Craft Shows Near Nampa, ID

by Nicole Brown

Nampa, Idaho is known for its agriculture but this city just outside of Boise also hosts a variety of craft shows that are scheduled throughout the year. Whether you are looking for fine art, homemade goods or even edible crafts, the craft shows in Nampa and the surrounding area feature a wide selection for every taste.

Nampa Festival of the Arts

The Nampa Festival of the Arts has occurred annually since 1990. Each year around August, the festival sets up in Lakeview Park in the heart of Nampa. The festival features live entertainment including bands, singers and dancing but the highlight of the festival is the lineup of over 150 vendors who sell their wares, including crafts and art. Visitors will find everything from handmade jewelry, leather-work and pottery to recycled art.

Boise Basin Quilters Annual Quilt Show

The Boise Basin Quilters is Idaho's largest quilting guild. Each year the guild hosts a Quilt Show in late June in Boise at which members exhibit their crafts and the public can learn more about quilting. There are also vendors and a Gift Garden, where quilts and quilting products can be purchased. Visitors to the show can take part in a silent auction and bid for the show's featured quilt.

Potpourri Craft and Chocolate Affaire

The Potpourri Craft and Chocolate Affaire is an annual event held in November in the Nampa Civic Center. It is co-sponsored by the Soroptimist Club of Nampa to benefit local nonprofit organizations. It features over 100 vendor booths offering chocolate creations and fine crafts, allowing visitors to shop early for Christmas and enjoy excellent chocolate for a good cause.

Art in the Park

Art in the Park is hosted by the Boise Art Museum (boiseartmuseum.org) in early September. Art in the Park has been held annually since 1954 and is one of the largest arts and crafts exhibitions in the Northwest. For three days, over 200 artists showcase their arts and crafts in an open-air setting in Julia Davis Park, adjacent to the picturesque Boise River. In addition to arts and crafts, the event features live entertainment, food and a children's arts and crafts area. Proceeds from the event benefit the Boise Art Museum.

About the Author

Nicole Brown has been a freelance writer since 2007. She works as an administrative professional in the legal field and does freelance writing part-time. She has an associate degree in business administration from American Intercontinental University and a bachelor's degree in public administration from the University of Phoenix.