Shop for Gifts at Holiday Craft Fairs in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill

Start your holiday shopping early by visiting these Triangle-area craft fairs


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Start your holiday shopping early by visiting these Triangle-area craft fairs. Search our daily calendar at carolinaparent.com for “holiday fairs” to find more crafting events in the Triangle. Craft fairs are free unless otherwise noted.

A Shopping Spree!
Oct. 18, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Oct. 19, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Oct. 20, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Oct. 21, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $10/person per day. jlraleigh.org/fundraising/a-shopping-spree.

Carolina Artisan Craft Market
Nov. 2, 2-8 p.m.; Nov. 3, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Nov. 4, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $7 advance tickets, $10 at the door. Free for ages 14 and younger. Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh. carolinadesignercraftsmen.com/the-market.

Emerson Waldorf Harvest Faire and Artisan Marketplace
Nov. 3, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 6211 New Jericho Rd., Chapel Hill. emersonwaldorf.org.

Merritt’s Chapel UMC Craft Fair
Nov. 3, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Merritt's Chapel UMC, 1090 Farrington Point Rd., Chapel Hill. merrittschapel.org/calendar.

Reindeer Day
Nov. 3, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $2. Rolesville High School, 1099 E. Young St., Rolesville. rolesvillehsptsa.com/reindeerday.html.

St. Andrew the Apostle Holiday Craft Fair
Nov. 3, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, 3008 Old Raleigh Rd., Apex. saintandrew.org.

Triangle Grace Preschool Holiday Bazaar and Craft Fair
Nov. 3, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Triangle Grace Church, Family Life Center, 5001 Tudor Place, Durham. tppk.org/holiday-bazaar.html.

On The Mend Holiday Craft Sale
Nov. 3, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Garner Senior Center, 205 E. Garner Rd., Garner. garnernc.gov.

Visions of Sugarplums Holiday Art & Gift Show
Nov. 8, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Nov. 9, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Nov. 10, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Quail Hollow Swim Club, 800 Orleans Place, Raleigh. visionsofsugarplumsraleigh.com.

Fall Craft Fair at the State Farmers Market
Nov. 9-11, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. State Farmers Market, 1201 Agriculture St., Raleigh. ncagr.gov/markets/facilities/markets/raleigh/promos.htm.

Day of Shopping at Reedy Creek Magnet Middle School
Nov. 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Reedy Creek Magnet Middle School, 930 Reedy Creek Rd., Cary. wcpss.net/reedycreekms.

The Handmaidens’ Handmade Market
Nov. 10, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (early bird entry $5/person cash admission); 2-5 p.m. (free admission for adults). Free admission all day for kids. Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. thehandmademarket.com/site/about/event-details.

Mistletoe Madness Holiday Market
Nov. 10, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The Corner Biergarten, 1625 N. Main St., Fuquay-Varina. mistletoemadness.wordpress.com.

Mistletoe Market Holiday Fair
Nov. 10, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Admission is $5/person. Receive $1 off admission with a canned food donation. Free for ages 11 and younger. Wakefield High School, 2200 Wakefield Pines Dr., Raleigh. wakefieldhsptsa.org/mistletoe-market.html.

St. Paul’s Arts & Crafts Festival
Nov. 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 221 Union St., Cary. stpaulscary.org/festival.

Cedar Creek Gallery Holiday Open House
Nov. 10-11, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Cedar Creek Gallery, 1150 Fleming Rd., Creedmoor. cedarcreekgallery.com.

Zebulon Farm Fresh Market
Nov. 16, 4-7 p.m.; Nov. 17, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Zebulon Municipal Complex, 1003 N. Arendell Ave., Zebulon. townofzebulon.org.

Durham Art Walk Holiday Market
Nov. 17, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Nov. 18, 1-5 p.m. Start the tour at the Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St., Durham. durhamartwalk.com.

Holiday Crafts Fair at North Carolina State University
Nov. 17, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $2/person, $5/family. Thompson Hall, 210 Jensen Dr., Raleigh. crafts.arts.ncsu.edu/events-and-exhibitions/crafts-fair.

