It's time to get crafty in northwest Arkansas! Join the more than 250,000 craft enthusiasts from across the nation that will soon be making their way to northwest Arkansas to attend arts and craft fairs across the region. Top artists and craftsmen from all over the United States come to northwest Arkansas to show and sell their hand-made wares in the renowned craft fairs held each May and October. It's the perfect time of year to start shopping for holiday gifts and decorations, plus enjoy the scenic drive around northwest Arkansas, which is why assignment #11 in the 100 Things To Do in Rogers series is getting crafty at the local craft fairs!
Hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the nation will be shopping for hand-made
pottery and quilts, stained glass, baskets, jewelry, artwork, handspun sugary treats, home decor (the list can go on and on!), while meeting and sometimes watching the artisans at work. Spread throughout Northwest Arkansas, what's historically known as the "War Eagle Weekend" includes numerous arts & crafts fairs. The fairs are open rain or shine! For a map and listing of all spring and fall fairs, stop by the Rogers Visitor's Center at 317 W. Walnut St. or call 479-636-1240 to request one.
2013 Fall Craft Fairs
War Eagle Mill Arts and Crafts Fair
6:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: 11045 War Eagle Rd., Rogers
War Eagle Mill
While visiting the craft fair at War Eagle, be sure to take a break from shopping and watch the mill near the historic War Eagle Bridge. Browse the gift shop for crafts, baskets, Arkansas jams and jellies and stone-ground whole grain meals and mixes.
The War Eagle Fair
8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: War Eagle Mills Farm, 11036 High Sky Inn Road, War Eagle, AR
Sharp's Show of War Eagle
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: On War Eagle River off Hwy. 303 and Hwy. 12 - East of Rogers
Frisco Station Mall Arts and Crafts Fair
10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: 100 N. Dixieland, Rogers
Ozark Regional Arts & Crafts Festival
9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Rogers Location: John Q. Hammons Center (Embassy Suites), Rogers
Springdale Location: NWA Convention Center, Springdale
Spanker Creek Farm Arts & Crafts Fair
8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: 8464 W. McNelly Rd. (1/2 mile east of Walgreens in Bentonville)
Bella Vista Arts & Crafts Festival
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: Hwy. 279 South & Hwy. 340, Bella Vista
Jones Center Arts and Crafts Festival
9 a.m. - 8 p.m. (Thursday & Friday), 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. (Saturday)
Location: 922 E. Emma, Springdale
Where to Stay and Where to Dine
Need a place to stay while in town? Visit www.stayinrogers.com for a complete listing of Rogers hotels. If you are looking for other places to shop or a place to eat, check out this previous post on the various shopping districts in town. It's chalk-full of great information for your visit!
What's your favorite item you've bought at a craft fair? Decorations? Favorite holiday item?