Cherrywood Art Fair is an art-filled two-day event showcasing Texas artists, live music and great food, as well as activities for children in a FREE, family-friendly environment. Now in its 12th year with more than 85 artists, Cherrywood Art Fair has established itself as one of the premiere art fairs in Austin!
For the real nitty-gritty, Cherrywood Art Fair is an annual production of Chula League, an East Austin 501(c)3 non-profit. Proceeds benefit Chula League’s Little Artist BIG ARTIST Program, and the Chula League mission to support arts, art education, and artful outdoor spaces in East Austin.
No! The Cherrywood Art Fair will be open for business – rain, sleet or shine! Break out the winter clothes and keep your plans to join us. Once you’re at the Fair grab a cup of Hot Cocoa or Spicy Noodle Soup from our Foodpalooza vendors, and snuggle up under a patio heater while you’re shopping at some of the outside artists tents or head on inside for our 45 indoor makers, auction and kids art corner.
A a printable version of the 2013 Cherrywood Art Fair Booth Map can be downloaded HERE with a guide to ARTISTS, MAKERS, FOOD, and a schedule with the MUSIC LINEUP and FAMILY FUN ACTIVITIES. Maps are also available all three entrance doors during the Fair, but if you get it now you can lay out your PERSONAL SHOPPING ROUTE!!
Cherrywood Art Fair is held on the campus of the beloved Maplewood Elementary School, located in the heart of East Austin, at the corner of 38 ½ Street and Maplewood Avenue. The Maplewood Elementary facility was built in 1948, and provides a unique backdrop to the down-home friendliness of the Fair.
Maplewood Elementary School
3808 Maplewood Avenue
Austin, Texas 78722
There are plenty of bus routes and we always welcome bicyclists! Cherrywood Art Fair has disabled parking and is handicap accessible.
Cherrywood Art Fair is on the second weekend of December each year. This year the Fair will be December 7th and 8th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Not a dime! Thanks to our generous sponsors, Cherrywood Art Fair is FREE to the public! Come on down and see us! We promise there’s nothing else like it!
There will be 85 artists at the Fair, offering art in these categories:
3D ART (Sculpture, Wood, Metal, etc.)
CERAMICS OR POTTERY
FINE ART (Drawings & Painting in Pencil, Pastels, Oils, Acrylics, Watercolors, etc.)
HOME DÉCOR & BEAUTY (Candles, Soaps, Frames, Yard Art, etc.)
KIDS & PETS (Toys, Games, Clothes, Pet toys and Accessories, etc.)
PAPERMAKING (Handmade Papers, Journals, Card Sets, etc)
PHOTOGRAPHY (Color, B&W, Digital Art, etc.)
PRINTMAKING (Lithography, Serigraphy, etc.)
TEXTILES & ACCESSORIES (Fabrics, Clothing, Hair)
Price points for art range from tens to hundreds of dollars, and there is something for everyone on your holiday gift list, and for yourself as well.
If you want to see examples of past offerings, look here. You’ll find everything from the whimsical to the traditional, and everywhere in between. Gorgeous stuff!
There is a new option this year to avoid the neighborhood parking crunch:
*FREE 14-Person Shuttle Bus to FREE Parking Lot*
Pine Street Station
1101 E 5th St | Austin, TX 78702
Park and ride at a free parking lot on East 5th St between Brushy and Waller—pickup at San Marcos & E 5th St.
Shuttle departs here from Pine St Station Sat & Sun noon–5pm on the top of the of the hour and at the bottom of the hour (1:30, 2:30, etc.) from Maplewood Elementary.
Additionally, here are our top five Parking Tips to make Cherrywood Art Fair your favorite way to shop local and support your artists!
*Get to the Fair Early*
Early bird gets the worm. Put your winter coat over your pajamas (you’ll look uber hip and relaxed) and cruise on over to the fair. You can get a great cup of coffee, breakfast for your family and a KILLER parking space.
Friends don’t let Friends Shop Alone! Call your favorite weekend shopping buddies and carpool over to Cherrywood Art Fair.
*Bike over to Cherrywood*
We have plenty of bike racks. So throw an empty backpack on and bike to the fair. You’ll be sure to stuff your napsack with lots of gifts and burn some holiday calories along the way.
*Take the City Bus*
If you didn’t know it already, kids love to ride the city bus! Catch the city bus down to the fair and enjoy snuggling up with your loved ones and enjoy the site-seeing on the way to the fair. There’s a bus stop right next to the Fair! Using Capital Metro’s trip planner makes it super easy.
*Be Prepared to Walk*
We’re not gonna lie Folks, Cherrywood Art Fair is in the heart of the Cherrywood Neighborhood, not a strip mall. Make sure to don your sporty shoes and enjoy the neighborhood’s creative landscaping as you walk to the fair.
Note: Disabled Parking is located on Maplewood Avenue near the parking lot entrance. Directional signs will be posted.
Applications are open to all Texas artists. Cherrywood Art Fair is a juried event. We look at quality, diversity of media, and other criteria when selecting our vendors. This assures a quality product sold in a quality environment. NO JUNK, NO KIDDING! We have 85 booths, and we include at least 15 new artists each year.
As Cherrywood Art Fair has grown, our show has become more and more competitive. If you are interested in applying for our next show, mark your calendar for July 23rd and visit our website. No applications will be accepted after the closing date on September 14, at midnight.
Please sign up for our mailing list (look in the sidebar for a place to submit your email address)! We’ll keep you apprised of volunteer, sponsorship, shopper and event information!
Yes, indeed! This year, we are expanding our food section, so just roll out of bed and come have a fantastic cup of Joe with us at the Fair. We’ll have healthy food for the kids, and yummy stuff for you and yours ALL DAY LONG! The complete food vendor lineup can be found here.
The ‘Food-Palooza’ will feature some of the best local food artists in the area. Food trucks and vendors will be set up near the outdoor stage and community area. There will something scrumptious for everyone to snack on:
- Tapas sandwiches from Tapas Bravas,
- Delicious house made sausages (& condiments) from Salt & Time
- Decadent European cookies from Bake Austin, Wrm drinks from Elixer coffee
- Empanadas from mmmpanadas
- Southeast Asian noodles from the cuisines of China, Malaysia, and Singapore at DFG Noodles
- Architecturally-inspired, gourmet and unique ice cream sandwiches from CoolHaus
The Artist’s Lounge is always in need of good homemade food to supplement grocery store fare. Drop us a line, at , and we’ll be in touch with you for more information. We’d love to hear from you!