America’s Most Profitable Art and Craft Shows Recognized

Iola, Wis. — Sunshine Artist magazine,, announced today the release of its 26th annual 200 Best, ranking the nation’s most-profitable art and craft festivals based on subscribers’ sales performance in 2017.

Launched in 1993, the 200 Best is split into two categories: Fine Art and Design, for events that focus on unique, fine art quality pieces, and Classic and Contemporary Craft, for events that focus on traditional or modern craft and production work. This year’s number one Fine Art and Design show is the La Quinta Arts Festival in La Quinta, California, and the number one Classic and Contemporary Craft show is Christmas in the Country in Hamburg, New York. The entire 2018 list is available in Sunshine Artist’s September 2018 issue.

To vote, ballots are included in the April issue of Sunshine Artist and are sent via email to email subscribers. Artists are then asked to list the 10 most-profitable art and/or craft shows they exhibited at from the previous year, indicate their income range at each, and note whether they consider themselves to be fine artists or craftspeople for each event. The results are tabulated using a weighted scale based on sales to ensure that all events can compete against each other fairly.

Sunshine Artist’s 200 Best focuses solely on revenue, because that’s the most objective indicator of a show’s future success. Subjective attributes such as artist treatment, amenities, attendance levels, management, or even overall quality can certainly impact sales, but they’re harder to gauge and therefore have no direct bearing on these rankings.

“For 26 years, the 200 Best has been an invaluable resource to countless artists and craftspeople,” said Stephanie Hintz, editor of Sunshine Artist. “We encourage all professional makers to secure a copy of the September issue and to participate in 200 Best voting each and every year.”

Single copies of Sunshine Artist’s September 2018 issue, containing this year’s complete 200 Best, cost $15 and can be ordered by calling toll-free, 800-597-2573, or a one-year subscription to Sunshine Artist is priced at $34.95/year, which will include next year’s September issue at no extra charge; please call toll-free, 855-347-3327 for subscriptions.


About Sunshine Artist magazine: Sunshine Artist is the art and craft show industry’s leading publication for exhibitors, promoters, and patrons. Since 1972, Sunshine Artist has provided comprehensive reviews of everything from fine-art fairs to small craft shows around the country, focusing on sales, artist treatment, overall quality, and all other aspects of the featured events. Each monthly issue also includes hundreds of art and craft show listings, including contacts, booth fees, application deadlines, and more — as well as timely, informative features designed to help our readers maximize their art and craft show experiences. Sunshine Artist’s 200 Best, spotlighting subscribers’ most-profitable shows in the preceding year, is published annually in September.

