Saturday, October 24th – Sunday, October 25th Show Hours 10am – 5pm Click Here to RSVP   Downtown Sarasota’s popular fall art and craft festival returns October 24th – 25th, 2015 and will once again strive to raise awareness for Breast Cancer Research. Many exhibitors will be featuring art and gift items inspired by the fight against Breast Cancer in hopes of raising awareness and will also wear pink in [...]

Preparations are well underway for the debut of ArtRageous: Downtown Boca’s Art & Craft Festival slated for October 10th -11th, 2015. Produced by Howard Alan Events and hosted by Downtown Boca, this two-day outdoor gallery style street festival will showcase the work of the finest artists and crafters in the country selected among hundreds of applicants for their quality original artwork. Many of the exhibitors will be featuring artwork in [...]

Downtown Delray Beach welcomes back its signature fall craft festival this weekend. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and just like every year, Howard Alan Events and American Craft Endeavors is saying “yes” to spreading awareness about this terrible disease. Participating artists are creating amazing pieces inspired by the cause with proceeds going to cancer research and visitors are encouraged to join in and wear their favorite pink gear in support. [...]

This two-day outdoor craft showcase features a wide variety of original crafts and unique gift items. The exhibitors are carefully selected from hundreds of applicants in order to ensure a superior event featuring diverse art media and the highest quality of handmade art and crafts. Admission is free and open to the public. American Craft Endeavors has had the privilege of bringing top national crafters to The Villages for more [...]

With fall fast approaching, there is no doubt that folks will be flocking to their local art and craft festivals in search of seasonal treasures for their homes and their families. This Saturday and Sunday, residents of the beautiful town of Punta Gorda will have a chance to head to Sullivan Street for a weekend of the finest crafts, art pieces and much more at the 18th Annual Punta Gorda [...]

It’s hard to believe that the end of summer is almost here – it feels like it was just yesterday that summer began! As kids start school again and life gets busy, it’s important to remember that the arrival of fall doesn’t have to mean we stop having fun. Fall weekends are a great time to spend time with friends and family, and what better way to enjoy that family time [...]

As much as we have enjoyed our little craft festival hiatus in favor of some fun in the sun, we’re anxious to get back to doing what we really love here at American Craft Endeavors. With that, we’re excited to join you in ushering in the month of September in beautiful Downtown Venice, Florida, for the 7th Annual Venice Craft Festival. Join us Sept. 5-6 from 10 a.m. to 4 [...]

Since American Craft Endeavors is taking a little break from the craft festival circuit until September, when we will be at the Downtown Venice Craft Festival, we thought you might find it useful to use this time between shows to review your marketing strategy. Do you have all of the tools you need to market your craft business properly? Today’s vast online resources make it easier than ever to market [...]

This weekend’s 3rd Annual Madeira Beach Craft Festival is another chance for you and yours to plan a fun beach mini-getaway. Every week we share with you all the reasons why you should come to an American Craft Endeavors craft show. This week, however, we thought we’d go over some beach essentials you need to not only make your craft festival experience a success, but to extend that further into [...]

Dunedin, Florida is a town of traditions, and its yearly events and festivals reflect that. From Scottish pride to Mardi Gras fun, Dunedin’s quaint and beautiful South Florida charm serves as an interesting and fun backdrop for all of the excitement that goes on year-round. This weekend, as we prepare for the 13th Annual Downtown Dunedin Craft Festival, we share with you some of the Dunedin traditional events that take [...]

Family time is everything, especially during very special holidays, and craft festivals provide the perfect opportunity to celebrate that bond. Crafters, live entertainment, food, shopping and fun are all part of the agenda, but spending quality time together in a beautiful setting is really the ultimate goal. American Craft Endeavors is so proud to be able to bring you that. Father’s Day is this Sunday! Why not celebrate the dads [...]

It’s no secret that we love St. Armands Circle in Sarasota. We look forward to our craft festivals, like this weekend’s 14th Annual St. Armands Circle Craft Festival, in that little corner of South Florida for many reasons. If you’ve been a loyal patron of our Sarasota craft festivals, you know what those reasons are. But what about those who have never been to our festivals? What can they expect [...]

We can’t believe there are just a couple of weeks left of spring! Say hello to the first summer month of the year at the 22nd Annual St. Pete Beach Beach Corey Area Craft Festival, happening Saturday and Sunday June 6-7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Corey Avenue and Gulf Boulevard in St. Pete Beach. Crafters from all over the U.S. come together for a weekend of great [...]

