From downtown Boston to Western Mass, ’tis the season to take your shopping outdoors. New England, as one of the oldest populated areas in the country and a long-time haven for artists, has antiques, art and craft fairs galore.
SoWa Open Market
Boston’s go-to stroll, shop, drink and dine Sunday hot spot. Peruse a curated arts market of local makers, a farmer’s market, food truck bazaar and the SoWa Beer Garden amidst a vibrant backdrop of artist studios, galleries, boutiques and vintage stores.
May-October 460 Harrison Ave., Boston, Mass.
Brimfield Antiques Show
Flea Market Flip fans know this place. The country’s big daddy flea market is too massive to imagine and should not be missed for deals on just about anything.
July 9-14, September 3-8 Route 20, Brimfield, Mass.
Mystic Outdoor Art Festival
Browse the work of more than 230 juried, nationally known practitioners of fine art along a two-mile stretch in Mystic’s scenic downtown.
August 10-11 Mystic, Conn.
The Vineyard Artisans Festivals
Jewelry, furniture, sea salt and fine art, among all kinds of other goodies, crafted by artisans from the island of Martha’s Vineyard, where this fair is set.
June and September (Sunday only), July-August (Sunday and Thursday) and August 30-September 1 Historic Grange Hall, West Tisbury, Mass.
The Nantucket Summer Antiques Show
This carefully curated show managed by the Antiques Council reflects the sophisticated appetites of Nantucket Island’s well-heeled summer community. Find whaling artifacts, maps and rare books mingling with more standard antiques fare.
61 Sparks Ave., Nantucket, Mass.