Returning to Harrah’s Cherokee Center for the first time since the unprecedented year of 2020, the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands offers the public an opportunity to cultivate craft in their daily life. The Fair will open at the downtown Asheville venue on Thursday, October 14th at 10:00am and will end on Sunday, October 17th at 5:00pm.
Featured artisans include those with both contemporary and traditional work in clay, wood, metal, glass, fiber, natural materials, paper, leather, mixed media, and jewelry. Members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild will fill both the arena and concourse level of Harrah’s Cherokee Center – Asheville. These members have undergone a two-step jury process as a part of the Guild’s legacy to uphold a set of standards established by their creative peers.
There will be a range of craft demonstrations with interactive activities for visitors, and mountain musicians performing live on the arena stage.
Harrah’s Cherokee Center – Asheville was a shift in landscape for this event from its inception under canvas tents in 1948 on the grassy lawns of Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN. Downtown Asheville provides a robust experience for visitors, as the time honored gathering is representative of the creativity that flows in Western North Carolina. As a venue to provide a regional marketplace for mountain craftspeople, the Guild Fairs have evolved into a popular celebration of craft in the country.