Ontario art and craft shows in 2023
Visiting a craft show or artisan fair is a fun excursion. Browse and shop for unique crafts, gifts and art, chat with the creative makers and feel great about supporting small local businesses. Often live entertainment and great food vendors accompany these events. You may even feel inspired to try out some craft-making of your own!
Here are some of the top art and craft shows in Ontario.
Greater Toronto Area (GTA)
Discover incredible handmade crafts at the Beaches arts and crafts show. This outdoor marketplace located the heart of Toronto’s Beaches community has been a springtime tradition for locals since 1984.
With over 150 independent artists, makers and designers displaying their work, it’s the perfect opportunity to connect with local creatives and support their craftsmanship. You’ll find a wide range of items, including home decor, fashion, jewellery, visual art, toys, body care and artisanal food items.
Admission is free. Paid parking and some limited free street parking is available.
When: Saturday, June 10 and Sunday, June 11, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Where: Kew Gardens, 2075 Queen Street East, Toronto
Held after the Labour Day weekend, the Cabbagetown Art and Craft Show has been an annual event in this historic neighbourhood since 1988.
Creative exhibitors line the walkways of the picturesque Riverdale Park, featuring a variety of innovative crafts that have been carefully selected by art juries. There will be culinary artists’ exhibits, as well as pop-up cafes and restaurants.
Parking is limited and it’s encouraged to take public transit or use the Bike Share program. The event takes place rain or shine and admission is free.
When: Friday, September 8 from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m., Saturday, September 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 10, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: Riverdale Park West, 375 Sumach Street, Toronto
Artisans from across Canada welcome visitors to this biannual Toronto exhibition, bringing their crafts, products and stories to share.
You’ll also enjoy fashion shows, cooking demonstrations and kids’ craft classes.
When: Spring show takes place March 29 to April 2 and the winter show takes places November 23 to December 3, 2023
The By Hand Gift Show attracts thousands of art lovers from across Canada to the International Centre, located near Pearson International Airport. You’ll find high-quality handmade goods made by talented Canadian artists and designers. The show takes place twice a year, in January and August.
By Hand is part of Toronto Market Week, which also includes the MODE Show, Gift & Design Wholesale Market and SHOW T.O. All of these shows take place within the International Centre, so be sure to check them out for even more amazing goods.
Free on-site parking is available.
When: 2023 dates are Sunday, August 13, from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, August 14, from 9:00 a.m.to 6:00 p.m. and Tuesday, August 15, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
2024 dates are Sunday, January 29, from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, January 30, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Tuesday, January 31, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: The International Centre, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga
The Craft and Vendor Show is an annual event in Brampton by volunteers of the Region of Peel Agricultural Society. A wide range of handmade crafts from local artisans is displayed each year.
Admission is $5 or two non-perishable food donations for local food cupboards. Stay tuned for more details about this year’s spring fair.
When: Saturday, May 13, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: Brampton Fairgrounds, 12942 Heart Lake Road, Caledon
York, Durham and Headwaters
Over 130 exhibitors will be showcasing their homemade crafts at the 36th annual Markham Home for the Holidays event.
This craft market is a great place to start checking names off your holiday gift list. Browse a wide variety of seasonal accessories, ornaments, stained glass, handcrafted jewellery and more.
You’ll also find fresh Christmas trees and shortbread cookies to help get you in the festive spirit. Victorian carollers will be performing in the three exhibition halls. And keep an eye out for Santa Claus.
Admission tickets are available at the entrance and are cash only. Tickets cost $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $3 for youth. Kids aged 12 and under are free.
When: 2023 dates are Friday, November 17, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday, November 18, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 19, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: Markham Fairgrounds, 10801 McCowan Road, Markham
Experience the charms of a small-town market at the HandMade Market in Niagara Falls. It began in 2009 inside a 150-year-old farmhouse and has expanded to various larger sites around Niagara Falls.
The main attraction of this boutique market is the hand-crafted products created by artisans from across Ontario, Quebec and Canada’s East Coast. You’ll find jewellery, pottery, glass, hand-sewn bags, bath and body products, original fine art, wood products and much more.
Free field parking spaces, plus accessible parking spots near the admission tent, are available. Digital admission tickets must be pre-purchased online in advance.
