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. [...]

The new year continues to bring us lots of joy and excitement — so many great shows so far! Thank you all for making Howard Alan Events art festivals a celebrated tradition in places like Las Olas, Delray Beach and Boca Raton. We couldn’t do it without you! This weekend, we celebrate another festival tradition, this time in Sarasota — the 12th Annual St. Armands Art Festival! For over a [...]

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 [...]

As we approach this weekend’s 26th Annual Downtown Delray Beach Festival of the Arts, we are grateful for the outpouring of support and involvement from patrons, sponsors and artists. These days, with technology advancing at a rapid pace and online communication practically taking over the world, we’ve become much more conscious of the importance of building and maintaining our online communities. We know you spend time on Facebook. Some of you [...]

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 [...]

Howard Alan Events’ two-festival extravaganza is happening this weekend, with the 28th Annual Boca Fest taking place in Boca Raton, and at the same time with the 18th Annual Downtown Dunedin Art Festival happening across the way in the Gulf Coast town of Dunedin. This lovely town welcomes us many times throughout the year, and each time is as delightful as the last. Folks from both Florida coasts will have [...]

Guess what time it is, friends? IT’S BOCA FEST TIME! This weekend, we’re thrilled to be returning for our 28th year in Boca Raton for Boca Fest, one of our most popular shows here at Howard Alan Events. Indeed, this is a celebration of artistic talent that includes everything you can think of, from the opportunity to shop for your collection, to the chance to meet and greet some of [...]

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 [...]

Happy New Year! Did you have a great holiday season? We did too! In fact, we spent the holidays gearing up for an exciting 2015, with great shows featuring the best artists in the nation. This Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 3-4, help us get the year started with a bang at the 27th Annual Las Olas Art Fair in Fort Lauderdale. We’ve planned a weekend filled with talented artists, contest [...]

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 [...]

The closing of every year always leaves us here at Howard Alan Events amazed — at the great deal of generosity and support we have received from artists and patrons alike, at the increasingly rousing success of our art festivals and, let’s face it, at the fact that it seemed like it was just yesterday we were getting ready to kick off 2014 and now here we are, approaching 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 [...]

All of us here at Howard Alan Events know that this Thanksgiving season is about more than just turkey, football and pie. Thanksgiving is a time for family, to experience the little moments and be grateful for the presence of family in our lives. Now, we know that the peace of Thanksgiving day may be interrupted the next day by the chaos of Black Friday holiday shopping, but rather than [...]

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 [...]

West Palm Beach is getting a special treat this weekend as Howard Alan Events debuts a new fall festival with its CityPlace Fine Art and Plant Show this Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 22-23, starting at 10 a.m. in the beautifully trendy CityPlace shopping district. With so many shops, restaurants and family-friendly spots, CityPlace is the perfect location for one of our newest and most exciting shows in South Florida. We [...]

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 [...]

Jacksonville art lovers, rejoice! It’s time again for one of the most popular art festivals in Florida. This year, we will continue in our new tradition for the 15th Annual San Marco Art Festival, happening this weekend, Saturday, Nov. 15 and Sunday, Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the San Marco neighborhood. These past couple of weeks we’ve been reminding you to check out the art festivals [...]

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 [...]

As we return to Sarasota this weekend for the 26th Annual St. Armands Art Festival, we can’t help but notice this deliciously cool November we are currently enjoying in Florida. Can you believe it’s already November? Thanksgiving is just around the corner … and that’s just the beginning! With a couple of major holidays on the horizon, it’s really time to pen a list and start the holiday shopping. Jewelry, [...]

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 [...]

November is finally here and we’re finally changing up our shorts and tanks in favor of slightly warmer, cozier clothes (only slightly, though — it is Florida, after all…). Put on your cozy sweaters and come greet November with Howard Alan Events at the 27th Annual Downtown Venice Art Festival, happening this Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 1 & 2, from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. in beautiful West Venice Avenue. With [...]

Tampa is one of our favorite places in the country: From Bayshore to Tampa Bay, from the minarets on top of the Henry B. Plant museum to the historical buildings in Ybor City, Tampa’s laid-back ambiance makes it the ideal place for those who love the arts. That’s why we’re thrilled to be celebrating 25 wonderful years of unforgettable art festivals this weekend at the Hyde Park Village Art Fair. [...]

      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 [...]

Let it never be said that a gift you give a child today won’t make a difference tomorrow. Brothers Michael and Brian Jasinski, our Featured Artists for the 27th Annual Cadillac Las Olas Art Fair, discovered their love of photography thanks to their stepdad, who gave Michael a camera when he was a young boy. He took a photography class in high school and soon discovered the power of interpreting [...]

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and just like every year, Howard Alan Events 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. Our social media family is spreading the word about Pinktober! This weekend, at the 27th [...]

