Craft shows are wonderful opportunities to find unique items for yourself and others. In the Washington, D.C. area, craft shows are held throughout the year and vary from the quirky to the refined. Here are five of the best upcoming craft shows you might want to check out.
Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair
Union Market
1309 5th St., N.E.
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 332-2100
www.washingtoncitypaper.com/craftybastards

Date: Oct. 1 and 2, 2016 at 10 a.m.

Organized by the Washington City Paper, Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair offers the opportunity to experience unique and nontraditional artisans. The participating exhibitors in Crafty Bastards are chosen by a jury, which helps to ensure a very diverse and talented pool of artisans. Arts and craft workshops for attendees of all ages are also part of the fair. In addition, there is entertainment and food available from the area’s top food trucks. An admission fee is required to attend the fair.

Sugarloaf Craft Festival
Montgomery County Fairgrounds
501 Perry Parkway
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
(301) 990-1400
www.sugarloafcrafts.com

Date: Oct. 14, 15 and 16, 2016 at 10 a.m.

Sugarloaf Craft Festivals have been taking place across the Mid-Atlantic area for more than 30 years. The Sugarload Craft Festival in Gaithersburg, Maryland promises more than 200 top artisans “displaying and selling their unique creations in pottery, sculpture, glass, jewelry, fashion, home décor, furniture and home accessories, items for the garden and photography.” The festival also includes live demonstrations in wheel thrown pottery, wood turning and metal spinning among other crafts, In addition, there is live music and specialty entertainment for children as well as gourmet foods available to sample and buy. There is an admission fee to attend the festival.

Alexandria King Street Art Festival
Old Town Alexandria
480 King St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
(561) 746-6615
www.artfestival.com

Date: Sept. 17 and 18, 2016 at 10 a.m.

Each fall, historic Alexandria, Virginia holds one of the area’s largest outdoor art festivals. This year’s Alexandria King Street Art Festival is celebrating its 14th anniversary. It will bring more than 200 artists to the historic streets of Old Town Alexandria for what has become one of the area’s largest outdoor arts and crafts show. The participating exhibitors include painters, sculptors, jewelry makers, photographers and ceramic artists among others. The festival is free for attendees.

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Downtown Holiday Market
Downtown Washington, D.C.
On F St. between 7th and 9th St., N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 215-6993
www.downtownholidaymarket.com

Date: Nov. 25 to Dec. 23, 2016 at 12 noon

The Downtown Holiday Market is marking its 12 anniversary this year. The market is held outdoors on the sidewalks of F Street adjacent to the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery. Crafts, art, clothing and jewelry vendors make up the bulk of the market’s exhibitors. Each day of the market, there is approximately 60 different vendors with more than 180 different vendors rotating in and out during the full run of the event. In addition, each day of the market includes live entertainment and a variety of food offerings. The market is free for attendees.

Smithsonian Craft Show
National Building Museum
401 F St., N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
www.smithsoniancraftshow.org

Date: April, 27 to 30, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.

The Smithsonian Craft Show is considered one of the most prestigious shows in the country for contemporary American fine crafts. The show is juried and only 120 exhibitors are selected for participation. All applying artists must produce one-of-a-kind and limited edition objects that have been made by the artist’s own hands in his or her studio in the U.S. Originality and high quality work are common traits among all the artists that make the show’s roster. There is an admission fee to attend the show.

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Based in Washington, D.C., Troy Petenbrink is a freelance writer, blogger and social media influencer. A member of the North American Travel Journalists Association and the International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association, he has written for Fodor’s, Travel Channel, and Miami Herald, among other outlets. http://www.examiner.com/wine-and-spirits-travel-3-in-washington-dc/troy-petenbrink