Who doesn’t love summer beach days in Florida? Gorgeous beaches, decadent breezes, cool waves, and all the fun in the sun you can handle. Those perfect days are just around the corner, and we want to help you get in the spirit of them at the 18th Annual Downtown Delray Beach Craft Festival! Downtown Delray Beach is the ideal place to get in the mood for beach living this summer. [...]

Sure, every day is Mother’s Day, but the second weekend in May is a time for us to remember our moms and give them an extra special “Thank You” for being so wonderful. This year, why not treat your mom to the gift of handcrafted, homemade goodies made with love from some of the best crafters in South Florida and beyond? The 12th Annual Downtown Sarasota Craft Fair is the [...]

They say it’s better to give than to receive and so this weekend we dare you to go to the 6th Annual The Villages Craft Festival at La Plaza Grande and buy nothing for yourself—only for others! It’s a daunting task and we’ll ask you to make no promises. But try. As you walk by the vendors, crafts men and women, and artists of various media … think about WHO [...]

As American Craft Endeavors moves through the spring craft season straight into summer, we’re all about sharing the joy of crafting with our patrons. This Saturday and Sunday, we’ll be sharing that joy with the folks in Stuart, Florida, as they gear up for the 18th Annual Downtown Stuart Craft Fair. For two days, patrons will have a chance to meet talented crafters and take home one-of-a-kind handcrafted treasures to [...]

As crafters, we find ourselves experiencing what we like to call “crafter’s block”: You know you want to create, you’ve got your beads and your string ready to go…then nothing but creative crickets. What gives? A number of factors can interfere with our ability to be crafty, whether we’re doing home goods or pottery. Although this post focuses on the things you can do to shake the cobwebs and create [...]

This year’s Siesta Fiesta celebration is around the corner, and this year you’ll not only get to meet painters, sculptors and photographers, but also crafters of all kinds! Whether you’re a functional ceramic collector, a handmade apparel fan or just a lover of all things uniquely crafted, Siesta Key Village is the destination for you this weekend. This Saturday and Sunday in Sarasota from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., join [...]

In case you didn’t catch the news, U.S. Census data revealed last week that, for the second year in a row, The Villages is the fastest-growing metro area in the country (Source: Tampa Bay Times). This is good news for the merchants, business owners and residents of this Central Florida retirement hot spot, but it’s GREAT news for us here at American Craft Endeavors. Why? Because among the booming numbers, craft lovers from all over the country will be flocking to one of [...]

If you’re a crafter who regularly participates in professional craft shows like this weekend’s 2nd Annual Lakeland Craft Festival, chances are you already have a booth setup that you’re comfortable with. But are you getting the most out of it? Whether you’re a craft show newbie or a veteran, it’s important to remember that a great booth setup can greatly maximize your chances for selling success. You want to give [...]

Spring is just around the corner, and with it the color trends we love so much. From jewelry to clothing, keeping up with color trends helps you stay stylish, vibrant, and in season. This year, Pantone has announced its Spring Color Trends for 2015, and we’re really loving the bright but mellow vibe hitting this season. Whether you’re a crafter looking for some color inspiration or a craft lover in [...]

Are you a jewelry lover? If so, you know that every season is a new opportunity to find trends you love to go along with your favorite fashions. Still, there are some staples that are must-haves for every jewelry collector. Those staples will take you through the seasons and become irreplaceable, timeless pieces to be cherished for generations. Whether you are updating your jewelry box to include the essentials you’re [...]

POP QUIZ: What do spring cleaning and crafting have in common? We’re sure you’ve got tons of junk in your attic, basement or closet that you have no use for. When you can’t donate something, and you can’t really use it, the best solution is to throw it away, right? WRONG! Your trash can quickly become your treasure as you find crafting projects that can bring cherished gadgets and gizmos [...]

Sure, it’s still winter in many places around the U.S. (we’re looking at you, Northeast). But in our minds, we’re already looking forward to the sights, sounds and scents of spring! Why wait? This weekend, at the 6th Annual The Villages Craft Festival, start building your collection of natural scents with handmade soaps, lotions, and candles by some of our favorite participating crafters. We all love indulging in products that [...]

