Hand to Heart

The Big Crafty revives the tradition of the community bazaar, a lively celebration of handmade commerce, featuring the most exciting artists and crafters around. Our fun-for-all-ages events are held twice annually in the heart of beautiful Asheville, NC. Our guiding principle is that supporting creative venturers makes for a stronger community, and our aim is to make doing so fun.

We’re so grateful to have been voted Best Arts/Crafts Fair in the annual Mountain Xpress readers’ poll every year since we began in 2008.

We extend warm welcome to our rich pageant of basement and backyard artists, our juried prize-winners, and those who delight in them.

We’re grateful for the hearty support of the Western NC community, and in particular the Asheville Area Arts Council, the City of Asheville, and Asheville Art Museum, for their support of our work and our fun.

The Big Crafty supports the creative community in all its go-for-broke, full-of-heart, boundary-pushing, human-scale, all-in, full-tilt glory. Make the world you need.

Origin Story

Big Crafty founders Brandy Bourne & Justin Rabuck crafted the first Big Crafty in 2008. In the years since, the event moved from the Grey Eagle to the Asheville Art Museum to Pack Square Park to Asheville’s U.S. Cellular Center. Bourne is a librarian and microentrepreneurship advocate, and Rabuck is a visual artist. They have also produced the Big Love Fest (in collaboration with the Asheville Grown Business Alliance) and The Big Day, indie wedding fair. They also own Horse + Hero NeoAppalachian Art Gallery in downtown Asheville.

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