Spring Arts and Crafts Event Brings in Top Talent

The 2018 Spring Festival: An Arts and Crafts Affair will run from April 13-15 at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn.
The 2018 Spring Festival: An Arts and Crafts Affair will run from April 13-15 at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn.

People often come back to The Spring Festival: An Arts and Crafts Affair year after year.

But it’s never the same old, same old.

“The exhibitors are always really good about keeping up with the current trends and colors,” said Jennifer Foland, event coordinator for organizers Huffman Productions, Inc. “They really are at the top of their game.”

The three-day event returns to Canterbury Park from April 13-15, with about 500 exhibitors from 30 different states showing off their wares.

“These are the most talented artists and crafters in the country,” Foland said.

Just like the artisans themselves, planners work to keep the event fresh each year, Foland said. A panel selects the exhibitors, ensuring 25 percent are new for the event, and limits the number in each artistic medium.

“That way, customers when they come through the door will be able to see their favorites, but also see something new, as well,” Foland said.

People often make a day of the Spring Festival — getting a group of friends together, shopping for a few hours, then enjoying everything Canterbury Park has to offer, Foland said.

“It’s a festive, fun atmosphere,” she said.

The event, which has been voted one of the top 100 shows in the country by Sunshine Artist Magazine, also features:

  • A rotating cast of musicians
  • Hourly gift certificate drawings
  • Food and drink for sale

 

Over the years, Foland said she has seen mothers and daughters come to The Spring Festival: An Arts and Crafts Affair, only to see the daughter pushing a stroller a few years later.

The 2018 Spring Festival: An Arts and Crafts Affair will run from April 13-15 at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn.
The 2018 Spring Festival: An Arts and Crafts Affair brings out some of the nations top crafters and artisans.

“It’s generations of people,” she said. “It’s definitely family-friendly.”

The most common question Foland gets is how long shoppers generally stay. It’s typically 3-4 hours, she said.

Foland’s parents, who were arts-and-crafters, founded the company more than 35 years ago after going to shows. She said her father didn’t like the way they were organized.

“So they made up their own rules,” Foland said.

And while she said she appreciates the talent of the exhibitors, Foland is not much of a crafter herself.

“My brain doesn’t work on the artistic side,” she said with a laugh.

Details

Show Hours

Friday, April 13 – 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Saturday, April 14 – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday, April 15 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission

Adults: $9

Seniors: $8

Children under 10 get in free

Parking is free

Fall Arts and Crafts Festival: A Gift Extravaganza

Autumn FestivalIf you need a unique, personalized or distinctive gift this holiday season, look no further.

The Autumn Festival, An Arts & Crafts Affair is coming up at Canterbury Park. The event gives you a chance to get handcrafted items that you won’t be able to find anywhere else.

The four-day event–which begins Thursday, Nov. 9 and runs through Sunday, Nov. 12–brings out hundreds of the nation’s finest crafters, displaying and selling their wares. Some of the goods can be tailored to customers’ requests on the spot.

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More than 4 million people have attended the festivals since their inception about 34 years ago.

“The artists and crafters thrive on producing something new and different each year and love to talk to the customers about their creative inspirations, their talents and skills,” said Jim Huffman, part of the team that organizes the festivals. “Many of these exhibitors travel extensively, so are only in each city when they are invited to show at our festivals.”

The Autumn Festival has been voted one of the top 100 shows in the country by Sunshine Artist Magazine. Including fall and spring events, more than 4.2 million people have attended these shows over the past 34 years.

“This annual event has grown to be a customer favorite tradition,” Huffman said.

The Autumn Festival also includes:

  • Entertainment

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    Need a unique gift this holiday season? The Autumn Festival offers something for everyone.
  • Hourly $30 gift certificate drawings
  • Food and drink

 

From multimedia projects to handmade jewelry to sculptures, the event has something for everyone. With the holidays approaching, people will be able to check out a number of seasonal gifts and one-of-a-kind decorations.

“You’ll find unique art, personalized gifts, jewelry, ornaments, home décor, whimsical and repurposed works, clothing, children’s items, purses, gourmet food and so much more,” Huffman said. “A wide price range fits the upscale buyer or someone on a budget.”

Details

Hours

Thursday and Friday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission

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Some items for sale at the event can be personalized by the artist on the spot.

  • Adults: $9
  • Seniors: $8
  • Children under 10: Free

 

On-site tickets must be purchased with cash. Advance tickets can be purchased with a card. Visit the event website for details.

Parking is free. Exhibitors choose their own forms of payment.