If a relaxing and soul inspiring weekend is what you’re seeking this Valentine’s Day weekend, make a short drive from the Tampa area to Dunedin, Florida, to enjoy the 23rd Annual Downtown Dunedin Craft Festival.   Crafters and artisans from all over America will be displaying their creative pieces in this quaint downtown, which was voted America’s “Most Walkable Small City” by the RunThePlanet.com survey. While strolling the serene Dunedin downtown [...]

The hot holiday this month is creeping up quickly — this weekend is the last shopping weekend before Valentine’s Day. You might not think that a craft show is the place to find manly gifts, but we beg to differ! At this weekend’s 21st Annual Siesta Key Craft Festival in Sarasota, Fl., you can find all kinds of cool, fun things to bring a smile to your honey’s face. Here [...]

How are you liking 2015 so far? We certainly can’t complain! January has been jam-packed with excellent shows from both Howard Alan Events and our sister division, American Craft Endeavors. Thank you to our patrons, artists, crafters, sponsors, vendors and supporters all over Florida and the U.S. We pride ourselves in producing arts and crafts festivals that families will love, and it is because of the overwhelming support we receive [...]

When it comes to Florida’s most beautiful little towns, we can’t deny we have a soft spot in our hearts for Venice, Florida. A town of such rich and interesting history, we always look forward to being in Venice for fine craft fun. So yes, we are very excited about our stop there this weekend for the 8th Annual Downtown Venice Craft Festival. This Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. [...]

As we ready ourselves to descend upon beautiful Sullivan Street this weekend for the 18th Annual Punta Gorda Sullivan Street Craft Festival, we hope that you’ll help us spread the word! With a variety of unique, handcrafted items by talented artisans at great prices, and lots of excitement and fun at one of our favorite Florida venues, you just can’t go wrong. Plus, all of it is free and open [...]

For 20 years, St. Pete Beach’s Corey Area has been one of our favorite spots to relax, interact with locals, and introduce folks to some of the best crafters today. This weekend, we’re excited to be back in one of our most treasured Gulf Coast venues for the 21st Annual St. Pete Beach Corey Area Craft Festival. Come visit us Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. as crafters [...]

We can hardly believe that 2015 is here — what a year it has been! So many shows started and continued in 2014, and we couldn’t have done it without the encouragement and support of our crafters, patrons and friends. Of course, we all know this is a time for setting goals and making resolutions, and at American Craft Endeavors, we hope your resolutions involve supporting local crafters by attending [...]

As 2014 draws to a close, American Craft Endeavors is thankful for the support of our patrons, participating crafters and friends. It’s been an exciting year and we have been fortunate to share it all with you. That’s why Dec. 27-28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., we want you and your family to join us in saying goodbye to the old year and welcoming the new one at the [...]

Can you believe it’s already December? We are approaching the end of the year and, with that, we usher in our holiday period here at American Craft Endeavors. That means our show season is slowing down for a couple of weeks, which means that this weekend’s 20th Annual St. Pete Beach Corey Area Craft Festival is your last chance for some one-of-a-kind, eclectic gift shopping before festivities are set to [...]

From our American Craft Endeavors family to yours, we hope you’re having a wonderful Thanksgiving week and that you enjoy your time spent with loved ones this holiday. As we gear up for the cooking and cleaning frenzy that precedes and follows the most delicious meal of the year, we want to take this time to reflect on the things we are thankful for this holiday season. One of the [...]

Those of us fortunate enough to live in a place as beautiful as Florida know that there are few locations more breathtaking than those found on the west coast of the state. One of those places, brimming with majestic poinciana trees, beautiful charming homes and the best sunsets this side of the U.S., is Bradenton Beach, Florida — more specifically, Anna Maria Island. This weekend, American Craft Endeavors is pleased [...]

Downtown Dunedin is beautiful this time of year, so, naturally, American Craft Endeavors is heading to this little South Florida getaway once again for the 22nd Annual Downtown Dunedin Craft Festival. And what a perfect time it is for a craft festival to come to town! After all, it’s the holiday season. That means everyone is searching for that perfect gift to show they care, which makes this weekend’s craft [...]

Breathtaking natural landscapes, gorgeous beaches, charming ambiance … the town of Juno Beach in South Florida has everything you’d want in a fall weekend getaway. And while the beach may not be the first place you think of when fall comes around, the good news is that it still makes for a beautiful place to visit, especially in sunny, snow-free Florida. There won’t be any snow, but there will be [...]

