Sunshine Artists

The Annual Fairhope Arts & Crafts is a collaboration between the Fairhope Arts and Crafts Committee, the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce and the City of Fairhope and the event has been honored by being chosen as on of the top 200 Best Classic & Contemporary Crafts Shows in the nation by Sunshine Artist Magazine. The festival has been recognized for multiple years with this distinction.  

The ranking was published in the magazine’s September issue featuring 200 of the Best Shows in the nation - 100 of the Best Classic & Contemporary Crafts Shows and 100 of the Fine Art & Design Shows. 

The survey requests various pieces of information such as actual sales totals at top shows, the art medium, price range, attendance, etc. Entering all the information into a database created the results comparing shows held nationwide. In addition, the special comments and rankings were reviewed as well as state reports, audit cards and letters.

According to the festival planners, ranking among the top 200 shows is a true accolade of a direct response to the attitude of the community and the warmth displayed by its residents.

“We are so honored that over 230 artists and craftsmen choose to participate in our show,” said Jaca McLaren, chairman of the 2015 festival. “This is such a wonderful festival for such a small town. It’s amazing that we can bring so many people to the area. To be ranked so high in the nation really puts Fairhope on the map.”

She added that city lavishes tender loving care upon the show’s entry way and streets in anticipation, and merchants welcome the exhibitors with open arms, by inviting them to utilize their facilities by dropping by for a cup of coffee or using the rest rooms.

McLaren is one of over 50 volunteers who go beyond the call to make the exhibitors feel at home. High school groups comb through the crowds throughout the three-day even t to serve drinks and fruit and they also booth sit so exhibitors can take a well-needed break.

The 65th Annual Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival takes place March 17, 18, and 19 in the streets of beautiful downtown Fairhope, Alabama. The festival hours are 10 a.m.–6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday. This is a free art festival.

Each year the event attracts nearly 300,000 visitors to the area. This upcoming event will feature more than 230 exhibitors from throughout the U.S. More than $14,500 in prize money will be awarded to winning artists.

In addition, live local entertainment will take place on stage throughout the event, and classic festival foods will be served up to highlight the weekend.