Town of Cary Annual Holiday Craft Show
Nov. 17, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Cary Senior Center, 120 Maury O’Dell Place, Cary. townofcary.org/recreation-enjoyment/events/holiday-events/annual-holiday-arts-crafts-fair.

Winter Wonderland Craft Show
Nov. 17, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Mebane Arts and Community Center, 633 Corregidor St., Mebane. cityofmebane.com.

Christmas Carousel Holiday Gift Market
Nov. 23-24, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Nov. 25, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $9/adult, $5 ages 6-12. Free for ages 5 and younger. Jim Graham Building, North Carolina State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. christmascarousel.com.

Holiday Handmade Pop-Up at Perch 
Nov. 24, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Perch, 106 S. Greensboro St., Ste. E, Carrboro. perch-coworking.com.

Cary Academy Holiday Shoppe
Nov. 29, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Nov. 30, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Dec. 1, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cary Academy, 1500 N. Harrison Ave., Cary. caholidayshoppe.com.

Christmas Holiday Shoppe Craft Show
Dec. 1, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 940 Carmichael St., Chapel Hill. eventbrite.com/e/christmas-holiday-shoppe-craft-show-tickets-50616697906.

Elf Market
Dec. 1, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The ArtsCenter, 300-G E. Main St., Carrboro. artscenterlive.org/outreach/elf-market.

Holiday Bazaar
Dec. 1, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Cleveland High School, 1892 Polenta Rd., Clayton. clevelandhigh.band/2018-bazaar-reg.

Holly Days Extravaganza
Dec. 1, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Dec. 2, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $2/person. Sanderson High School, 5500 Dixon Dr., Raleigh. sites.google.com/view/sandersonhollydays.

Scandinavian Christmas Fair
Dec. 1, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $7. Free for ages 12 and younger. Holshouser Building, North Carolina State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. scanfair.org.

Wake Forest Holiday Artisans Market
Dec. 1, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Renaissance Centre, 405 Brooks St., Wake Forest. artswakeforest.org.

The Bazaar Craft and Art Market
Dec. 2, noon-5 p.m. 140 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. thebazaar.us.

Handmade Hanukkah Market
Dec. 2, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Temple Beth Or, Satisky Hall, 5315 Creedmoor Rd., Raleigh. hanukkahmarket.com.

Carolina Inn Holiday Market
Dec. 2, 9 and 16, noon-5 p.m. Carolina Inn, 211 Pittsboro St., Chapel Hill. carolinainn.com/twelvedays-events.

St. Nicholas European Marketplace
Dec. 7, 5-9 p.m.; Dec. 8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. North Carolina State Fairgrounds, Holshauser Building, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. facebook.com/saintnicholasmarket.

GeekCraft Expo RDU Holiday Market
Dec. 8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Dec. 9, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Register online for free admission; $2 at the door for ages 13 and older. Durham Armory, 220 Foster St., Durham. geekcraftexpo.com/gce-rdu-holiday-2018.

New Brook UMC Craft Bazaar
Dec. 8, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. New Brook United Methodist Church, 265 Old Durham Rd., Roxboro. newbrookumc.org.

RTP Mistletoe Market
Dec. 13, 4-7 p.m. Fifteen percent of profits benefit Code The Dream, a Durham-based nonprofit that provides tech education to young people from minority and immigrant backgrounds. The Frontier, 800 Park Offices Dr., Research Triangle Park. rtp.org.

 

Craft Festivals Farther Afield

Holly Day Fair
Nov. 1, noon-8 p.m.; Nov. 2-3, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Nov. 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $10. The Crown Expo Center, 131 E. Mountain Dr., Fayetteville. hollydayfair.com.

Holiday Market by Gilmore Shows
Nov. 2, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Nov. 3, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Nov. 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults and $1 for ages 6-12. Free for ages 5 and younger. Greensboro Coliseum Complex, 1921 W. Gate City Blvd., Greensboro. gilmoreshows.com/holiday_market.shtml.

