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Jacki Bils

Hello Charlotte, Are familiar with our yearly Best Art Fairs survey? Every Fall we allow people like you to vote for your favorite art shows. The shows that make our Best Art Shows list are ones that were submitted to us by people like you. Those shows are tallied up at the end of our survey and the shows with the most votes make our list. Have you ever gotten one of our emails announcing that we are looking for people to vote for their favorite art shows? If not, sign up for our emails. You can find a place to do that on nearly every page of our website. Then, in the Fall look for the survey announcement in our emails. We hope you will take part in our survey next Fall.

Jacki Bils

Hello Sue, I saw your comment about how to list your show on the Art Fair Calendar.

To get your art show listed on our Art Fair Calendar go to the home page of Art Fair Calendar. Scroll down the home page and look for Advertise your Art Fair in the narrow column on the left side of the page. On that page you will find a spot to click on that says Advertise your Art Fair. Click on that.

https://www.artfaircalendar.com/art_fair/advertise-with-us.html

Thanks for contacting us.

Jacki Bils

Hello Becky, Are familiar with our yearly Best Art Fairs survey? Every Fall we allow people like you to vote for your favorite art shows. The shows that make our Best Art Shows list are ones that were submitted to us by people like you. Those shows are tallied up at the end of our survey and the shows with the most votes make our list. Have you ever gotten one of our emails announcing that we are looking for people to vote for their favorite art shows? If not, sign up for our emails. You can find a place to do that on nearly every page of our website. Then, in the Fall look for the survey announcement in our emails. We hope you will take part in our survey next Fall.

Becky

The Sausalito Art Festival is fabulous and I was very surprised that it wasn't on any of your lists of the top shows. I've also been to a show or two that did make your list and I argue that the Sausalito Art Festival is at least as good if not better.

Sue Pajakowski

We would like to have our 2019 Old Town Art Fair information posted on your website's calendar. Please send me contact information and any forms to be completed. Thank you, Sue Pajakowski
Promotions Committee Co-Chair

Charlotte Heart

We are from the Orlando-ish FL area and always love the Winter Park Art Fest, that always has great atmosphere, great shopping areas and several cozy restaraunts right around all the art tents and concerts in the midst and so glad it keeps making your list! But we also think that the Mt. Dora FL Arts & Crafts show is one of thee best with the beautiful lake and dock area, where everyone always gets the best pics, with the old-school railroad nearby where everyone loves to watch the train go by and get pics as well. ;) The grounds are huge and the show seems to get bigger and better every yr. There is an onsite bathroom bldg that is always kept clean and a friendly welcoming band as you enter the whole area, including a back-end band near the nastalgic classic yellow house with white trim by the lake. We hope to see this one in your top group sometime as well. ;) Thank you for all your time and efforts in making this site for all the art lovers!

Joel Petersen

Bellevue Arts Fair in Bellevue Washington? Over 300,000 attend this juried fair every year. 72 years running!

Jacki Bils

Thank you Rose for suggesting the show in the Village of Waterford. We appreciate that. It sounds like a lovely setting and a great little show to attend.

Rose M Meyer

In the small town category I would include the lovely folk art and Americana
works seen at the beautiful village of Waterford ,VA the first week in
October. The setting is an authentic colonial village and the artisans present
Amazing works. Please mention it sometime

Connie Mettler

The shows in the survey were chosen by a nomination survey, that we send out every other year, asking art fair patrons to nominate the shows that they think should be on the survey. This year you can write it in, and ask your fans to write it in also. Next year it will be on the survey. Thanks for letting us know about it.

Connie Mettler

Hi Ed and Judie, never, never would we leave the Milwaukee Lakefront show off of this survey. Please look again and I'm guessing how you will vote. Thanks for being such a fan of these events.

Sandra Lassen

I just got the survey for the Top Art Shows and find that our show is not listed. A perennial favorite of visitors to central Oregon, the Sunriver Art Fair is a juried fair that has become a fixture in the event schedule in Central Oregon. How do we get it covered in your survey?

Jacki Bils

Hello Ed & Judie, It is funny that you happen to ask this question right now. We are just beginning to announce our 4th Best Art Fair survey. The survey emails are just going out to everyone on our email list. Every show that makes it to our Best Art Show list was voted for. The list is completely made up of shows that were nominated by art patrons and art show enthusiasts. We have nothing to do with the results except for publishing them. Do you know of a show that should be on our list? Take our survey and nominate your favorite shows.

Ed Seidman

Connie

What happened to the Milwaukee Show? It is one of the tops in the Midwest.

Ed&Judie

Jacki Bils

Thank you Claudia for your vote of confidence in the Tennessee Craft Fairs. By any chance did you send in your vote? That is one way to get your favorite shows on the list. Voting takes place in the fall. Send up for our emails so you will get a chance to vote.

