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Summer

American Crafts Festival
Splurge on furniture, home decor, or high-end jewelry and clothes made by national and international artisans. Lincoln Center, W 64th St at Broadway (craftsatlincoln.org). Mid-June, date TBD.

Housing Works Open Air Street Fair
Used books, records and CDs go for a mere $1 each, and for $20 per bag, take advantage of Housing Works Thrift Shops’ famed “all-you-can-stuff” deal on clothing and accessories. In addition to wearable items, expect craft beer and Van Leeuwen ice cream. Funds raised help Housing Works continue its support programs for New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS. Outside Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby St between Houston and Prince Sts (housingworks.org). Early June, date TBD.

Renegade Craft Fair
Hundreds of indie crafters set up shop at this two-day outdoor traveling bazaar, one of the first to champion the country’s burgeoning DIY craft movement. You’ll find all sorts of cool, handmade stuff, like creative takes on housewares, ceramics, jewelry and stationery. Of course, the requisite food stands, entertainers and DJs round out the event. McCarren Park, 900 Lorimer St between Bedford and Driggs Aves, Greenpoint, Brooklyn (renegadecraft.com). Early June, dates TBD.

Fall

Atlantic Antic
Brooklyn’s largest street festival takes over ten blocks with multiple live-entertainment stages and more than 600 local and national craftspeople. Enjoy street-fair favorites like roasted corn and Mozzarepas, or take a break by popping into the trendy restaurants and boutiques lining Atlantic Avenue. Atlantic Ave from Hicks St to Fourth Ave, Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn (atlanticave.org/antic2010). Sept 26.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Flea Market and Grand Auction
This Broadway-themed market takes up an entire block in (where else?) the Theater District. Shop for flea market items with a theatrical bent—vintage Playbills, props and set design sketches, plus books, scripts and posters—with proceeds supporting Broadway Cares. Shubert Alley, W 44th St between Seventh and Eighth Aves (broadwaycares.org). Late September, date TBD.

Bust Craftacular
Bust magazine’s twice-annual arts-and-crafts shindig attracts dozens of carefully selected craft vendors and hundreds of shoppers-cum-partygoers. Visitors can sip drinks, munch on snacks and even boogie to DJ-curated tunes while shopping for knitwear, jewelry, paper goods and cosmetics, all handmade with love by local artists. The next edition of the Craftacular will be part of the World Maker Faire (see below). World Maker Faire, New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St at 48th Ave, Corona, Queens (bust.com/craftacular). Sept 25, 26; $25, students $15.

London Terrace Street Fair
Hosted by the tenants association of Chelsea’s London Terrace towers, this street fair is as much a community gathering as it is a flea market. Anyone can sign up to hawk vintage clothing, jewelry and antiques, but many of the fair’s vendors live nearby and are all about getting to know their neighbors. W 24th St between Ninth and Tenth Aves. Late September, date TBD.

Maker Faire
Organized by Make magazine, this family-friendly event (kids and school groups are encouraged to participate) fuses science, art, crafts and engineering in a non-nerdy way. Buy robots, Tesla coils, alternative energy vehicles...or learn how to make them by participating in interactive demonstrations held by scientists, engineers and regular ol’ crafters. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St at 48th Ave, Corona, Queens (makerfaire.com). Sept 25, 26; $25, students $15.

Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit
Veterans and newbies in the fields of watercolor, photography, sculpture, jewelry and ceramics, among other media, exhibit their wares to a mix of tourists and hard-core art lovers at this twice-annual event. University Pl between Waverly Pl and E 12th St, Washington Pl between Mercer St and Washington Square East (washingtonsquareoutdoorartexhibit.org). Memorial Day weekend; September 4--6, 11, 12.

Winter

Brooklyn Lyceum Craft Markets
Held at the Brooklyn Lyceum, a 100-year-old former public bath, this semiannual market puts an equal emphasis on food and locally made clothing, jewelry and art. Brooklyn Lyceum, 227 Fourth Ave between President and Union Sts, Park Slope, Brooklyn (bkcraftcentral.com). Mid-December, dates TBD.

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also check out this up and coming outdoor market in Greenpoint, Brooklyn: bkbazaar.com