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20 Marvelous Michigan Art Fairs 2023

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20 Top Art Fairs in Michigan: Michigan Art Fair Calender

The Michigan Art Fairs season is upon us! Whether you’re an artist yourself, or simply someone who apperciates art, this is the time of year to get crafty.

We’ve rounded up some of the top art fairs in Michigan throughout the state, so if you’re looking for an art fair or festival near you, you’re in luck.

Read on to discover some of the top art fairs in Michigan!

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Michigan Art Fairs in June

Festival of the Arts
When: June 7 – June 9, 2023
Where: Grand Rapids, MI

June 3rd through the 5th be sure to head to Grand Rapids, Michigan for their Festival of the Arts! With West Michigan’s most diverse group of artists, a beer and wine tent (for those 21+), and plenty of food booths and trucks to go around, how can you resist? There is so much to do, you will be eager to come back again.

Whether you’re in the mood to try a new cuisine, listen to Jazz ensembles, comedy, music, or poetry, this event has it all. And the best part is, you can do it all! Grand Rapids has a host of different hotels close by, so make it a long weekend and don’t miss a thing!

Art on the Grand
When: June 3 – June 4, 2023
Where: Downtown Farmington Hills MI

Taking place in the historic district of Farmington on Grand River Avenue between Farmington Road and Grove Street, ART on the GRAND features a variety of high-quality art including ceramics, jewelry, paintings, photography, wood, wearable art, glass, leather, and sculptures.

Whether you want to spice up your wardrobe, add a bit of funky art to your walls, or find some uniquely crafted furniture, you’re bound to find an artist that has exactly what you’re looking for.

The event even has a Kids Art Alley, dedicated to young local artists for students from fifth through twelfth grade. These amazing students will be on-site to talk to you about their breath- taking pieces and share their love of creative expression.

The price range varies between vendors, but admission is free!

Palmer Park Art Fair
When: June 3 – 4, 2023
Where: 600 Merrill Plaisance, Detroit, MI 48221

Detroit’s Palmer Park Art Fair offers a truly unique experience. Home to many authors, people gather to listen to readings from local Detroit authors and poets. Many genres are represented and each author would be happy to discuss and sign their work for you.

After you get your book signed, grab a bite to eat. Speciality food trucks, including dessert, will be available. A signed book and dessert? How can it get better? Well it can!

Participate in sketching, art in motion, making an instrument, or making an art project. Or explore the park and see art by young Detroit artists. The best yet, join the 2pm drum circle with your own instrument or if you forget it, or are trying it out for the first time, there are improvised drums available.

Last but not least, don’t forget to check out the 2D, 3D, or wearable art! Buy yourself a one of a kind ring or a hand painted landscape for your living room. Mark your calendars, this art fair is June 4th and 5th!

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Art on the River
When: June 9 -11, 2023
Where: 500 Merchant Street, Port Huron, MI 48060

Three days full of art and music in Port Huron, Michigan? Sounds great to me! Along the St. Clair River, take a minute, or two, to look at the beautiful scenery. If you get sick of looking at that, don’t forget about the work from local artists and crafters. Or, close your eyes, listen to the live music, and picture you’re anywhere in the world. Except, why wouldn’t you want to be exactly where you are? I can’t think of a reason!

This art fair is family friendly and has lots of events that will keep the kiddos happy. From hands-on art activities to workshops, the family will go home with new decor and the kids will go home with new skills.

However, if you choose to fly solo, go with a friend, or shop with your significant other, there are plenty of things for adults to do as well. From picking out unique birthday gifts, to collecting handcrafted pieces that make a house a home, or even grabbing a quick refreshment at the beverage tent.

PRO-TIP: Michigan’s Blue Thumb Coast is truly one of the most underrated spots on Lake Huron. Plan some extra time to drive north of Port Huron along M-25 and take in some some gorgeous scenery. Lake Huron turns the most gorgeous shade of aqua here, and you’ll find some nice beaches for rock-hunting for Petoskey Stones. Don’t miss the charming beachtown of Lexington, MI.

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Flint Art Fair
When: June 10 -11, 2023
Where: 1120 E. Kearsley St, Flint, MI 48503

The Flint Art Fair is celebrating 55 years this summer! Since 1967, it has been presented by the non-profit membership organization, Friends of Modern Art. Their mission is to promote interest, understanding, and appreciation of contemporary art at the Flint Institute of Arts among the citizens of the region. The event has won numerous awards and honors over the years and is put on entirely by volunteers who want nothing more than to bring creativity into other’s lives.

