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by Amanda Hariri (Marketing Maven at Girl Gang Craft)

If you’re a long-time fan of Girl Gang Craft, you know our roots are in the Bay Area and we have always been champions of West Coast makers. Since our Founder moved across the country to Salem, MA, however, we’ve been expanding our presence and are so grateful to directly support the maker community in the greater Boston area!

Without further ado: Here are eight upcoming Boston area craft fairs to attend or apply to as a maker this spring and summer.

Not a Boston area resident? Check out this post covering Bay Area spring/summer markets.

1. Girl Gang Craft

Ever heard of us? Girl Gang Craft is the ultimate craft fair for women, non-binary, and trans makers, artists, and healers. We offer a rad feminist merch line and strive to provide brand education so our community of creatives can take their work to the next level, both in-person and online. At GGC, we’re always looking for high-quality products, professional photographs, authentic and cohesive branding, and missions aligned with our personal values.

Coming up:

GGC Salem

May 22, 2022

Old Town Hall (indoor/outdoor), Salem, MA

Applications open now + close March 25.

GGC Oakland

May 7, 2022

Scottish Rite Center (inside), Oakland, CA

Applications open now + close March 25.

2. New England Open Markets

New England Open Markets serves over 1200 small businesses (from all over New England and beyond) yearly, providing them with a venue for their talents and wares. Their upcoming Boston Open Market is a vibrant open-air arts market featuring talented local artists, crafters, independent designers, and vintage dealers.

Coming up:

Boston Open Market

Saturdays, May 28 through September 24, 2022

Copley Square, Boston, MA

Applications are currently open.

3. Boston Women’s Market

Boston Women's Market promotes the work of and preserves a space for women entrepreneurs and artists in the New England area. They host marketplaces throughout the Boston area and provide tools and resources to help women-owned businesses succeed.

Coming up:

BWM at Time Out Market

Saturday, March 26, 2022

Time Out Market, Boston, MA

Applications are now closed.

4. Salem Arts Festival

This free and popular family-friendly event features a variety of art, music, dance, and theater performances throughout downtown Salem, presented in collaboration by Salem Main Streets and Creative Collective.

Coming up:

Salem Arts Festival

June 3-5, 2022

Downtown Salem, MA

Yes, apps are open.

5. SoWa Open Market

The SoWa Open Market is Boston's largest celebration of local art and food. Every Sunday, over 60 makers and thousands of visitors come together in SoWa amid a vibrant backdrop of artist studios, galleries, boutiques and vintage shops.

Coming up:

SoWa Open Market

Sundays, May - October, 2022

450 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA

Applications are now closed.

6. Greenway Artisan Market

The Greenway Artisan Market is a vibrant open-air market run by Somerville Flea featuring talented local artists, crafters, and independent designers.

Coming up:

Greenway Artisan Market

Saturdays, May - October 2022

The Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston, MA

Applications are currently open.

7. An Unlikely Story Spring Craft Fair

An Unlikely Story (an in

dependent bookstore and café in Plainville, MA) is hosting two spring craft fairs on Sunday, May 1st and Saturday, May 7th from 11am-4pm (both days) on the Second Story above the bookstore. A variety of vendors will be there selling handmade gifts and goods.

Coming up:

An Unlikely Story Spring Craft Fair

Sunday, May 1, 2022 & Saturday, May 7, 2022

111 South St, Plainville, MA

Applications are currently open.

8. Castleberry Fairs & Festivals

Castleberry Fairs and Festivals is a family business based out of Pembroke, New Hampshire that has produc

ed juried arts and crafts fairs throughout New England since 1989.

Coming up:

Castleberry Fairs Spring Craft Fair

March 19 & 20, 2022

Shriner's Auditorium, Wilmington, MA

Applications are now closed.

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