The Puget Sound region boasts a thriving visual arts community. Throughout the year, you can tap into the local arts scene at art festivals, craft fairs, and makers markets in cities and venues all around the Seattle-Tacoma metropolitan region.
At these arts and crafts events, you’ll find primarily locally made goods in all mediums. Whether you are shopping for home décor or gifts, you can find something unique and beautiful. Many of these events also feature music, food, and activities that offer affordable fun outing for the whole family.
In addition, many artists throughout the Puget Sound region open their art studios during the year for self-guided tours. These special art events are a unique and very personal opportunity to meet and talk with artists about their work.
The following art organizations are key resources for information about the Puget Sound artistic community.
Seattle Arts & Culture Service & Information supports artists, performers, writers and creative workers through a variety of City of Seattle services such as funding, public art, and community programs.
Tacoma Office of Art & Cultural Vitality supports the arts through funding, public art, programs that enhance Tacoma’s local economy.
United Indians of All Tribes Foundation provides culturally responsive services and programming to Seattle and King County’s urban Native community. Their headquarters, the Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center in Discovery Park is a hub for Native peoples and their supporters, including a permanent and rotating art exhibits of historical and contemporary works and Native American Art Markets throughout the year.
Find lists of Art & Craft Galleries our gift ideas page.
Find lists of art museums, glass museums, and Native American museums on our museum page. Most museums have a gift shop with many unique, interesting, and thoughtful gifts and accessories.
Glass Museums & Glass Blowing Studios
Find a list of glass galleries on our Glass Museum and Glass Blowing Studios page.
Artist Studio Tours
Several artist groups host studio tours once or twice a year when you can visit working studios, talk with the artists, and purchase their works. We update these events on our calendar throughout the year as tour dates are announced.
(Listed north to south)
- Annual San Juan Island Artists’ Studio Tour (100 mi. NW) (greaterseattleonthecheap.com)
- Artists Summer Open Studios on Whidbey Island (49 studios, 63 artists) (greaterseattleonthecheap.com)
- Art Studio Tour on Camano Island (greaterseattleonthecheap.com)
- Artist Studio Tours on Bainbridge Island (summer & winter) (greaterseattleonthecheap.com)
- Artist studio tours on Vashon Island (greaterseattleonthecheap.com)
Art and Craft Shows
The following organizations regularly produce art and craft shows throughout the Puget Sound region.
ODDMALL Emporium Of The Weird – PNW Editions hosts art and craft shows that are out-of-the-ordinary events featuring unusual products that a bit different: weird, freaky, bizarre, off the cob, or just plain different. They host shows at various Puget Sound venues throughout the year, as well as “vendor villages” festivals and events throughout the region. More info: OddmallPNW | Facebook
Urban Craft Uprising is Seattle’s largest indie art and craft show featuring hand-crafted items, including clothing, toys, accessories, jewelry, handbags, buttons, housewares, paper goods, candles, food, and more. They host shows throughout the year at Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, plus many smaller shows at festivals and markets across Seattle.
Renegade Craft is a national collective fostering independent craft and design. Founded in 2003, Renegade has built grassroots creative community across the U.S. and beyond. Shop online or attend local craft shows in Seattle.
Their shows along with many other upcoming art festivals, craft fairs, art studio tours, makers markets, and holiday bazaars are listed in the calendar below.
Upcoming Art Festivals, Craft Fairs, and Studio Tours
The following calendar lists visual art events of all kinds, including art festivals, crafts fairs, makers markets, art studio tours, and holiday bazaars around the Puget Sound region.
Friday, December 8, 2023
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Thursday, January 4, 2024
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Thursday, February 1, 2024
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Sunday, February 4, 2024