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 [...]

Last year was the first year Howard Alan Events presented one of its prestigious art festivals in the Arlington area of Virginia. After 12 years of extraordinarily successful art festivals in nearby Alexandria, it made sense to bring another festival to the art lovers of Virginia. Virginia is one of the most beautiful places to be in the U.S. when the changing colors of the fall season hit. We may [...]

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 [...]

The very exciting Alexandria King Street Art Festival is returning to Alexandria, Virginia, this weekend for its 12th year. This particular art festival is one that has garnered national attention as being a top art festivals in the United States. In fact just this month, it was just ranked number 22 by Sunshine Artist magazine, the nation’s leading publication for art and craft shows, for “Best of Sunshine Artist.” Come [...]

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 [...]

The whole family can enjoy some art and culture when the 17th Annual Shadyside…The Art Festival on Walnut Street returns to Shadyside this weekend. This delightful event, which started out as a humble street fair, has become the prevailing summer art event at Shadyside in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It’s this Saturday and Sunday, August 23rd and 24th from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and taking place along Walnut Street, between South [...]

Nestled between Breckenridge and Copper Mountain is the charming mountain town of Frisco, Colorado. It’s the host of many popular events, shows and community gatherings, gaining the nickname “Main Street to the Rockies.” Howard Alan Events is proud to bring back the Main Street to the Rockies Art Festival for the eighth straight year, this Saturday, August 9th and Sunday the 10th, 2014, from 10:00AM – 5:00PM. The art festival [...]

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 [...]

Experience Awe-Inspiring Art in “Heart of the Valley” If you are ready for a weekend of gorgeous weather, breathtaking art and picturesque mountain views, make sure to attend the 27th Annual Beaver Creek Art Festival in Avon, Colorado this Saturday, August 2nd and Sunday, August 3rd from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Known as the “Heart of the Valley” Avon serves as a gateway to the prestigious Alpine village of [...]

In the 1940s Walter and Elizabeth Paepcke had a vision for a community that embodied mind, body and spirit, which helped the once mining town of Aspen, Colorado, begin a civic and cultural renaissance. This vision, known as the “Aspen Idea,” along with the town’s majestic mountain location, lead to it becoming the world-renown recreational and cultural mecca that it is today. For those of you who are seeking an [...]

It’s no mystery why Enrique Suarez makes his home in the Chicago area. His love of the Windy City is evident in much of the art he creates. He is the Featured Artist for this weekend’s 23rd Annual Chicago Tribune North Michigan Avenue Art Festival, and for good reason. This year, Enrique has been innovating a new style. His latest work combines realism with more of a cartoonist style. Each [...]

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 [...]

If there’s a pending occasion and buying a gift is imperative, consider buying art but consider it wisely. Not just any art will do, there are several things to consider. Here we outline a few. Does the recipient already have a favorite artist they collect? Many people are quite dedicated to a particular artist, collecting their work extensively and perhaps exclusively. Then, your task will be to find something they [...]

We’re getting ready for a truly spectacular 3-day show next month in the famous Windy City. Back for our 23rd year, Howard Alan Events has the pleasure of producing the Chicago Tribune North Michigan Avenue Art Festival, one of our longest running shows, July 11th, 12th and 13th, 2014. It is consistently rated one of the top 100 outdoor juried art festivals by Sunshine Artist magazine. Wind That Won’t Topple [...]

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 [...]

You can’t really talk about St. Armands Circle without mentioning the historical association with John Ringling, the famous circus magnate. It was Ringling that bought the group of islands, now called St. Armands Key, just off Sarasota, Fl. In the 20s, Ringling had lofty plans for an elite shopping area with the finest shops, restaurants and hotels. He dredged the area and built the bridge that connects the island to [...]

The Featured Artist for Crocker Park Art Fair this weekend is the talented Maria Reyes-Jones. She knew in college that she wanted to be an artist professionally and so she is. When she speaks of her life as an artist, she calls it a “fun, good life.” Not only does she paint to provide a pleasurable experience to the people who view her paintings—but she does it to entertain herself! [...]

American Craft Endeavors will be at St. Pete Beach’s Corey Area again this weekend, with some of the finest artists and craftsmen in Florida. What a great way to spend the weekend, visiting tent after tent of cool stuff to look at, chatting up the creative individuals selling their wares, picking up a few things you just can’t live without… Followed by tasty cocktails as the sun goes down (or [...]

In this area of the country known for horse racing, you’ll want to slow your pace this weekend to make sure you enjoy all that Louisville, Ky., has to offer. Howard Alan Events returns to horse country for some family-friendly outdoor art and shopping fun. The Louisville Festival of the Arts will be held at Paddock Shops, formerly the Summit, a shopping center that exemplifies “Setting The Pace.” Not only [...]