Summers in Michigan are beautiful. Enjoy the beauty of all the lakes and rivers in Michigan with perfect weather for outdoor arts and crafts fairs and festivals. Whether you’re a vendor or a vacationer, you’ll love these top picks of places to visit for arts and crafts festivals.
• 52nd Annual Street Art Fair
The Street Art Fair is set on North University Avenue and on the University of Michigan’s Central Campus.
July 20-July 23, 2011
For more info: Annual Street Fair.
This art fair is an impressive outdoor festival showcasing the best in fine art and fine crafts. It’s an award-winning and juried fair featuring ceramics, painting, jewelry, sculpture, photography, glass, wood, fiber and much more!
Fair attenders can also enjoy lively street corner entertainment, artists’ demonstrations, children’s activities and the distinctive shops and restaurants of Ann Arbor. The convenient Art Fair Shuttle with two park and ride locations brings you into the heart of the fair.
This year’s featured artist is Stephen Kade. Stephen Kade uses acrylics to create whimsical, pop surrealist pieces. He is also an author and illustrator and just released his first children’s book, If Kids Had Their Way.
Mackinac Island is a beautiful and unique place for a getaway. Combine the beauty of the island with the beauty and fragrance of lilacs and you’ve got a festival worthy of attendance. Mackinac Island’s Lilac Festival includes many activities, flowers, games, the Grand Parade, live music and more.
June 10-19, 2011. Call the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau for more details at (800) 454-5227 or visit the Lilac Festival.
Downtown Petoskey Gallery Walk
Participating art galleries will greet guests on June 16, 2011 from 6:00 p.m. to 9 p.m. in an open-house format. Many of the galleries will have the artists present to introduce their works.
Call (231) 622-8501 for more information.
Detroit River Days
Detroit River Days 5th Anniversary festival will return to Detroit’s international and historical riverfront. This three day festival, presented by the Detroit River Front Conservancy, features diverse programming and activities, all celebrating Detroit’s maritime, ecological and culinary culture, as well as live concerts with performances by local, national and international musicians. Come support Detroit and the arts! Check out the Detroit River Days site for more information.
June 24-June 26
Pentwater Fine Arts and Crafts Fair
Don’t be fooled by the size of Pentwater. Pentwater caters to many well-known artists from across the country. The Pentwater Junior Women’s Club has a juried fine art and craft fair. This event is held on the beautiful Village Green in Pentwater.
For more information, see Pentwater Fine Arts and Crafts.
Norton Shores Arts and Crafts Fair
August 20, 2011
As a child, this was one of my places to go with my grandmother. Ross Park is a great place for picnics and play. It is set on the south side of Mona Lake. The fair is sponsored by the City of Norton Shores Parks and Recreation Division and is held each year at Ross Park. The fair features over 175 vendors of handmade items as well as a variety of food vendors. For more information contact (231) 799-6802 or click Norton Shores Arts.
Orchard Lake Fine Arts Show
July 29-July 31, 2011
Voted in the Top 100 Art Shows in the Country four years in a row by Sunshine Artist Magazine. Orchard Lake Fine Art Show focuses solely on the visual arts. While music and food are a part of the experience, this is a quality, juried art show with about 150 of the nation’s finest artists. For many of these artists this may be their only Midwest appearance. Children’s art activities include plaster painting, tie-dye t-shirts, candle making and face painting. There are sculpture and glass work demonstrations to help you understand the quality of the work. The food is even unique.
For more information call (248) 684-2613 or click Orchard Lake Fine Arts.
The Freedom Festival Fine Arts & Crafts Fair and Gold Coast Artisan Fair
July 2 & 3-August 13 & 14, 2011
If you’ve never been to Ludington, this is the best place for a slow-paced vacation on Lake Michigan. Plan your trip in July or August and enjoy some great local art. The City Park at 402 W. Ludington Avenue is the location of two Arts & Crafts Fairs every summer. The Freedom Festival Fine Arts & Crafts Fair is always held the Saturday and Sunday closest to July 4th. The Gold Coast Artisan Fair is held the second weekend of August. Vendors from will be selling a variety of handmade items, jewelry, photographs, painting, and more. These are terrific fairs for buying unique gifts.
Both fairs are open Saturdays from 10am-6pm, and Sundays from 10am-4pm.
Art on the Grand
Art on the Grand, in Farmington Hills, Michigan became its own stand-alone art fair last year and it was a total success! The new spot is right on Grand River Avenue and will continue to be the first weekend in June.
The festival has now doubled the number of artists and can offer a wider variety of quality work by artists from across the country including paintings, sculpture, photography, jewelry, pottery, fiber and more. There will also be a large children’s area with hands-on projects, face painting and entertainment.
Saturday, June 4, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sunday, June 5, 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Admission is free. For more information, call the Cultural Arts Division at (248)473-1848.