Harrah's Cherokee Center-Asheville
87 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC
CRAFT FAIR OF THE SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS
Hosted in downtown Asheville at Harrah's Cherokee Center, artisans will fill both the concourse and arena levels of the venue, exhibiting 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. Join us for this unique shopping experience and enjoy live music and craft demonstrations during your visit. Please read the latest Covid-19 Policy for Harrah's Cherokee Center-Asheville.
Thursday - Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-5pm
CRAFT FAIR EXHIBITORS - JULY 21-24
James Edward Barnes
Ed & Kate Coleman
Larry & Deborah Drake
Chad Alice Hagen
Jerry & Linda Hunter
Tom Reardon/ Kathleen Doyle
Lucy Moore/ Lucy's Toys
Greg Magruder/ Magruder Glass
Audrey Laine Sawyer
Joe Morris/ Stuart Nye Jewelry
Holland Van Gores
Lisa Banner/ Weaving Room
CONCOURSE LEVEL - TBA
ARENA LEVEL - TBA
The Guild's Craft Fair tradition started in 1948 in Gatlinburg, TN on the grounds of Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts. At this inaugural fair, the Guild connected visitors with the most talented craftsmen and showed the importance of handicrafts in the life of southern Appalachia.
Today, the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands is held twice every year (July & October) in downtown Asheville, North Carolina at Harrah's Cherokee Center. It brings together hundreds of makers in what has become a key event for craft. These events are unique in that they offer attendees the opportunity to connect with the artists by purchasing directly from them. In an age of mass production and global imports, the connection to fine American craft and the individual maker is often lost but more significant than ever.
More than two hundred craftspeople fill two floors of the Civic Center twice each year. Local musicians play live on the arena stage; craft educators share their knowledge with adults and children alike through demonstrations and hands-on projects. Eleven thousand visitors from all over the country participate in festivities during the four days of the show. Over the course of the event, nearly a million dollars are invested in the purchase of crafts.
The unprecedented year of 2020 brought the Guild into the new age of virtual events and they successfully hosted their first-ever Virtual Craft Fairs of the Southern Highlands.