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Our brick & mortar stores are closed, but our online shop is still in operation. We are offering free shipping and curbside pick-up at our Tunnel Road location by appointment only. We will continue to evaluate a potential re-opening date as we closely monitor the status of COVID-19. Group events scheduled through June have been cancelled. Check our website or Facebook page for the latest information.

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July 16-19

Thurs-Sat, 10-6 

Sunday, 10-5


Oct 15-18

Thurs-Sat, 10-6 

Sunday, 10-5


Harrah's Cherokee Center

87 Haywood Rd  | Asheville, NC


Day Pass: $10 || 12 & under: Free

Featured Artist: TBA

Our featured artist will be at booth #1. You will see their work featured as the brand of our largest event of the year.

Nearly 200 booths of fine craft will line both the concourse & arena levels of the U.S. Cellular Center. In addition to juried members of our guild, new guest exhibitors will also be in attendance.

There will be live demonstrations during the Craft Fair. Weaving, chair caning, surface design, glass, paper, etc.

In addition to two levels of fine craft, there will be a music stage with performances by regional musicians during the fair. 

Downtown Asheville provides a robust creative scene with restaurants and hotels all in walking distance of the Craft Fair.

The first Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands occured in July of 1948. Our mission it uphold this legacy of a marketplace for craftsmen in the Southern Appalachian region. 


Until the Summer Edition of the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands

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The Craft Fair is a wonderful opportunity to shop fine craft and interact with over 180 artisans of the Southern Highland Craft Guild.


Both levels of the arena will feature contemporary & traditional works in clay, wood, metal, glass, fiber, natural materials, paper, leather, mixed media, and jewelry.



In addition to fine craft, you will witness live demonstrations by guest exhibitors, and live music performed by regional musicians!

