Just like most other states, Virginia hosts many craft shows on an annual basis. The events held in Virginia, however, are unique because of their varied focus. While some of these craft shows are what you'd normally expect from a fair, and there are also those with a category all on their own. Let's take a peek at some of these events so that you get an idea of what I'm talking about:
Each year, there is a convention for anime, manga, and otherwise Japanese culture that occurs in Crystal City, Virginia. It is traditionally held at the weekend before Thanksgiving Day, it usually has no place for local craftspeople. Although, as I have made my way through this particular event, I noticed some people who have taken it upon themselves to adapt. They make sculptures of popular anime characters, and it sells well during this time of the year.
Another interesting craft show that may seem different to the classical ones is the MAGfest; short for Music And Gaming Festival. The main feature of this event is the group of large open video gaming rooms, as well as loud but talented bands who draw inspiration from the video games they play. Like the anime convention, these events prove to be a successful venue to sell custom-made sculptures and figurines.
Now we go to another convention, but this time it is the preferred event of science-fiction fanatics. As the blending of futuristic events and fantasy gets more popular, RavenCon's science fiction convention gets a constantly increasing attendance. Space ship models take center stage here, with the sci-fi inspired miniatures getting only middling attention. Why get a figurine when you can have an autograph from the actors present, after all?
I find these events to be quite interesting, but I also understand the sentiments of people who find it too different from a standard craft show. And while yes, the crafts are not the main focus in these events, there are still plenty of opportunities for those like me who have an artistic streak. Whatever the case, you can always search for craft shows in Virginia if you prefer the classical craft shows.