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Guilford Art Center Craft Expo

mid July – Guilford, Connecticut

Guilford Art Center’s annual summer Craft Expo on the Guilford Green (in New Haven County) is one of Connecticut’s oldest and finest outdoor juried shows.

Celebrating American handmade craft and showcasing the finest creative artistry and workmanship, this event is one of the Guilford Art Center’s most important fundraisers, with all gate proceeds providing support for the Center’s school and gallery programs.

Craft Expo includes more than 175 artists from across the country – a mix of first-time and returning exhibitors, whose exquisite-quality handmade crafts consistently help rank this event as one of the top craft shows in New England and the country.

All have been accepted into the show by a panel of professional peers. Works on display include the following media: Clay, Glass, Leather, Metal, Mixed Media, Metal and Non-Metal Jewelry, Wearable and Non-Wearable Fiber, Paper, Photography, Polymer Clay, Soap and Wood.

The show has been written up by publications ranging from Yankee Magazine to American Style, which has included the annual Guilford gathering as one of the nation’s “Can’t-Miss Craft Shows.” As a celebration of the arts and a signature event for the town of Guilford, Craft Expo has become a point of pride for the Connecticut shoreline. It attracts 10,000 artists, collectors and visitors from across the USA. Additional attractions at the event include a food court with lunch and dinner fare and other speciality foods, a Silent Auction of donated crafts, musical performances, and more.

The Guilford Art Center is a non-profit organization established to nurture and support excellence in the arts through education, communication, and outreach. It works to preserve craft traditions and foster innovation by providing opportunities for individuals to experience and appreciate the arts and the creative process.

Set as it is amidst antique residences, venerable churches and stylish shops, visitors to Craft Expo will find much to entertain them – although the Craft Expo will fully occupy them. At Guilford’s heart is the beautiful Guilford Green, close to many 17th through 19th century houses and churches. The Henry Whitfield State Museum, built in 1639, is Connecticut's oldest house and New England's oldest stone house; Hyland House (circa 1690-1710) is a red saltbox home with five hearths, original moldings and woodwork and a fine collection of furniture and decorative arts; and the Medad Stone Tavern, originally built in 1803 as a tavern never made it as a tavern and is now a museum.

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Navajo Nation Fair
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World Championship Hoop Dance Contest

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Annual Craft Expo
Antique & Classic Boat Rendezvous

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Tallahassee Winter Festival and Celebration of Lights

Savannah Music Festival
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Honolulu Marathon

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Indianapolis 500
Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration
Indiana State Fair
Feast of the Hunters’ Moon

Des Moines Arts Festival

Dodge City Days
Smoky Hill River Festival

American Quilter’s Society National Quilt Show
Great American Brass Band Festival
Hillbilly Days
International Bar-B-Q Festival
Jerusalem Ridge Festival
Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Festival
Mainsstrasse Village Oktoberfest
St James Court Art Show
World Chicken Festival

Lake Charles Contraband Days

Ocean City Sunfest

The Boston Marathon

Holland Tulip Time Festival
Great Lakes Folk Festival

The Saint Paul Winter Carnival

The Mississippi Delta Blues Festival

Burning Man

New Hampshire
League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Fair
New Hampshire Maple Weekend
New Hampshire Seafood Festival
Strawbery Banke Museum Candlelight Stroll

New Mexico
Albuquerque International Balloon Festival
Santa Fe Indian Market
Santa Fe Spanish Market

New York
Oswego Harborfest

North Carolina
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North Carolina Azalea Festival
North Carolina Seafood Festival

Columbus Arts Festival
The Vectron Dayton Air Show

Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival

Fall Kite Festival
Whale Watching Events

Rhode Island
Newport Jazz Festival
Newport Winter Fetival
Rhode Island International Film Festival

South Carolina
Beaufort Water Festival
Carolina Cup

South Dakota
Fort Sisseton Historical Festival
Tabor Czech Days

Dogwood Arts Fetival
Mule Day
Secret City Festival

Terlingua International Chili Championship

The Moab Music Festival

Washington DC
The National Cherry Blossom Festival

Washington State International Kite Festival
National Lentil Festival

American Birkebeiner
EAA AirVenture
Milwaukee Irish Fest
Milwaukee Summerfest

Cody Stampede Rodeo
Woodchoppers Jamboree and Rodeo