Craft and Art Fairs
Fair goers know they can enjoy food, entertainment, rides, and animals, but fairs are much more than just that. Let’s take a look at what else is available at many fairs all across the country and why people love them so much:
1. OC Fair, California
Crafts and woodworking – this part of fair is always fascinating, because you can see how much talent is around you in your area, from wooden musical instrument makers to hand-made quilt crafters, and jewelry makers.
OC Promenade Culinary Arts – this is a place for learning something new and observing chefs at their craft, making sushi, charcuterie, and even bar drinks.
Visual Arts – exhibits about watercolor, woodcarving, Photoshop, farming, and more, so come in and feast your eyes.
Carnival, Parade, and Festival of products – this place is for shopping, which is why some of us come to the fair in the first place. Visit all the vendors and get whatever you might need, from spa products to hammocks, culinary supplies, and cool stationery.
Gallery 15 – you will find flower arrangements and live plants here, in addition to various collections, from ceramic eggs to tribal masks.
Muddy’s Studio – watch artists at work making pottery, vases, and more.
The Courtyard – this place is for all wine lovers, where they can sample award-winning local wines and attend wine seminars.
Explorium – perfect place for kids to get a break from heat and enjoy exploring bugs, butterflies, and reptiles. Kids love crafts there, water-balloons, eating contests, and magic shows.
Baja Blues – you’ll have everything there: music, food, beer, and mingling.
Silo Gallery – floral arrangements, garden information, bee education, and best of all, cool AC.
Agricultural-themed lounges to learn about California agriculture, staple foods and fruit grown here, while you are relaxing on couches made of palettes and cushions out of recycled banners from last year.
2. Plaza Art Fair, Kansas, MO
This national art event covers 9 city blocks, sees crowds of over 250,000 people, features 240 artists, 20 restaurant booths, and celebrates the beginning of fall with 3 different stages. People come from all over to enjoy art, food, music, and each other.
3. St. James Court Art Show, Louisville, KY
The fair is known for its fine arts and contemporary crafts and attracts over 250,000 visitors each year. This is a perfect place to get hand-made handcrafted items directly from makers, especially in October, and has been for 62 years.
4. Park Forest Fine Art Fair, IL
Artists display their work during this fair and some of them earn a place for their art in Tall Grass Gift Shop, association of which operates a regional art gallery and organizes the fair. The event takes place in September and places are very coveted.
5. One of a Kind Holiday Show, Chicago, IL
Every artist in US should apply to be a part of this fair and get a chance to sell to thousands of visitors. The fair takes place in April and December and is one of the best places to get hand-made gifts and home décor items.
Artists, designers, and makers that get approved offer high quality original merchandise and unprecedented craftsmanship.
6. Bayou City Art Festival Downtown, Houston, TX
This outdoor event is one of the best ranked fine art festivals in the country. Jury judge artists and only some of them get a right to participate in the fair, so you can expect only the best merchandise sold there.
7. Delray Affair, Delray Beach, FL
This spring art bonanza features close to 600 artists and craftsmen every April. And this being held in Southern Florida makes is a perfect spot for a getaway.
8. Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival, Reston, VA
This May festival is in its 28th year and is one of top 5 national outdoor art festivals. You can expect high quality unique hand-made artworks while spending time in the beautiful setting and mingling with art experts and lovers.
9. Artisphere, Greenville, SC
The fair has been taking place in May for over a decade and does a great job connecting customers with artists and master of his craft. All artists have to apply and be reviewed before getting a right to display and sell their craft.
10. Kimball Arts Festival, Park City, UT
This August Visual Arts event is in its 50th year and is regarded as one of the best such fairs in the West. For three days you can hang out and shop with over 220 North American artists across 13 disciplines, giving unique chance to meet the best artists in the industry.
11. Cherry Creek Arts Festivals, Denver, CO
This event is known beyond just United States and sees visitors from all over the world. Visual, Culinary, and Performing arts all get their share of attention from 350,000 visitors. The fair lasts for 3 days and offers art experience for non-profit education support.
12. Art in the High Desert, Bend, OR
The participants here are juried and only 120 best ones from the US and Canada get to come here. It takes place in August and is well-known.
13. Arts, Beats, and Eats, Royal Oak, MI
As per its name, this 22nd annual August festival features more than 200 shows on its nine stages, juried arts show, and plenty of food from the best local restaurants, attracting people from all over during Labor Day weekend.
14. Art & Apples Festival, Rochester, MI
For the least 4 years the festival is a celebration of a lot more than just apples. You can expect a lot of activities on the 30-acre park, including best fine art exhibitioners, live music, and plenty of gourmet food for every taste and every diet. About 250 artists usually attend.