Featured Artist: TBA

2019 Exhibitors of Fine Craft

Featuring Makers of the Guild & Guest Exhibitors + Booth Numbers


1-Zan Barnes

64-Ann Batton

30-Meghan Bernard

10-Travis Berning

13-Judy Brater

41-Julie Calhoun-Roepnack

20-Ed & Kate Coleman

54-Doug Dacey

22-Harry Hearne

63-Nan Jacobsohn

6-Erin Janow

47-Cat Jarosz

8-Joe Frank McKee

18-John Ransmeier

29-Kelsey Schissel



16-Deborah Bryant

25-Erin Castellan

62-Lorraine Cathey

45-Crossnore Weavers

43-Gigi Reneé Fasano

52-Jim Gentry

48-John Gunther

36-Chad Alice Hagen

39-Pat Larson

9-Lucy’s Toys

51-Lisa Mergen

56-Shekina Rudoy

50-Wendy Seaward

12-Anna Shapiro

7-Jen Swearington

24-Xee Yang

58-Appalachian Center for Craft

60-Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts

59-John C. Campbell Folk School



14-A Touch of Glass

53-K4 Glassart

34-Magruder Glass


42-Linda Azar

37-Martha Biggar

19-Amy Brandenburg

35-Rachelle Davis

27-Lynne Fiorenza/Mark Traub

17-Geoffrey Giles

32-Charity Hall

5-Jason Janow

11-Jennifer Jenkins

40-Ilene Kay

28-Julie Merrill

66-Melanie Miller

65-Elaine Rader

2-Tom Reardon/Kathleen Doyle

46-Audrey Laine Sawyer

50-Wendy Seaward

15-Kim Thompson

38-Mary Timmer

44-Roberto Vengoechea

49-Tamela Wells


21-Doug McCubbins


3-Anne Freels

55-Ken Hall

7-Jen Swearington

49-Tamela Wells


36-Chad Alice Hagen

4-Jan Havens


33-Andy Costine

26-Lee Entrekin

57-Jerry Read Smith

23-Mike Sorge


602-Larry Allen

124-Beer Chunhaswasdikul

203-Tina Curry

321-David Fernandez

309-Karen Fincannon

207-Betsy Gray

322-Mike Hamlin

317-Deborah Harris

501-Lynnette Hesser

217-Lynn Jenkins

312-Lonnie & Margie Johnson

502-Steve Loucks

702-Sarah McCarthy

210-Jim & Shirl Parmentier

100-Laura Peery

122-Adrina Richard

316-Timothy Sullivan

113-Michael Terra

302-Courtney Tomchik

307-Evelyn Ward

410-Wendy Wrenn Werstlein

118-Marie Wright


304-Wendy Allen

700-Nanette Davidson

320-Robin Ford

603-Sharon Gordon

105-Teresa Hays

427-Neal Howard

104-Barbara Jones

601-Jeri Landers

703-Martha Owen

407-Tracey McCracken Palmer

123-Carol Pritcher

404-Sheree Sorrells

425-Liz Spear

126-Jude Stuecker

208-Jewel Tumas

218-Mia Tyson

109-Vickie Vipperman

402-Jill Wagoner

205-Kami Watson

209-Joanna White


429-Haywood Studios


405-Karen Collis



415-Steve Joslyn


211-Erica Stankwytch Bailey

409-Una Barrett

202-Ray & Amy Bridewell

300-Tavia Brown

406-Bspoken Designs

318-Linda Caristo

114-Ruthie Cohen

403-Lisa Colby

408-Jessica Daman

108-Kathleen Dautel

414-Larry Drake

503-Gina Eubank

115-Kate Rothra Fleming

420-Claire Jacobs

121-Wiwat Kamolpornwijit

308-Bill Lehnert

305-Q Evon

400-Joseph Rhodes

301-Bonnie Scott

310-Klaus & Susan Spies

314-Stuart Nye Jewelry

315-Nora Swanson

311-Howard Thompson

319-David Vrooman

412-Annie Grimes Williams


101-Marie-Helene Grabman

215-Ann Hord-Heatherley

419-Susan Lightcap

417-Bill Nelson

411-Janet Renfro

418-Cathy Vaughn


220-Jon Ladd

119-Vicki Love

204-Lyn Lyndall

106-Karen Noggle


206-Kimberley Adams

216-Dawn Hinesley Jones

313-Jeff McKinley

112-Michael Mikula


223-John Furches

101-Marie-Helene Grabman

601-Jeri Landers

212-Jay Pfeil

219-Emily Tuttle


505-Charles Steve Adams

413-Richard Adams

201-James Edward Barnes

306-Valerie Berlage

600-Brian Boggs Chairmakers

116-Brian Brace Fine Furniture

110-Cadman & Cummins Studios

120-Neil Carroll

303-Bill & Tina Collison

423-Walt Cottingham

103-Alan Daigre

102-Allen Davis

107-Hayley Davison

421-John Dickens

504-Mark Eubank

200-Nathan Favors

214-Mark Gardner

221-Jason Green

500-Russ Jacobsohn

416-Stan & Sue Jennings

213-Ray Jones

117-Dale Lewis

701-Steve Miller

222-Connie Molland

111-Steve Noggle

604-Bayley Wharton

401-Tom Wolfe

Oct 2019 Craft Demonstrations Recap

Four members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild will be demonstrating their fine craftsmanship throughout the Fair weekend. Visitors are invited to listen, converse, and learn from the artists as they give the history, practice, and processes of their work.

Doll Making

Watch Charlie Patricolo in various stages of doll-making as she stitches charm and personality into her whimsical fairy dolls, allowing them to come to life.

Ruguma Basketry

Experience the art of making 8ft long bais twill Ruguma baskets and listen to Carlson Tuttle as he tells the history of Ruguma baskets, and their uses in making cassava bread.

demo of starting a basket, natural materials


Watch Mike Lalone during his process of wheel-thrown pottery as he applies different glazes and techniques to achieve his unique finish.

Dyeing & Spinning

Witness the process of naturally dyeing yarn with plant extracts and a dye pot with Dede Styles, Cassie Dickson, and Janet Wiseman.


Live Musical Entertainment

Starting on Friday, resonating throughout the fair will be the sounds of regional bands performing on the Arena level stage. Be sure to sit for a spell and listen to the mountain music.

Where to Stay

Within walking distance to the fair, Asheville's eclectic downtown district is full of charming abodes for your stay.

CLICK HERE to browse various accommodation options based on the region, amenities, and more.

Transportation & Parking

Here are several options that will provide transportation or help with your parking options in Asheville.
Uber |  Lyft | Asheville Taxi | Passport Parking App

Recommended Parking:  U.S. Cellular Parking Garage

Asheville Street Parking, 700 metered spaces, $1.50 per hour and FREE on Sunday.

Please note that the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce has available parking for visitors.

History of the Craft Fair

In 1948, the first Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands was held in Gatlinburg, TN on a Summer evening under canvas tents at Arrowmount School of Crafts. This was the first attempt of a marketplace for craftsmen of the Southern Highlands. This year marks our 72nd year continuing the legacy of a craft marketplace. 

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