71st ANNIVERSARY | JULY 20 – 22 & OCTOBER 19 – 21, 2018
Friday through Saturday, 10:00 to 6:00pm + Sunday, 10:00 to 5:00pm
US Cellular Center, 87 Haywood Street | Downtown Asheville, NC
General Admission, $8.00 and Children under 12 free
In its 71st year, the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands returns to downtown Asheville’s U.S. Cellular Center. Filling both the concourse and arena levels of the venue, makers exhibit a variety of craft ranging from contemporary to traditional in works of clay, wood, metal, glass, fiber, natural materials, paper, leather, mixed media, and jewelry.
2018 Feature Maker: Steve Noggle
This year’s featured maker is woodworker Steve Noggle from Morganton, NC. A degree in forestry landed him in the Pacific Northwest as a timber cruiser. Shortly after, he discovered the art of crafting fine, wooden furniture. While engineering new designs, Steve began to turn wood on a lathe. In 2004, Steve juried into the Southern Highland Craft Guild as a master of woodturning. Today, each of his pieces is spun from a chunk of wet, green wood into a bowl or vessel with a satin finish that is pleasing to the eye. Celebrate his talent with us this year at the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands!
This October we have 170 makers that will be on both levels of the U.S. Cellular Center. Click here to view the booth numbers and here for the maps of the layout. In our Educational Displays section on the Arena floor, interact with various ongoing craft demonstrations such as pottery, doll making and more.
Our demonstrators for October are the following:
Jeffrey Neil, wooden shaker boxes
John Turner, raku glazing
Lesley Keeble, doll making
The Village Potters, wheel-throwing and hand-building
Marjorie Warren, tartan weaving
NC ABANA, blacksmithing
Joanna White, silk painting
Tamela Wells, polymer clay & metalsmithing
Live Regional Entertainment
We have a stellar line-up of musicians throughout the weekend that will be playing on the stage on the Arena floor. Be sure to sit for a spell to listen to the mountain music. Schedule as follows:
Friday, October 19
11am, Cary Fridley Music & Down South
1pm, Carol Rifkin
3pm, Hot Duck Soup
Saturday, October 20
11am, Smoky Mountain Rhythm
1pm, Split Rail Bluegrass
3pm, Jonah Riddle & Carolina Express
Sunday, October 21
11am, Honey Holler
1pm, Sherri Lynn and Friends
3pm, Buncombe Turnpike
Planning Your Visit | Where to Stay
Asheville is full of eclectic and charming abodes for your stay. You can browse various accommodation options based on the region, amenities and more here via ExploreAsheville.com. For walking to the Fair, we recommend looking at the hotels located in the downtown district of Asheville.
Logistics | Transportation & Parking
Please note that the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce also have available parking for visitors.