Looking for quality art fair destinations? Here are "America's best art fairs" as chosen by our readers in our Fall 2017 survey.
The fine art and craft work exhibited will delight you in its variety, quality and vision. In these days of cookie-cutter chain stores and "all stores look the same," art fairs are undeniably the most compelling shopping venue left in the country.
We invite you to attend a new festival this year and nominate your favorites in the comments below.
America's Best Art Fairs
Top Ten Art Fairs
1. Old Town Art Fair, Chicago - June 9 & 10, 2018
In the Old Town Triangle neighborhood, Chicago’s favorite art fair. "It's so quaint and welcoming. I love walking and shopping on those streets." "A local art fair that consistently brings in the highest quality and diverse art from around the country." "Located in the midst of a beautiful (old architecture) city neighborhood, good food, good music and lots to see beyond the art, enjoy the energy of a major city and the art at the same time."
2. The Ann Arbor Art Fairs, Ann Arbor, MI (all 4) - July 19-22, 2018
The nation's largest art fair covering downtown Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan campus with nearly 1000 exhibitors. "Biggest and has something for every taste." "Good Price Ranges for all people attending. Great Selection of Art." "SO BIG - if you can't find it there give up." "Huge city-wide art fair, wonderful artists."
3. Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, Winter Park, FL - March 16-18, 2018
All the artists want to be in Florida in the winter, consequently this beautiful show receives a record numbers of applicants. "Over 225 of the top artists in the country are selected, the setting for the art festival is amazing, including the best restaurants and the best musical entertainment anywhere." "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."
4. Ann Arbor Street Art Fair - The Original - July 19-22, 2018
"Hasn't lost it's focus. The Gold standard of quality art. "Nice location, excellent art, great history to the event." "The art of highly skilled artists with most, if not all, having established reputations." "A wonderful fair to find great art -- unique pieces to treasure." " Fair also encourages young upcoming artists in the New Artist Program & also includes a Kids Program."
5. Cherry Creek Art Festival, Denver, CO - July 6-8, 2018
A great excuse to plan your summer vacation in Colorado is this exciting show. Its central location draws the best artists from East and West. Survey says: "High quality artists and high quality of art, only the cream of the crop." "The diverse art keeps bringing us back." "We plan our holidays to attend this show." "Incredible Artists and a top notch experience."
6. Saint Louis Art Fair, Saint Louis, MO - Sept. 7-9, 2018
"Finally, quality art." "Consistently the highest quality artists, excellent organization of the event and highly competitive to get into as an artist." "Great layout, well run, new things to see every year." "Everything about it is perfect." "Very welcoming and well planned."
7. La Quinta Arts Festival, La Quinta, CA - March 1-4, 2018
"Spectacular high end art in a stunning setting; very upscale." "Beautiful setting, well-juried, excellent patronage." "Quality art, entertainment and food. Much fun to attend and shop." "Incredibly skilled artists at the top of their game. Quality & talent you would be hard pressed to find even in galleries. Spectacular show setting and resort style area with upscale shops, restaurants and Sunshine
8. Des Moines Arts Festival, Des Moines, IA - June 22-24, 2018
"While the event name and venues have changed through the years, the festival mission remains unwavering — to educate, inspire and engage audiences toward a heightened appreciation of visual and other forms of art and to enhance our sense of pride in the Des Moines community. More than two million domestic and international visitors have attended the Festival through the years."
9. Geneva Art Fair, Geneva, IL - July 28-29, 2018
"Located in beautiful downtown Geneva." "So many presenters and Geneva is beautiful." "The way it fits into Geneva 's downtown, support displays." "Quality, diversity, and beautiful backdrop of Geneva ’s downtown."
and a tie for #10:
10. Coconut Grove Arts Festival, Coconut Grove, FL - February 17-19, 2018
The Arts Festival is considered one of the nation’s most stellar arts festivals and is held in the charming village of Coconut Grove. For nearly one mile along Biscayne Bay’s waterfront streets, more than 360 internationally-recognized and jury-selected artists showcase their spectacular works, spanning across 15 stunning visual categories.
10. Old Florida Celebration of the Arts, Cedar Key, FL - March 24-25, 2018
"Small town - great artists; beautiful location." "It is authentic old Florida, and has some of the best art I have seen." "The locals support this show." "It is small and personal with juried fine arts. It's a lovely little community and the show is fun to do.
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Best East Coast Art Fairs
Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, Philadelphia - Nov. 2-4, 2018
Long's Park Art Festival, Lancaster, PA - Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 2018
American Crafts Festival at Lincoln Center, New York, NY - June 2018
Paradise City Arts Festival, Northampton, MA - May 26-28, 2018
Smithsonian Craft Show, Washington, D.C. - April 26-29, 2018
Best Midwest Art Fairs
Old Town Art Fair, Chicago, IL - June 9-10, 2018
Ann Arbor Art Fairs (4 shows in one), Ann Arbor, MI - July 19-22, 2018
St. James Court Art Show, Louisville, KY - Oct. 5-7, 2018
Saint Louis Art Fair, St. Louis, MO - Sept. 7-9, 2018
Geneva Arts Fair, Geneva, IL - Sept. 28-29, 2018
Best Southern Art Fairs
Coconut Grove Arts Festival, Miami, FL - Feb. 17-19, 2018
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, New Orleans, LA - April 27-May 6, 2018
Artisphere, Greenville, S.C. - May 11-13, 2018
American Craft Show, Baltimore, MD - Feb. 23-25, 2018
Best Western Art Fairs
La Quinta Arts Festival, La Quinta, CA - March 1-4, 2018
Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Denver, CO - July 6-8, 2018
Main Street Ft. Worth, Ft. Worth, TX - April 19-22, 2018
Sausalito Arts Festival, Sausalito, CA - Aug. 31-Sept. 3, 2018
Art in the High Desert, Bend, OR - Aug. 24-26, 2018
Favorite Urban Art Fairs
Main Street Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX - April 19-22, 2018
Plaza Art Fair, Kansas City, MO - Sept. 21-23, 2018
Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, Philadelphia, PA - Nov. 2-4, 2018
One of a Kind Show and Sale, Chicago, IL - April 27-29, 2018
Lakefront Festival of Art, Milwaukee, WI - June 15-17, 2018
Favorite Small Town Art Fairs
Sunriver Art Fair, Sunriver, OR - August 10-12, 2018
Old Florida Celebration of the Arts, Cedar Key, FL - March 24-25, 2018
Lakeshore Art Festival, Muskegon, MI - July 6 & &, 2018
Mount Dora Art Festival, Mt. Dora, FL - February 3 & 4, 2018
Riverwalk Art Fair, Naperville, IL - September 15 & 16, 2018
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