Bella Vista Arts and Crafts Festival
Saturday, October 17, 2020 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Bella Vista Arts and Crafts Festival
1991 Forest Hills Blvd
Bella Vista, AR 72715
United States

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Arts and crafts lovers take over Northwest Arkansas on the third weekend of October each year. It all started more than 60 years ago and today numerous fairs are held annually throughout the region. Each fair is unique in its own way.

Celebrating 52 years in 2020, the Bella Vista Arts and Crafts Festival takes place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 15-17 in 2020.

Bella Vista is known for having one of the finest juried art shows, requiring all items on sale to be handmade by the artisan. It has grown to more than 200 artisans that spread out on a large festival site and is considered one of the premier arts and crafts shows in Northwest Arkansas.

There are always repeat artists and also new artists every year. Shoppers can expect to see a wide variety of goods while perusing the aisles, such as pottery, fused glass, stained glass, repurposed metals such as shovels with laser cut designs, leather works, furniture, jewelry, repurposed furniture, bead makers, wine, soaps.

The festival has indoor and outdoor spaces. Tents are set up on grass with walkways and food trucks down the center, so even if it rains the patrons and vendors are protected from the elements. Some of the fare for this year includes homemade root beer, wok and noodle cooking, custom-made gyros, smoked meats, traditional fair food like funnel cakes and corn dogs and kettle corn.

Also setting the show apart from others is its 200-plus volunteers that go out of their way to assist exhibitors and visitors. It’s known as the “friendliest” festival with its staff and volunteers working hard to make the shopping experience a great one.

Greeters distribute event directories as shoppers arrive. The festival also offers an information tent and a package holding area. There’s even a large item package pickup service, offering the transport of heavy, large or bulky items to a remote location for pickup. Volunteers help load the items in your vehicle. There are also trams to take shoppers to and from their cars and the festival entryway. Pets are absolutely not allowed on the Festival grounds. Service animals are always welcome.

Sponsored by the Artisan Alliance at Wishing Spring, all proceeds from the Bella Vista Arts & Crafts Festival are used for art scholarships for promising young artists, donations to children’s art programs, continuing education for artists/artisans and for festival partner non-profit organizations.
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