Craft shows give Connecticut’s artisans and creators a chance to exhibit their hard work, draw inspiration from other crafters, and maybe take home some new and wonderful decorations for their home. Strolling a craft show entertains and enthralls the whole family, and gives you a chance to find unique art from those in your own community and state. For the top shows to hit in 2016, check out our list below.
Old Saybrook Arts & Crafts Festival
Old Saybrook Town Green
(860) 388-3266

July 30 & 31, 2016

Exhibitors come from all over Connecticut and surrounding states for this annual show, one of the biggest and most anticipated in the region. Thousands of guests will come to check out the many different crafters and their work, including acrylics, oils, jewelry, pottery and photography. People will come from as far as Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New Jersey to show their hard work.

Mystic Outdoor Arts Festival
Historic Downtown Mystic

August 13 – 14, 2016

In many ways, this is the crowning craft event in the state. More than 85,000 art-loving guests pour out to visit this two-day event, finding gorgeous works for their home as well as creative, unique and memorable gifts for friends and family. The event takes over the downtown Mystic, promoting over 250 artisans — so it will definitely take guests two days to see everyone there. Come and check out the oils, watercolors, sculptures, acrylics and just about everything else you can imagine.

Rockwell Park Summer Festival
128 Jacobs St.
Bristol, CT

August 20

This event is only in its fifth year, but with all the success of the first four, it has many more yet to come. As you stroll, listen to some great live music by local bands, snack on food from some of the vendors and let the kids loose in the play area if they start to get bored. There is plenty to do for the whole family for the entire day, and is the perfect way to bid goodbye to the summer before fall sets in.

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Trumbell Summer Farewell Craft Festival
Grace Episcopal Church
5958 Main St.
Trumbell, CT

August 27, 2016

The Artisans Alliance plans and organizes numerous art festivals throughout the year in Connecticut, including the Spring Craft Festival, Fall Craft Festival, Holiday Shoppers Craft Showcase and more. Bid so long to the long and warm days of summer with the Summer Farewell fair featuring local artisans you know, selling work that will remind you of the fun and relaxation of summer, or give you a head start on your holiday shopping for the winter months. Whether you walk home with your bags full or not, it will be a rewarding way to spend the last days of August.

Trumbull Arts Festival
HIstoric Trumbull Town Hall Green,
5866 Main St
Trumbull, CT

September 10, 2016

This event is a bit smaller, making it easily navigable and perhaps preferable to families looking for a more relaxed and easy atmosphere. Featuring 70 vendors, the Trumbull fair will even include the option for kids to do their own creating in the Children’s Creative Center, and they can bring home some of their own special art. Meanwhile, mom and dad can peruse yard ornaments, photography, pearl jewelry and more.

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Written by Bianca Belli of for CBS Local. Bianca is a passionate writer and lover of her Connecticut home. When she is not working, she loves sitting in the shade with a glass of tea and a good read.