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5 Things to Know for the Arts & Crafts Festival

The annual Dunedin Arts & Crafts festival usually attracts thousands to downtown. Here's what's to know if you go.

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The  takes over downtown Saturday and Sunday, and features original crafts handmade by 100 artisans in 30 states. Handcrafters are selected from hundreds of applicants in order to give participants the best experience possible.

"The public can meet the artists and discuss their artwork before making a purchase, creating a personal experience and a connection to the piece they bring into their home," said Helayne Stillings, vice president of American Craft Endeavors.

Here's what to know if you go:

  • Where/When: Vendors will be lined up along Main Street from Broadway to about Highland Avenue from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (weather pending).
  • What to See: Be sure to look for the only Dunedin artist, James Smith, who specializes in artificial floral art. Crafts range from folk art and jewelry to scented soaps and paintings. The Saturday event also features (moved on Broadway) with a wide variety of quality plants including exotics, dips and gourmet items. 
  • Cost: Admission is free. Items will be sold starting from as little $3 to $3,000. ATMs are on site.
  • What to Bring: An umbrella (the National Weather Service is predicting showers and thunderstorms). If the rain holds off, you may want to bring water to stay hydrated and cash for food vendors. Dogs must be leashed. 
  • Public Parking/Transportation: Public parking is available on Douglas Avenue (across from ), on Highland Avenue (behind ) and at the . Bicycle racks are located at intersection of Pinellas Trail and Main Street, the Dunedin Municipal Marina and . The Jolley Trolley will operate on a special events route (using Milwaukee Avenue and Skinner Boulevard to avoid crowds on Main Street).

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