When: 11th edition spring market: June 2 and 3, and June 9 and 10, 2023
13th edition holiday market: November 17 to 19, 2023
Hamilton, Halton and Brant
Discover a curated selection of over 75 local makers, artisans and designers at the Craftadian Hamilton Spring Market.
While exploring the wide variety of crafts, you can sample local wine and craft beers, plus delicious foods like pierogies, fudge and sweet gourmet treats from food trucks.
Tickets cost $5 each and can be purchased online or paid for in cash at the entrance. Note that there is a $1 discount if you buy your tickets online in advance. Children under 12 enter for free. McMaster Innovation Park offers free accessible parking, and more parking is available across the street.
Tip: The first 50 families will receive a free swag bag, so arrive early!
When: Saturday, April 1, 2023, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: McMaster Innovation Park, 175 Longwood Road S Suite 101A, Hamilton
Held every May for the past 30 years in the Ancaster Fairgrounds, this is a juried, family-run event that attracts top artisans from across Ontario.
Knitted stuffed animals, body care products, preserves and other handmade crafts will be available to purchase.
Admission is $7 for adults and free for children 12 and under and tickets can only be paid for in cash at the entrance. Over 300 paved spots are available for free parking.
When: May 13 and 14, 2023
Where: Ancaster Fairgrounds, 630 Trinity Road South, Jerseyville
Sample holiday-themed beverages and enjoy lively Christmas music at this annual market. Find gifts for even your most difficult recipients while browsing the large selection of over 80 local makers and artisans stalls as well as savoury foods, desserts and treats.
When: November 24 and25, 2023
Huron, Perth, Waterloo and Wellington
There’s no better way to celebrate the arrival of spring than by attending the Waterloo Spring Craft Show.
Featuring spring decor, gardening plants, Easter-themed crafts and more, you’ll enjoy browsing through the variety of featured handmade crafts.
Admission is $5 for adults and free for kids under 10. Free parking spots at the RIM Park recreation centre are available.
When: Saturday, March 25, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Where: RIM Park, 2001 University Avenue East, Waterloo
Visit the first Indigenous Art and Craft Market, held in the Stratford Perth Museum in spring 2023. Local Indigenous artists will share their knowledge and handmade crafts. You’ll also enjoy some snacks and refreshments during your time at this Stratford craft market.
Admission is free. Accessible parking is available.
When: Saturday, May 6, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: Stratford Perth Museum, 4275 Huron Road or 4275 Line 34, Stratford
Bruce Grey Simcoe
Find the perfect gifts for your loved ones at the annual Barrie Christmas Arts and Crafts Show.
Over 140 artisans and crafters from across Ontario showcase diverse offerings at this event. Pottery, stained glass, teddy bears, Christmas crafts, woodcrafts, ceramics and other unique, handcrafted goods will be featured, making this a great place for holiday shopping.
Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors 65+ and free for children 12 and under. Sadlon Arena offers free parking.
When: Friday, November 3 from 12:00 to 8:00 p.m., Saturday, November 4 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 5, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: Sadlon Arena, 555 Bayview Drive, Barrie
One of the largest craft shows in Canada, the Huronia Festival of Arts & Crafts takes place on the picturesque shores of Kempenfelt Bay.
Over 300 artisans and craftspeople are chosen to participate, ensuring they meet the festival’s high community standards set over the past 50 years. Food booths, entertainment and midway games are operated by community service clubs.
Proceeds from the show go to art scholarships, exhibitions and gallery privileges, training opportunities and the Barrie Food Bank. You can park at Centennial Park for one, two or 24 hours with the purchase of a digital permit.
When: August 5 to 7, 2023 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Where: Centennial Park, Lakeshore Drive, Barrie
Explore handmade crafts from over 200 artisans at the Apple Harvest Craft Show, one of the largest artisan fairs in Southern Ontario.
Find unique crafts such as hand-thrown pottery, wooden toys, candles, quilting, leather work and more. Select artists may perform a live demonstration of their craft and others will take custom orders.
Admission fare is $5 for adults and $1 for children 12 and under. Proceeds from the Apple Harvest Craft Show are donated to various community projects.
When: Saturday, September 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 1, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: Meaford Community Centre, 151 Collingwood Street West, Meaford
Hosted by the Glebe neighbourhood activities group, the Glebe Craft & Artisan Fair has been a community tradition for over 40 years.
The fair showcases high-quality, locally made goods just in time for the Christmas gift-giving season.
Admission is free.
