Sunshine Artists

The Fairhope Arts & Crafts Festival is a collaboration between the Fairhope Arts and Crafts Committee, the Eastern Shore Art Center and the City of Fairhope and the event has been honored by being chosen as #9 of the top 200 Best 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 and the Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival was recognized as #9 in the 100 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.

Achieving this recognition is truly a reflection of the way that the 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.

The over 100 volunteers that work on the committee go beyond the call to make the exhibitors feel at home. High school groups comb through the crowds throughout the three-day event to serve drinks and fruit and they also booth sit so exhibitors can take a well-needed break.

The 66th Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival takes place March 16, 17, and 18 on the streets of beautiful downtown Fairhope, Alabama. The festival hours are 10 a.m.– 5p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This is a free art festival.

Each year the event attracts nearly 250,000 visitors to the area. This upcoming event will feature more than 230 exhibitors from throughout the U.S.  More than $20,000 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.