Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands

70th A N N I V E R S A R Y   |  J U L Y   21 – 23  &  O C T O B E R   20 – 22

Friday through Saturday, 10:00 to 6:00 pm + Sunday, 10:00 am to 5:00pm
US Cellular Center, 87 Haywood Street | Downtown Asheville, NC
General Admission, $8.00 and Children under 12 free

Please note that our Fairs are moving from 4 days to 3 days, and we look forward to welcoming you on Friday.

Presented by Asheville Color & Imaging and Asheville Citizen-Times:

We are pleased to have the other following sponsors:
Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau  | The Laurel of Asheville | Our State Magazine
Smoky Mountain Living | WLOS News 13 | WNC Magazine

In its 70th year, the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands returns to downtown Asheville’s U.S. Cellular Center. Filling both the concourse and arena levels of the venue, makers exhibit a variety of craft ranging from contemporary to traditional in works of clay, wood, metal, glass, fiber, natural materials, paper, leather, mixed media, and jewelry.


Upstairs Concourse Floor Exhibitor List, To View Click Here. Features 71 makers.
Downstairs Arena Floor Exhibitor List, To View Click Here. Features 79 makers.

Cultivating Craft in Your Daily Life | Design Vignettes

New this year, the Guild has partnered with several associated sponsors – local interior designers, architects and builders from Western North Carolina to showcase how handcrafted can be incorporated into your daily life. With the purpose to combine talents of makers in the Guild and spacial creatives, the industry of craft is quintessential in transforming a house into a home. Below are the three vignettes for July.

“Rustic Elegance” / Living Room
featuring Anne Sherrill of Rusticks and Al and Parker Platt of Platt Architecture
with support from member Matt Tommey

“Transitional” / Dining Room
featuring Laura Sullivan ID.ology 
and Living Stone Design + Build
support from member Brian Boggs

“Contemporary” / Bed Room
featuring Tracey Kearnes of Alchemy Design Studio and Samsel Architects
support from member Barbara Zaretsky

Bring your Inner Creative to Life | July Demonstrators

Asheville Quilt Guild, quilting activities
Betsy Meyer, tapestry weaving
Brandy Clements, Silver River Center for Chair Caning
Charlie Patricolo, doll making
Christian Arnold & Laurie Young, glassblowing
Dede Styles, dyeing & spinning
John Richards, mixed media collage
Judy Brater, ceramic hand building techniques
Local Cloth-Farm/Fiber/Fashion Network, hands-on fiber activities
Lorraine Cathey, needle felting
Ruthie Cohen, jewelry fabrication (bezeling, stone setting, soldering)
WNC Fibers/Handweavers Guild, drop-in spin & weave

The Southern Highland Craft Guild is a recipient of the Buncombe County Festival and Cultural Event Support Fund that is funded by the Asheville/Buncombe County Tourist Development Authority. It is specifically being used to elevate the Summer Edition of the Craft Fair with increased craft demonstrations at the Fairs, as well as live mannequins. Check back for more on this soon!

Planning Your Visit | Where to Stay

Asheville is full of eclectic and charming abodes for your stayWe currently have room blocks under the name The Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands available downtown at the following:
Hyatt Place
– Hampton Inn and Suites
– Hilton DoubleTree in Biltmore Village
Homewood Suites, Hilton