The Must List: Shop the region’s top craft events for your next one-of-a-kind purchase

By Erin Valentine and Melissa Reardon

Published in the July/August 2014 issue of WNC Magazine

Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands

July 17-20, Asheville

The Southern Highland Craft Guild boasts more than 900 members across Southern Appalachia. But this isn’t just any club. Acceptance into the guild signals that an artist has attained a high level of excellence. This biannual fair is a chance to meet and buy direct from more than 200 of the juried artists, and includes live bluegrass music and craft demonstrations. US Cellular Center, 87 Haywood St.; $8; (828) 298-7928;

Blowing Rock Art & Antique Show

July 31-August 3, Blowing Rock

The Blowing Rock Art & History Museum hosts this annual showcase of heirloom-quality antiques, including English, European, and American furnishings, porcelain, jewelry, and silver, plus fine and folk art. The weekend draws a crowd of around 800 and offers a preview party on Thursday for serious and burgeoning collectors. Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, 159 Chestnut St.; $10, $75 preview party; (828) 295-9099;

Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair

August 1 & 2, Burnsville

This annual fair, held on the streets of quaint Burnsville, set a lovely Norm Rockwell-esque scene, with bluegrass bands, families enjoying barbecue and homemade ice cream in the tree-shaded square, and shoppers perusing booth after booth selling fine and folk crafts. Here, you’ll find everything from hand-hewn rhododendron furniture to jewelry to homemade jellies and jams. Town Square; free; (828) 682-7413;

Village Art & Craft Fair

August 2 & 3, Asheville

An event of New Morning and Bellagio Art to Wear galleries in Biltmore Village, this annual street fair presents more than 100 skilled artisans from across the country. While everything presented is high caliber, you’ll find works of art to fit every budget. 9 Swan St.; free; (828) 274-2831;

Penland School of Crafts Benefit Auction

August 8 & 9, Penland

For this annual event, you’ll need to have your bidding paddles ready. Penland School of Crafts’ students, instructors, and alumni donate nearly 250 exquisite pieces of fine craft for live and silent auctions, which raise money for the nonprofit school’s operations. Preview opportunities, lively receptions, dinners, and studio visits are part of this revered art collecting event. 67 Doras Trail; $225 Friday, $275 Saturday, $385 weekend; (828) 765-2359;


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