South Carolina’s craft fairs are keeping the local fine arts and crafts communities vibrant by showcasing fantastic displays of artworks and artisan-made items in all artistic disciplines. Attendees of this state’s long-standing and well-attended craft fairs also can experience incredible live performances, family-friendly activities, and creative exhibits to suit every artistic style and budget. The best craft fairs in South Carolina offer something for everyone while bringing together artists and makers from the region with craft enthusiasts and festival goers.
As one of the top art shows in the nation, Craftsmen’s Classic Art & Craft Festival has been showcasing the excellent works of talented artisans and artists for nearly 40 years! This juried, award-winning annual event features around 300 artists annually at the SC State Fairgrounds and offers live demonstrations by exhibitors. Attendees can shop for a diverse range of handcrafted items from contemporary to traditional in all price ranges.
As an award-winning holiday craft fair, Christmas Made in the South features aisles of fine arts and craft treasures perfect for the holidays. This three-day, nationally-acclaimed event is held each December at the Exchange Park and showcases a large array of outstanding art and original handcrafted designs plus artisan demonstrations, diverse entertainment, gourmet foods, and more for a spectacular seasonal shopping experience.
For over 40 years the North Charleston Art Fest has been showcasing regional and local artists of various disciplines including visual arts, dance, music, theater, and literature. This five-day event is held each May and offers a diverse assortment of free artistic performances, activities, exhibitions, concerts, and children’s activities throughout various venues.
Over 100 crafters and vendors from across the Midlands attend the Spring Arts & Crafts Market Extravaganza to showcase an eclectic array of items including pottery, photography, woodworks, jewelry, artworks, handbags, holiday crafts, home decor, and a whole lot more. Held each March at the SC State Farmers Market, this free-admission event also includes a silent auction with proceeds benefiting the local hospital.
Aiken’s Makin’ is an arts and crafts shopper’s delight, offering a full spectrum of artistic media including handmade gifts, basket weaving, candles, pottery, folk art, leatherworks, canvas art, woodworks, stained glass, and so much more. This two-day juried show also features homemade food items such as jams, dips, sweets, and pickles. From creative crafts to colorful paintings and delicious foods, visitors are sure to enjoy this nearly 50-year-old annual show.
Held at the Mt. Pleasant Farmers Market Pavilion each December, the Holiday Market & Craft Show is a great holiday shopping destination. This free-admission show combines a local food market with locally-made crafts ranging from whimsical Christmas ornaments and crafts to a large variety of fine arts. This free-admission event also offers live, holiday-themed entertainment and children’s activities such as balloon art and a visit with Santa.
The Brookgreen Gardens Art Festival takes place each April in the gorgeous Brookgreen Garden and offers a scenic spring shopping experience. This two-day festival features a wide array of talented artisans and artists showcasing fine craftsmanship in pottery, fabric art, glass, sculpture, painting, and more. You’re sure to find unique gifts at this lovely event.
Held three days each February, Vintage Market Days of Coastal Carolina offers a unique shopping experience in the Myrtle Beach Sports Center. This upscale vintage-inspired craft fair/market features handmade treasures, antiques, jewelry, clothing, home decor, seasonal plantings, and much more. It’s a special opportunity to shop in a creative venue surrounded by specialty vendors as well as talented and passionate artisans.
Art in the Park is the preferred destination for both art enthusiasts and artists throughout the Carolinas. This premier outdoor art show has been showcasing artists across all mediums since 1972, making it one of the longest running events in the state. Held in the Market Common of Valor Park, this long-standing show only features high-quality fine arts and crafts and takes place three times per year.
Help support Meals on Wheels of Horry County by attending the Food Bank Craft Fair, held at the General Robert Reed Recreational Center in Myrtle Beach. Attendees can donate food and shop from over 50 local artists and crafters showcasing their creative talents. This special craft fair takes place each February and is held indoors.