Fall is about to be in full swing in the Hudson Valley, and there’s lots to see and do for crafting enthusiasts. Many of these upcoming craft fairs and festivals take place outdoors, so shoppers can enjoy the beautiful Catskills’ foliage while staying COVID-safe. Between live soul music, lavish handmade furnishings, artisanal soaps, landscape paintings, intricate knitwear, and more, there’s something for every taste and budget. Connect with and support local artists, and maybe even get some early holiday shopping done at these 12 fall craft fairs in the Hudson Valley.
Fall Crafts at Lyndhurst | September 17-19
Located in Tarrytown, the Lyndhurst Mansion is hosting its biannual craft fair. Over 200 makers will be selling their handmade goods, ranging from pocket-sized to oversized. Browse glass flowers from Chris Belleau, wooden pens hand-turned by Don Hart, and bed frames made by Sean Schieber. If shopping makes you hungry, pick up some burgers, crepes, or even spirits from Hillrock Estate Distillery. Younger visitors can check out a puppet theater and face painting, as well as craft demonstrations. The 67-acre property will also be open to guests, who can check out the rose garden, views of the Hudson River, carriage house, and the nation’s first steel-framed conservatory. Designed in 1838, the mansion encapsulates American Gothic architecture at its finest. (Tours are available for an additional fee.) Proceeds from the event will benefit Lyndhurst. Fall Crafts at Lyndhurst is open on September 17 and 19 from 10am-5pm, and on September 18 from 10am-6pm.
Skywalk Arts Festival | September 19
The fifth annual Skywalk Arts Festival, hosted by the nonprofit Historic Bridges of the Hudson Valley, brings together the work of local painters, photographers, and artists for art appreciators both novice and expert. Shop impressionistic land and seascapes from Stuart Friedman, nature photography from former photojournalist Paul Barton, and more artworks on the park grounds of the Rip Van Winkle Bridge. When you’re done shopping, stroll across the Hudson River Skywalk, the pedestrian path that connects the towns of Hudson and Catskill. Take in the panoramic views of the Hudson Valley, and look for Rip Van Winkle sleeping in the mountains. The Hudson River Skywalk Arts Festival occurs on September 19 from 12pm-4pm.
Bethel Woods Harvest Festival | September 19 & 26, October 3
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is hosting its 23rd annual Harvest Festival, a six-weekend-long event located at the historic site of the 1969 Woodstock festival. The Harvest Festival’s mission is to celebrate local farms and the talent of local artisans. More than 80 regional vendors will be at the event, along with live music, a food truck court, and corn maze. The Creative Learning Tent features a new craft every week for young visitors, including ornament- and collage-making and fiber art. Speaking of fibers, the final October 3 event will encapsulate the Catskills Fiber Festival, which showcases the handiwork of spinners, quilters, knitters, and other fiber crafters. Various fiber farms will present their products, including Rosehaven Alpacas & Mill and Hurleyville’s Fiber on Main. The Harvest Festival at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is open September 19 and 26, and October 3, from 11am-4pm.
Modern Makers Market | September 25
As part of their artisan pop-up series, Hops on the Hudson is hosting the Modern Makers Market, a fundraiser for St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, in Cold Spring. Handmade and small-batch items from New York makers will be on sale, from knitted hats to handcrafted soaps and even organic mushrooms. Pick up some organic dog treats courtesy of Coast to Coast Dog Treats or handcrafted drop earrings made by Michele Therese Designs. After you’ve done your shopping, enjoy live music from guitarist Matt Miller and chow down on sweet treats from Imagine Cookie Company. The Modern Makers Market is open September 25 from 10am-5pm.
Phoenicia Flea | September 25 and October 2
Made up of vendors primarily from the Catskills region and the Hudson Valley, this traveling market appears in a new location each month. Shop for a range of products, including homegoods, skincare, jewelry, and clothing items. The Phoenicia Flea is rounding out its summer season with two events in the Hudson Valley, each with a slate of more than 20 vendors. Catch the Flea first at Time & Space Limited in Hudson on September 25. Shop face oils from Deep Roots Botanical Goods, and grab a snack from a pop up chef. The flea will also be a part of the Stockade Faire in Kingston on October 2. CBD products from Eliza & Wyld and vintage housewares and furniture will be available from Taylor + Ace. The market will be open on both days from 11am-5pm, rain or shine.
OMG Art Faire | September 30-October 3
Presented by One Mile Gallery, OMG Art Faire will take place as part of the three-day Stockade Faire, and will bring together 20 art galleries and artists for a four-day event. The galleries will showcase several mediums, including printmaking, sculpture, sound art, film, and painting. Explore abstract, modern oil paintings from Aaron Hauck, and gouache poolside scene paintings from Samantha French. Music fans can enjoy live jazz as part of a multidimensional exhibition from Jim Watt. The fair will take place in historic Kingston’s Wall Street Music Hall, an early 1900s building that originally housed vaudeville performances and acted as a moviehouse for residents and visitors travelling along the Hudson River. The OMG Art Faire is open on September 30 from 4pm-8pm, October 1 from 10am-6pm, October 2 from 10am-8pm, and October 3 from 10am-3pm.
