Craft fairs are a whimsical way to acquire one-of-a-kind stocking stuffers, cute handmade items, office gifts and decorative items for the home. Generally, there are a variety of Richmond-area fairs, boutiques and holiday bazaars sponsored by stores, schools, associations, churches and markets. Shopping at these fairs are a great way to support local artisans and appreciate the ancient art of DIY crafting. Crafty gifts are a personal, out-of-the box way to fill your list from juried fine art to wholesome treats. Craft fair gifts are sure to convey that warm holiday feeling.
Do you know of a 2020 craft fair or event that should be on this list this year? Email us the who, what, when, where and how much plus a link at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please let us know if you are the merchant or organization offering the deal or a customer passing on a tip.
•Thursday Nov. 19 & Dec. 3, 2020 – Farmers & Artisan Market at Brambly Park, 1708 Belleville Street Richmond, VA 23230
Food, Drinks, Live Music and local Artisans selling handmade items.
•Sundays Nov. 22, Dec 6 & 20 – 1-4pm – Artisan Market at Main Line Brewery (1603 Ownby Ln. Richmond, VA) 20+ vendors selling home-made items such as jewelry, soaps, candles, hemp oils, and more. Social Distancing is observed accordingly. Masks must be worn while inside the taproom and when approaching vendors. Parking: There’s plenty of on-site parking, with an additional parking lot at the top of the main entrance. Main Line Brewery features cold crafted beers, gluten-free hard seltzer’s, food trucks, and are a family-friendly & dog-friendly venue. Dogs are always welcomed both indoors and out.
• 28 & 29 Nov. + Dec. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, & 20 – Holiday Handmade Showcase @ Westchester Commons, D&T Shows – 177 Perimeter Dr, Midlothian, VA 23113-7315, United States – handcrafters only event.
•13-27 Nov. 2020 – Diversity Thrift Holiday Boutique (1407 Sherwood Ave Richmond, VA 23220)
•20 – 29 Nov. 2020 – This fall, the Visual Arts Center of Richmond is hosting Craft + Design Online, a virtual craft show, November 20-29 at visarts.org! Kick off the holiday shopping season and browse the work of over 120 artists who work in ceramics, jewelry, wearable art, wood + furniture, metal, mixed media, glass and decorative fiber. Tune in to special, online programming throughout the week for virtual studio tours and cocktails with an artist.
•27 & 28 Nov. 2020 from 10am-4pm- Over the River Holiday Market (2620 Buford Rd (Next to Joe’S Out) Richmond, VA 23235) hosted by Over The River Maker’s Mart and Perk Bon Air. The organizers are splitting up the market into two days with half the vendors on Black Friday, November 27 and the other half on Small Business Saturday, November 28 (rain date for Sunday, November 29) in the parking lot in front of Perk! Coffee & Lunchbox and Joe’s Inn.
•On Nov.27th, celebrate the holidays with ArtWorksRVA. Shop Made in RVA Holiday Gallery online or stop by the gallery to see these handmade gifts. You’ll love the Small Works All Media show, art perfect for gifts. Meet the artists and enjoy live music. Happy Holidays. Please register to come. It’s free. https://artworksrva.com/…/4th-friday-art-shows-11-27-20/
•27 Nov. -20 Dec. 2020 – Sip and Shop: Holiday Vendors Market at Stony Point Fashion Park – Dozens of rotating artisan, craft, and other local business vendors, along with Beer, Wine, and Spirits that will be available throughout the venue. Area restaurants will also be serving special menu items. There is no cover charge to attend.
•At Alma’s RVA, an artist owned and operated shop, showroom and gallery presenting thoughtfully curated contemporary craft. (224 W Brookland Park Blvd. 1st floor, Richmond, VA 23222, tel: 804.269.3973)
SPECIAL SATURDAY EVENTS:
🎁 November 28 : Get Cozy, Nest & Self Care
🎁 December 5 & 6 : Super Special 2-day Artist Jewelry Trunk Show
🎁 December 12 : Ceramic Market
🎁 December 19 : Stocking Stuffers
All events run from Noon – 3pm at Alma’s RVA. 224 W Brookland Park Blvd, Richmond, VA 23222
•The Cultural Arts Center of Glen Allen has launched Handmade for the Holidays, a digital catalog of handmade gifts, home décor, accessories and more featuring 24 Virginia makers and businesses. In a response to Covid-19’s impact on local artisans and the events they rely on for sales, this catalog aims to showcase makers and their unique wares, offering shoppers products for themselves or gift giving as well as a glimpse at the story behind the products. Purchases made through the catalog support the individual maker and their business as well as the Cultural Arts Center. See the full catalog at: http://bit.ly/HandmadeForTheHolidaysCACGA
•Nov. 26, 2019, Thursday – Thanksgiving (Check back for listing of restaurants open on Thanksgiving. Consider joining The Giving Heart, Community Thanksgiving Feast to volunteer and make donations.)
•Nov. 27, 2019 Friday – Black Friday (Check back for local attraction specials.)
•28 Nov. – 24 Dec., 2020 – Studio Two Three Winter Market
HOLIDAY VILLAGES 2020 PRESENTED BY THE RICHMOND NIGHT MARKET *VIRTUAL EVENT* NOVEMBER 28-DECEMBER 19, 12-6 P.M. There’s still plenty of time to knock out your holiday shopping. The Holiday Villages event local vendors, live music, and more!
