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slides: Best Holiday Craft Fairs + Gift Shows in Rhode Island

Saturday, November 17, 2012


'Tis (finally) the season! The air is getting colder by the day, the holiday music is playing, and you're wondering what to get your loved ones for Christmas. Not to worry, there are more than enough holiday arts and crafts shows being held this season to help you find a unique and affordable gift for everyone on your list. Take your pick!


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November 23-December 31, Providence

The Craftland Show is a month-long annual holiday sale that celebrates all kinds of quirky handmade objects and the 170 independent artists from across the country who make them. The show kicks off on Black Friday, featuring an eclectic assortment of fine crafts and cutting-edge handmade items, from one-of-a-kind craft items to fine art pieces. Housewares, masterfully crafted handbags, and beautiful books are just a few of the items that you might find here. Check out Craftland's website here.

10am-6pm Sunday-Wednesday, 10am-8pm Thursday-Saturday. 235 Westminster Street.

Bonus: December Bazaar

December 14-15, Providence

This bazaar offers holiday baskets, sports memorabilia, jewelry, crafts, books, gifts, and other items. A raffle for attractive prizes will conclude the event.

1-5pm Friday, 8am-5pm Saturday. 399 Fruit Hill Avenue, North Providence.

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Foundry Artists Show

Friday-Sunday until December 9, Pawtucket

The Foundry Artists Association is a collective of individual artisans and craftspeople offering a wide array of fine art and functional crafts. Their 30th Annual Holiday Show will feature paintings, photography, pottery, glass, jewelry, and apparel. Attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item which will be donated to the RI Food Bank. Click here for more info and show hours.

Pawtucket Armory, 172 Exchange Street.

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Christmas in the Valley

November 23-25, Foster

Christmas in the Valley is a juried arts and crafts holiday show known for unique handcrafted items and fine art. Hosted at the Foster Country Club, the event will feature live music, a Sunday visit from Santa, restaurant specials, and a popular raffle of vendor-donated items. Receive a free raffle ticket when you bring a non-perishable item for the Foster Food Bank. The proceeds from the show will benefit fosteringArts, a local non-profit that supports educational and social programs involving visual art, music, dance, theatre, folk art, and healing arts. Details online, here.

5pm-9pm Friday, 10am-7pm Saturday, 10am-4pm Sunday. Foster Country Club, 67 Johnson Rd.

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Newport Art Museum

November 23-25, Newport

Looking for creative, original, and locally made gifts? Do your holiday shopping at the Newport Art Museum Faculty Holiday Arts and Crafts Sale. You’ll find one-of-a-kind gifts created by the talented, professional artists that make up the Coleman Center faculty. 20% of sales will benefit the Coleman Center for Creative Studies.

10am-4pm Friday-Saturday, 10am-12pm Sunday. Newport Art Museum Coleman Center for Creative Studies, 26 Liberty St.

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Fine Arts & Artisan Sale

Friday-Sunday until December 24, Tiverton

At the Fine Arts & Artisan Shoppe, you'll find unique, locally produced works of art from some of the best local and regional artists. From watercolor paintings, to photography, handmade cards, pottery, up-cycled fabric home goods and jewelry, there are lots of gift ideas to help check off your list! Proceeds from all sales at the Shoppe will benefit the Four Corners Arts Center.

10am-4pm Friday-Saturday, 12-4pm Sunday. Visiting Artist Gallery, 3848 Main Rd.

Bonus: Winter's Arts and Artisan Fair
December 15-16, Tiverton

This fair is a boutique artist showcase, where you can shop for holiday gifts from some of the best local artists and artisans. Do some leisurely browsing, meet the artists, and see their amazing offerings. Every creation is sure to have a story!

10am-4pm Saturday, 11am-4pm Sunday. The Meeting House, 3850 Main Rd.

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Ocean State Artisans

November 23-24, Warwick

The Ocean State Artisans' Holiday Craft Festival has been one of the largest of its kind for over 20 years. The fair has become a traditional shopping stop for many families following Thanksgiving. This year, the show will feature over 75 local artisans and crafters and affordable, special handmade gifts. All proceeds from the sale go to local charities. Learn more about the organization and the Holiday Craft Festival here.

10am-5pm Friday, 9am-4pm Saturday. Community College of RI Knight Campus Warwick, 400 East Ave. Admission $1 when a canned food item is donated for the Rhode Island Food bank. Photo: Phil and Pam/flickr.

Bonus: Holiday Arts Sale
Warwick Museum of Art, November 23-December 22

One-of-a-kind, finely crafted gifts from 50+ artists including paintings, photos, fine art prints (with a wide variety of sizes), holiday ornaments, ceramics and home decor, jewelry and scarves, and much more will be available for purchase here.

