(credit: Arapahoe County Fair)(credit: Arapahoe County Fair)
Whether you want to get a jump on your holiday shopping or are looking for one-of-a-kind pieces for yourself, a craft show is an excellent place for finding these pieces. At these festivals, customers can purchase anything from fine art to clothing to hand made jewelry. Each show features a wide array of artists and crafters, so you will likely find something different at each stop. Mark your calendar and take advantage of the following craft shows and arts festivals.
Arapahoe County Fair 
Arapahoe County Fairgrounds
25690 E. Quincy Ave.
Aurora, CO 80016
(303) 795-4955
www.arapahoecountyfair.com

Dates: July 28-31, 2016 at 4 p.m. Thursday and 11 a.m. Friday through Sunday

A popular annual event featuring carnival rides, vendors from all over the county, 4-H activities, a rodeo and many different vendors, the Arapahoe County Fair is a fun event for the entire family. Fans of hand crafted goods have a variety of local vendors showcasing their merchandise. The rest of the family can take advantage of food, rides, live entertainment and more, leaving you free to peruse the merchandise. Tickets are available at the door for $15, and parking is $5.

Denver Urban Market
Skyline Park
16th St. and Arapahoe
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 272-7467
www.urbanmarketdenver.com

Date: Through October 20, check website

Throughout the summer, Denver’s Skyline Park is converted into an Urban Market, with booths from vendors of all types, including a variety of crafts. The Denver Urban Market is held on Saturdays and Thursdays, allowing visitors to downtown to purchase everything from hand crafted jewelry to paintings and more. Each market includes live music, which begins at noon, and its proximity to many restaurants and other activities makes it easy to incorporate the market into your plans. Admission is free, but bring cash in case your preferred vendor doesn’t accept credit cards.

16th Street Fair
16th Street Mall
Denver, CO 80202
www.16thstfair.com

Date: Aug. 12-13 at 11 a.m.

Another event that takes place downtown, the 16th Street Fair turns the mall into an art and craft show for two days. Visitors can walk up and down the mall checking out pieces from local artists of all types. One of the more popular arts festivals in the city, the 16th Street Fair is your chance to see and purchase art and other handmade pieces from up and coming artists. This festival is perfect for finding gifts, one-of-a-kind items, statement pieces and much more. As it is on the mall, you can take advantage of the variety of other businesses located there as well.

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Denver County Fair
National Western Complex
4655 Humboldt St.
Denver, CO 80216
(303) 297-1166
www.denvercountyfair.org

Date: July 29-31, 2016 at 4 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday

The Denver County Fair celebrates its fifth year in 2016. Among its many popular pavilions is the craft pavilion, which will feature plenty of vendors as well as an array of crafting competitions, at which entrants can win prizes. Come for the crafts and stay for the variety of other pavilions, including an art pavilion, animals, geeks, freaks, style, home and garden and many more. Confirmed vendors for the 2016 craft pavilion include Ladies Sewing Circle, Connections to Success, KoolBug Creations and more. Admission starts at $10, and passes can be purchased by day or for the whole weekend.

Affordable Arts Festival
Arapahoe Community College
5900 S. Santa Fe Drive
Littleton, CO 80120
www.affordableartsfestival.com

Date: Aug. 28, 2016 at 9 a.m.

For those who want to purchase fine art without going well over budget, the Affordable Arts Festival is for you. At this festival, local artists sell their work for under $100, and every piece at the show is in that price range. An excellent way for local artists to introduce themselves to budding collectors, this show is a popular way to discover new talent. It is also a resource at which artists can sell inventory that is left over from gallery shows and other events. Admission is $5, and there is ample free parking at the campus.

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Alaina Brandenburger is a freelance writer living in Denver. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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