For more than 50 years, the Ozark Mountains in Northwest Arkansas have called to arts and crafts lovers. Some of the finest, juried shows take place here annually. Thousands of shoppers will flock to the area in mid-October for fall color and goods and wares.
Most of the fairs are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit their websites for details so you can make a plan of which venues to visit which day. Here are some of the fairs and festivals you don’t want to miss:
Fall Festival Arts & Crafts Fair – Oct. 13-15 – Van Buren
Autumn is welcomed in old-fashioned style as Van Buren opens historic Main Street for the Fall Festival. Over 200 exhibitors display artwork, handcrafted items, antiques, collectibles, food, carnival, and entertainment. Visit Oldtownvanburen.com.
Spanker Creek Farm Arts & Crafts – Oct. 18-22 – Bentonville
The farm setting has a great Ozark atmosphere with its surrounding beauty. Spanker Creek runs along the entire south side of the fair grounds and flows into Sugar Creek on the west side. The north side boasts a hillside of beautiful bluffs and trees. Visit Spankercreekfarm.com.
Arts & Crafts Fair – Oct. 19-21 – Springdale
Held at Parsons Stadium, this three-day event offers indoor and outdoor vendors with a wide array of products, handmade items, holiday gifts, edible treats, and so much more. Visit Rodeooftheozarks.org.
War Eagle Craft Fair – Oct. 19-21 – Hindsville
The War Eagle Fair is the “granddaddy” of them all, located along the banks of the War Eagle River and alongside the Historic War Eagle Mill. Visit Wareaglemill.com/fall-craft-fair.
Sharp’s Show of War Eagle – Oct. 19-22 – Hindsville
Sharp’s Show of War Eagle rounds out the craft fairs in the War Eagle Community, is held adjacent to the War Eagle Fair. The fair has over 250 booths offering visitors a wide array of hand-made crafts from skilled artisans located throughout the country. Call 479-789-5683.
49th annual Bella Vista Arts and Crafts Festival – Oct. 19-21 – Bella Vista
The Bella Vista Arts & Crafts Festival brings together hundreds of artists displaying hand-crafted, high-quality fine arts and crafts each year in October. Visit Bellavistafestival.org.
The HeART Of Downtown Rogers Craft Fair – Oct. 20-21 – Rogers
This craft fair in the heart of downtown Rogers is surrounded by beautiful historic buildings and scenery along with other shops and restaurants. Visit Godowntownrogers.com/heart-of-rogers-craft-fair.