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Top Crafts Festivals in Kentucky



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 festival.

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 up-and-coming-new artists. 

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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!