3259 Post Rd, Warwick. Go here for more.

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December 1 Fairs + Fests

The first of the month will be a busy day for all you arts and craft fanatics out there! Check out these great fairs to kick off the Christmas season.

Spirit of Christmas Arts and Crafts Festival,10am-4pm. 324 Cory's Ln, Portsmouth.

17th Annual Snowflake Bazaar, 9am-3pm. Old Country Road School, 200 Old County Rd, Smithfield.

Holiday Fair at Peace Dale Elementary School, 10am-4pm. 109 Kersey Rd, Wakefield.

Holiday Vendor Craft Show and Bazaar to Benefit The American Cancer Society, 9am-3pm. Kennedy Manor, 547 Clinton St, Woonsocket.

Holiday Bazaar and Artisan Craft Fair, 8am-2pm. Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 383 Old North Rd, Kingston.

Holiday Bazaar, 9am-3pm. William M. Davies Career and Technical High School, 50 Jenckes Hill Rd, Lincoln.

Photo: crabchick/flickr.

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Audubon Society of RI

December 1, Smithfield

With local vendors selling a variety of of nature and wildlife-related wares, at the Audubon Society of RI's Holiday Craft Fair you're sure to find that perfect gift for the nature enthusiast on your list. Jewelry, children's items, ornaments, stationery, and locally made jams and jellies are just a few items to choose from. Sip warm cider, sample the snacks, and be sure to enter the raffle for a chance to win one of the handcrafted items donated by the artisans. For more info, go here.

10am-4pm. Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Rd.

Bonus: Sparkling Snowflakes Holiday Gift Show
December 1, Smithfield

Enjoy complimentary holiday punch, egg nog, hot hors d'oeuvres, and live entertainment while shopping for rare gifts at exceptional prices. You'll find jewelry, handmade and craft items, fashion accessories, and one-of-a-kind treasures.

11am-3pm. Village at Waterman Lake, 715 Putnam Pike. Photo: Jekert Gwapo/flickr.

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Festival Fete

December 1 and 2, Cranston

Festival Fete is an independently owned art festival production company. This year's Festival Fete Holiday Market will include over 150 contemporary American arts and crafts artisans, along with visits with Santa, free gift wrapping, a Children's Creation Station, festive specialty foods, and strolling merriment from Big Nazo, the Ladies of the Rolling Pin, and the Rhode Island Children's Chorus. More info here.

10am-5pm. Garden City Center, 10 Midway Rd. $3 per person suggested donation to Art is Smart. Children under 12 free.

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RISD Alumni Holiday Sale

December 8, Providence

The Rhode Island School of Design Alumni Sale takes place three times a year in Providence and feature work from a wide range of RISD Alum. The sale will feature work in all areas of work including jewelry, textiles, ceramics, glass, paintings, prints, drawings, apparel and accessories, stationery, and all media in between! Proceeds from the sale go to supporting scholarships for RISD students. Click here for more info.

10am-5pm. RI Convention Center, 1 Sabin St. Tickets $7.

Bonus: Hope School Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale
December 8, Providence

The Hope School PTA will sponsor a Holiday Bazaar, which will feature area vendors, a bake sale, beverage sale, door prizes, and a visit from Santa.

9:30am-3:30pm. 391 North Rd.

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Newport Holiday Fair

December 8, Newport

Artisans from around New England will display their crafts for purchase at the 3rd Annual Newport Holiday Crafts and Food Specialty Fair. Items sold will include handmade items and one-of-a-kind crafts such as stained glass, soap, candles, candy jams, cards, puzzles, handknit sweaters, jewelry, and more! This craft show is expected to draw in upwards of 1,000 people–don't miss it!

10am-4pm. Elks Lodge #104, 141 Pelham St. Photo: ginnerobot/flickr.

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Santa's Workshop

Slater Mill Museum
December 8, Pawtucket

Santa will be hard at work in the Slater Hill Museum making Christmas presents! Stop by for a chance to meet St. Nick, create handmade ornaments with Santa’s helpers, sample Christmas treats, purchase handmade crafts, and see the holiday decorations! Find out more here.

10am-4pm. Slater Mill Historic Site, 67 Roosevelt Ave.

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Rag & Bone Bindery

December 15, Pawtucket

The Rag & Bone Bindery will be selling a range of their albums, journals, baby books, and other holiday gifts at discounted prices at their Annual Holiday Open Studio. The event will include creative, one-of-a-kind cover options and specials, as well as a craft table for kids and other goodies.

10am-2pm. 1088 Main St.


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