This time of year, arts and crafts shows take place all around the greater Des Moines area, from church fairs to school bazaars to high-end artist markets. We’ve highlighted 9 fun finds that feature the handiwork of artisans from both near and far. Many have extras like food and live entertainment. This is also a good time to get a jump start on your holiday shopping!
Check out these Arts & Craft Shows happening this fall in Des Moines:
September 8, 2019
Step back in time and enjoy bagging some old treasures from the past! Historic Valley Junction will be celebrating its annual Antique Jamboree. Rain or shine, the antique show will be held from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm in the 5th Street area of West Des Moines’ Historic Valley Junction. The Antique Jamboree is one of the largest outdoor antique shows in the Midwest. FREE admission and parking to the public.
September 13-15, 2019
Rustique Iowa Market has a large variety of vendors and makers. Items include: vintage, repurposed, salvage, crafts, signs, metal works and home décor. There will also be food trucks, live music (Saturday only) and so much more! FREE admission and parking.
September 27-29, 2019
Make plans now to attend the Annual Fall Arts & Crafts Show at the Varied Industries Building on the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Touted as Iowa’s largest show, with over 300 talented exhibitors
from seven states presenting and selling the Midwest’s finest handcrafts. The show offers patrons the chance to enjoy original, affordable arts and crafts.
September 28-29, 2019
Vintage & Made Fair is inspired by indie craft and all things vintage. It’s an outdoor market featuring antique and vintage home décor, jewelry, handcrafted goods, outdoor accents, seasonal flora, food trucks, live music and everything you need to create a vintage and handmade lifestyle. The fair is a 2-day event where shoppers and over 100 vendors can share a love for vintage and indie craft.
October 12, 2019
Find food, handmade items, amazing companies, and local businesses at this third annual event in Grimes. The first 25 guests through the door will receive a swag bag full of coupons, samples, and fun goodies to take home!
November 1 – 3, 2019
Shop the Des Moines Holiday Boutique where more than 200 companies will join together to create the shopping event of the season. Discover unique, high-quality vendors showcasing the latest trends in apparel, decor, jewelry, seasonal gifts, gourmet foods and more!
November 2, 2019
Santa’s North Pole Village Craft Sale is one of the most popular craft shows in Iowa, featuring hand-crafted items such as jewelry, furniture, clothing and holiday decor. There are about 250 exhibitors at this event, from fine art crafters to jewelry and candle makers, and more. This event is the Ankeny Art Center’s biggest fundraiser of the year and has been an Ankeny tradition for 38 years!
November 8-9, 2019
Come and start (or continue) a family holiday tradition at the Beaverdale Holiday Boutique! What started out as a craft show and bake sale to raise money for the school, has now turned into one of the most anticipated holiday events in the area. This family-friendly experience will have four floors of gifts and food for sale. Over 100 artisans from all over Iowa will be selling traditional and contemporary designs.
November 8-10, 2019
Junk Jubilee Jingles is all about vintage, repurposed, farmhouse style, retro, unique one of a kind rusty treasures! They also have a few handcrafted items. This is their biggest show and is a great way to kick off your holiday shopping season. Supporting Junk Jubilee Jingles helps many small businesses gathered under one roof to provide unique gifts for your family & friends!
If we missed your favorite fall arts and crafts show in Des Moines let us know! We’d love to hear about it!