The people have spoken. Thousands of you nationwide voted these art festivals as their "must attend" art fairs year in and year out:
Artfest Fort Myers, Fort Myers, FL - February 1 & 2, 2014
Mount Dora Art Festival, Mount Dora, FL - Feb. 1 & 2, 2014
Coconut Grove Arts Festival, Miami, FL - February 15-17, 2014
ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival, Jupiter, FL - February 15-17, 2014
American Craft Show, Baltimore, MD - February 21-23, 2014
Naples National Art Festival (Feb), Naples, FL - Feb. 22 & 23, 2014
La Quinta Arts Festival, La Quinta, CA - March 6-9, 2014
Bayou City Art Festival (Memorial Park), Houston, TX - March 21-23, 2014
Main Street Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX - April 10-13, 2014
Smithsonian Craft Show, Washington, DC - April 10-13, 2014
The Woodlands Waterway Festival, The Woodlands, TX - April 12 & 13, 2014
Brookside Art Annual, Kansas City, MO - May 2-4, 2014
Artisphere, Greenville, SC - May 9-11, 2014
Art on the Square, Belleville, IL - May 16-18, 2014
East Lansing Art Festival, East Lansing, MI - May 17 & 18, 2014
Paradise City Arts Festival, Northampton, MA - May 24-26, 2014
Columbus Arts Festival, Columbus, OH - June 6-8, 2014
57th Street Art Fair, Chicago, IL - June 7 & 8, 2014
American Crafts Festival at Lincoln Center, New York, NY - June 7-8 & June 14-15, 2014
Old Town Art Fair, Chicago, IL - June 14-15, 2014
Royal Oak Clay, Glass & Metal Show, Royal Oak, MI - June 14 & 15, 2014
Lakefront Festival of the Arts, Milwaukee, WI - June 20-22, 2014
Des Moines Arts Festival, Des Moines, IA - June 27-29, 2014
Boston Mills Artfest, Peninsula, OH - June 27-29 & July 4-6
Gold Coast Art Fair, Chicago, IL - June 28 & 29, 2014
Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Denver, CO - July 4-6, 2014
Festival of Arts/Pageant of the Masters, Laguna Beach, CA - July 6-August 30, 2014
Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, State College, PA - July 10-13, 2014
Krasl Art Fair, St. Joseph, MI - July 12 & 13, 2014
Art Fair on the Square, Madison, WI - July 12 & 13, 2014
Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Original, Ann Arbor, MI - July 16-19, 2014
Summer Art Fair (The Guild), Ann Arbor, MI - July 16-19, 2014
State Street Area Art Fair, Ann Arbor, MI - July 16-19, 2014
South University Art Fair, Ann Arbor, MI - July 16-19, 2014
Uptown Art Fair, Minneapolis, MN - August 1-3, 2014
Crested Butte Arts Festival, Crested Butte, CO - August 2 & 3, 2014
Waterfront Art Festival, Charlevoix, MI - August 9, 2014
American Craft Exposition, Evanston, IL - August 22-24, 2014
Port Clinton Art Festival, Highland Park, IL - August 23 & 24, 2014
Long's Park Art & Craft Festival, Lancaster, PA - August 29-Sept. 1, 2014
Sausalito Arts Festival, Sausalito, CA - August 30 - Sept. 1, 2014
Art in the Pearl, Portland, OR - Aug. 30-Sept. 1, 2014
St. Louis Art Fair, Clayton, MO - Sept. 5-7, 2014
Art & Apples, Rochester, MI - Sept. 5-7, 2014
Riverwalk Art Fair, Naperville, IL - Sept. 13 & 14, 2014
Plaza Art Fair, Kansas City, MO - Sept. 19-21, 2014
Park Forest Art Fair, Park Forest, IL - September 20 & 21
Peoria Art Guild Fine Art Fair, Peoria, IL - Sept. 27 & 28, 2014
St. James Court Art Show, Louisville, KY - October 3-5, 2014
Sugarloaf Craft Festival (Oct.), Gaithersburg, MD - Oct. 10-12, 2014
Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands, Asheville, NC - Oct. 16-19, 2014
SOFA (Int'l Expositions of Sculpture Objects & Functional Art), Chicago, IL - Oct. 31-Nov. 3
Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, Philadelphia, PA - Nov. 7-10, 2013
One of a Kind Show and Sale, Chicago, IL - December 5-8, 2013
Winterfair, Columbus, OH - December 6-8, 2013
Addendum: a peek at the survey ...
Our Best Art Fair Awards survey process began in August with a round of nominations. Participation was high with more than 1,000 nominations received online. After nominations were closed, voting ran through September, receiving many hundreds more votes and comments from across the country.
Here are some of the questions voters responded to:
(If you'd like more details from our Survey to improve your Art Fair, email connie @ artfaircalendar.com for copies and art fair consulting services.)
- Please select up to five of your favorite art fairs.
- Which art fair is the best in the country?
- Please rate the following options as to their importance for you in determining what is a "best art fair." Choose #1 first and then pull down each choice separately and rate it from 1 to 9.
- What is the best Northeast art fair? Why? (Northeast includes Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, CT, New York, New Jersey, PA, Delaware, D.C., Maryland, MA): Please only vote for this if you know these shows/this region.
- What is the best Midwestern show? Why? (Midwest includes Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, N. Dakota, S. Dakota and Wisconsin): Please only vote for this if you know these shows/this region.
- What is the best Western show? Why? (West includes Colorado, Nevada, Montana, Idaho, Washington, California, New Mexico, Arizona, Oregon, Utah, Wyoming): Please only vote for this if you know these shows/this region.
- What is the best Southern show? Why? (Southern includes Virginia, W. Virginia, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, N. Carolina, S. Carolina, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas): Please only vote for this if you know these shows/this region.
- What is the best big city art fair? This is optional: Please only vote for this if you are familiar with a specific show.
- What smaller show is the most fun and is your favorite? This is optional: Please only vote for this if you are familiar with a specific show.
- Why do you attend art fairs? Please check all that apply:
- How do you find out about art fairs?
- What is your favorite art fair website?
- Are there art festivals you used to attend but don't any more? If so, why not?
- Over the last five years how many art fairs have you attended?
- How far have you traveled to attend an art fair?
- Do you plan your vacations and getaways to attend your favorite art festivals?
- Who is your favorite artist?
- Do you have any suggestions for art festival organizers on how to improve their events?
- How did you hear about this survey?
- What did we miss that you would like to see on next year's survey?
We had several thousand replies to this inaugural survey.
Amazingly, 92.5% of the respondents completed the entire survey and followed all the prompts! No "cat herding" necessary.
Many thanks to everyone who took the Best Art Fair Awards survey.
We have gathered a lot of helpful information about the art fair business that we can share with your art fair.
Want to put these findings to work to improve your art event?
Connie Mettler, the Publisher of ArtFairCalendar.com and this Best Art Fairs survey, has this and much more art fair industry expertise to help improve your art fair. Email her about art fair consulting services at connie (at) artfaircalendar.com.