Southern Christmas Show
Nov. 8-18. Sunday and Tuesday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; all other days, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Tickets are $4-$13 in advance, $4-$15 at the door. Free for ages 5 and younger. Parking at the center is $8 cash only. The Park Expo and Conference Center, 800 Briar Creek Rd., Charlotte. southernchristmasshow.com.

Mistletoe Magic Holiday Gift Show
Nov. 10, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $4/person and free for ages 12 and younger. Crystal Coast Civic Center, 3505 Arendell St., Morehead City. crystalcoastnc.org/location/mistletoe-magic-holiday-gift-show-2.

’Tis the Season Holiday Fair
Nov. 16-17, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Nov. 18, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $5/person. Free for ages 11 and younger. WNC Ag Center, 1301 Fanning Bridge Rd., Fletcher. wncholidayfair.net.

Winterfest Artisan Market
Nov. 30, 5-8 p.m.; Dec. 1, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Dec. 2, noon-5 p.m. Jacksonville Commons, 100 Recreation Ln., Jacksonville. jacksonvillewinterfest.com.

Poplar Grove Plantation Arts, Crafts and Gifts Show
Dec. 7 and 14, 5-8 p.m.; Dec. 8 and 15, noon-8 p.m.; Dec. 9, and 16, noon-5 p.m. Admission is $5/person. Poplar Grove Plantation, 10200 U.S. Hwy. 17 North, Wilmington. poplargrove.org/festivals/amerrylittlechristmas.

Southport Winter Craft Festival
Dec. 8, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Franklin Square Park, 105 E. West St., Southport. downtownsouthport.com/winter-craft-festival.

*Updated Nov. 19, 2018

 

 
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Sponsor: Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department
Telephone: 919-831-1898
Contact Name: Adam Sproles
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Shake off the winter blues and welcome the spring season! Join us as we spot the early signs of spring from songs to smells. Discover the buds on the trees as we walk around the pond. Then decorate...

Cost: Free

Where:
Crowder County Park
4709 Ten-Ten Road
Apex, NC  27539
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This class is a chance for adventurous women to get together for a fun-filled workshop where we explore the basics of aerial silks. No need for a background in aerial yoga, this is a workshop...

Cost: $25

Where:
Cary Hot Yoga
952 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC  27511
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Sponsor: Cary Hot Yoga
Telephone: 188-858-79530
Contact Name: hoa bui
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Come join us for Nocturnal Night with NC State, a special educational program on the nocturnal wildlife found at Harris Lake County Park! Featuring Parks, Recreation and Tourism students from NC...

Cost: Free

Where:
Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr.
New Hill, NC  27562
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Sponsor: Harris Lake County Park
Telephone: 919-387-4342
Contact Name: Joanne St. Clair
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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is putting on the hilarious, yet sometimes tender, musical production of Seussical on March 15-16 and 22-23. It is a family-friendly show that...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
1050 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
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Sponsor: Durham Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
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Durham Stake presents a family-friendly show featuring favorite Dr. Seuss books all together in one story. Join the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, and many others on a journey through...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
1050 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
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Sponsor: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Contact Name: Bethany Fager
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Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist...

Cost: $25 and up

Where:
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Ziggy is a shy boy who would rather stay at home and watch television than explore the island of Jamaica. Over the course of his onstage journey, with some help from his friend Nansi, he...

Cost: $18/adult, $12 ages 12 and younger

Where:
Raleigh Little Theatre
301 Pogue St.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Queen's timeless rock music is performed live by the North Carolina Symphony. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Meymandi Concert Hall
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Shop for gently used kids' clothing, toys, furniture, baby equipment and more. See the website for shopping hours.

Cost: Free

Where:
Hayes Barton Baptist Church
1800 Glenwood Ave.
Raleigh, NC
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The Cary Kennel Club, Alamance Kennel Club, Durham Kennel Club, Raleigh Kennel Club and Fayetteville Kennel Club join forces to bring dog lovers a variety of dog competitions, obedience and rally...

