Kentucky is known as one of the top states for hand crafted arts, and
it’s also home to many outstanding arts and crafts festivals. Held
annually in locations as diverse as Whitesburg, Midway and Louisville,
these fairs feature displays by top artisans, demonstrations of crafts
techniques, music, and other celebrations of Kentucky culture.
Among the Bluegrass state’s leading arts and crafts festivals on the calendar are; St. James
Court Art Show in Louisville; Francisco’s Farm Arts Festival in Midway;
Seedtime on the Cumberland in Whitesburg, the Bardstown Arts, Crafts
& Antique Fair in Bardstown and the Shaker Village Crafts Fair near
Harrodsburg. There are also dozens of smaller festivals throughout the state
featuring artisans’ work.
Held each year in early October, St. James Court Art Show
is the granddaddy of Kentucky arts and crafts festivals. With nearly 750 exhibitors
and 300,000 attendees, this festival in the charming Old Louisville
neighborhood has achieved international renown. This neighborhood is
the site of the largest collection of Victorian homes in the country.
Francisco’s Farm Arts Festival
held in late spring in Midway, there are over 130 exhibitors from 15 states, with about half from
Kentucky. Music, children’s art projects and a demonstration of
traditional printing techniques are standing attractions at this popular
Berea Crafts Festival
, held each July at the Indian Fort Theatre
in Berea College Forest, features great handmade crafts, educational
demonstrations, performing artists and favorite foods.
Seedtime on the Cumberland
Whitesburg’s annual festival of eastern Kentucky crafts and culture,
occurs in early June. Organized by the Appalshop arts cooperative,
which is celebrating its 40th anniversary, this festival promotes
traditional and modern Appalachian cultural expression from crafts to
music and films.
October brings the Bardstown Arts, Crafts & Antique Fair
, in historic downtown Bardstown. The festival
features 200 artists and craftsmen, delicious southern foods and music.
Historic and scenic Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
near Harrodsburg, hosts their annual craft fair in August. This
juried event attracts the elite among regional artisans as well as
For information about smaller arts and crafts festivals and events, visit kentuckyfairsandfestivals.com/eventSearch.php.
You can also find a wealth of information about artisans, studios,
galleries and other crafts-related themes at the Kentucky Department of
Travel and Tourism’s arts and crafts
section. Add an arts and crafts getaway to your vacation plans!