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5 Craft Shows You Can’t Miss

The average DIYer is always on the hunt for the latest and greatest find. With thousands of fairs and markets across the United States, you don’t have to go far to uncover some pretty amazing stuff.

Here is our picklist for craft shows you definitely want to add to your DIY Destinations:

Spoon River Drive (Central Illinois)

Shoppers peruse vendor booths at Spoon River Drive

For central Illinoisans, it isn’t autumn until the opening of the Spoon River Drive festival. This annual, two-weekend event in October spans over 140 driven miles, encouraging shoppers to explore the serene countryside for unique deals.  The Spoon River Drive has been a staple for craft and food vendors since 1968, making it one of the largest, longest running festivals in the area dedicated to the craftsman & woman.

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Sidewalk Arts Festival (Sioux Falls, SD)

Festival booths in downtown Sioux Falls

Every September, the city of Sioux Falls, South Dakota shuts down a portion of its historic downtown and lets makers from across the region set up shop. Complete with arts and crafts, family activities, food, and music, the Sidewalk Arts Festival offers a variety of experiences for even the choosiest customer. Additionally, artists are entered to win awards based on presentation and uniqueness of their creations.

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Las Vegas Market Show (Las Vegas, NV)

Vendor Booth at Las Vegas Market

Looking for fresh inspiration? Held at the World Market Center in Sin City, the Las Vegas Market is the place to find your next gift, furniture or home decor piece. In addition to countless vendor booths, attendees can sit in at keynote presentations and educational sessions to further hone their expertise.

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Creativation (Phoenix, AZ)

Two women stand at vendor booth at Creativation trade show

What better way to get those creative juices flowing than attending the largest and longest running creative industries trade show in North America? Creativation provides event-goers a comprehensive experience, including an expansive show room floor and educational programming, all at the Phoenix Convention Center.

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Nicollet Makers Market (Minneapolis, MN)

Nicolett Market tents in Downtown Minneapolis

Nothing brings the spirit of arts & crafts alive like the hustle and bustle of city streets. Every year, downtown Minneapolis plays host to the Nicolett Makers Market, where shoppers are encouraged to “buy handmade.” Local artisans are featured on various dates in August, September, and October on Nicolett Street.

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Got a favorite arts & craft festival you attend every year? Let us know!

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