Fall is in the air, and as Florida gets hit with the crisp, cool weather that characterizes these early days of the holiday season, we grow increasingly excited for Thanksgiving in just a few short weeks. Of course, this also means that holiday shopping is upon us, which means crowded malls and department stores. Why not adopt a change of pace? Instead of joining the heavy holiday crowds to buy [...]

      What is your favorite thing about the fall season? Don’t ask us — we can’t pick just one! We love the cool, crisp weather, the ridiculously blue skies and the season’s changing colors (although we don’t get much of that here in Florida). We could go on about everything from pumpkin-flavored stuff to our favorite cozy sweaters, but really, for us, the most exciting part of fall at [...]

With its hundred-plus restaurants, dozens of cool shops and a wide variety of entertainment, Downtown Delray Beach has always been one of our favorite artsy spots to visit at American Craft Endeavors. We are so stoked to be heading to Florida’s very own ‘village by the sea’ for the 20th Annual Downtown Delray Beach Craft Festival. Come and find out how this beachy town has kept its small town feel. [...]

Guess what, friends! We’re just a few days away from the 15th Annual Downtown Stuart Craft Festival! It’s the perfect way to spend a fall weekend, especially now that Florida temperatures have dipped a little bit and you can really enjoy the crisp air. We don’t know about you, but we can’t wait to pull out our favorite pair of jeans, grab a cozy long-sleeved top and head to this [...]

Can you believe it’s been 20 years since Howard Alan Events and American Craft Endeavors started the Downtown Sarasota Art and Craft Festival? It’s been a whirlwind of talented friends, loyal visitors and beautiful art, and at HAE/ACE, we’re thrilled to continue bringing Sarasota residents the best in arts and crafts year after year. You probably know Sarasota for its gorgeous beaches, breathtaking architecture and incomparable hospitality. Known for its [...]

The 5th Annual Villages Craft Festival is returning to beautiful Colony Plaza with all of the original, handcrafted goodness you love to find at an American Craft Endeavors show. Whether you are a crafter or just a craft enthusiast, there is something for everyone at every ACE craft festival, and The Villages Craft Festival at Colony Plaza will be no exception. Last year, we told you all about some little-known [...]

Just a few more days before the 17th Annual Punta Gorda Sullivan St. Craft Festival is finally here, and we’re so excited to be back in this beautiful South Florida spot! As American Craft Endeavors embarks on another incredible craft festival, there is no question that your success is what we’re aiming  for. After all, we know that you’re not only sharing your talents with visitors, but you’re also running [...]

It’s hard to believe that the end of summer is almost here – it feels like it was just yesterday that summer began! As kids start school again and life gets busy, it’s important to remember that the arrival of fall doesn’t have to mean we stop having fun. Fall weekends are a great time to spend time with friends and family, and what better way to enjoy that family time [...]

Looking for a fun and meaningful way to bring your loved ones together this holiday season? Learning a craft together is a very empowering and bonding activity. Families, friends and neighbors have been coming together for thousands of years to craft handmade items. It fosters creativity and creates lasting community bonds. You could create a quilting or crochet circle, make handmade gifts or decorations for the holidays, or knit something [...]

In this digital age of instant communication, the amount of information constantly streaming into your world can leave you in a state of low level anxiety and it can occasionally leave you feeling overwhelmed. Constant stress has been scientifically linked to a weakened immune system, insufficient sleep and a higher susceptibility to illness. Well-accepted natural remedies for managing stress like meditation and exercise help provide an outlet, as well as [...]

What a perfect way to spend a lazy, long weekend. Get up a little later than usual, have some late breakfast, then take an easy stroll through aisles of white tents—and find that thing you just can’t live without. Madeira Beach is a cozy beachfront town just northwest of St. Petersburg, Fl. It is home to the world famous John’s Pass Village and Boardwalk. After you leave the festival, just [...]

Where is Dunedin, you ask? It’s a lovely little city just west of Tampa Bay, in Florida. This weekend’s 12th Annual Downtown Dunedin Craft Festival is set in the lovely historic area of downtown Dunedin, known for Dunedin Brewery, Florida’s oldest microbrewery. If you’re a history buff, you’ll want to make time on Saturday to squeeze in a visit to the Dunedin Museum, named Best Historical Museum in the Tampa [...]