Looking for quality art fair destinations worth your time? Here are "America's best art fairs" as chosen by our readers in an October 2015 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 shops look the same," art fairs are undeniably the most compelling shopping venues left in the country.
We invite you to attend a new festival this year. Nominate your favorites in the comments below.
America's Best Art Fairs
Best City for Art Fairs: Chicago
Chicago has it all - indoor and outdoor art fairs. 10 of this city's shows were voted into the Top 50, with 5 of them in the Top 20. Congrats to this city full of art lovers. Making a trip to the Windy City? Plan it so you too can catch an art festival. Our list of Chicago events.
Top Ten Art Fairs
1. Old Town Art Fair, Chicago - June 11 & 12, 2016
In the Old Town Triangle neighborhood, Chicago’s favorite art fair. 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."
2. Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, Winter Park, FL - March 18-20, 2016
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."
3. One of a Kind Show and Sale, Chicago - Dec. 3-6, 2015, December 1-4, 2016
"600+ fabulous artists displaying original work. Need I say more?" " Beautiful truly one of a kind pieces in all categories." "The creativity of the high quality artists brought to this show is unmatched anywhere else ... Old favorites return again and again and the organization of the event is always flawless."
4. Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Original, Ann Arbor, MI - July 21-24, 2016 please note, this popular event which has been a Wed.-Sat. show moves to new dates in 2016, be there Thur.-Sun.!
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!"
5. Columbus Arts Festival, Columbus, OH - June 10-12, 2016
"It is so ALIVE!!! I have been to many festivals and fairs and have never seen one to this level of professionalism and scope of art forms. Everything: spoken and written word, pottery, painting, sculpture, dance, theatre, music... so much!" "Great river location, friendly, great artists." "Great venue, great artisans, great city." "Large enough but not overwhelming, affordable.
6. The Woodlands Waterway Festival, The Woodlands, TX - April 8-10, 2016
"Great local and out of state Artists attend this event every year. The location on the Waterway is gorgeous and shows Art well. The Woodlands has art located all around the town, plus there are many other things to do in The Woodlands while you are there all within walking distance of the many hotels in The Woodlands." "Artists! Venue is gorgeous! Parking and transport convenient."
7. Coconut Grove Arts Festival, Miami, FL - Feb. 13-15, 2016 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."
8. Cherry Creek Art Festival, Denver, CO - July 3-5, 2016
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." "The diverse art keeps bringing us back." "We plan our holidays to attend this show."
9. Art Fair on the Square, Madison, WI - July 9 & 10, 2016
"The size of the show and diversity of the art." "Friendly, cool stuff." "The nation's best artists & fine craft artists in a fabulous location!" "on my calendar every year for the variety and excitement."
10. La Quinta Arts Festival, La Quinta, CA - March 3-6, 2016 "Spectacular high end art in a stunning setting; very upscale." "Beautiful setting, well-juried, excellent patronage." "Cute village atmosphere, plenty of sunshine!" "Quality art, entertainment and food. Much fun to attend and shop."
Our entire 50 Best Art Fairs:
Best Regional Fairs:
Best East Coast Art Fairs
American Crafts Festival at Lincoln Center, New York, NY - June 4 & 5 & June 11 & 12, 2016
Paradise City Arts Festival, Northampton, MA - Oct. 8-10, 2016
Smithsonian Craft Show, Washington, DC - April 21-2014, 2016
Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, State College, PA - July 14-17, 2016
Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show, Philadelphia, PA - June 2-5, 2016
Best Midwest Art Fairs
Old Town Art Fair, Chicago, IL - June 11 & 12, 2016
Ann Arbor Art Fairs, (4 shows in one) Ann Arbor, MI - July 21-24, 2016
Columbus Arts Festival, Columbus, OH - June 10-12, 2016
Summerfair, Cincinnati, OH - June 3-5, 2016
Des Moines Arts Festival, Des Moines, IA - June 24-26, 2016
Best Southern Art Fairs
Naples National Art Festival (Feb), Naples, FL - Feb. 20 & 21, 2016
Great Gulfcoast Art Festival, Pensacola, FL - Nov. 4-6, 2016
Coconut Grove Arts Festival, Miami, FL - Feb. 13-15, 2016
Artfest Fort Myers, Fort Myers, FL - Feb. 6 & 7, 2016
Best Western Art Fairs
Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Denver, CO - July 2-4, 2016
La Quinta Arts Festival, La Quinta, CA - March 3-6, 2016
Sausalito Arts Festival, Sausalito, CA - Sept. 2-5, 2016
Bellevue Arts Museum ARTSfair, Bellevue, WA - July 29-31, 2016
Festival Art Show/Pageant of the Masters, Laguna Beach, CA - July 5-August 31, 2016
Favorite Urban Art Fairs
Main Street Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX - April 14-17, 2016
St. Louis Art Fair, Clayton, MO - Sept. 9-11, 2016
Plaza Art Fair, Kansas City, MO - Sept. 23-25, 2016
Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, Philadelphia, PA - Nov. 10-13, 2016
American Craft Show, Baltimore, MD - Feb. 17-21, 2016
Favorite Smaller Art Fairs
Krasl Art Fair, St. Joseph, MI - July 9 & 10, 2016
Old Florida Celebration of the Arts, Cedar Key, FL - April 9 & 10, 2016
Peoria Art Guild Fine Art Fair, Peoria, IL - Sept. 24 & 25, 2016
Artisphere, Greenville, SC - May 13-15, 2016
Park Forest Art Fair, Park Forest, IL - Sept. 17 & 18, 2016
Marion Arts Festival, Marion, IL (Cedar Rapids area) - May 16, 2016
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