For centuries, the market was the beating heart of town, the essential place. Mass production dented that energy—it’s impossible to feel as energized and fascinated by a big box store as one does by a buzzing bazaar with dozens of makers and traders promoting things they truly love. A true market is a place to amble through slowly, stopping to admire even stuff you don’t need; it’s a place to go with friends and loved ones and spend the afternoon, a place to sample new foods, find fresh creative inspiration, find a gift as unique as its intended recipient or an item so perfect you’ll use it every day for decades and never tire of it.
Thanks to our creatives and organizers, we’re blessed with a selection of markets around here that will gratify the choosiest connoisseur.
Field + Supply | KingstonThe third annual Spring MRKT, as the event’s styled, Memorial Day weekend, May 26-28, at the Hutton Brickyards in Kingston. Over 200 makers will present their finest wares amid a backdrop of live music, artful local eats and the gorgeous Hudson River rolling by. Categories include furniture and lighting, home decor, kitchen and bath and apparel and jewelry, curated for quality and inspired diversity. Founded by interior designer Brad Ford, F+S has been featured in House Beautiful, Forbes, Apartment Therapy, Town & Country and many more. Fathom called it “the East Coast’s coolest maker’s market.”
Phoenicia Flea | CatskillsThis flea was founded in its namesake Catskills town in 2014 and has since expanded to a bicoastal flock of markets showcasing makers and merchants of several noteworthy regions, but Phoenicia Flea was where it all began. The nomadic market pops up all season at “exceptional properties,” making for backdrops as quirky and lovely as its wares. In June, you’ll find it in Dobbs Ferry (6/3), Callicoon (6/10), and Tannersville (6/17-6/18); July will feature markets in Stone Ridge (7/1-7/2) and Windham (7/29); and August will bring Livingston Manor (7/5-7/6) into the mix while Tannersville (7/12-7/13) and Stone Ridge (7/19-20) each get a second round of the wanderers and their wonderful wares.
Findings Vintage and Makers Market | Stone Ridge
Farmhouse Project present this celebration of spring at Stone Ridge Orchard on May 6 and 7, a garden-themed extravaganza blending crafts, antiques, and flowers with fine local food and drink in a lush historic setting among fragrant, blossoming apple trees. A curated lineup of emerging musicians will be playing indie folk-pop, blues, funk and jazz for your pleasure all weekend long. On June 3-4, Farmhouse will be presenting a Spring Makers Market in the restored 19th-century Barn on Hubbard, bringing an array of local makings, bites and bevvies along with antiques, plants, and flowers to bucolic Callicoon.
River Valley GuildEstablished in 2020, River Valley Guild is a multidisciplinary collective striving to build community through creativity. You can meet its makers and their wares in the taproom of Industrial Arts Brewery in Garnerville on May 20 (the huge Garner Arts Maker Faire happens the same weekend), on June 10 at Drunk Yoga Wellness Market in Beacon, on June 16 at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival in Garrison, and at the Glens Falls House in Round Top every weekend of July as part of that venue’s Summer of Joy celebration.
Vintage Vibe Markets | Rhinebeck
Dolores Fawkes and Dieter Kretschy bring their 30 years of festival experience to the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck June 3 and 4. As the name suggests, this one’s all about the art of upcycling—expect to be amazed and delighted by the home decor, jewelry, clothing, and more crafted from good old things that have been given fresh lives. You’ll find regional cuisine prepared by hand the old-fashioned, small-batch way, local wine to sip while you browse, and probably a host of new ideas for that piece from Grandma’s that you love but have no idea what to do with. Old stuff has never looked so good.
Rhinebeck Crafts Festival | RhinebeckBilled as the Hudson Valley’s “most unique shopping event,” the Rhinebeck Crafts Festival gather over 200 makers and crafters at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds June 24-25, bringing their original and unusual fashions, accessories, jewelry, home decor, furniture, photography and fine art; as well as functional and sculptural works in ceramics, glass, metal, wood, mixed media, and more. Refreshments will feature gourmet goodies from fine local providers; there will be beverage distillery tastings, family fun activities and demos where you can see for yourself how the magic gets made. All events at the fairgrounds are indoor/outdoor, so it’s on no matter the weather.
Woodstock-New Paltz Art and Crafts Fair | New Paltz
Presented by Quail Hollow Events, this is the mother of Hudson Valley craft fairs—created by creators for creators and has been rocking it for over 40 years, taking over the Ulster County Fairgrounds in New Paltz each Memorial and Labor Day weekend with a stunning, juried array of makers bringing their finest creations of wood, metal, ceramic, leather, and more. The weekend will feature live entertainment, demonstrations, and a children’s tent full of supervised crafty fun along with craft beverages of all descriptions and specialty foods. The fair, a family business since the beginning, is regularly featured in the Sunshine Artist 200 Best list.