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Spend Your Summer at These Hudson Valley Craft Fairs

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Looking for summer fun? Shop local and support the makers behind the creative festivals in and around the Hudson Valley.

By Sabrina Sucato, with additional reporting from Savannah Messam

Summer may not officially begin until June 21, but vacation vibes are already in full force in the Hudson Valley. 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.

Phoenicia Flea

May through October
Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
New location every weekend

 

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As the name suggests, Phoenicia Flea got its start in the Catskills hamlet of Phoenicia in 2014. It migrates from one location to another each weekend until October (previously December) as it celebrates the innovative local makers in each community. Upcoming dates and locations include the Dobbs Ferry Waterfront Park on June 11 and Time and Space Limited on June 25.

Mower’s Saturday/Sunday Market

May through November
Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Maple Lane, Woodstock (behind Bread Alone)

In its 45th 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! Attendees can look forward to fresh food, crafts, jewelry, books by local authors, and much more.

Sweet Bee’s Honey Festival and Artisan Market

June 12
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Museum Village, Monroe

 

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The combination food and shopping event—held in Monroe’s historical Museum Village—is a must for anyone who loves history and New York eats. Visitors may attend tastings, purchase local and international 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.

Rhinebeck Crafts Festival

June 25–26
Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
6636 Route 9, Rhinebeck

 

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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.

Stormville Airport Antique Show & Flea Market

July 9, September 3–4, October 8–9, November 5
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Stormville Airport, Stormville

 

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Stormville Airport’s summertime flea markets are iconic in the Hudson Valley and beyond for their mish-mash 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.

Dutchess County Fair

August 23–28
Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck

Admittedly, the Dutchess County Fair is more than just a craft fair. However, the sheer abundance of artisans at this weeklong event, which celebrates its 176th 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 over 300 vendors. Inside the three designated buildings, you’ll find goods of all shapes, sizes, and uses. You may even forget about the rest of the fair as you delve deeper and deeper into the labyrinth of shops.

Columbia County Fair

August 31 – September 5
Columbia County Fairgrounds, Chatham

 

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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.

Harvest Festival at Bethel Woods

August through October
Sundays, 11 a.m. 4 p.m.
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel

Join the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts for its 24th 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 lineup of attractions.

Woodstock-New Paltz Art and Crafts Fair

September 3–5
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Ulster County Fairgrounds, New Paltz

 

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Home crafters, professional artists, and just about anybody in 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.

Country Folk Art Craft Show

September 911, November 1820
Friday, 4 p.m. 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. 5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. 4 p.m.
Hudson Valley Community College, Troy

Take a trip northward to Troy and explore the best of country chic at this craft fair. 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.

Fall Crafts at Lyndhurst

September 1618
Friday and Sunday, 10 a.m. 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. 6 p.m.
South Broadway, Tarrytown

 

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Sneaking in at the tail end of summer craft fair season, Fall Crafts at Lyndhurst deserves a shout-out for its stunning location and range of creative professionals. Head on over to the Tarrytown estate to revel in the changing of the seasons and shop from regional artisans. As a bonus, visitors can tour the mansion, snack on specialty foods, and go behind-the-scenes at craft demonstrations.


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