Summer may not officially begin until June 21, but vacation vibes are sure to be in full force in the Hudson Valley come Memorial Day. While there is already so much to do this summer, from food festivals and day trips to beach days and hikes, the craft fairs in the region are well worth a spot on the warm weather bucket list. Mark your calendar now for the family-friendly fests that showcase the best of what local creators have to offer.
Saturdays and Sundays through December
New location every weekend
As the name suggests, Phoenicia Flea got its start in Phoenicia in 2014. It hops from one location to the next each weekend until December as it celebrates the innovative local makers in each community. Stay tuned for the Kingston market on June 14-15, the Livingston market at Catskill Brewery on September 1-2, and the Stone Ridge market at Hasbrouck House on October 6-7.
Saturdays and Sundays to December
Behind Bread Alone, Maple Lane, Woodstock
In its 41st year, the Mower family craft market unites a charming ensemble of antique dealers, collectors, crafters, and farmers every weekend from May to November. The neighborhood event is an enjoyable addition to a day trip to Woodstock, so get planning now.
May 26 – 27, June 30 – 31, September 1 -2
Stormville Airport, Stormville
Stormville Airport’s summertime flea markets are iconic in the Hudson Valley and beyond for their mish-mash assortment of antiques, artisans, bites, and beverages. Slather on the sunblock and pack your roomiest shopping bags before you head out to the market. As repeat visitors can attest, the event is so massive that it’s difficult, if not impossible, to explore each and every booth. After a few trips here, expect to have developed your “go-to” vendors to return to time and time again.
May 26 – 28, September 1 – 3
Ulster County Fairgrounds, New Paltz
Home crafters, professional artists, and the whole of the Hudson Valley community should visit the Woodstock-New Paltz fair at least once this summer. Held during Memorial and Labor Day weekend, the fest packs over 200 juried artists and craftspeople onto the Ulster County Fairgrounds to celebrate the creativity of the hardworking souls throughout the region. With shopping, children’s activities, and massage therapy as only a few of the onsite attractions, this event is one for the books.
June 1 – 3
â€‹Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck
The Country Living Fair brings to life the pages of Country Living Magazine right here in the Hudson Valley. Head to the fairgrounds on the first weekend in June to shop ‘til you drop for antiques, furniture, art, vintage goods, home décor, and more. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the magazine’s editors, attend seminars, and witness cooking demonstrations. Admittance is free for children under 16 when accompanied by an adult.
June 9 – 10
Andy Murphy Midtown Neighborhood Center, Kingston
Step into Kingston’s community hub this June and you’ll think you’ve somehow teleported to the hipster chic craft fairs of Williamsburg and Bushwick. Go as a family, with friends, or on your own to shop directly from the Hudson Valley artisans that man the many booths. The vendor list is determined by quality and originality, so expect only the best from this happening fest, which celebrates it fifth year in 2018.
Museum Village, Monroe
The combination food and shopping event, held in Monroe’s Museum Village, is a must for anyone who loves history and New York eats. Visitors can attend tastings, shop a local and international assortment of honey, and browse the wares from craft and jewelry artists. The festival comes from the producers of The Chocolate Expo, so hopes are high for this one.â€‹
June 23 – 24
6636 Route 9, Rhinebeck
Toward the end of June, around 200 artists unite in Rhinebeck to showcase their skills and share their creations with the New York community. While there will be shopping aplenty for visitors to enjoy, the craft demonstrations and food offerings are also worth a look. Kids will have a blast with the puppet theater and face painting studios.
August 21 – 26
â€‹Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck
Ok, ok, the Dutchess County Fair is more than just a craft fair. However, the abundance of artisans at this weeklong event, which celebrates its 173rd anniversary, makes it worthy of inclusion on the list. When you need a break from the farm animals, fair foods, and flying rides, meander over to the marketplace to shop from the 300 vendors in attendance. Inside the three designated buildings, you’ll find goods of shape, size, and kind imaginable. You may even forget about the rest of the fair as you delve deeper and deeper into labyrinth of shops.
August 29 – September 3
Columbia County Fairgrounds, Chatham
This late summer fest is a delight for country lovers, farm-to-table foodies, and #shoplocal supporters. Take a break from the entertainment schedule, which includes a demolition derby, New York truck pulling, a painted pony rodeo, and a firefighter parade, to browse through the countless onsite artisan stands.
Sundays in September
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel
Join the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts for its 20th annual Harvest Festival. The event marks the sweet spot between the end of summer and the beginning of fall, so expect to find the best of both seasons. A bounty of craftspeople and food artisans will be onsite for shopping galore, so come in your best walking shoes. Live performances, corn and hay mazes, and pony rides are all on the line-up of attractions.
September 7 – 9
Hudson Valley Community College, Troy
Take a trip northward to Troy to explore the best of country chic. Crafting aficionados can shop the décor of their dreams and pick up one-of-a-kind treats like candles, jewelry, and holiday décor. As a bonus, individuals who purchase a ticket to the fest can return anytime over the course of the three days free of charge.
September 14 – 16
635 South Broadway, Tarrytown
Sneaking in at the tail end of summer, Fall Crafts at Lyndhurst deserves a shout-out for its stunning location and expansive assortment of creative professionals. Head to the Tarrytown estate to revel in the changing of the seasons and to shop from regional artisans. As a bonus, visitors can tour the mansion, snack on specialty foods, and go behind-the-scenes at craft demonstrations.