New England is full of talented artists, from painters and illustrators to jewelry makers, leatherworkers, woodworkers, glassblowers: you name it, someone here does it.
Summer, full of arts festivals and craft fairs, is the perfect time to explore and learn more about the region’s great craftspeople. We put together this collection of upcoming events throughout New England that are sure to open your eyes to the skilled artisans living and working around us.
Saturday, June 25 – Center Street, Fairhaven, Massachusetts
Returning after a two-year hiatus, the annual event, organized by the Fairhaven Improvement Association, plays host to 175 craft and food vendors, live entertainment throughout the day and more family friendly activities. Typically around 5,000 people come to enjoy the day’s festivities.
The festival’s art show includes paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, mixed media and small sculptures, with awards given for best in show and the top three in each category.
Friday, July 1 through Sunday, July 3 – Ski Butternut, 380 State Road, Great Barrington, Massachusetts
An art destination for over two decades, the Berkshires Art Festival is nationally recognized as a respected summer arts event, definitely worth the trek out to western Massachusetts and kick off the summer and July 4 weekend.
Held at the Ski Butternut resort in Great Barrington, art is displayed in an indoor, air conditioned space, in large tents and outdoors under the sky. Peruse and shop for art from 150 jury-selected and artisans, including artists fibre, metal, wood, art glass, painting, jewelry, photography, mixed media, ceramics, sculpture, furniture and leather.
Saturday, July 9 – Strawbery Banke Museum, Portsmouth, New Hampshire
The newest event on this list, this is the first summer art show from Great New England Craft & Artisan Shows, a group that organizes events throughout the year. This new show, held in downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire, will play host to more than 75 artisans and craftspeople on the Puddle Dock Field inside the Strawbery Banke Museum.
In addition to the artists, the event will feature food trucks, live music, face painting and a beer and wine garden.
Saturday, July 16 – Davis Square, Somerville, Massachusetts
In its 36th year, the event, presented by the Somerville Arts Council, attracts 10,000 visitors each year and showcases music, dance, theater, food, performances and interactive activities highlighting the cities diverse and vibrant community.
This year’s theme, “Rise,” invites artists to interpret what is above and beyond us and how to “rise to further our dreams and goals, and rise up to fight inequality.” Check out the festival’s website for the current list of presenters.
Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24 – Drummer Boy Park, Brewster, Massachusetts
Now in its 10th year, this festival down the Cape will include more than 100 juried artisans showing off and selling their various wares, from photography and quilts to shell crafts, pottery, folk art and more alongside multiple gourmet food vendors.
To see the full list of vendors exhibiting at the festival, visit their website.
Saturday, July 30 and Sunday, July 31 – Lowell Folk Festival, Lowell, Massachusetts
Part of the Lowell Folk Festival, Art in the Courtyard is presented in partnership with the Brush Art Gallery and located between the gallery and the National Park Visitor Center. Twenty selected artists working in a wide variety of media, will be displaying and selling their work.
The courtyard is a highly-trafficked part of the folk festival, which itself draws over 100,000 visitors annually. Local artists will also be displaying and selling artwork within the Brush Art Gallery.
Saturday, Aug. 6 and Sunday, Aug. 7 – downtown York Beach, Maine
Taking place over the second weekend of the annual York Days celebration, the craft fair in downtown York Beach focuses on local artists and artisans, culture and food, seeking “foster lasting relationships and strengthening the community” in an enjoyable way for all ages.
Stick around after Sunday’s fair for fireworks on Short Sands Beach, sponsored by the York Beach Fire Department.