Fine Art & Craft Show
Celebrating Art On The Lakeshore
We're thrilled to have been ranked #27 in the nation and 1st in the state of Michigan for Classic & Contemporary Craft Shows by the Sunshine Artist Magazine 200 Best! The festival attracts nearly 300 exhibitors and 50,000 visitors to beautiful Downtown Muskegon annually.
Sustainability Champion Award - 2017
LAKESHORE ART FESTIVAL 2018
July 6, 10am-8pm & July 7, 10am-6pm!
For decades, art has been a driving force in Downtown Muskegon. The Lakeshore Art Festival continues that tradition with a unique blend of fine art, crafts, music, food, and fun along the scenic shoreline. This year's event will feature over 300 fine art and craft exhibitors, and a Children's Lane, festival food favorites, street performers and interactive art for all!
•Extended Festival Footprint - A record number of nearly 450 exhibitors applied for this year’s Lakeshore Art Festival. In order to accommodate the increased numbers, two new streets will be added to the show. The new streets will allow for up to 195 total handcrafted booths and a few new features, to be announced at a later date. Fine Art in Hackley Park will also see an increase of total booth spaces with 157 booths, filling every possible space in the park.
•Kayak Sculpture Project - Several local and regional artists are participating in the first ever Kayak Sculpture Project. The project will be a display of awe-inspiring visual art utilizing kayaks made by Muskegon's own global leader in kayak manufacturing - KL Outdoor. The sculptures will be unveiled on July 5 and will be on display throughout the summer.
•Door Project - "Opening Doors To Possibilities" is a community art project utilizing upcycled doors and turning them into works of art. The Door Project will include 15 local schools decorating/painting refurbished doors and then the doors will be displayed during the festival. Additionally, Nuveen Art Center will host a door painting celebration for guests to paint during the Lakeshore Art Festival. This project is made possible by a grant from the Community Foundation for Muskegon County and partnership with the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District, Nuveen Art Center and Habitat for Humanity/ReStore.
•Emerging Authors Tent - This year, the Lakeshore Art Festival welcomes nearly 20 authors as part of the festival. These Michigan authors will be showcasing their original books in a new section of the festival footprint, near Clay Ave. and 2nd St.
•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 - The exhibition of artwork from Muskegon County students, grades K-12 will be returning for 2018. All art will be for sale by the roundabout on Western Ave. and 3rd Street. We invite you 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.
•Chalk the Walk - The Lakeshore Art Festival is once again bringing you Chalk the Walk! Join us on Friday evening in bringing beautiful color and creativity to Western Ave. Chalk will be provided for free!
•Street Performances - The art of performing abounds at the Lakeshore Art Festival. As you stroll through the many fine art and craft exhibitors, you will find street performers entertaining to your delight! Enjoy everything from jugglers, musicians, yo-yoers, hula hoopers, and many more! Interested in performing? Click here to fill out the 2018 application.
|Sunshine Artist Magazine's List of 200 Best! - 2017|
|Favorite Small Town Art Fair - 2016|
|Sunshine Artist Magazine's List of 200 Best! - 2015|
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 6, 2018 10am - 8pm
Saturday, July 7, 2018 10am - 6pm
Important Dates to Remember:
|October 10, 2017||Application For Submission open|
|February 1||Application Deadline (Application fee non-refundable)|
|March 9||Notification of Acceptance|
|March 23||Booth Fees Due|
Cancellation refund deadline. (Last date to refund and receive 100% of
|July 5||Event Set-up (Times to be listed in acceptance letter) & Artist Reception|
|July 6||Event 10am-8pm|
|July 7||Event 10am-6pm|
|July 7||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 7. 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 email@example.com 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.
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 2018 exhibitor is closed as of February 1, 2018.
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 the sponsorship opportunities 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 2018 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