Field & Supply Fall MRKT / October 8-10
This biannual curated makers’ market is back at Hutton Brickyards following last year’s virtual event. Over 150 vendors will be at this modern arts and crafts fair. Smaller items for sale include dainty brass cuffs from 8.6.4, handbags, scarves, and greeting cards from Quick Brown Fox Letterpress. There’s also an array of high-end products, including handcrafted, zero waste chandeliers from Sawkille in Kingston, along with other furnishings. Enjoy views of the Hudson River while snacking on a sweet treat from Nancy’s of Woodstock Artisanal Creamery and listening to live music from blues and soul singer Slam Allen and other artists. The Field + Supply Fall MRKT runs October 8-10, 10am-6pm.
Autumn Art Show | Through October 9
Inspired by the Hudson Valley’s fall scenery, the Windham Fine Arts Autumn Art Show displays four local artists’ renditions of the Catskill’s autumnal landscape. Modernist oil paintings by Kim Do depicting the beginning of fall foliage, oil and watercolor paintings of the Esopus river in a traditional, American Romanticist style by Barry DeBaun, bold oil paintings of amber-leafed mountains in Cold Spring by Anne Johann, and abstract acrylics of air and other natural phenomena from painter Joan Thorne will be on display. Located in historic Windman, the art gallery showcases the work of local makers and work from the Hudson River School, a group of New York City-based artists that created landscape paintings of the Hudson Valley in the nineteenth century. The Windham Fine Arts Autumn Show is open Friday-Saturday from 12pm-5:30pm, and Sunday-Monday from 12pm-4pm, until October 9.
Stormville Airport Flea Market | October 9-10
Hosted at the Stormville Airport, the Stormville Airport Flea Market brings together an enormous number of vendors selling jewelry, prints, wooden yard signs, and more vintage finds at unbeatable deals. There will be antiques and new items available for purchase that can fit a range of decor styles. The annual event has also been seen on HGTV’s show, Flea Market Flip. The market is open October 9-10 from 8am-4pm, rain or shine.
Moonshine Makers Market | October 16
Dutch’s Spirits will be hosting its Moonshine Makers Market at its Pine Plains distillery in collaboration with River Valley Guild. Composed of close to 40 Hudson Valley makers who create products ranging from naturally derived, botanical body scrubs from Sasha Botanica, to candles and essential oil rollers poured by Beacon’s Exalted Alchemy, the River Valley Guild strives to facilitate events that can build community and awareness around local artisans. Dutch’s Spirits will host artisans from the Guild, along with live music from jazz band Pocket Merchant, and food and drinks from the distillery’s food truck and bar menu. Get some early holiday shopping done and enjoy some brews at picnic tables sprawled across the distillery’s great lawn. The Moonshine Market is open on October 16 from 12-8pm.
New York State Sheep and Wool Festival | October 16-17
Located at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, the 41st New York State Sheep and Wool Festival is offering a hybrid event this year. Attend in-person sheep and goat shows, author talks, and see who will take home a ribbon in this year’s fleece to shawl fiber competition, where three teams spin and weave fibers to make a shawl from start to finish. There are multiple yarn-related products to peruse, including handmade portable spinning wheels from Athena Spinning, yarn from the sheep at Bay Haven Short Tails, and ceramic beads and buttons from Lisa Peters ART. Farm tours and workshops on yarn making will be offered virtually. The New York State Sheep and Wool Festival is open October 16 from 9am-5pm, and October 17 from 9am-4pm.
Fiber and Music Festival | October 14
Hosted at Hutton Brickyards, Wool & Folk’s Fiber and Music Festival is a celebration of all aspects of the fiber community. Local vendors, food trucks, and live music groups will join together to support each other and foster new connections amongst the fiber workers. Spinning equipment and handspun necklaces from Middle Brook Fiberworks, hand-dyed yarn from Hellomellow Handspun, and yarn and knitting tools from Brooklyn General Store are some of the products that will be available from the 20+ vendors present. A six-band lineup playing in genres ranging from western swing to bluegrass will keep you toe-tapping while you browse. The travelling event will stop in Kingston on October 14 and begins at 12pm.
Artists & Makers Fair | November 13-14
The second annual Artists & Makers Fair will return in November with over 24 exhibitors showcasing products across a range of mediums, including prints, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, glass, and metal work. The goal of the fair is to celebrate the Hudson Valley’s finest designers and craftspeople. Exhibitors will be announced on October 1 and are juried by Amy Abrams, founder of Artists & Fleas, a makers’ marketplace with locations spanning from Williamsburg in Brooklyn to Los Angeles, California. The event takes place at the Woodstock Artists Association & Museum. The fair is open on November 13 from 12-6pm and November 14 from 12-4pm.
Country Folk Art Craft Show / November 19-21
The Country Folk Art Craft show is a home decor lover’s dream. The Country Folk Art Craft Show will take place on the grounds of Hudson Valley Community College in Troy and offers a range of home products and styles. Shop shabby chic, whimsical, vintage, and even fine arts pieces. Quilts, hand poured candles and soaps, jewelry, stained glass, and wood carvings are just some of what will be available. Many products are upcycled or repurposed, and there’s holiday decor available for shoppers looking to get into the holiday spirit. Founded by mother-daughter duo Betty Long and Rhonda Blakely almost 40 years ago, the original show occurred in Michigan. The Country Folk Art Craft Show will be in the Hudson Valley on November 19 from 4pm-9pm, November 20 from 10am-5pm, and November 21 from 10am-4pm.