Cost: $5/person

Where:
North Carolina Fairgrounds
1025 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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The Vernal Equinox signals the beginning of Spring. It is the point when there are exactly 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness at the equator. Mark the change of seasons by heading to the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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This high-flying aviation event features displays and flight activities from the Wright Brothers Flyer to modern aircraft of today.  Activities are geared toward students and school groups...

Cost: $4-$12

Where:
North Carolina Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Drive
Spencer, NC  28159
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Telephone: 704-636-2889
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Enjoy the museum's annual celebration of flowers. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $13/members and $18/nonmembers. Free for ages 6 and younger

Where:
North Carolina Museum of Art
2110 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Telephone: 919-839-6262
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Do you love owls? If so, join us to learn all about them! Discover these amazing raptors' adaptations and why they are important to the ecosystem. We will be practicing our different owl calls and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Enjoy spring open house featuring seven model homes on the tour, as well as kite-flying demonstration by seasoned professionals. Start your tour at the information center, and get ready for...

Cost: Free

Where:
Briar Chapel Information Center
1342 Briar Chapel Parkway
Chapel Hill, NC  27516
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Sponsor: Newland Communities
Telephone: 888-249-9429
Contact Name: Cherith Andes
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Want to get inside Historic Yates Mill? Join us for a half-hour tour (starting at 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30 or 3 p.m.) to view the main power drive and milling machinery while exploring the mill's history...

Cost: $5/Adult, $4/Senior (ages 60+), $3/Child (ages 7-16), kids ages 6 & under: free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Ziggy is a shy boy who would rather stay at home and watch television than explore the island of Jamaica. Over the course of his onstage journey, with some help from his friend Nansi, he...

Cost: $18/adult, $12 ages 12 and younger

Where:
Raleigh Little Theatre
301 Pogue St.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Harris Lake County Park is home to several species of salamanders. Join us as we learn about these elusive amphibians and see some up close. All ages. Meet in the Educational Garden at the picnic...

Cost: Free

Where:
Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr.
New Hill, NC  27562
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Sponsor: Harris Lake County Park
Telephone: 919-387-4342
Contact Name: Joanne St. Clair
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Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist...

Cost: $25 and up

Where:
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Durham Stake presents a family-friendly show featuring favorite Dr. Seuss books all together in one story. Join the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, and many others on a journey through...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
1050 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
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Sponsor: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Contact Name: Bethany Fager
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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is putting on the hilarious, yet sometimes tender, musical production of Seussical on March 15-16 and 22-23. It is a family-friendly show that...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
1050 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
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Sponsor: Durham Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
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The Raleigh Boychoir will reach new heights as our choristers and community present Dr. Tim Sharp’s “High Lonesome Bluegrass Mass.” Welcoming area boys to perform in...

Cost: Free

Where:
First Baptist Church
99 N Salisbury St
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Sponsor: Raleigh Boychoir
Telephone: 919-881-9259
Contact Name: Erin O'Hara
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Ziggy is a shy boy who would rather stay at home and watch television than explore the island of Jamaica. Over the course of his onstage journey, with some help from his friend Nansi, he...

Cost: $18/adult, $12 ages 12 and younger

Where:
Raleigh Little Theatre
301 Pogue St.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Participants develop their naturalist skills and understanding of local nature. Ages 5-8 with parent. Register online. Choose course #121675.

Cost: $8/resident, $10/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Celtic Woman celebrates Ireland's rich musical and cultural heritage, while continuing its remarkable legacy of introducing some of Ireland's most talented singers and musicians onto the...

Cost: $43 and up

Where:
Durham Performing Arts Center
123 Vivian St.
Durham, NC  27701
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Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist...

Cost: $25 and up

Where:
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Shop for gently used kids' clothing, toys, furniture, baby equipment and more. See the website for shopping hours.

Cost: Free

Where:
Hayes Barton Baptist Church
1800 Glenwood Ave.
Raleigh, NC
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