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Escape to the Folk Arts and Crafts Capital for this annual festival

Here’s everything you need to know about the Berea Craft Festival.

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pottery making at the berea craft festival

Check out 100+ talented artists live in action, like David Enge of Tater Knob Pottery Demonstrating (pictured above).

Photo provided by Berea Tourism

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Mark your calendars: The 43rd annual Berea Craft Festival returns to the historic Indian Fort Theater from Friday, July 12 through Sunday, July 14.

Located at the base of the Pinnacles, this event brings 100+ artists from across the country to showcase their work and provide interactive demonstrations.

Keep reading to learn what you can expect from this year’s celebration. Trust us: It’s worth the ~hour drive (and the perfect excuse for a weekend getaway).

flowers at the berea craft festival

Rest assured, you won’t be leaving empty-handed — we’ve got our eyes on pottery by Tater Knob Pottery & Farm (pictured above).

Photo provided by Berea Tourism

Creative brilliance

As you explore the festival, expect to be immersed in the creative process of several dynamic skills, including:

  • Pottery throwing
  • Fiber arts
  • Loom weaving
  • Blacksmithing
  • And more

Both new and returning artists will be on-site, including Paul R. Buhrmester of The Burned Gourd, Jill Robertson of Appalachia’s Daughter, and Derek Downing of Designer Baskets By Derek.

Pro tip: Keep up with artist announcements on Facebook.

jewelry booth at the berea craft festival

Shop a selection of unique, handmade jewelry, including Boulder Park Gems (pictured above).

Photo provided by Berea Tourism

Savor the day

It wouldn’t be a true Kentucky festival without plenty of bites, right? Choose from local and regional food vendors like Pit Stop Grub, Bert’s Speekcheezy, and Drea’s Catfish Bucket.

Psst... We’ve got our eyes on The Hotsy Totsy from Bert’s.

Star performers

While you browse booths featuring a variety of mediums (like glass, wood, pottery, and jewelry), local musicians and performers will be strolling through the grounds.

Entertainers include fiddle player and storyteller Chip Bailey and iconic quartet Al, Alice, Ruth, and Daxson — each performing on Friday and Sunday.

Stay tuned for a full entertainment lineup.

band playing music at the berea craft festival

We can’t wait to hear the sounds of Al, Alice, Ruth and Daxson.

Photo provided by Berea Tourism

Ready to get crafty?

Snag tickets at the gate — $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, and kids 12 and under are free. Furry friends are welcome on a leash.

Pro tip: Don’t forget to explore shops in the Old Town Artisan Village. Berea is recognized as the Folk and Arts Capital of Kentucky, after all. Plan your visit.

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