Annual Events

Hot Night in the City

JULY 22, 2022

Celebrating the “hot” processes and traditions of craft creation, the Worcester Center for Crafts’ Hot Night in the City practically combusts each summer with music, food, drinks, the opening of an exhibit, and fun around the flames. All are welcome as we explore the hot processes of craft in and outside of the Center.


The dusk darkness dissipates as Craft Center artists demonstrate their profession in our studios. There is a lot of hands-on fun for the fearless and demonstrations for the appreciator. We hold Hot Night in the City rain or shine.

For more information click here. Questions? contact Candace Casey,

American Craft Fair at Tower Hill Botanic Garden

OCTOBER 15 + 16, 2022 - Free with Tower Hill admission

The Worcester Center for Crafts and Tower Hill Botanic Garden have partnered to present a juried fair of American craftwork. Hosted at Tower Hill, the show features fine artisans representing ceramics, jewelry, wood, metalworking, glass, mixed metals, painting, fiber arts, and more. The fair is held indoors, and is free with admission paid to Tower Hill Botanic Garden.


Want to participate in the fair as an artist with work for sale? Download and complete the application to have your work considered for next year's festival. Please contact us at for additional information. American Craft Fair booths are currently FULL for the 2022 dates.

Holiday Festival of Crafts

NOVEMBER 25 - 27, 2022 - $5 Admission at door

Friday & Saturday - 10am-5pm, Sunday 11am-4pm

Once a year, the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday after Thanksgiving, the Worcester Center for Crafts is transformed into a European-style holiday marketplace complete with twinkly lights and the sweet smell of evergreens. This juried marketplace celebrates American handmade craft and is our antidote to the big-box madness of holiday shopping. By bringing together craft artists of the highest caliber all under one roof, the Holiday Festival of Crafts is a one-stop holiday shopping opportunity for unique, handmade gifts in a range of prices for men, women, and children. Craft collectors also will find that this is an opportunity to compare a wide range of work suitable for collecting.


Usually featuring over 50 fine craft artists and their work, the Festival is held indoors and includes free lot and street parking.

Want to participate in the festival as an artist with work for sale? Download and complete the application to have your work considered for this festival. Please contact us at for additional information.

Pasta Dinner

MARCH 4, 2023


A night filled with food, ceramic wonders and fun! Enjoy a pasta dinner catered by a local restaurant and explore a gallery of beautiful handmade ceramic plates to pick one to bring home.  Each plate is lovingly made in our very own Ceramics Studio and there will definitely be more than one calling your name, so choose your favorite wisely!  Watch ceramic demos in the studio and browse items at the silent auction all to benefit the Worcester Center for Crafts!

Ticket information: VIP admission will take place from 4-5 PM for $65 per person, and general admission will take place at 5 PM at $45 per person. Tickets will be available for purchase later this year, so please stay tuned for more details!

Pottery Invitational


Juried this year by returning guest curator, Lindsay Oesterritter, the Invitational provides an opportunity for everyone from pottery aficionados to the casually interested to discover an accomplished group of American ceramic artists and to shop their beautiful wares. Our 2022 Invitational will feature a limited selection of works from nationally recognized artists from across the country, demonstrating the breadth of the ceramic field.