This art fair presents original work including ceramics, glass, paintings, jewelry, fiber metal, mixed media, photography, printmaking, sculptures, and wood, created by 175 established and up-and-coming artists from Michigan.

The event takes place on the front lawn of the Flint Institute of Arts right in the heart of the Flint Cultural Center, and free parking is available.

NINE Design + Homes Festival of the Arts
When: June 17, 2023
Where: 21616 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48219

NINE Design + Homes Festival of the Arts was founded by the stars of HGTV’s Bargain Block, Keith Bynum and Evan Thomas! Bynum will be featuring some of his own work at this urban fine art and craft show, as well as over 40 jury selected artists. These prestigious creatives will be showing off their work in glass, paintings, ceramics, jewelry, photography, mixed media, and more.

Make sure to treat yourself to some tasty food trucks, wine, and beer while you’re browsing. You’ll also be able to look inside the NINE Design + Homes’ mini-home, take part in some of your own art activities, and watch Keith Bynum himself do some live mural painting!

Taking place in the heart of the arts district of Old Redford, Detroit, this is truly a one-of-a-kind event that you won’t want to miss. Free parking is available.

Old Town Arts and Crafts Fair
When: June 17, 2023; 10am-5pm
Where: Old Town Union Street

Located in Old Town near downtown Traverse City, you’ll want to be sure and plan to attend this fun art show. You’ll find booths featuring top local artisans: what’s better than browsing on the shores of Grand Traverse Bay?

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Lakeshore Art Festival
When: June 24-25, 2023
Where: Downtown Muskegon 

The Lakeshore Art Festival rolls into downtown Muskegon in June! their chance to show off their love of the craft, providing a unique and exciting experience featuring not only the usual juried fine art and craft, but also artisan food and street performers! Located on Western Avenue and venturing into Hackley Park, artists from all over the country are brought together by this event to bring you all sorts of beautiful handcrafted items.

The showcases a variety of artistic expressions, including street performers who specialize in things like acrobatics, acting/theater, balloon making, comedy, dancing, juggling, magic, music, and poetry. The Craft and Artisan Food Market features only handcrafted goods that will make your mouth water, including spices, sweets, gourmet doggie treats, and more.

The event includes a Children’s Lane, which contains family-friendly, kid-centered arts and crafts, and take-home activities. They also focus on educating children on healthy ways of living through creativity, staying positive, good eating habits, and keeping active.

St. Clair Art Fair
When: June 25 – 26, 2022
Where: Palmer Park along the Saint Clair River in St. Clair, MI

One of the oldest art fairs in Michigan, you won’t want to miss out on the opportunity to go to the St. Clair Art Fair on June 25th and 26th. Walk one of the largest boardwalks in the world and scope out your next art fair purchase. From paintings, photographs, sculptures, jewelry, pottery, woodwork, and if you can imagine it, even more!

After you shop til you drop, or find a few knick knacks to take home, relax at the park for a few hours and enjoy the fresh air.

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Michigan Art Fairs in July

South Haven Art Fair
When: July 1 – Jul 2, 2023
Where: Stanley Johnston Park, 202 Dyckman Ave, South Haven, MI 49090

Need plans for the Fourth of July weekend? Check out the South Haven Art Fair! Not only is the location beautiful, with Lake Michigan’s shoreline beaming across the charming downtown, but this art fair will add some spice to your summer!

Located at Stanley Johnston Park, the South Haven Art Fair strives to enrich their community
through the arts. It features beautiful juried artwork including paintings, pastels, drawings,
sculptures, photography, glass, wood, clay, jewelry, and clothing

From local to regional, or even to national artists, you are sure to find a unique piece that will bring back fond memories for years. Whether you prefer oil based paintings, pastel, acrylic, watercolor, or art made of wood, glass, clay, there are plenty of options. Other options include drawings, sculptures, or wearable art.

Looking for an event for the whole family? We have you covered: there’s food and group art projects awaiting you and your family.

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West Shore Art Fair
When: July 1- July 2, 2023
Where: Rotary Park, Ludington, MI

One of the top fine art fairs in Michigan, you’ll want to make sure you add the West Shores Art Fair in Ludington, Michigan to your bucket list this summer. Locals know the quality of this fair, but it was also recognized as one of Sunshine Artist Magazine’s 200 Best Fine Art and Fine Craft Fairs!

Whether you want a relaxing day looking at art or a day for the family, you can find both here! With kids crafts, live music, and food stations, there are plenty of things to check out besides the art.

But if the art is your main reason for going, there is plenty of that too! Check out the pieces made of clay, wood, leather, or metals for a unique piece to take home. Also, don’t forget about the paintings, jewelry, photographs, and mixed media pieces that are also available.