Earlier in the month we enjoyed:
•5-16 Nov. 2020 – 12 Days of Tinker’s Holiday Bash, 2409 Westwood Avenue, Richmond, VA 23230 – (804) 359-3301
•6-17 Nov. 2020 – The 12 Days of Holiday Cheer, Lakeside Ave. Henrico, VA – Yearly holiday festival on the Avenue where local businesses kick off the Christmas season with sales, food, and fun. Come visit Lakeside Avenue for a fun Holiday shopping kick-off event with your favorite neighborhood stores. Special late night hours and sales.
•Sat., 7 Nov. 2020 at 12 PM EST – 4 PM EST – The RVAg Holiday Pop-Up Market at Urban Farmhouse Midlothian is a fun pop-up event with locally grown and produced products and gifts. (13849 Coalfield Commons Place Midlothian, VA 23114)
•Sun. 8 Nov. 2020 – 10 AM – 2 PM – St. Michael Holiday Bazaar (Springfield Rd. Glen Allen, VA) Back Parking Lot. OUTDOOR Holiday Bazaar, featuring vendors of handmade crafts and gifts. Searching for a unique gift? Get a jump start on your holiday shopping. Shop for handcrafted items, such as jewelry, holiday decorations, home goods, pottery, photography, vintage items, and many other amazing craft and gift items from parishioners and local artisans and vendors.
•13 & 14 Nov. 2020 – Shop Fest Weekend – Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond, VA ShopFest Weekend is a chance to get an early start on holiday shopping with special discounts for members only, all weekend long. With 20 percent off of all purchases for members, this is your biggest discount of the year.
•15 Nov. 2020 – 12-4pm – RVAg Fall Market Pop-Up at Fine Creek Brewing Company (2425 Robert E Lee Rd Powhatan, VA 23139)
•17-22 Nov. 2020 – Christmas at Granny’s – Virginia Cliffe Inn (2900 Mountain Rd Glen Allen, VA 23060) Craft show featuring local vendors in multiple categories. Come and do all your holiday shopping under one roof. We transform the Virginia Cliffe Inn into a Winter wonderland craft store. Enjoy the beauty of our venue, bring your friends and family for a fun day out. This event supports Saint Josephs Villa, Virginia
•Sat., 21 Nov. 2020, 11am-4:30pm – POTTERY & ART SALE at the Cultural Arts Center of Glen Allen (2880 Mountain Rd, Glen Allen, VA 23060). This outdoor shopping event features pottery, paintings, and more by the Cultural Arts Center’s student and instructor artists. A variety of styles and price points available. Support local artists and the Center’s art classes as proceeds from this sale will benefit the ceramics program to help the Center purchase a much needed new kiln for this vibrant program. The Center’s gift shop will be open throughout the day as well featuring a variety of handmade and unique giftware. Orders placed in advance from the Center’s holiday catalog, Handmade for the Holidays, may be picked up during your visit as well (outdoor delivery or indoor pickup available). Shop the catalog at https://bit.ly/3l2wg3U.
•21 & 22 Nov. 2020 – Boho Basement Holiday Showcase. (1 N. Lombardy, Richmond) Browse hundreds of vintage and locally made items from incredibly talented artisans all over Virginia. 2020 has made shopping small and local more crucial than ever, and at the Boho Basement you support at least TWO different small businesses with every purchase. In addition to the Boho maker collective, this magical weekend will include guest pop-ups from Moll’s Balls, Purpose Design Co., and Amanda Rose Decor
•5 Dec. 2020 – 11am-4pm – Carytown Open Air Christmas Market (2810 W Cary St, Richmond, VA 23221)
•SAT., DEC. 5, 2020 AT 10 AM – 2 PM, Manakin Market Holiday Farm & Craft Market, 68 Broadstreet Road Manakin, VA 23103
•12 & 13 Dec. 2020 – Art Market at City Stadium
Postponed until 2021 – Virginia Carolina Craftsmen’s Classics.600 East Laburnum Avenue, Richmond, VA 23222 Consistently voted the “Best Arts & Crafts Show” in Virginia. Features original designs and work from hundreds of talented artists and craftspeople from across the nation. See the creative process in action as many exhibitors demonstrate throughout the weekend. Meet the actual artists and craftsmen as you visit them in their booths and discover what goes into the making of these one-of-a-kind treasures that are sure to please people on your gift giving list. Location: Richmond Raceway, 600 Laburnum Ave. Richmond, Virginia, 232222
•Nov. –Ashland Train Day and Festival.Ashland, Virginia Ashland Train Day–the annual celebration of Ashland’s love for trains–is a street festival and railfan extravaganza that takes place in the heart of historic Downtown Ashland. Now in its 17th year, Ashland Train Day is a FREE event for the whole family. Come visit us along the tracks for music, games, kiddie train rides, history, model trains, touch-a-truck, bouncy house, arts and crafts, local food, and storytelling! The event appeals to train lovers young and old. For more information visit: ashlandtrainday.com. Feel free to dress up for the day in your bib overalls, bandana and engineer hat. Don’t forget the camera. CANCELLED FOR 2020
Do you know of a craft fair or event that should be on this list? Email us the who, what, when, where and how much plus a link at email@example.com. Please let us know if you are the merchant or organization offering the deal or a customer passing on a tip.
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