The Big Crafty is a hand-to-heart celebration of creative exuberance at the heart of Asheville, NC. We believe in supporting creative venturers by crafting warm communities of creative practice.
We extend warm welcome to the rich pageant of basement and backyard artists, juried prize-winners, and those who delight in them. And we’re so grateful to have been voted Best Arts/Crafts Fair (Thx, Mountain Xpress!) every year since we began in 2008. We’re proud to boost our creative communities in all their go-for-broke, full-of-heart, boundary-pushing, human-scale, all-in, full-tilt glory.
The Big Crafty was founded in 2008 by Brandy Bourne & Justin Rabuck. First held at The Grey Eagle, the event moved into its longtime home at the Asheville Art Museum before moving again to its current alternating homes at Pack Square Park and Harrah’s Cherokee Center Asheville. Since it began, it has spawned events like Big Love Fest and The Big Day and brick-and-mortar art shops Horse + Hero in Asheville and HollerHouse in Bristol, TN/VA.