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Art in the Park
When: July 7 – July 9, 2023
Where: Plymouth, MI

With over 400 artists, Art in the Park is a must see art fair this summer. Not to mention, it is also Michigan’s 2nd largest art fair. You will have plenty to browse through, from sculptures, jewelry, woodwork, paintings, photography, and much more. Check it out on July 8th-10th!

Nearly 300,000 people attend this art fair each year! If that doesn’t tell you that it is worth checking out, I don’t know what else will. Maybe that a mother and daughter duo organize this art fair every year? And that the mother started it back in 1980? Their passion truly shines through as the food, art, and live music of the art fair get better each year.

Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff
When: July 8 – July 9, 2023
Where: 707 Lake Blvd, St Joseph, MI 49085

Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff is celebrating 61 years of art fair success this year. Join the celebration on Friday July 8th to kick the weekend off with a block party. Spend Saturday and Sunday hanging out with the 172 artists from across the United States that came to St. Joseph, Michigan just for this art fair. Don’t forget to do some sightseeing while you’re there. Lake Michigan is always a beautiful place to watch a sunset.

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Richland Art Fair
When: July 15, 2022
Where: Gull Meadow Farms, 8544 Gull Road, Richland, MI

If you have ever been to Gull Meadow Farms, that might just be enough to convince you to stop by the Richland Art Fair, because you know it will be good! While Gull Meadows may only be on your Fall radar, why not check it out this summer too?

For 48 years this art fair has allowed artists to showcase their work, spanning from fine art to handmade crafts. While there are limited spaces available, that just ensures that each artist and their work is handpicked for you to see.

In addition to its beautiful location and the opportunity to take a unique piece, or pieces (if you’re lucky) home, the proceeds of the art fair help the local community. This includes residents of the Gull Lake Community School District who may need medical, educational, dental, or emergency funds and support.

So, a fine art fair with a great cause? What more do you need to know! Check it out on July 15!

Glen Lake Women’s Club Art Fair
When: July 19, 2023
Where: Glen Arbor, MI

An art fair in the middle of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore? Yes, Please! Head to beautiful Glen Arbor for this annual juried Art Fair.

Now in it’s 52nd year, this northern Michigan art fair features artists carefully selected to represent one-of-a kind art pieces for sale at the Glen Arbor Township Hall. The Art Fair features artisans in many mediums including pottery, painting, textiles, woodworking, and jewelry.

PRO-TIP: Glen Arbor is home to amazing and iconic restaurants. Use our Guide to the Best Places to Eat in Glen Arbor for more information.

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Art on The Beach in Oscoda
When: July 4-July 5, 2023
Where: Downtown Oscoda, MI

Featuring original artwork from artists across the state, this popular event is held on the shores of Lake Huron in downtown Oscoda, a top Michigan beachtown.

You’ll find a true art festival atmopshere here, with over 100 artisnas displaying ad sellign their handmade arts and crafts.

Plan some time to spend on the beaches of Oscoda: they’re among some of the best in Michigan.

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Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair
When: July 20 -22, 2023
Where: Downtown Ann Arbor MI

With roughly 400,000 people attending each year, the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair is consistently ranked as one of the top 100 art fairs in the country. Run by The Guild of Artists and Artisans, this non-profit organization with the mission of provides valuable marketing opportunities to artists.

This three day event would not be complete without music performances, art activities, and live painting. Enjoy a wide variety of musical talent at The Stage on Main. Join David Zinn, Ann Arbor’s own world-renown artist, in Chalk the Walk and show off your own artistic talent on the streets of the beautiful city. And don’t miss local artist Gary Horton turning a storage container into a work of art.

The fair takes place on Main Street in the heart of Ann Arbor, and stretches down Liberty, State, and South University Streets, all the way to the University of Michigan campus.

Stoney Creek Art Fair
When: July 29-30, 2023
Where: Stoney Creek Metropark, Baypoint Beach. 4300 Main Park Dr, 48316

Enjoy a beautiful day out at Stoney Creek Park while shopping for your next piece of art to add to your collection. In keeping with its setting, the event is loosely themed around flora and fauna, featuring around eighty juried artists to provide you with paintings, prints, sculptures, ceramics, glass, garden art, jewelry, and accessories.

While you’re there, take advantage of some fun hands-on projects, enjoy musical performances, and stop by the food trucks conveniently located by a comfortable shaded picnic area.

