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 Spring Craft Show returns for the 18th year on May 3 & 4, 2014. 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.
The Essex Fall Craft Show returns for the 34th year on October 24, 25 & 26, 2014. 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.
We hope you enjoy this year’s shows and discover that perfect something you can only find at the craft show.
One admission price includes both the Essex Craft Show and the Vermont Antique Expo and is good for the entire weekend.
Essex Spring: $7
Essex Fall: $8
Under 12 free with adult.
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.
Confirmed dates for future shows are as follows:
- 18th Annual Essex Spring Craft Show will be May 3 & 4, 2014
- 34th Annual Essex Fall Craft Show will be October 24, 25 & 26, 2014
- 19th Annual Essex Spring Craft Show will be May 2 & 3, 2015
- 35th Annual Essex Fall Craft Show will be October 23, 24 & 25, 2015
- 20th Annual Essex Spring Craft Show will be April 30 & May 1, 2016
- 36th Annual Essex Fall Craft Show will be October 28, 29 & 30, 2016
- 21st Annual Essex Spring Craft Show will be May 6 & 7, 2017
- 37th Annual Essex Fall Craft Show will be October 27, 28 & 29, 2017