leahjamison apronsThe Villages is a wonderful, relaxing place with unique surroundings, sights and sounds and we just love hanging out with our friends there during the craft festivals. This weekend at The Villages Craft Festival, we’re saying hello to November with over 150 artists sharing their crafts and artistic pieces. There is nothing you won’t find at this craft festival: jewelry, apparel, functional and decorative ceramics, paintings, handmade soaps, furniture, mixed media pieces, decorative art pieces and so much more! So get your holiday lists ready because you may just finish up all of your holiday shopping here in the Spanish Springs town square in The Villages!

Things to Do Before and After the Craft Festival

But, you know, The Villages Craft Festival wouldn’t be the rousing success it has been without the participation of our artists, the support of our friends and followers, and the generosity of The Villages and the business owners in Spanish Springs Town Square. From restaurants to movie theaters, from golf shops to candy stores, there is something for everyone at Spanish Springs, and those who come for the craft festivals and stay for the stores, restaurants and the live entertainment in the square later on at night are always glad that they did. Here are some of our favorite things to do after we’ve had a fun day of visiting with crafters and shopping for unique crafts and arts handmade in the U.S.

Take a walk around the square. There is just nothing like the beautiful architecture and theme of Spanish Springs. The center courtyard features an interesting fountain, plenty of benches and seating, and a gazebo where bands play every single night to deliver some quality entertainment. Expect to see area residents getting down and getting funky as they dance the night away in the town square. Also, expect yourself to join them — you won’t be able to contain the happiness.


Check out the golf carts! Yes, there are tons of golf carts in The Villages – in fact, almost everyone gets around in one because it’s just so practical. Chances are you’ll end up looking at lots and lots of carts, but believe us, it’s a lot more fun than it sounds. Because for every “ordinary” looking cart, there are about 10 that are adorable, funky or just plain awesome. Look for the ones that look like antique cars and other unusual things.

Catch a flick at the movie theater. The movie theater is beautiful and, located in one of the far corners of the square, it’s away enough that the goings-on in the courtyard don’t interfere with the cinema experience. The movies that play here are both mainstream and independent, and it’s a great way to unwind after a great day of craft shopping and mingling with artists.

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Two words: Kilwin’s. Fudge. Yes, we left the candy for last because … well, it’s pretty much the most delicious candy you will ever have. The folks at Kilwin’s are friendly, the air is sweet and did we mention all of the candy? There’s also ice cream and for the sugar-free set, congratulations — the yummiest candy in the world also comes in varieties you can enjoy. Whether you’re a chocolate person, a peanut butter fudge lover or a marzipan fan, there is something for everyone at this sweet spot in Spanish Springs.Take a leisurely lunch or dinner at one of the amazing restaurants. If you’re into the well-known staples, Ruby Tuesday and Panera offer some good options. But if you’re looking forward to trying something new, there’s plenty of that too. Luigino’s is a great spot for good old-fashioned Italian fare, while Katie Belle’s offers some great meat choices. Mexican food lovers can check out Ay! Jalisco while seafood and Caribbean food lovers can check out Margarita Republic.


Come see us at The Villages Craft Festival this weekend, Nov. 2-3 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Spanish Springs Town Square. Admission is free for all ages and open to the public. To learn more about this and many other festivals coming up in November, join our social media community on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter, and visit our website at or email us at

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