Claudia Lee

The Tennessee Craft Fair, held in the spring and the fall, in Nashville, TN is a long-running and beautiful show. I wouldn't hesitate to reccomend it. The spring show is just for Tennessee artists but the fall show is international.
The shows are put on by Tennessee Craft, our state craft organization.
http://tennesseecraft.org/events/craft-fairs/

Jacki Bils

Hello Shaun, you are right about the Best Art Shows in America list. The list of shows is not our list of favorite shows. Plus, we actively encouraged art patrons, artists, etc to vote for their favorite shows. Every show on our list was voted for by the people who have shopped or sold their art at these shows. I hope if anybody is not happy with our list of shows that they take the time to cast their vote next year.

Shaun Willaims

Everyone complaining about the results---GET A FRIGGIN' LIFE! Seriously. They are accurate lists. These are the money-making shows with the highest average artist sales and the largest population of high-end buying patrons. That is the bottom line.

If you don't like what you are reading, simply move on and read something else.

Jacki Bils

Hello Nancy, thanks for the review of the Bay Harbor Arts Festival. You have some unfortunate yet important information that other artists would really like to know. If you wouldn't mind, could you leave a review of this show at www.ArtShowReviews.com. I am sure this information would be very helpful to artists that want to apply to this show.

Nancy jones

we tried the bay harbor show in Michigan that was listed on this site.it is in a wealthy area where on one came down to buy from us.we had a few customers from outside the area.there were maybe if we were lucky 200 people.
the woman who ran this show allowed a jeweler to put up half price signs all around her booth and never stopped her.5 of us jewelers realized it late in the show. None of us felt sure if this women made her inexpensive jewlery.the point being this was supposed to be a fine art show.it had a lot of good art but there weren't any buyers because it was not supported by the community of bay harbor.we were cheap entertainment,I didn't realize until we got to the show that it was from 10-2 on Sunday,what show ends that early on Sunday.
it was extremely humid when we set up and we weren't even offered any water.not only then but throughout the show.the promoter had one outhouse that was filthy and without water on Sunday,we had to use the bathroom in the restaurant.we were also made to walk up and down a steep hill and about 3 blocks to get to the site.there were golf carts that could have been used to help us but the promoter didn't care.we saw her on set up day and when we took down on Sunday.one artist told us she was in the restaurant on Saturday.she was very cold and insensitive to the artists.she treated us like we were beneath her.we heard from an artist who was there the previous year that a whole row of people packed up and left on Saturday.
please someone talk to this women because she is ruining a show that could have been good.

Jacki Bils

Hello J, we realize that not everyone's favorites shows land near the top of our America's Best Art Shows list. However, every show on our list was voted for by thousands of artists, art patrons, show directors and whom ever else wanted to fill out our survey. All the shows were totaled up and that is how the best shows were chosen. If you are not happy with our survey results make sure you fill out our survey next year. We would love to have you join the thousands of people who do take the time to help us put this list together.

Jacki Bils

Hello dpb, I beg to differ. This is what you may not know about our "America's Best Art Shows Survey":
Our survey is the result of thousands of artists, art patrons, show directors, and who ever wants to take part. We get the word out on our websites that we are looking for the top shows in the country. Anyone can fill out our survey. Anyone!!! And the surveys start rolling in. It was a lot of work. Everyone's votes count. We don't feed the names of the shows that we happen to like to anyone. The surveys do not have show names already on the form for people to pick from. The person filling out the survey must come up with their own show names. Hey, we invite you to take our survey next year and you can vote for your favorite shows. Once you fill out our survey you will realize how fair we are trying to be. If you know of a fairer way to choose the Best Shows in the country please pass your ideas on to us. We want our list to be as fair and accurate as possible.

J

I love the Old Town Art Fair and yay for Ann Arbor's special award! But have to comment on this: Cherry Creek was extremely poorly run last year. They tried to expand, to a street with nothing but an under-construction concrete and re-bar parking structure, surrounded by chain link fence. All the unlucky artists who were put in front of it (we were all newbies--I guess they thought just being accepted was an "honor" for us) discussed it afterward and decided we would never go back.

dpb

f. cassaday:
The La Quinta Arts Festival has been ranked the number one art fair in the country by Art Fair Sourcebook for the past two or three years. THAT is how they can make that claim. It's a different rating system with a different metric.

Yeah, it's debatable...like the ludicrous idea that Ann Arbor could possibly be deemed number one in THIS listing or that something like Peoria could even come in within the top ten or that Main Street Fort Worth would be way down at number nine.

It's all very subjective...and often wrong.

Jacki Bils

Hello F. Cassady, We can not speak for La Quinta on their marketing practices. I think you would need to ask them about that. All I can say is La Quinta was chosen as one of the top five shows in the west in a poll that we did here not too long ago. We solicited for any art patron or artist to take our survey to decide which shows were the best in the country. We had an overwhelming response. The results have been published in our America's Best Juried Fine Art Fairs list. Thanks for your comment F. Cassady.

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