1. La Quinta Arts Festival, La Quinta, CA
2. Armonk Outdoor Art Show, Armonk, NY
3. Virginia Beach Neptune Festival Art & Craft Show, Virginia Beach, VA
4. One of a Kind Show – Spring, Chicago, IL
5. Chain of Parks Art Festival, Tallahassee, FL
6. Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair, Ann Arbor, MI
7. Wickford Art Festival, Wickford, RI
8. Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, The Original, Ann Arbor, MI
9. Coconut Grove Arts Festival, Miami/Coconut Grove, FL
10. Art & Apples Festival, Rochester, MI
11. Bonita Springs National Art Festival (Show 1), Bonita Springs, FL
12. St. James Court Art Show, Louisville, KY
13. Loring Park Art Festival, Minneapolis, MN
14. Grand Haven Art Festival, Grand Haven, MI
15. MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival, Fort Worth, TX
16. ArtFest Fort Myers, Fort Myers, FL
17. Naples New Year’s Art Show, Naples, FL
18. Art Spectacular at the Carillon, Springfield, IL
19. Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff, St. Joseph, MI
20. ART on the SQUARE, Belleville, IL
21. Bonita Springs National Art Festival (Show2), Bonita Springs, FL
22. Plaza Art Fair, Kansas City, MO
23. Atlanta Dogwood Festival, Atlanta, GA
24. Halifax Art Festival, Daytona Beach, FL
25. Brookside Art Annual, Kansas CIty, MO
26. Art Fair on the Square, Madison, WI
27. Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, Tampa, FL
28. Under the Oaks Fine Arts & Craft Shows – 68th Annual, Vero Beach, FL
29. Bayou City Art Festival – Memorial Park, Houston, TX
30. Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, Winter Park, FL
31. West Shore Art Fair, Ludington, MI
32. Indian Wells Arts Festival, Indian Wells, CA
33. Mainsail Art Festival, Saint Petersburg, FL
34. The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival, The Woodlands, TX
35. Alexandria King Street Art Festival, Alexandria, VA
36. Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival, Pensacola, FL
37. Bayou City Art Festival Downtown, Houston, TX
38. Annual Fairhope Arts & Crafts Festival, Fairhope, AL
39. Bonita Springs National Art Festival (Show 3), Bonita Springs, FL
40. Beaux Arts Festival of Art, Miami, FL
41. Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show, Philadelphia, PA
42. Port Clinton Art Festival, Highland Park, IL
43. Edina Art Fair, Edina, MN
44. Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair, Gatlinburg, TN
45. Mayfaire by the Lake, Lakeland, FL
46. Cottonwood Art Festival, Richardson, TX
47. MOCA Boardwalk Art Show, Virginia Beach, VA
48. Saint Louis Art Fair, Clayton, MO
49. Downtown  Festival of the Arts, Sarasota, FL
50. Artsplosure – The Raleigh Arts Festival, Raleigh, NC
51. Artscape, Baltimore, MD
Cherokee Triangle Art Fair, Louisville, KY
Art in the Square- Southlake, Southlake, TX
Arts in the Heart of Augusta, Augusta, GA
Gold Coast Art Fair, Chicago, IL
CenterFest Arts Festival, Durham, NC
Beaux Arts Spring Fair, Davenport, IA
ArtFest Midwest 2018, West Des Moines, IA
Edina Fall into the Arts Festival, Edina, MN
Art Birmingham, Birmingham, MI
Magic City Art Connection, Birmingham, AL
Lakefront Festival of Art, Milwaukee, WI
Artisphere, Greenville, SC
Shadyside…The Art Festival on Walnut Street, Pittsburgh, PA
Mount Gretna Outdoor Art Show, Mount Gretna, PA
Ford Arts, Beats & Eats, Royal Oak, MI
Outdoor Art Show, Fairhope, AL
Haddonfield Crafts & Fine Art Festival, Haddonfield, NJ
Bethesda Fine Arts Festival, Bethesda, MD
Uptown Art Fair, Minneapolis, MN
Paradise City Northampton – Spring, Northampton, MA
Guilford Art Center Craft Expo, Guilford, CT
Paradise City Marlborough – Fall, Marlborough, MA
Art at the Glen Town Center, Glenview, IL
Peoria Art Guild 56th Fine Art Fair, Peoria, IL
Norcross Art Splash & Wine Festival, Norcross, GA
57th Street Art Fair, Chicago, IL
Art at St. Kate’s, St. Paul, MN
Marietta Art in the Park, Marietta, GA
Pearl Street Arts Fest, Boulder, CO
Smoky Hill River Festival, Salina, KS
Leeper Park Art Fair, Granger, IN
Outdoor Arts Festival of the Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT
Ocala Arts Festival, Ocala, FL
IMAGES:  A Festival of the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL
Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Denver, CO
Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit: Fall Show, New York, NY
Cain Park Arts Festival, Cleveland Heights, OH
Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival, Reston, VA
Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts, Oklahoma City, OK
Palm Beach Gardens Med Center ArtFest by the Sea at Juno Beach, Juno Beach, FL
Art on Main, Hendersonville, NC
Festival in the Park, Charlotte, NC
Colorscape Chenango Arts Festival, Norwich, NY
Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit: Spring Show, New York, NY
Common Ground’s Birmingham Street Art Fair, Birmingham, MI
The Citizens Bank & Trust Lake Wales Arts Festival, Lake Wales, FL
Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival, Syracuse, NY
50th Annual Mandarin Art Festival, Jacksonville, FL
Sugar Creek Arts Festival, Normal, IL