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.
City Arts magazine showcases music, dance, theatre, comedy, film, visual art, food, fashion and literature in the Seattle-Tacoma metropolitan region. Free issues of City Arts are available at more than 1,000 locations. Look for the magazine in red street boxes and at venues including concert halls, libraries, coffee shops, art galleries, and independent bookstores, or use this map to find a distribution location near you.
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 museums, glass museums, and Native American museums on our museum page. Most museums have a gift shop with many interesting and unusual gifts and accessories.
Find lists of art & craft galleries and glass art studios on our gift ideas page.
Art and Craft Shows
The following organizations regularly produce art and craft shows throughout the Puget Sound region. Their shows and other upcoming art festivals, craft fairs, art studio tours, makers markets, and holiday bazaars are listed in the calendar below.
Oddmall PNW art and craft shows 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.
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.
Art Festivals, Craft Fairs, and Studio Tours
The following list of arts and crafts events is updated throughout the year for any upcoming art festivals, crafts fairs, makers markets, art studio tours, and holiday bazaars around the Puget Sound region.