Fine Art & Craft Show
Celebrating Art On The Lakeshore
The Lakeshore Art Festival features a unique blend of arts, crafts, music, food, and fun in beautiful Downtown Muskegon, Michigan. With nearly 300 fine art and specialty craft exhibitors, children's activities, specialty food items, street performers and multiple interactive art stations this event is an artful experience for all to enjoy! The Lakeshore Art Festival has been recognized by Sunshine Artist Magazine as one of the "200 Best" in the country and by ArtFairCalendar.com as “Favorite Small Town Art Fair.” Mark your calendar for July 7 and 8, 2017 to enjoy your artful experience at the Lakeshore Art Festival!
Muskegon's LAKESHORE ART FESTIVAL Receives Top Ranking!
We're thrilled to have been ranked #83 by the Sunshine Artist Magazine 200 Best! The festival attracts nearly 300 exhibitors and 50,000 visitors to beautiful Downtown Muskegon annually.
Favorite Small Town Art Fair
LAKESHORE ART FESTIVAL - July 7, 2017, 10am-8pm & July 8, 10am-6pm!
The Lakeshore art Festival features a unique blend of arts, crafts, music, food, and fun along the shoreline in historic Downtown Muskegon. This year's event will feature nearly 300 fine art and craft exhibitors, and a Children's Lane, festival food favorites, street performers and interactive art for all!
For decades, art has been a driving force in downtown Muskegon. The Lakeshore Art Festival continues that tradition with a unique blend of fine arts, crafts, music, food and fun along the scenic shoreline. A few new items for this year include:
•Wine and Craft Beer Garden - Enjoy a nice glass of wine or a cold craft beer while shopping the Lakeshore Art Festival fine art section in Hackley Park. Sip and savor as you pick out unique, one-of-a-kind pieces of art! Coordinated with assistance from the Greater Muskegon Jaycees.
•K-12 Student Art Showcase - Join us for an exhibition of artwork from Muskegon County students, grades K-12. All art is for sale! Stop by the roundabout on Western Ave. and 3rd Street to chat with the students and take home a unique piece of budding artistry! All proceeds go to the student artists. Coordinated by the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District.
•Kayak Painting - Sarah Landstrom, known for her dynamic paintings of fish species and fly fishing practices, is painting a kayak donated by KL Outdoor. This exceptional and functional work of kayak art will be auctioned off during the festival and it could be yours! Located at 3rd St. and Western Ave. To see Sarah’s amazing work, click here.
•Professional Chalk Artist - TerriLynn Lake, a concrete canvas artist, is chalking a larger than life replica of Edward Curtis’s Thunderbirds & Whales. This elaborate 4’x11’ chalk art is located on Clay Ave. by Hackley Park
•Color Muskegon - Be part of the art action with Color Muskegon! Local artist, Forrest Hansen, has created multiple sketches of iconic Muskegon areas and the community is invited to make their mark on Muskegon by painting on the boards. Think of it as a very large page in a coloring book (as in 4’x8’)! Once the boards are colored, you can purchase your very own piece of Muskegon! Project collaboration and proceeds to benefit the Arts Council of White Lake - Nuveen Center. Located at the intersection of 3rd St. and Western Ave.
•Chalk the Walk - The Lakeshore Art Festival and First Fridays have partnered to bring you Chalk The Walk! Join us on Friday evening and color “between the lines” of nearly 300 sections of walkway on Western Ave. We need YOU to Chalk The Walk and be part of our artful event. Chalk will be provided for free or bring your own if you’d like! Chalk the Walk is happening from 6:00pm-8:00pm Friday, July 7.
Sunshine Artist Magazine's List of 200 Best!
Favorite Small Town Art Fair
Fine Art/Fine Craft
Hackley Park is home to the Fine Art/Fine Craft Exhibitors. The park’s natural grassy landscape also features beautiful mature trees, flowering plants, sculptures, exterior and interior sidewalks. It is located in the heart of downtown Muskegon’s Heritage Village, home to the city’s library, art museum, county museum, theaters and more.
Craft/Artisan Food Market and Children's Lane
Craft exhibitors, artisan foods, and Children's Lane participants will reside in the newly renovated streets in the heart of downtown. These wide roads feature lots of natural light and gorgeous boulevards to enhance the exhibitors and shoppers enjoyment.
