Art is an ever-changing medium that continues to surprise us. Get out with your family and check out the newest and most innovative creativity on the market at these arts and crafts events in Philadelphia.
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Sugarloaf Crafts Festival
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks
100 Station Ave
Oaks, PA 19456
Price: Adults – $9, Children 12 and under free
Date: March 16 – 18, 2012
Hours: Fri to Sat – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
More than 250 top artisans will converge at the center to display their pottery, sculptures, glass, jewelry, home accessories and photography. Gourmet food will also be available, along with interactive demonstrations by crafters, live music and children’s entertainment.
North Penn 27th Annual Craft Show of the North Penn International Friendship Committee
North Penn High School
1340 Valley Forge Rd
Lansdale, PA 19446
Date: March 17, 2012
Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
More than 95 high-quality artists and crafters will be displaying their goods at this one-of-a-kind event to benefit the North Penn High School Student Exchange Program. The school’s International Friendship Committee’s goal is to “promote international understanding and goodwill among the people of the world through participation in non-profit exchange programs,” so be sure to bring the family out and lend both your enthusiasm and support.
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Nazareth Academy High School Spring Craft Show
Nazareth Academy High School
4001 Grant Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19114
Date: April 21, 2012
Hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This craft show will feature everything, including homemade candles, personalized handbags, hand-crafted jewelry, clothing, home décor items and much more. Baked goods donated by teachers and parents will also be on sale, as will homemade food. Proceeds benefit the high school.
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Pennsylvania Guild Fine Craft Fair at Rittenhouse Square
Corner of 19th and Walnut Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Date: May 11-12, 2012
Hours: Fri to Sat – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sun – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This not-to-be-missed craft fair is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, in partnership with the Friends of Rittenhouse Square and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation. More than 140 craftsmen and artisans will fill the square showcasing jewelry, furniture, clothing, pottery and so much more. Get your creative fix right in the heart of Philadelphia.
The 2012 Spring Art Star Craft Bazaar
Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing
Columbus Blvd (between Market & Walnut Streets)
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Date: May 12-13, 2012
Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
This outdoor arts and crafts show is organized and juried by Philly’s Art Star Gallery & Boutique. Along the waterfront, more than 100 local and national artists will be showcasing and selling their wares, including ceramics, paintings/drawings, sculptures and more. Local musicians will entertain. Along with typical pizza and hot dog fare, vegetarian/vegan food will be available.
Rotary Club of North Penn’s Lansdale Day/Arts Festival
West 2nd and Wood Streets
Lansdale, PA 19446
Date: June 2, 2012
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Rotary Club of North Penn sponsors this annual event, which features a juried invitational showcase of fine artists, artisans and crafters. You’ll also find a community marketplace of local businesses and civic organizations along the strip. Pet Alley is nearby, in case you decide to bring your pup along for the fun. Food vendors and musical performances will occupy the streets as well. Come out and enjoy the arts for a good cause, because all proceeds are donated to local charities like Mission Kids, Laurel House, and Manna on Main Street.
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