The annual Redbud Arts and Crafts Festival in Three Rivers is held every May.. It was started in 1974 by members of the Redbud Garden Club (founded in 1951) and residents of the town who were members of the local golf club. After the first Redbud Festival, a short article appeared in the local newspaper quoting one of the founders who said they hoped it would become an annual event. Now 40 years later, "the Redbud" as the locals call it, is one of our best community gatherings.
The Redbud Festival is now sponsored by the Arts Alliance of Three Rivers. The festival features local artists, musicians and food, with around 60 booths. All exhibited arts and crafts must be original and all items must be handcrafted by the exhibitor. A wide range of art is shown, including hand-thrown pottery as well as clay sculpture, handcrafted jewelry, handwoven shawls, scarves, and placemats made from old blue jeans, local photography, oil painting, locally made organic skin care products, an exquisite selection of gourd art, a children's art exhibit, lathe-turned bowls, handwoven baskets, and handmade paper.
A “Pick a Prize” raffle is held to support the Lorraine Young Memorial Scholarship Fund of the Arts Alliance. Each artist is asked to donate a piece of artwork for the raffle. Scholarships benefit local students pursuing careers in the arts.
Saturday hours are from 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday hours are from 10 am to 4 pm.
It is held at the Veteran's Memorial Building in Three Rivers, California, surrounded by the beautiful Sierra Nevada Foothills along the North Fork of the Kaweah River.
Directions: Go east on Hwy 198 into Three Rivers, look for the Memorial Building on the right, at the intersection of Skyline Drive and Hwy 198.