Whether you want to get a head start on your holiday shopping or are fascinated by watching artisans work (or, you just like a good petting zoo), you should check out the 40th annual Pink Palace Crafts Fair this weekend. It's assignment #269 in the 365 Things to Do in Memphis.
Every year, the Pink Palace throws a giant, three-day crafts fair in Audubon Park. Vendors from all over the country sell their handmade works, artisans demonstrate traditional crafts (think furniture making, metalworking, soap making and tatting), and local arts groups perform on the main stage. I recommend checking out the culinary tent, a magical world of cooking demonstrations and free samples.
There's also a hands-on area where kids can make spin art and pinch pots, get their faces painted, play games, and pet adorable animals.
The crafts fair starts on Friday, October 12th and runs through Sunday, Oct. 14th. If you're bent on shopping, I recommend going on Friday (especially during the morning), when the vendors will have the largest selections and the crowds will be the smallest.
Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and $3 for children. If you're planning to go for more than one day, pick up a two-day pass for $12. Parking in the lot off of Perkins is $3, but you can park for free off Cherry Road, south of Southern Ave and catch a shuttle to the fair.
Pink Palace Crafts Fair
Oct. 12 – 14
10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday
Corner of Perkins and Southern
$7 adults, $5 seniors, $3 kids