From Syracuse’s Arts & Crafts Festival to Ithaca Artist Market, region has plenty of arts and craft festivals to offer
By Deborah Jeanne Sergeant
Attending arts and crafts festivals feels like going on a treasure hunt. What’s at the next table? What discovery will become your new collectible? Where can you find a great gift for your sister? Who will be your next favorite artisan?
Arts and crafts festivals foster a great sense of community as neighbors get together to peruse the local talent together. Most festivals include live entertainment, food and music to enhance the atmosphere and keep shoppers browsing.
Try any of these top festivals this season.
• Celebrating its 50th year, Rochester’s Corn Hill Arts Festival features 365 of the region’s top artisans. 133 S. Fitzhugh Street. 585-262-3142.
• At the Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival, 160 artists present their creations over a three-day event. 115 West Fayette Street, Syracuse.
• Fairport Canal Days boasts 400 arts and crafts vendors and a juried art show. 6 N. Main Street, Fairport. firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Ithaca Artist Market at Ithaca Farmers Market includes more than 80 artisans in a variety of media and a juried show. Ithaca Farmers Market, 545 Third Street, Ithaca.
• 46th Annual Forge Festival of Arts & Crafts in Old Forge has grown to become a prestigious, juried fine art show featuring 40 vendors with their canvas wall art. 3273 State Route 28, Old Forge. Event at Adirondack Bank’s parking lot at 108 Codling Street, Old Forge.
• Buffalo’s Allentown Art Festival includes 400 juried exhibitors for the two-day event, which features all sorts of media. This year marks Allentown’s 61st year. Held in the Allentown Historic Preservation District of Buffalo.
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