When: Saturday, November 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 26, 2023, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: Glebe Community Centre, 175 Third Avenue, Ottawa
Find one-of-a-kind handmade crafts at the annual Originals Christmas Craft Sale, which has been taking place in Ottawa since 1974.
As Ottawa’s leading holiday shopping event, this Christmas craft show offers a wide range of crafts created by over 150 artists, makers and designers. You’ll get to meet creative artisans in person, listen to their stories and discuss the techniques behind their craft.
Admission costs $10 for adults ($5 if you’re attending after 5:00 p.m. on a weekday) and is free for children 12 and under. On-site, ground-level parking spaces at the EY Centre are available.
When: December 6 to 8, from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Saturday, December 9, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 10, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: EY Centre, 4899 Uplands Drive, Ottawa
Run by the volunteers from the Prince Edward County Arts Council, The Maker’s Hand is a popular juried artisan show that attracts over 3,000 visitors from across Eastern Ontario.
Enjoy browsing through 40 craft booths presenting original designs made of quality materials and created by established and up-and-coming artists.
This event takes place in the spacious Lehigh Arena, which offers enhanced exhibition space and free parking. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children 12 and under.
When: Friday, November 10 and Saturday, November 11, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 12, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: Highline Hall, Lehigh Arena, 111 Belleville Street, Wellington
One of the largest spring and Christmas events in London, Ontario, London Craft Shows have been hosting quality events for over 40 years.
Over 180 exhibits run by local small businesses showcase handmade crafts such as paintings, food and gourmet preserves, jewellery, clothing, stuffed animals and much more. You’ll get the chance to win fun prizes, and during the Christmas craft festival, kids can take photos with Santa.
The London Spring Craft Show is a one-day event, while the London Christmas Craft Festival takes place over four days. Admission is $5.19 + taxes for adults and free for children 12 and under. Advance tickets can be purchased online. Free parking is available.
When: 40th London Spring Craft Show: Friday, April 7, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
42nd London Christmas Craft Festival: Thursday, November 30 from 1:00 to 9:00 p.m., Friday, December 1, from 12:00 to 9:00 p.m., Saturday, December 2, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 3, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: Western Fair District Agriplex, 845 Florence Street, London
Over 60 local artists, crafters, creators and makers will be showcasing unique and hand-made art and crafts. This annual event is held in Talbot Trail Place in downtown Blenheim, under 20 kilometres south of Chatham-Kent.
When: June 24, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: Talbot Trail Place, 24 John Street West, Blenheim
Haliburton Highlands and Ottawa Valley
2023 marks the 60th year for the annual Haliburton art and craft festival.
Situated in Head Lake Park, beside the Rails End Gallery and Arts Centre, this curated fair is a summer tradition for art-loving locals and tourists alike. Enjoy strolling through art booths, busker entertainment and fun participatory activities, plus a playground for the little ones.
Admission is free, but monetary donations are appreciated. Free parking is available at parking lots close to Head Lake Rotary Park.
When: July 21 to 23, 2023 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Where: Head Lake Rotary Park, 13 York Street, Haliburton
Muskoka, Parry Sound and Algonquin Park
Enjoy warm weather and beautiful art at the outdoor Muskoka Arts & Crafts Show.
One of Ontario’s oldest and largest rural shows, this show has been a highlight of Muskoka’s summer season since 1963. It attracts over 200 artists and 16,000 visitors every year.
Admission tickets can be purchased at the entrance and cost $10 for adults, kids five and under are free. Parking is available at Annie Williams Memorial Park, but please note that there may be temporary detours and on-street parking restrictions due to anticipated traffic for this one-of-a-kind craft show.
When: Friday, July 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday, July 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, July 16, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Where: Annie Williams Memorial Park, 50 Santas Village Road, Bracebridge
The Spring Craft Revival is an exciting artisan event held in Thunder Bay twice a year with over 25 pop-up markets flourishing around the city. It’s organized by the volunteer-run Craft Revival and the markets are composed of local artists, makers and small business owners.
In addition to the creative arts and crafts on display, you’ll enjoy live painting, musicians, aerial silks performances, pop-up cafes and horse-drawn sleigh rides.
Admission is free. Paid parking is available near Prince Arthur’s Landing.
When: Sunday, May 7, 2023
Where: Prince Arthur’s Landing, Sleeping Giant Parkway, Thunder Bay
Last updated: October 28, 2023