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New Hampshire Craft Fairs

Updated on April 12, 2017
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Lee is a life long crafts enthusiast and designer of paper crafts, fiber arts and adult coloring pages. Visit her websites (info on profile)

Fantastic lifelike ceramic turtle sculpture  by New Hampshire artist Glen MacInnis, photographed by Roger Goun
Fantastic lifelike ceramic turtle sculpture by New Hampshire artist Glen MacInnis, photographed by Roger Goun | Source

Artisan Craft Fairs and Festivals in New Hampshire

I love New Hampshire, and whenever I visit the Granite State I try to attend at least one arts and crafts fair or festival. You can find a variety of New Hampshire crafts festivals and art shows to attend at any time of the year; spring and summer are the most popular seasons for outdoor craft fairs.

New Hampshire fine crafts festivals are creative family-oriented events that take place throughout the year. In winter you'll find them in auditorium settings, town halls and school gymnasiums or galleries. My favorite New Hampshire festivals, though, are the fall and harvest season craft shows that take place both inside and outdoors during the foliage season.

Whether you enjoy basic hometown craft fairs to more elegant fine arts festivals you'll find a New Hampshire arts and crafts event in almost any region of the Granite State - from the more suburban south to the rural north - from January through December.

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New Hampshire Artisan Crafts - Ceramics

Handcrafted ceramic plate by Paula Barry, juried League of NH Craftsmen member
Handcrafted ceramic plate by Paula Barry, juried League of NH Craftsmen member
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New Hampshire Art Craft -  Hand Made Silver Jewelry
New Hampshire Art Craft - Hand Made Silver Jewelry

Handmade Crafts - Practical Works of Art

Attending a crafts festival is a unique experience. You get to really experience the arts - and the life of a crafts artist - at a fine crafts fair. At a crafts fair or festival you can browse (often outdoors, in brilliant weather) through displays of a wide variety of crafts - or a grouping of one type of craft item made by many different artists.

You can take your time visiting each booth, tent, table to table or gallery, stopping to browse or talk with the artistans and designers. If you find an item you like you can buy it immediately. Or, if you find an artist whose style you really love but you want a custom piece, you can discuss your ideas and negotiate a price on the spot. If you're interested in the creative process behind fine crafts, you can watch as they create original pieces or demonstrate techniques at many crafts festivals.

Photo: Handcrafted jewelry by Mark White (League of NH Craftsmen juried member)

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New Hampshire Crafts Fairs and Festivals - Year 'Round Arts and Crafts Shows in NH

Arts and crafts is a major industry in the Granite State. At almost any regional event you can find craftsmen and artists featured as part of the festivities. Often a seasonal event will include specialized crafts and artworks related to the theme - for example, you'll find wonderful harvest crafts at pumpkin and apple festivals; winter events will almost always include a variety of holiday crafts, cards and art for sale. If it's cultural and outdoors, you're almost certain to find arts and crafts at your next New Hampshire event. Here's a list of regional and seasonal arts and crafts festivals held throughout the state in New Hampshire.

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Annual Juried August Fair Sunapee NH
Annual Juried August Fair Sunapee NH | Source
Soft sculpture fabric toy
Soft sculpture fabric toy
Gorgeous blown glass fine artisan craft ornaments at New England crafts festival
Gorgeous blown glass fine artisan craft ornaments at New England crafts festival

New England Crafts

I love fine crafts and the arts play a big role in my life.

I enjoy visiting New England craft festivals and shows to see the work of other artists and new, emerging crafters. Tell us about your favorite arts and crafts fair - in New Hampshire, New England or anywhere in the world.

© 2010 Lee Hansen

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    Come to the Craft/Vendor Fair Market Day at Hills Garrison Elementary School in Hudson, NH on 11/17/12 from 9am to 3pm. Tons of crafters, raffles, bake sale.

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    check out Hudson Pumpkinfest, hudson, NH Oct 12 - 14- vendor spots still available

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    JoshK47 5 years ago

    Popping back around to bless this lens! :)

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    LesleyOC 5 years ago

    I'm hoping to move to New Hampshire in the near future, I love craft fairs and hope to attend as many as I can find, thanks for this really useful lens!

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    JoshK47 5 years ago

    What a wonderful lens, I'd certainly like to attend a few of these! Thanks kindly for sharing! :) Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    I've been to several in and around Keene, but I'd like to get some of the others. My daughter attends the local Waldorf school in Keene, and their fall craft fair is one of the best!

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    VillaDejaBlue 5 years ago

    Nice lens.

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    trainstorm 6 years ago

    I like what I see. I'll be adding an NH craft fairs section to my http://www.squidoo.com/workshop/world-festivals lens sometime in November, and I'll link to this lens. I'll be looking at your other lenses too. Thumbs up :o)

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    noobeegin 6 years ago

    I live in NH so I love knowing we are a huge destination for arts and crafts gurus!

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    hlkljgk 7 years ago from Western Mass

    cool! thanks for putting this together. we're always looking for reasons to get north for the day. :)