The Essex Craft Show began in 1981 as a yearbook fundraiser. Six years later, the show outgrew the original location at the gymnasium in Essex High School and found a new home at nearby Champlain Valley Exposition.
The craft show occupied three unheated buildings in the first years at CVE adding tents and another building in 1989. Part of the show moved into the brand new Robert E. Miller Expo Centre South in 2000. The Robert E. Miller Expo Centre North opened in 2005 providing the show with over 100,000 square feet of heated space in two adjoining buildings. (We like to think CVE built these buildings just for us!)
Vermont Craft Workers, headquartered in Essex Junction, has been proud to bring you the Essex Craft Show for over three decades with exhibitors traveling from as far away as Florida, Washington, and California, as well as Canada. We welcome you and hope you find the perfect gift, taste the perfect treat, and uncover the perfect keepsake that will survive for generations.
The Essex Fall Craft Show returns for the 33rd year on October 25, 26 & 27, 2013. Like the Spring show, the price of admission includes entry into The Vermont Antique Expo and Sale on the same weekend.
A traditional favorite, this three day show is all under two adjoining roofs. (Yes, we miss the majestic tents too! But after you’ve seen one small river inside a craft tent, you’ve seen enough!)
The larger of our two shows, this is a great opportunity to get a head start on your holiday shopping.
The Essex Spring Craft Show returns for the 18th year on May 3 & 4, 2014. For the fifth year, admission to the craft show also includes admission to The Vermont Antique Expo and Sale on the same weekend.
You might recognize these dates as the biggest shopping days of the year…for mom!
The Spring show is conveniently scheduled the weekend before Mother’s Day. Bring mom on Saturday and return on Sunday (admission is good for the whole weekend) to make those purchases that she “OOOO”ed and “AHHH”ed over. After all, you are her favorite child.
And don’t forget to pick something out for yourself…or that summer wedding around the corner…and Father’s Day only a month away…
$6 with a Discount Admission Coupon
$8 regular admission to the 33rd Annual Essex Fall Craft Show and the Vermont Antique Expo and Sale
Under 12 free with adult.
Admission is good for the entire weekend.
Our Exhibitor List page includes contact information for our exhibitors. Past shows included exhibits featuring:
- singing Elvis (not a joke)
- note cards
- a circus (yes…really)
- home and garden accessories
- leather and sheepskin
- dips & sauces
- original music
- hand blown and stained glass
- gourmet specialties
- live demonstrations
Join the Fun!
Exhibitors are chosen through a review process where products are evaluated on quality, artistic appeal, uniqueness, and appropriateness for the show. New exhibitor inquiries are always welcome and more information on exhibiting, including future dates through 2017, may be found on our Exhibitor Application page.
With tons of food donated over the years, we continue our annual food drive. Bring non-perishable food items to support the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf.
The Essex Junction Lions Club Craft Raffle is always a highlight of the craft show. With donations from exhibitor’s displayed in one booth, you are sure to spot items that you missed throughout the show. Raffle ticket holders are not required to be present to win.