Friday, July 7, 2017 10am - 8pm
Saturday, July 8, 2017 10am - 6pm
Important Dates to Remember:
|October 24, 2016||Application For Submission open|
|February 1||Application Deadline (Application fee non-refundable)|
|February 28||Notification of Acceptance|
|March 20||Booth Fees Due|
Cancellation refund deadline. (Last date to refund and receive 100% of
|July 6||Event Set-up (Times to be listed in acceptance letter) & Artist Reception|
|July 7||Event 10am-8pm|
|July 8||Event 10am-6pm|
|July 8||Take-down 6pm-9pm|
$35 Application Fee (non-refundable)*
$250 Fine Art/Fine Craft
$180 Craft /Children’s Lane/Artisan Food Market
$1,000 - First Place/Best in Show
$800 - Second Place
$600 - Third Place
$400 - Honorable Mention
$200 - Committee’s Choice
“Last year we participated in the new craft show for the first time and we had a fantastic experience. We look forward to this year's event.” - Scot Covert, Srey’s Styles Collaborator
“This event is the reincarnation of a really artsy-craftsy show. The new organizer seems to "get" art fair and has an excellent background in event management and hopes to create a new higher end show. If you are open on this weekend and live nearby it may be worth your time.” - Constance Mettler, Call for Artists Publisher
“I just got done doing my zapplication to enter the show for this year. I have to tell you it went so fast and easy this time I couldn't believe it. I'm really looking forward to seeing you this summer.” - Thea Collier, Jeweler
"The event far exceeded my expectations! Not only has the event turned around, but the downtown area as well. I've been doing craft events for nineteen years and usually as many as forty a year (twenty states so far). I say that to make this point. Never have I seen an event make such a dramatic turn for the positive. What a credit to you, your staff, and the community. Thank you for letting me be a part of it." - Dan Lary, Candle Creations
The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce is proud to be hosting the Lakeshore Art Festival again this year. A few enhancements have been made in order to ensure the festival's success for years to come. The park will be reserved for "fine art" or "fine craft" and the street area will feature unique "crafts", street performers and Children's Lane. Definitions of fine art/fine craft and craft are listed below.
Our jury is comprised of local artists, art educators and key Lakeshore Art Festival committee members. During our blind jury process, jurors will examine photos submitted by art and craft exhibitors and score each entry on a scale from 1 to 5. From these scores, and taking into account the uniqueness of each item, pricing and quality, exhibitors will be categorized into fine art/fine craft or general craft areas.
*Members of the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce and the Muskegon Museum of Art will receive a discounted non-refundable registration fee of $15.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your membership and receive your discount code.
There are plenty of ways to get involved with the Lakeshore Art Festival.
The Children's Lane hosts a variety of vendors and activities that focus specifically on children and families. The area will feature free or low-cost, family-friendly, kid-centered arts, crafts, entertainment, retail and more. Additionally, the event will focus on engaging children (and families) in a healthy way, to educate them on positive living and to include elements of creativity, good eating habits and staying active.
If you are interested in being part of this amazing opportunity or would just like to learn more please email email@example.com
The Lakeshore Art Festival features a street party atmosphere that highlights many forms of artistic expression. If you are interested in being one of our many street performers during the two-day event please click here.
The Lakeshore Art Festival is a unique blend of fine art, crafts, music, food and fun positioned beautiful Downtown Muskegon. Hundreds of exhibitors will be showcasing their handcrafted products along with children’s activities and Artisan food market all wrapped up in a street party atmosphere.
Registration to become a 2017 exhibitor will be available in the fall of 2016.
There are many ways in which you can get involved in the Lakeshore Art Festival including sponsorship, volunteer, product/service donations, prize donations, business partnerships and more! Click here to download a sponsorship form.
For information regarding the Lakeshore Art Festival or for Media Inquiries, Contact Event Director, Carla Flanders at firstname.lastname@example.org or 231-724-3176 .
Click here for high resolution downloadable images. Photo credit to Lakeshore Art Festival, unless otherwise listed on image.
There are many ways in which you can get involved in the Lakeshore Art Festival including sponsorship, volunteer, product/service donations, prize donations, business partnerships and more!
Thank you 2017 Lakeshore Art Festival Sponsors:
Art has been the driving force in downtown Muskegon for over a century. In 1961 Hackley Park became the center for a large scale art and craft show known as Muskegon Art in the Park. In 2013, the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce took the local Art in the Park event to the next level with the creation of the Lakeshore Art Festival!
To create a vibrant, sustainable art and craft event showcasing the Muskegon lakeshore. Featuring a juried fine art show, craft fair, artisan food market, children’s area, interactive art and performing arts/entertainment. Attracting visitors, artists and crafters from across the country and enhancing the economic impact of the area while fostering art and cultural awareness.
For Lakeshore Art Festival questions call 231-724-3176 or email email@example.com
Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce
380. W. Western, Suite 202
Muskegon, MI 49440