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For nearly three decades, Howard Alan and American Craft Endeavors have allowed more than 10,000 artists to exhibit their original work to millions of art fair patrons across the United States.  When our company began, our art and craft shows showcased a handful of exhibitors.  Today, a typical Howard Alan or American Craft Endeavors event features 100-300 talented artists and fine crafters.

No matter where you are, you are sure to find one of our stellar events nearby.  Our shows take us to destinations like Aspen, Chicago, Alexandria, Vail, and Fort Lauderdale ... just to name a few!  Our great outdoor venues, fantastic crafters, and talented artists allow us to consistently be ranked among the top art and craft shows in the country.  Visit a show and see for yourself why we are the very best!

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March's Premiere Event
March 3 & 4
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Las Olas Art Fair
Sat. & Sun.: 10am-5pm
Free Admission

Celebrating its second show of the season, Fort Lauderdale's prestigious Las Olas boulevard provides the ideal backdrop.  For this show, we have paired with in an incredible Sweepstakes!

The show that put Howard Alan Events on the map celebrates its 24th year! A South Florida tradition, the show is regarded as one of the top events in America. Part II of this high-caliber event is also held during the first weekend of March.

Take a stroll along Las Olas Boulevard, just minutes from the Fort Lauderdale International Airport, amidst life-size sculptures, spectacular paintings, one-of-a-kind jewels, photography, ceramics and much more. Adding to the artful ambiance will be live music and tasty treats. And, look out for the new collector poster commemorating this much anticipated annual art affair!
A May Highlight
May 18-20CityPlace
Kansas City, Missouri

5th Downtown Art Annual
Kansas City Art Fair
Fri. 5-9; Sat. 10-8;
Sun. 11-6
Free Admission

Kansas City: Boasting over half a million square feet, The Kansas City Power & Light District is the premier epicenter of the Midwest.

150 Fine artists and crafters will be on hand to display at this first class affair. With mediums such as paintings, sculpture, jewelry, photography, pottery and much much more there is something for everyone at this top notch event. The Power & Light District creates the perfect setting for this event featuring fine dining, retail, and live entertainment!

There is something for everyone at the phenomenal free event. We look forward to seeing you in Downtown Kansas City! 

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A July Premiere Event
July 28-29
Aspen, Colorado   

Downtown Aspen Art Festival
Sat. & Sun.: 10am-5pm
Free Admission

Aspen: 10 years of sweet success at this year's Downtown Aspen Art Festival.  Swanky and affluent Aspen, Colorado welcomes us each year.

Aspen's scenic Wagner Park plays host yet again to this fabulous, free outdoor art festival. Showcasing an all-star line-up of the nation's finest artists, the Downtown Aspen Art Festival will provide you an exclusive opportunity to experience a broad range of phenomenal creations ranging  from life-size sculptures, photography, glass, paintings, ceramics, one-of-a-kind jewelry, and mixed media.

Take in fabulous views of Downtown Aspen, grab a delicious bite at a local eatery, and purchase original artwork from the artists themselves. See you at Wagner Park!

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September's Premiere Event
September 8-9Alexandria
Alexandria, Virgina

10th Anniversary Alexandria Festival of the Arts
Deadline: May 1
Sat.: 10am-7pm; Sun.: 10am-5pm
Free Admission

Alexandria:  This show is rated as one of the top art fairs of the country by The Harris List and Sunshine Artist Magazine.

Voted one of the top 100 art festivals in the country by Sunshine Artist magazine.

Discover spectacular paintings, life-size sculptures, jewelry, photography, ceramics and more. This popular outdoor event will feature art for every taste. More than $15 million in art will be on display and visitors will have the opportunity to meet the artists behind the work and hear first-hand what inspired them to create their pieces.

Artists travel from California, New York, Maine, Florida and New Mexico, as well as throughout the state of Virginia. Selecting artists based on quality and originality, an independent panel of judges chose the exhibiting artists from more than 1,000 submissions.

The show is set up along King Street in Alexandria's Old Town, a quaint, historic town with many different shops, restaurants and more. The show stretches all the way down the street to the Potomac River. 
November Highlight
November 24-25
Delray Beach, Florida

13th Annual Downtown Delray Beach
Thanksgiving Wknd Art Fest
Sat. & Sun.: 10am-5pm

Delray Beach:  The artsy neighborhood of Pineapple Grove in Delray Beach, Florida anziously awaits this show each year.  Expect large buying crowds during this holiday weekend.

Walk off that turkey and pumpkin pie at this annual Thanksgiving Weekend tradition. Pineapple Grove, a fabulous arts district in Downtown Delray Beach is the spot for uniquely created and inspired fine art and crafts. From sculptures to earrings--there's something for everyone on your holiday gift list!

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  Howard Alan Events 2012
Winter/Spring Schedule
28-29   9th Annual St. Armands Circle Art Fest (Sarasota, FL)

11th Annual Hobe Sound Festival of the Arts  (Hobe Sound, FL)
11-12   6th Annual Coconut Point Art Festival  (Coconut Point, FL)
18-19    24th Annual Downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts  (Sarasota. FL)
25-26    22nd Annual Downtown Stuart Festival of the Arts  (Stuart, FL)

24th Annual Las Olas Art Fair Part II (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)
3-4        11th Annual Downtown Venice Art Classic (Venice, FL)
10-11    24th Annual Jupiter Artfest by the Sea (Jupiter, FL)
17-18    48th Annual Key Biscayne Art Fair (Key Biscayne, FL)
17-18    8th Annual Coral Springs Arts & Crafts Festival (Coral Springs, FL)
24-25   23rd Annual Hyde Park Village Art Festival (Tampa, FL)


