Looking for the best art fair destinations? Here are "America's best art fairs" as chosen by our readers in a October 2014 survey.
The fine 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
Best in Show
The Ann Arbor Art Fairs, Ann Arbor, MI (July 15-18, 2015)
Four concurrently running art fairs on the University of Michigan campus and in downtown Ann Arbor featuring over 1000 artists from across the nation. Be prepared for an art overload and shopping beyond your wildest dreams. Survey says: "Big and beautiful. 4 art fairs all in one place - what could be better?" "HUGE HUGE HUGE !!!!! AND SO COOL !!!!!!" "Has everything!"
Top Ten Art Fairs
1. Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, Winter Park, FL (March 20-22, 2015)
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."
2. Old Town Art Fair - Chicago, IL (June 13-14, 2015)
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."
3. Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Original, Ann Arbor, MI (July 15-18, 2015)
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!"
4. Lakefront Festival of the Arts, Milwaukee, WI (June 19-21, 2015)
On the grounds of the Milwaukee Art Museum over looking Lake Michigan. Survey says: "A great festival on a great lake." "The quality, breadth and depth of exhibitors; great music; great food; spectacular lakefront location." " The selection of juried artists is sensational." "Location, location, location & quality art."
5. Coconut Grove Arts Festival, Miami, FL (February 14-16, 2015)
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." "Weather, Artists, Creativity, Diversity."
6. Krasl Art Fair, St. Joseph, MI (July 11 & 12, 2015)
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."
7. Mount Dora Art Festival, Mount Dora, FL (February 7 & 8, 2015)
On the verdant streets of historic downtown Mount Dora. Survey says: "Lovely town - excellent mix of exhibitors." "Beautiful outdoor setting at a wonderful time of year w/ great variety of participants." "Friendly people, warm weather, great deals." "Some of the best artists and the location is great."
8. Cherry Creek Art Festival, Denver, CO (July 3-5, 2015)
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."
9. MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival, Fort Worth, TX (April 9-12, 2015)
The largest four day in the Southwest on the streets in the historic downtown. A festival that has something for everyone including 200 artists and 300 performances. Survey says: "Many varied artists. Excellent entertaiment and food." "Size, quality and atmosphere keep bringing me back." "People make it the best." "Love it!"
10. Peoria Art Guild Fine Art Fair, Peoria, IL (September 26 & 27, 2015)
The historic Peoria Riverfront becomes a live art gallery where visitors can see and buy original artwork! Survey says: "Beautiful riverfront setting..wonderful pleasant folks..AND OF COURSE..the fabulous art and artists!" "Beautiful art in an awesome setting along the Illinois River."
Our entire 50 Best Art Fairs:
Best East Coast Art Fairs
American Crafts Council, Baltimore, MD - February 20-22, 2015
Long's Park Art & Crafts Festival, Lancaster, PA - August 29-August 31, 2015
Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, State College, PA - July 16-19, 2015
Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, Philadelphia, PA - Nov. 5-8, 2015
Guilford Art Center’s Craft Expo, Guilford, CT - July 17-19, 2015
Best Midwest Art Fairs
Ann Arbor Art Fairs, Ann Arbor, MI - July 15-18, 2015
Old Town Art Fair, Chicago, IL - June 13-14, 2015
Krasl Art Fair, St. Joseph, MI - July 11 & 12, 2015
Peoria Art Guild Fine Art Fair, Peoria, IL - Sept. 26 & 27, 2015
Lakefront Festival of the Arts, Milwaukee, WI - June 19-21, 2015
Best Western Art Fairs
Bayou City Art Fairs, Houston, TX
Memorial Park - March 27-29, 2015
Downtown - October 10 & 11, 2015
MAIN ST Fort Worth, Ft. Worth, TX - April 9-12, 2015
The Woodlands Waterway Art Festival, The Woodlands, TX - April 10-12, 2015
Cherry Creek Art Festival, Denver, CO - July 3-5, 2015
La Quinta Arts Festival, La Quinta, CA - March 5-8, 2015
Best Southern Art Fairs
Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, Winter Park, FL - March 20-22, 2015
Mount Dora Art Festival, Mt. Dora, FL - February 7 & 8, 2015
Coconut Grove Art Festival, Miami, FL - February 14-16, 2015
Old Florida Celebration of the Arts, Cedar Key, FL - March 28 & 29, 2015
Artfest Fort Myers, Fort Myers, FL - Feburary 7 & 8, 2015
Favorite Urban Art Fairs
One of a Kind Art Show, Chicago, IL - December 4-7, 2014
Gold Coast Art Fair, Chicago, IL - June 20 & 21, 2015
St. Louis Art Fair, Clayton, MO - September 11-13, 2015
Columbus Arts Festival, Columbus, OH - June 12-14, 2015
Sausalito Art Festival, Sausalito, CA - Sept. 4-7, 2015
Favorite Smaller Art Fairs
Park Forest Art Fair, Park Forest, IL - Sept. 19 & 20, 2015
Riverwalk Art Fair, Naperville, IL - Sept. 19 & 20, 2015
Old Florida Celebration of Arts, Cedar Key, FL - March 28 & 29, 2015
Waterfront Art Festival, Charlevoix, MI - August 8, 2015
Marion Arts Festival, Marion, IA - May 16, 2015
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