Sarasota Art & Craft Festival Returns to Main Street this Fall

Top Quote The Sarasota Art & Craft Festival is returning to downtown Sarasota this Saturday and Sunday, October 20th & 21st, 2012 where unique and affordable handmade crafts from over 100 crafters will be on display and available to purchase. There is no fee to attend this highly anticipated event. End Quote
  • Sarasota-Bradenton, FL (1888PressRelease) October 17, 2012 - WHAT: 18th Annual Downtown Sarasota Art & Craft Festival
    WHEN: October 20-21, Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    WHERE: Main Street in Downtown Sarasota, from Lemon Avenue to 5 Points Park Navigational Address: 1592 Main Street, Sarasota, FL 34236
    WHY: To Support the Arts, the Local Community, & the Downtown Sarasota Alliance
    ADMISSION: Free and open to the public
    WEBSITE: www.artfestival.com
    CONTACT INFORMATION: info ( @ ) artfestival dot com or 561-746-6615

    Sarasota, Florida (July 23, 2012) - The Downtown Sarasota Art & Craft Festival returns to Main Street in downtown Sarasota on October 20 - 21, 2012 with 150 leading artists and crafters from 30 different states as well as local and regional talent. This popular two-day outdoor showcase features unique and affordable quality art and crafts as well as a Green Market offering plants, exotic orchids, gourmet spices, dips and freshly popped kettle corn. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Downtown Sarasota Alliance. Admission is free and open to the public.

    This is just one of the many juried events that American Craft Endeavors and Howard Alan Events bring to Sarasota County each year including the popular Downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts. These highly anticipated events are popular for the fine artists and crafters as well as the quality art and crafts on display.

    "Sarasota is a great venue for our art and craft shows," says festival promoter Howard Alan. "The town offers many interesting cultural events and our shows fit right it; we attract locals and tourists alike who have a great appreciation for the arts."

    All of the artists and crafters will be present for the duration of the festival available to discuss their techniques and inspiration. The white-tented professional artist booths will span Main Street from Lemon Avenue to 5 points Park.
    In order to ensure a superior event with affordable original crafts and quality art, all of the crafters have been hand-selected from hundreds of applicants by American Craft Endeavors, producers of the top outdoor craft festivals in the country.

    Whether you are a craft enthusiast or looking for that unique one-of-a-kind gift item, there is something for everyone. From folk art, pottery, handmade jewelry and paintings, to personalized gifts, handmade clothing, scented soaps and body products, a full spectrum of craft art mediums will be on display and for sale with prices ranging from as little as $3 to $3,000.

    INFORMATION AT-A-GLANCE:
    Juried outdoor craft showcase
    Original crafts - Handmade in America
    Unique and affordable gift items
    150 crafters from 30 different states
    Prices set to suit all budgets - ranging from as little as $3 to $3,000
    Crafters hand-selected from hundreds of applicants
    All crafters on site for duration of festival
    Vast array of craft media:
    o Folk art
    o Pottery
    o Handmade jewelry
    o Paintings
    o Personalized gifts
    o Handmade clothing
    o Scented soaps
    o Body products and much more
    Green Market - plants, orchids, gourmet spices & dips, freshly popped kettle corn
    A portion of the proceeds benefits the Downtown Sarasota Alliance.

    For additional information on the 18th Annual Downtown Sarasota Art & Craft Festival and other American Craft Endeavors craft shows across the country, visit www.artfestival.com or call 561-746-6615.

    Media Notes:
    Show organizers and various crafters are available for advance interviews.
    Photos of craft festivals, participating crafters and their work are available by contacting AnaBelle Dweck at anabelle ( @ ) artfestival dot com or 954-592-8500 dot

    About American Craft Endeavors:
    American Craft Endeavors (ACE) produces some of the nation's most exciting high-end juried craft shows in many of Florida's vibrant downtown areas and popular tourist destinations including the Lauderdale by the Sea Craft Festival (Fort Lauderdale, FL), the Holiday Craft Festival on the Ocean (Jupiter/Juno Beach, FL), the Downtown Stuart Craft Fairs (Stuart, FL), the Siesta Fiesta Craft Festival (Sarasota, FL) and the Downtown Sarasota Craft Festivals (Sarasota, FL) among others.

    The group's founders personally select unique, culture rich cities for their show locations providing a complete outdoor experience unmatched by other festivals. All crafters are hand-selected from hundreds of applicants in order to ensure a superior event featuring diverse art media and the highest quality of original handmade crafts.

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