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Art on the Rocks
When: July 29 – July 30, 2023
Where: Ellwood A Mattson Lower Harbor Park, 200 N Lakeshore Blvd, Marquette, MI

Named one of the “Top 200 Art Shows in the United States” by Sunshine Artist magazine, this juried art fair on the shores of Lake Superior is one of the top summer events in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Held in the gorgeous Mattson Lower Harbor Park, this is the 57th year for this amazing annual event that showcases more than 175 artists!

Plan to stick around Marquette for a couple of days to be sure and see everything. This popular art fair draws crowds of 10,000. There are a lot for fun things to do in Marquette, too, including exploring Marquette’s famous Black Rocks cliffs.

Island Art Fair
When: July 29, 2023
Where: Grand Ledge, MI

Have you ever been to an art fair on an island? If not, check out Island Art Fair in Grand Ledge, Michigan! It is one day only July 29, so you better mark your calendars now!

Take a ride on the riverboat, try out some new foods and beverages, and even buy a craft or two! Artists come from all over Michigan to make this a truly special occasion, wanting to show you the quality art they pour their souls into.

There is one thing for sure, a day of exploring and trying new things awaits you on this island!

August Michigan Art Fairs

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Blueberry Festival Craft Fair
When: August 12 – 13, 2023
Where: Stanley Johnston Park, South Haven, MI 49090

Want an art fair that dually serves as a fundraiser? Look no further than the Blueberry Festival Craft Fair in South Haven, Michigan! Proceeds help raise funds for the Chamber and the local Blueberry Festival.

Do you dream of drinking a glass of wine while pondering about a fine piece of art? If so, you might fall in love with a handmade piece from a local vendor.

Do you also dream of a painting that feels like love, smells like laughter, and brings a smile to your face every time you get home? If yes again, you are equally likely to find a unique piece that fits the desires of this specific dream.

Charlevoix Art Fair
When: August 12, 2023
Where: East Park Downtown Charlevoix

The Charlevoix Waterfront Art Fair is deemed one of the most visually exciting art fairs in the country and is the second oldest art fair in Michigan. Showcasing work including ceramics, sculptures, glass, fiber, drawings, wood, painting, mixed media, jewelry, fine arts, printmaking, photography, and more, you’re guaranteed to find a piece that you didn’t even know you needed.

The event is conveniently located between the shore of Lake Michigan and Round Lake to provide you with lovely scenery while you shop. Be one of over 25,000 people drawn to this event each year and take in the breath-taking work of some of the nation’s finest artists and craftsmen.

While you’re there, don’t forget to check out the beautiful scenery and enjoy your time in downtown Charlevoix, Michigan.

Shelby Township Art Fair
When: August 12 – 13, 2023
Where: 5700 22 Mile Road, Shelby Township, MI 48317

If travel stresses you out, this art fair is the one for you. At Shelby Township Art Fair, there are an abundance of spots in the free parking lot, and if it happens to be further away than you’d like, complimentary shuttle buses are available. So, your only worry will be how many paintings can fit in your car!

Get ready for an abundance of crafts, live music, and an interactive mural. Children will have a fun filled day with kids crafts and bouncers! Don’t miss out!

Michigan Art Fairs in September

Roundup Family Fair/Art in the Village
When: Sep 4, 2023
Where: Franklin Road between 13 and 14 Mile

Roundup Family Fair, or more commonly known as, Art in the Village, is the art fair I am personally most excited to go to during this year’s Labor Day Weekend. With lots of family fun events, such as pony rides, a magician, and a parade, every person in the family is sure to have fun.

For those who are looking more on the fine art side of things, there is plenty for you to do as well. They have outstanding works in furniture, fiber, pottery, glass, metal, wood, and wow! The list truly goes on forever. But that’s not a bad thing, it just means you are sure to find something worth taking home or giving to someone special.

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When: September 14 – October 1, 2023
Where: Grand Rapids MI

Since 2009, ArtPrize is one of the biggest events the lovely city of Grand Rapids is known for. This unique, eighteen day event has its own district in downtown, extending north to Anne Street and south to Wealthy Street, with its western border marked by Alpine Avenue NW/Straight Avenue SW and its eastern border by College Ave.

The event is completely free, and the art pieces are located in various galleries, storefronts, parks, museums, hotels, speakeasies, and other public spaces.

It’s open for any artist of any visual medium and experimental art who are looking to showcase their work for the chance to win prize money, based on both popular and juried voting, to continue supporting their artistic endeavors. 

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Gabrielle Trembley is a Content Writer at My Michigan Beach. She is a graduating senior at Grand Valley State University with a major in Writing and a minor in Applied Linguistics. She has been a passionate writer ever since she was a child. In her free time, she enjoys reading at the beach, watching her favorite shows, and playing with her kitty.