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Laudholm Nature Crafts Festival

Always the weekend after Labor Day

This juried event brings 135 exhibitors and thousands of shoppers to our beautiful seaside venue.

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The Laudholm campus of the Wells Reserve is a picture-perfect spot for a gathering of outstanding artisans and craftspeople. It's a welcoming place with friendly people and room to roam.

About the Festival

The Laudholm Nature Crafts Festival is held in Wells, Maine, on the weekend after Labor Day. This prestigious event brings many of New England's finest exhibitors, selected by jury, to display their wares for thousands of browsers. Music and local food round out the 2-day festival.

Upcoming Shows

September 7-8, 2024 (36th)
September 6-7, 2025
September 12-13, 2026

Our 36th Crafts Festival

Watch for details on the 2024 event, coming this summer!

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Shadows of sculptures at Crafts Festival

For Prospective Exhibitors

Annual Timeline

We are always looking for new and exciting works to keep the festival fresh. Whether you are a returning artist or applying for the first time, this is our timeline.

  1. January: Applications available in the middle of the month
  2. March: Deadline for entries 
  3. March/April: Jury selects invited/alternate exhibitors; all applicants notified of results
  4. May/June: Commitment/payment due from accepted artists
  5. August: Final detail letter mailed to participating artists
  6. Weekend after Labor Day: Friday set-up, Saturday and Sunday show

Why This Festival?

  • The ambience is professional vitality and country warmth
  • Often 5,000 attendees over 2 days
  • Since 1988  One of the longest-running juried craft festivals in Maine
  • A short drive from the Kennebunks and Ogunquit on Southern Maine's "gold coast"
  • Professional buyers from Portland, Portsmouth, Boston, and New York
  • Low application fee

Jurying Criteria

  • Nature Theme  The world of nature is a unifying theme, though crafts that are not conducive to reflecting the theme will not be automatically excluded
  • Quality  Workmanship should be exemplary. The applicant should be the primary creator.
  • Originality  Unique design and technique
  • Booth Setup  An attractive display with multi-level presentation, floor-length table coverings, screening from neighboring booths, and a sign with the artist or business name

Useful Tips

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