Crab cakes and crafts are reasons to be in Baltimore on the last weekend in February.
It’s easy to find crab cakes in almost every restaurant, but the crafts show is unique. Sponsored by the nonprofit American Crafts Council, the four-day event (Feb. 25-28) is the country’s largest juried indoor crafts show with 700 clay, glass, fiber, jewelry, furniture, metal, leather, paper, wood, and mixed media artists in the Baltimore Convention Center.
All of the work meets the ACC’s high standards for materials and hand-crafted techniques. Among this year’s highlights are “Craft4Kids,” “Green,” “Lawn & Garden,” and live crafts demonstrations.
For “Altcraft,” indie artists sell their creations in a shared setting rather than individual booths. Plan on spending at least two days to see it all up close.
The Baltimore Convention Center is at 1 West Pratt St. (near Inner Harbor), 800-836-3470. Thurs. and Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m-9 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. See website for admission and discounts.
Pieces by Peter Handler (above right) and Randi Solin (above left)