Looking for quality art fair destinations worth your time? Here are "America's best art fairs" as chosen by our readers in our Fall 2016 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. 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 6 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 10 & 11, 2017
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 20-23, 2017
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. One of a Kind Show and Sale, Chicago - Dec. 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." "Best place to shop for unique holiday gifts."
4. Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, Winter Park, FL - March 17-19, 2017
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."
5. La Quinta Arts Festival, La Quinta, CA - March 2-5, 2017 "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!"
6. Ann Arbor Street Art Fair - The Original - July 20-23, 2017
"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."
7. Saint Louis Art Fair, Saint Louis, MO - Sept. 8-10, 2017
"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."
8. St. James Court Art Show, Louisville, KY - Oct. 6-8, 2017
"Love the atmosphere! Beautiful time of year!" "Best art fair because of the beautiful setting and the great variety of art instead of the same old same old!" "Huge! I like that there is a wide price range in almost every category so there really is something for everyone." "I travel to Louisville from Columbus, OH for this show." "This really is the perfect one for me with the mix of very high end, high end and moderately priced."
9. Cherry Creek Art Festival, Denver, CO - July 1-3, 2017
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."
10. Old Florida Celebration of the Arts, Cedar Key, FL - April 8 & 9, 2017
"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.
Our entire 50 Best Art Fairs:
Best Regional Fairs:
Best East Coast Art Fairs
Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, Philadelphia - November 9-12, 2017
Long's Park Art Festival, Lancaster, PA - Sept. 1-3, 2017
American Crafts Festival at Lincoln Center, New York, NY - June 4 & 5 & June 11 & 12, 2016
American Craft Show, Baltimore, MD - Feb. 24-26, 2017
Paradise City Arts Festival, Northampton, MA - Oct. 13-15, 2017
Best Midwest Art Fairs
Old Town Art Fair, Chicago, IL - June 10 & 11, 2017
Ann Arbor Art Fairs, (4 shows in one) Ann Arbor, MI - July 20-23, 2017
St. James Court Art Show, Louisville, KY - Oct. 6-8, 2017
Saint Louis Art Fair, St. Louis, MO - Sept. 8-10, 2017
Park Forest Art Fair, Park Forest, IL - Sept.16 & 17, 2017
Best Southern Art Fairs
Coconut Grove Arts Festival, Miami, FL - Feb. 18-20, 2017
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, New Orleans, LA - April 28-May 7, 2017
Artisphere, Greenville, S.C. - May 12-14, 2017
Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival, Reston, VA - May 20 & 21, 2017
Best Western Art Fairs
La Quinta Arts Festival, La Quinta, CA - March 2-5, 2017
Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Denver, CO - July 1-3, 2017
The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival, The Woodlands, TX - April 7-9, 2017
Main Street Ft. Worth, Ft. Worth, TX - April 20-23, 2017
Sausalito Arts Festival, Sausalito, CA - Sept. 1-4, 2017
Favorite Urban Art Fairs
Main Street Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX - April 20-23, 2017
Plaza Art Fair, Kansas City, MO - Sept. 22-24, 2017
Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, Philadelphia, PA - Nov. 9-12, 2017
One of a Kind Show, Chicago, IL - Dec. 1-4, 2016
Lakefront Festival of the Arts, Milwaukee, WI - June 16-18, 2017
Favorite Small Town Art Fairs
Sunriver Art Fair, Sunriver, OR - August 11-13, 2017
Old Florida Celebration of the Arts, Cedar Key, FL - April 8 & 9, 2017
Park Forest Art Fair, Park Forest, IL - Sept. 16 & 17, 2017
Lakeshore Art Festival, Muskegon, MI - July 7 & 8, 2017
Mount Dora Art Festival, Mt. Dora, FL - February 4 & 5, 2017
Riverwalk Art Fair, Naperville, IL - September 16 & 17, 2017
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