The art and craft work exhibited will delight you in its variety, quality and vision. In these days of strip malls and cookie cutter chain stores, art fairs are undeniably the most interesting shopping venues left in the country.
We invite you to find a new festival this year and nominate your favorites in the comments below.
America's Best Art Fairs
Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, Winter Park, FL (March 21-23, 2014)
All the artists want to be in Florida in the winter, consequently this beautiful show receives a record numbers of applicants. Survey says: "Great variety of quality artists." "The art is incredible. I travel over 1,000 miles for this show." "Excellent quality of art, perfect climate, good mix of activities for every age and budget."
Old Town Art Fair - Chicago, IL (June 14-15, 2014 )
In the Old Town Triangle neighborhood this fair is Chicago’s favorite. Survey says: "Quality art, in a beautiful neighborhood." "The variety and quality of artists is especially good, continually changing." "The added benefit of the architecture/historic neighborhood and the walking tour of hidden gardens, makes for a very family-friendly art fair."
Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Original, Ann Arbor, MI (July 16-19, 2014)
Survey says: "Great venue, I always see great quality and that "wow" factor." "Four art fairs together, what's not to love?" "Best mix of quality and creativity, price range and diversity of art. It just keeps getting better!" Actually ALL the Ann Arbor Art Fairs are one big event that are attached over MANY blocks of Ann Arbor. I love it!"
Des Moines Arts Festival, Des Moines, IA (June 27-29, 2014)
Survey says: "Good art, good people, good food, good vibe!" "The people in Des Moines go all out to make this festival great for everyone. Intriguing kids activities, emerging artist programs, and a selection of the best artists in the country." "It's just so much fun, every year!" The artists chosen to present their work are the best I've seen."
Coconut Grove Arts Festival, Miami, FL (February 15-17, 2014)
Always on President’s Day weekend on the shores of Biscayne Bay under the palm trees. Survey says: "The artists and the setting is beyond compare!" "Quality, variety and 350 exhibitors." "Everything is beautifully displayed and convenient in a beautiful waterfront setting, with great food and music too."
La Quinta Arts Festival, La Quinta, CA (March 6-9, 2014)
Survey says: "This is the classiest event in the country! Very upscale from the artists to the patrons." "Quality of art in the most stunning setting!" "Location and quality and diversity of the art is exceptional." "It is outside, diverse artists, pricing for everyone - just quality all the way in every way."
One of a Kind Show, Chicago, IL (December 5-8, 2013)
Downtown Chicago's Merchandise Mart is a great setting for holiday shopping. Survey says: "Awesome, awesome unique art!" "It is indoors and right before the holidays, with a wide range of vendors, media, and artists from all over the USA & Canada." "They have the best selection and a wide range of prices."
Krasl Art Fair, St. Joseph, MI (July 12-14, 2014)
Set on the bluffs overlooking Lake Michigan, visitors fall in love with this show. Survey says: "Quality art and wonderful setting." "I love the Lake Michigan setting and the people that come to the fair." "Beautiful atmosphere, perfect venue, in a premier location with excellent art and kind people." "Wonderful art under large shady trees."
American Craft Exposition, Evanston, IL (August 22-24, 2014)
Showcasing the country’s finest craftspeople, this prestigious, juried indoor exposition and sale of fine craft includes one-of-a-kind pieces, quality collections and uniquely creative artwork. Survey says: "This show has the best artists and art." "Beautiful and unusual assortment with great artists."
Cherry Creek Art Festival, Denver, CO (July 4-6, 2014)
A great excuse to plan your summer vacation in Colorado is this well-managed exciting show. Its central location draws the best artists from East and West. Survey says: "High quality artists and high quality of art." "The diverse art keeps bringing us back." "We plan our holidays to attend this show."
Our entire 50 Best Art Fairs:
Best East Coast Art Fairs
Paradise City, Northampton, MA - May 24-26, 2014
Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, State College, PA
July 10-13, 2014
Long's Park, Lancaster, PA - August 29-Sept. 1, 2014
American Crafts Council Show, Baltimore, MD - February 21-23, 2014
Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, Philadelphia, PA
Nov. 7-10, 2013
Best Midwest Art Fairs
Old Town Art Fair, Chicago, IL - June 14-15, 2014
Des Moines Arts Festival, Des Moines, IA - June 27-29, 2014
Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Original, Ann Arbor, MI - July 16-19, 2014
Krasl Art Fair, St. Joseph, MI - July 12-14, 2014
Uptown Art Fair, Minneapolis, MN - August 1-3, 2014
Best Western Art Fairs
Cherry Creek Art Festival, Denver, CO - July 4-6, 2014
La Quinta Arts Festival, La Quinta, CA - March 6-9, 2014
Laguna Beach Festival of the Masters, Laguna Beach, CA
July 6-August 30, 2014
Art in the Pearl, Portland, OR - Aug. 30-Sept. 1, 2014
Sausalito Art Fair, Sausalito, CA - August 30 - Sept. 1, 2014
Best Southern Art Fairs
Artfest Fort Myers, Fort Myers, FL - February 1 & 2, 2014
Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, Winter Park, FL - March 21-23, 2014
Coconut Grove Art Festival, Miami, FL - February 15-17, 2014
Artisphere, Greenville, SC - May 9-11, 2014
Bayou City Art Festival (Memorial Park), Houston, TX
March 21-23, 2014
Favorite Urban Art Fairs
One of a Kind Art Show, Chicago, IL - December 5-8, 2013
Coconut Grove Art Festival, Miami, FL - February 15-17, 2014
St. Louis Art Fair, Clayton, MO - September 5-7, 2014
Columbus Arts Festival, Columbus, OH - June 6-8, 2014
Main Street Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX - April 10-13, 2014
Favorite Smaller Art Fairs
Park Forest Art Fair, Park Forest, IL - September 20 & 21
Marion Arts Festival, Marion, IA - May 17, 2014
Midsummer Arts Festival, Sheboygan, WI -
Peoria Art Guild Fine Art Fair, Peoria, IL - Sept. 27 & 28, 2014
Kentuck, Northport, AL - October 18 & 19, 2014
Best Cities for Art Fairs
Chicago, IL - Chicagoans love their festivals and you'll love them too.
- 57th Street Art Fair, Hyde Park neighborhood - June 7 & 8, 2014
- Old Town Art Fair, Old Town Triangle - June 14 & 15, 2014
- Gold Coast Art Fair, Grant Park - June 28 & 29, 2014
- Chicago Tribune N. Michigan Ave. Festival, downtown - July 11-13, 2014
- American Craft Exposition, Evanston - August 22-24, 2014
- Port Clinton Art Festival, Highland Park - August 23 & 24, 2014
- Park Forest Art Fair, Park Forest - September 21 & 22, 2014
- SOFA (Sculpture, Objects & Functional Art), Navy Pier - November 1-3, 2013
- One of a Kind Show, Merchandise Mart - December 5-8, 2013
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Ann Arbor, MI - July 16-19, 2014
The granddaddy of all the other successful art festivals in the country, this event draws 100,000's of art lovers to the city every July. They come for the quality of the art, the variety, the setting and the opportunity to meet artists from across the nation.
It is a operated as a confederation of four shows that share city services and keep the same dates and hours. Over 1000 exhibitors show up ready to meet you. Ann Arbor turns into "Art Fair City" every July for four days. They include:
- Ann Arbor Street Fair - www.artfair.org
- State Street Area Art Fair
- Summer Art Fair - www.theguild.org
- Ann Arbor’s South University Art Fair
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