Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Smithsonian Craft Show/C2W Combined Show

October 21-25, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions for the Website (general public, sponsors, other stakeholders). We will set up a separate FAQ section for questions and information specific to artists.

Has The April 2020 Smithsonian Craft Show Been Cancelled?

Out of an abundance of caution because of the COVID-19 virus -, the Smithsonian Craft Show has been postponedThe new dates are October 21 (Preview Night) through October 25, 2020.  The Craft Show will now feature the more-than-100 artists juried into the Craft Show, plus a Wearable Art Boutique reflecting the focus of the fall Craft2Wear Show.  The combined Show will take place in the fall at the National Building Museum.

What Are The Hours Of The New Show?

On October 21, those with tickets from the April Show or newly purchased for the fall Show can attend the beautiful Preview Night Gala featuring wonderful food and music, as well as the chance to shop before the show opens to the public. The Show opens to the public on October 22 from 10:30 am to 5:00 pm Thursday through Sunday.   On Thursday, October 22, from 5 – 8 p.m., come  enjoy Craft + Cocktails, featuring some of the best mixologists serving signature cocktails along with music and snacks—a lively and fun way to get some early holiday shopping done.

Will The Same Artists Be Participating?

The Craft Show features the very best American craft artists showing works in twelve mediums (Basketry, Ceramics, Decorative Fiber, Furniture, Glass, Jewelry, Leather, Metal, Mixed Media, Paper, Wearables, and Wood) and who were selected by an independent jury of recognized experts.  In addition, the fall show will include designers of unique, hand-made wearable art who have been invited to participate.  The result will be a bigger, more exciting Show than either of the previous shows standing alone. 

I Have Already Bought My Ticket To The Show.  Will My Ticket Be Honored?

Yes, anyone who has already bought a ticket to either Preview Night or the daily Show, may use that ticket at the October show.  If you bought a ticket for Preview Night through Smithsonian Associates or by sending in your RSVP card, your name will be on the invitee list.  If you bought a Preview Night or show ticket through Eventbrite, you may use that ticket for the October show. 

What If I Bought A Ticket But Am Not Able To Attend On The New Dates?

If you are not able to attend the Show, we hope that you will give your ticket to someone who would enjoy the show as much as you would have or donate the proceeds of your ticket for the benefit of the Smithsonian. .  However, if you absolutely cannot attend and would like a refund, send an email requesting for a refund to with a copy of your ticket purchase confirmation.

How can I purchase tickets for the new show on October 21-25?

To purchase tickets, visit our website, and click But Tickets on the menu bar.  Admission tickets are also available at the door.

When Will The On-Line Auction Occur?

The Craft Show On-Line auction will take place as scheduled, from April 22-28, 2020, so you do not have to wait until October to shop.  We have remarkable treasures available for bidding or immediate purchase with the Buy It Now option.  All the items in the On-Line auction are donated by the same artists who are in the Show or have been in the Craft Show or Craft2Wear in previous years.  This is a chance to shop online  from the comfort of your home. All proceeds from the auction benefit the Smithsonian. To participate in the On-Line auction, go to

I Have A Group That Would Like To Attend The Show Together.  Do You Have A Group Ticket Rate?

Yes, for groups of ten and above who register together, we offer a reduced ticket rate.  We also offer a reduced ticket rate for students.  Please visit the Smithsonian Craft Show website for more information. 

Will The Visionary Artist Award And Other Awards Be Given During The Fall Show?

Yes, on October 21, 2020, immediately prior to Preview Night, Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie Bunch will give the prestigious Smithsonian Visionary Artist award to Patti Warashina, a Washington State ceramicist widely celebrated for her witty and topical figurative ceramic sculptures.  Other Craft Show artists will be recognized for excellence in their fields.  In addition, the Honoring the Future Sustainability award will be given to an artist who inspires a sustainable response to climate change. Join us on October 21, 2020 for the Visionary Awards reception from 5 – 6:30 pm to celebrate these outstanding craft artists.