankercreekfarm.com / 479-685-5655
Returning and new exhibitors from all over the nation can be found at this show, located on a farm setting with a great Ozark atmosphere. Spanker Creek runs along the entire south side of the fair grounds and flows into Sugar Creek on the west side.
Bella Vista Arts and Crafts Festival / 1991 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista / bellavistafestival.org / 479-855-2064
This Northwest Arkansas show has high quality arts and crafts, always hand-made. Since beginning in 1969, the festival has steadily grown in size and reputation. All proceeds benefit the Village Art Club scholarship program, children’s art programs, continuing education for artists/artisans, and festival partners. Admission is free.
Ozark Regional Arts and Crafts Festivals / http://bit.ly/1F1MT9h / 479-756-6954
The largest indoor craft fair in the state, the spring show is held at the Northwest Arkansas Convention Center in Springdale, while the fall festival takes places at the same convention center plus the John Q. Hammons Center in Rogers and the Washington County Fairgrounds in Fayetteville.
Jones Center Arts and Crafts Festival / 922 E. Emma Ave., Springdale / thejonescenter.net / 479-751-9313
The weather is always perfect at this indoor craft show with free parking. The variety of handmade crafts includes baskets, woodworks, potpourris, wreaths, oil and acrylic painting and more.
Frisco Station Mall Arts and Crafts Festival / 100 N. Dixieland Road, Rogers / friscostationmall.com / 479-631-0006
Located indoors at the Frisco Station Mall, it features hundreds of crafters at its spring and fall shows.
ALSO: The Little Craft Show / Fayetteville Town Center / www.thelittlecraftshow.com
While this winter show doesn’t take place during the fall crafts fair weekend, it’s certainly worth noting! Arkansas’ most talked about “indie craft show” is a great place to check-off your holiday gift lists. This indoor show is held annually at the Fayetteville Town Center in Downtown Fayetteville, this year on December 4-5.