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11 Family-Friendly Hudson Valley Craft Fairs to Officially Welcome Fall

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Celebrate the arrival of autumn in the Hudson Valley and get an early start on holiday shopping with one-of-a-kind gifts at fall craft fairs.

By Sabrina Sucato and Raphael Beretta

According to the calendar, fall officially kicks off on September 22 this year. In our minds, however, the autumn season arrives much earlier in the Hudson Valley. After all, the leaves are changing, the orchards are open, and, let’s be real, the pumpkin spice lattes are about to blow up our social media accounts.

While the Hudson Valley’s summer festivals and spring fairs are stellar in their own right, there’s something particularly special about the region’s fall craft fairs. Perhaps it’s because gifting season is right around the corner, or perhaps it’s because creativity and cooler temperatures seem to go hand in hand. Either way, there’s no time like the present to plan a visit to the upcoming crafty happenings in the area.

Woodstock-New Paltz Arts & Craft Fair

Ulster County Fairgrounds, New Paltz
September 4, 5, & 6

Take part in this absolutely iconic Ulster County event. The Woodstock-New Paltz Arts & Craft Fair started as a family business in the 1980s and remains family-run to this day. Connect with artisans and craftspeople from across the United States. Peruse ceramics, jewelry, glass, metal, leathers, and more. In the specialty foods category, visitors to New Paltz can sample gourmet pickles, raw honey, handmade strudel, and flavored nuts, to name a few.

 

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Phoenicia Flea

Glen Falls House, Round Top / Stockade Faire, Kingston
September 4 & 5 / October 2

Unlike one-off craft fairs, Phoenicia Flea is a traveling market that showcases a medley of artisanal food, drinks, home goods, clothing, skincare, jewelry, and more. The Flea changes location every weekend, hopping from upstate New York to the Hudson Valley to Brooklyn during the year. During the fall, explore iterations of Phoenicia Flea at Glen Falls House in Round Top (Labor Day weekend) and Stockade Faire in Kingston.

Stormville Flea Market

Stormville Airport, Stormville
September 4 & 5, October 9 & 10

This seasonal tradition brings local vendors to the Stormville Airport. Family-friendly and endlessly entertaining, this antique show and flea market boasts unique deals and bargains. Stormville hosts six shows a year, beginning with April’s “Springtime in the Country” and ending with “Christmas in November.” Two weekends in the autumn feature fall-themed crafts and pieces. Plus, enjoy a massive assortment of Hudson Valley foods and beverages.

 

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Windham Fine Arts Autumn Art Show

Windham Fine Arts, Windham
September 4 – October 9

Drawing inspiration from the world-renowned leaf-peeping in Catskills destinations like North-South Lake, Windham Fine Arts launches an autumn arts show. Many notable Hudson Valley artists participate in this showcase. Mara Lehmann captures the region’s breathtaking natural spaces in oil-on-canvas pieces. Barry DeBaun tackles the glory of “poetic landscapes, sensitive figures, realistically rendered still life, and moody seascapes.” Visit the “gem of the Catskills” and spend time exploring Windham‘s cozy town.

Fall Crafts at Lyndhurst

Lyndhurst Mansion, Tarrytown
September 17-19

Have you always wanted to explore Lyndhurst Mansion? This Tarrytown destination hosts over 300 modern artists and craftspeople at its annual fall craft fair. Lyndhurst’s neo-Gothic architecture and sprawling grounds serve as the perfect backdrop for celebrating the autumn season. Shop clothes, accessories, and jewelry, or admire fine art photography, landscape paintings, and sculptures. Of course, enjoy fall flavors via Hudson Valley vintners, distillers, and cider-makers. Families will love entertainment like stilt walkers, puppet theater, wheel thrown pottery demos, and hands-on arts and crafts workshops.

 

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Hudson River Skywalk Arts Festival

Rip Van Winkle Bridge, Catskill
September 19

Art and nature unite at this fall craft fair celebration. Take a stroll on the historic pedestrian bridge connecting the homes of legendary Hudson River School artists Thomas Cole and Frederic Church, then stop by the park at the bridge entrance for shopping, art lessons, and music. It’s all surrounded by the scenic backdrop of the Great Northern Catskills.

 

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Modern Makers Market

St. Mary’s Church, Cold Spring
September 25

Peruse unique creations by more than 40 artisans at Hops on the Hudson’s final Modern Makers Market of the season. Participants include glassworkers, jewelers, and potters. As Hops on the Hudson frequently hosts craft beer festivals, expect tons of Hudson Valley ales, stouts, and more at the craft beverage tent.

 

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One Mile Gallery Presents OMG Art Faire

Wall Street Music Hall, Kingston
September 30—October 3

This fair features an array of fine art galleries at the historic Wall Street Music Hall. Kingston’s One Mile Gallery presents the assortment of short films, paintings, photography, sculptures, and other mixed media. Patrons of this fall craft fair will have the opportunity to purchase art from notable creatives and local up-and-comers. The Music Hall, built in the early 1900s, once hosted vaudevillian performances and plenty of movies.

 

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Field + Supply

Hutton Brickyards, Kingston
October 8-10

Continuing a long-standing tradition, Field + Supply returns to Hutton Brickyards. The riverside shopping event includes dozens of talented vendors and brings a modern twist to the craft fair scene. Merchants sell everything from minimalist jewelry and woven baskets to locally made soap and funky mugs. Sip Hudson Valley spirits and ciders, and walk straight up to one of the fun activity stations to learn how to add gold leaf, make your own arrowhead, or create a leather keychain tassel.

Sheep and Wool Festival

Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck
October 16 & 17

This October, the Sheep and Wool Festival camps out at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds for a fun-filled two days. Join the crafting community at large as it turns out for book signings, competitions, demonstrations, and shopping galore. Visitors will love browsing the stands of raw wool, yarn, rugs, and fibers. Vendors come from all over the country, so expect to see a wide variety of goods and materials. For kids, the sheep shearing and fiber arts demonstrations are bound to fascinate.

Country Folk Art Craft Show

Hudson Valley Community College, Troy
November 19-21

Cottage-core fans, this fall craft fair is for you. For nearly 40 years, the Country Folk Art Craft Shows have traveled the nation. Home décor here explores a wide variety of styles, including shabby chic, new country, farmhouse, and more. The craft show is the perfect place to find repurposed and upcycled treasures. Wearable art, handmade soaps, wood carvings, and many more items will be available at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy.


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