Mar. 31-Apr. 1
2nd Annual City Place Art Festival Part II (West Palm Beach, FL)
7-8         14th Annual San Marco Art Festival (Jacksonville, FL)
34th Annual Siesta Fiesta (Sarasota, FL)
11th Annual Celebration Art Festival (Orlando, FL)

Howard Alan Events 2012
Summer/Fall Schedule
The 5th Downtown Art Annual...Kansas City Art Fair (Kansas City, MO) $395
26-27  4th Annual Hilton Head Island Art Festival  (Hilton Head, SC) $375


2-3      22nd Annual Beachwood-Lyndhurst Art Festival  (Cleveland, OH) $450
9-10    5th Annual Louisville Art Festival at the Summit  (Louisville, KY) $375
23-24  51st Annual Grand Haven Art Festival  (Grand Haven, MI) $350

June 30-July 1 
5th Annual Boulder Festival of the Arts on 29th Street (Boulder, CO) $475
6-8     21st Annual Chicago Tribune North Michigan Ave Art Festival (Chicago, IL) $505
7-8      4th Annual Downtown Frisco Art Fair on July 4th Wknd.  (Frisco, CO) $475
21-22  3rd Annual Park City Art Fair at Redstone  (Park City, UT) $475
28-29  10th Anniversary Downtown Aspen Art Festival  (Aspen, CO) $475

25th Anniversary Beaver Creek Art Festival (Vail, CO)  $475
6th Annual Downtown Frisco Art Festival (Frisco, CO)  $475
18-19   4th Annual Inner Harbor Art Festival (Baltimore, MD)  $395
25-26  15th Annual Shadyside...The Art Festival on Walnut Street (Pittsburgh, PA) $450

10th Anniversary Alexandria Festival of the Arts  (Alexandria, VA) $550

25th Anniversary Las Olas Art Fair (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)  $375
27-28   23rd Annual Hyde Park Village Art Fair (Tampa, FL)  $375

3 & 4 
  25th Anniversary Downtown Venice Art Fest (Venice, FL) $350
24th Annual St. Armands Circle Art Festival  (Sarasota, FL) $395
17-18   4th Annual Coconut Point Fall Art Fair (Estero, FL)  $395
24-25   13th Annual Downtown Delray Beach Thanksgiving Wknd Art Fest (Delray Beach, FL) $395
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Howard Alan Events produces multiple shows therefore they have an ongoing jury process that meets twice monthly and juries by category.  SHOW DIRECTOR'S SUGGESTION:  We recommend that you apply EARLY as the show and/or most categories will fill quickly.

Please note that Alexandria, VA, September 8 & 9, has a deadline of May 1.

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Comment by Jeff Brook Gibford on January 29, 2012 at 10:34am

I'm interested how others feel about Howard Alan events.

I find you often need to set up at 5AM, there is never any one around staff wise, if it's 100 degrees out, has anyone ever gotten a bottle of water? They are close to the "most expensive" with the least concern for the vendors I've ever seen.

Comment by steve turnre on January 29, 2012 at 5:43pm

We have only good things to say about Howard Allen shows....very easy to do once you get the hang of the  early morning for the bottle of water, I'm OK with taking care of that myself...Howards job is getting the word out about the show, from our experience he gets it yourself whatever , we are artists...not a Howard Allen show and see if it fits for has worked well for us....

Comment by Connie Mettler on January 29, 2012 at 8:23pm

Good advice, Steve. If you are nearby, and/or are going to be in Florida, apply for one of the shows and see if it works for you. It it works, great -- if not, move on.

Comment by Diane Wright on January 29, 2012 at 8:32pm

I have only done one Howard alan show but it was great for me.  I was not entused about the early morning set up but it was a small drawback.  I am applying to a couple this year and hope that I get in.  The crowds were great and people were buying.  What more could I ask for.  I'll bring my own water.

Comment by Jeff Brook Gibford on January 29, 2012 at 9:29pm

OK, I can see where this is going. I'm an artist, thanks for correcting me!. Ok, the water was an example. Wonderful shows all over that I have been a part of actually treat the "Artists" like they care. Howard Alan does not. Let's just drop it. Those I see at the Colorado shows all seem to feel like I do.

Sorry to raise your anger.

Comment by Harrison Otalor on January 29, 2012 at 10:54pm

I appreciate it when artist are treated really well by producers of a show, on a scale of 1 to 10 that sits on a 2 for me, the most important thing is to get the word out and have buyers  at the show and for the ones i have done he seems to do that. As long as I am not insulted or asked to sweep the street after a show I am fine with making money and going home to my kingdom. Would I prefer to be treated better? yes, but his policies are not more than I can handle so I apply.

Comment by lori kay on January 30, 2012 at 11:49am

I've been doing HA shows for 7 years and they comprise 85% of my shows. Howard Alan events is a business, they rent you a 10x10 space and do the advertising to bring out the people, the rest is up to you. That being said they have made several changes lately to be more artist friendly. They now have a dedicated artist hotline that you can call if you have a problem on show site, they are providing breakfast at most shows, and I've even seen them coming around with a cooler filled with water during the day. I don't even mind the early morning setups as it makes for a great nights sleep on Saturday. I'm definately a cheerleader for Howard Alan Events.

Comment by steve turnre on January 30, 2012 at 3:55pm

Jeff...where is the "anger"... you asked for our experience with Howard Allen shows and that is what was written...sorry if it did not go in the direction that you were hoping for....

Comment by BOB STERN on January 30, 2012 at 4:27pm

Patti and I have done the HAE shows for 18 years- we want to work and make money, so we look for a promoter who makes that possible...and they fit the bill by bringing out the crowds. That is what we want,and just that- crowds! The water we will bring from home.


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