It’s the craftiest time of the year in Kansas.
Once Halloween is over, the calendar fills with arts and craft shows whose organizers are hoping to lure in Christmas shoppers with their unique, antique and one-of-a-kind gift ideas. Two big ones – the Craftapalooza Vintage Market at Century II and the Vintage Market Days at the Kansas Pavilions, happen this weekend.
Russell Cooper, who produces three Craftapalooza craft shows in Wichita throughout the year, said that his holiday installment is always the most popular.
“It’s a good time because people are just starting to gear up for the Christmas season,” he said. “And you’re supporting a lot of individuals and little local businesses.”
Here’s a list of some of the craft shows coming up between now and Christmas in the Wichita area. If you see one that’s missing, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Craftapalooza Vintage Market, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., Nov. 5, Century II, 225 W. Douglas Ave. A shopping event featuring handcrafted items, jewelry, vintage items, home decor and more. Admission is $5, children under 12 free. www.montagefestivals.com
Vintage Market Days, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri., Nov. 4 and Sat., Nov. 5 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun., Nov. 6, Kansas Pavilions, 1279 E. 85th St., Park City. A three-day events focus on original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, home decor and more. Three-day pass is $10, general admission is $5 Sat. and Sun. Free for 11 and under. Tickets good for reentry. vintagemarketdays.com
Magdalen Arts and Crafts Bazaar, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat., Nov. 5, Church of the Magdalen, 12626 E. 21st St. The 43rd annual event will feature more than 100 booths, food, baked goods and raffle items. Admission is $2 at the door. www.magdalenwichita.com/bazaar
Oil Hill Arts and Crafts Expo, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat., Nov. 5, Oil Hill Elementary, 2700 W. Sixth St., El Dorado: Community fundraiser with more than 40 craft vendors, bake sale, petting zoo, etc. Admission is free, breakfast served from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. is $4.
Orchard Breeze Arts and Crafts Fair, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat., Nov. 5, Kiwanis Park Building, 5101 W. Second St. Food trucks, door prizes and more, $1 family admission.
Turkey Dinner and Craft Show, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, Haysville United Methodist Church, 601 E. Grand, Haysville. Serving traditional Thanksgiving dinner at 5 and 6:30 p.m. Craft show opens at 10 a.m. www.haysvilleumc.org
Bazaar at Reflection Ridge Golf Course, 4 -8 p.m. Fri., Nov. 11 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat., Nov. 12., Reflection Ridge Golf Course, Wichita. Variety of vendors at craft show that’s open to the public. Free admission.
Fall Bazaar, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov 11-12, Resurrection Lutheran Church, 3850 W. 71st St. South: Christmas decor, gift baskets, collectibles, baked goods, hand-crafted items. Soup, sandwiches, pie and rolls served daily. www.rxluth.com
Clearwater Christmas Fair, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat., Nov. 12, Clearwater Middle School, 140 S. Fourth St., Clearwater. Jewelry, clothing, food, crafts and more. Free admission.
Fall Bazaar, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., Nov. 12, Valley Center First United Methodist Church, 560 Park Ave., Valley Center.
One Stop Christmas Shop, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., Nov. 12, Benton United Methodist Church, 14300 S. W. 20th St., Benton. Admission free.
29th Annual Christmas Market, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat., Nov. 12, Newton Recreation Commission, 415 N. Poplar Street, Newton: Craft vendors, door prizes and more. Free admission.
Twelfth Annual Holy Spirit Altar Society Spirit Bazaar, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat., Nov. 12, Explorer elementary, 454 S. 167th St. West, Goddard. More than 60 vendors, bake sale, raffle, door prizes, pictures with Santa. Admission $2, free for children 12 and under.
Asbury Shoppaganza, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., Nov. 12, Asbury West Campus, 11910 W Pawnee. More than 36 booths, food and beverage. Free admission.
United Methodist Women’s Holiday Shop, local vendors, baked goods, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 12, 19551 SW Butler Road in Rose Hill, free admission.
Wichita Alternative Gift Market, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 12, East Heights United Methodist Church, 4407 E. Douglas. Charitable gifts, fair-trade products, craft items and more. Admission is free.
Calvary Arts & Crafts Mission Market, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., Nov. 19, Calvary United Methodist Church, 2525 N. Rock Road. Handmade crafts, jewelry, etc. Admission $1.
Nelson Elementary Fall Boutique, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., Nov. 19, Nelson Elementary School, 245 N. Delos St., Haysville. Vendors and crafters. Free admission.
Wichita Etsy Local Trade Show, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., Nov. 26, Hotel at Oldtown Conference Center, 210 N. Mosley. Free admission.
Fourth annual Holiday Market & Food Truck Rally, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Fri., Dec. 2, Catholic Care Center, 6650 E. 45th St. North, Bel Aire. Food trucks and crafts including jewelry, cards, decor and more. Admission free.
Winterfest Annual Bazaar and Craft Fair, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., Dec. 3, Woodlawn United Methodist Church, 431 S. Woodlawn, Derby. At least 100 vendor booths, bake sale, silent auction. Admission free.