41st annual Fall Tennessee Craft Fair set for October


41st annual Fall Tennessee Craft Fair set for October

STAFF REPORTS

The 41st annual Fall Tennessee Craft Fair will take place during Tennessee Craft Week Oct. 11-13 on Centennial Park’s lower lawn.

Professional artisans from across Tennessee and surrounding states join craft artists traveling from states including  California, Rhode Island, Colorado, Pennsylvania and Utah.

Fall Tennessee Craft Fair is the largest craft fair in the region, serving approximately 50,000 visitors.

It is one of two signature fairs, held each spring and fall, that includes educational workshops, opportunities to showcase handcrafted work, mentoring, workshops and scholarships. 

The fair offers a unique opportunity for visitors to meet and learn directly from artisans as they transform clay, wood, metal, glass and other mediums into fine craft.

Tennessee Craft fairs cultivate emerging craft artists and educate the public on various craft processes. Attendees can see work by up-and-coming makers in the Emerging Makers Tent and watch regional artisans creating new artwork in the Demonstration Tent.

The Kids’ Tent offers a space for young artists to create hands-on crafts similar to exhibiting artists. 

Partners include Nashville’s Frist Art Museum, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Conexión Américas, the Nashville Public Library Puppet Truck, and Turnip Green Creative Reuse who all work together to offer fair- goers an insight into the diverse creativity across Middle Tennessee. 

The Fall Tennessee Craft Fair will be open Friday, Oct. 11, and Saturday, Oct. 12, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

The free event is open to the public and includes free parking and free shuttle service on Saturday and Sunday. Shuttles will run in 15-minute loops from the HCA Parking Lots (located on Park Plaza) to the Tennessee Craft Fair. 

All guests are encouraged to use this free service that is generously provided by Gray Line Tours. 

Sponsors include the Nashville Office of Arts and Culture, Tennessee Arts Commission, Publix Super Market Charities, The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, Gray Line Tennessee and Metro Parks Nashville.

Tennessee Craft, formerly The Tennessee Association of Craft Artists (TACA), works to continue and create Tennessee’s fine craft tradition. 

With more than 500 members throughout the state, Tennessee Craft serves as the premier connecting point for local, independent makers and their audiences through Craft Fairs, exhibitions, professional development, networking, mentorship and other educational programs.

For more information, please visit: http://tennesseecraft.org/

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