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10954674278?profile=RESIZE_400xMay 27 & 28, 2023
Morgan Hill, California
Downtown Amphitheater and surrounding area
Saturday 10am-7pm & Sunday 10am-6pm
120 Artists
Deadline: April 1, 2023
No Application Fee                                           Booth fee: $375
Join over 40,000 people for this family-fun festival featuring Arts & Crafts with a special section for juried, handcrafted arts & crafts, Gourmet Food Booths with mushroom-inspired dishes, Chef Demonstrations, and a Mushroom Display and Exhibit.
10954674497?profile=RESIZE_710xMorgan Hill is Silicon Valley’s escape. Morgan Hill's combination of climate, resources, points of interests and ethnic diversity provide a solid economic environment as well as a vital and exciting community in which to live, work and play.
We sell out of vendor space every year, so don’t delay.
Apply today for premium placement!
  • 10954675454?profile=RESIZE_400xMorning coffee and donuts Saturday
  • Vendor Parking
  • Extra space behind booth for storage
  • Extensive Festival Marketing & Promotion
  • Listing in official festival program
  • Artists survey to collect feedback after the festival
  • Drive-up access to booth site for unload and loading
  • Paid security 24/7 from Friday night to Sunday night
Contact: Sunday Minnich
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10949944055?profile=RESIZE_400xMay 20 & 21, 2023
Beverly Hills, California
Beverly Gardens Park
Saturday & Sunday 10am-6pm
235 Artists
Deadline: February 21, 2023
Application fee: $35-$55                         Booth fee: $415
This fun, festive, but serious fair attracts visitors and patrons from throughout Southern California and the nation, as well as from around the world, and is known as a wonderful place to buy art. Artists are recruited nationally.
10949944670?profile=RESIZE_710xSelected artists will exhibit in historic Beverly Gardens Park along four famous blocks in the center of Beverly Hills, ideally located between a beautiful, busy neighborhood and the Golden Triangle business district, well-known for its deluxe restaurants, top-end designer stores, and important galleries.
Eleven fine art and fine craft categories are featured, with an emphasis on fine art. New artists are always encouraged to apply.
This is the show's 50th anniversary!
Accordingly, the May 2023 event will include additional activities and happenings to celebrate the show's long, successful history, which has been vigorously supported by the Beverly Hills community.
Contact: Adrine Ovasapyan
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10805180100?profile=RESIZE_400xFall 2022 through Spring 2023
Rocklin, California
Rocklin Road & Pacific Street Roundabout
Deadline: September 14, 2022
Suggested artist site visit: August 29, 2022
No application or booth fees
The City of Rocklin’s Art Task Force and the Parks, Recreation, and Arts Commission are pleased to announce a Call to Artists for a sculpture to be designed and placed in the Rocklin Road & Pacific Street Roundabout in Rocklin’s Historic Quarry District. This sculpture will honor Rocklin’s heritage and take a peek into the future, while making a lasting impression on the community through public art.
A special requirement of the project is to incorporate a minimum of 20% of the materials salvaged from the historic Big Gun Quarry site. Materials may include: granite blocks, metal machines parts, quarry equipment, as well as weathered wood from the structure itself.
The final proposal should include a concept sketch, a professional resume, images of previously completed projects, and references.
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Call for Artists: Beverly Hills Art Show

10680947690?profile=RESIZE_180x180October 15 & 16, 2022
Beverly Hills, California
Beverly Gardens Park
Daily 10am-5pm
200 Artists
Deadline: August 8
Application fee: $35          Booth fee: $415
The Beverly Hills Art Show is a fun, festive, but serious semiannual fair. Local and regional patrons, along with hotel visitors from around the world, shop at the Art Show, which has been held for over 49 years. Artists are recruited nationally. Selected artists will exhibit along four prominent garden blocks in the center of Beverly Hills.
Selected artists will exhibit along four prominent garden blocks in the center of Beverly Hills. It is adjacent to a very busy neighborhood in Beverly Hills, with restaurants, stores, and galleries.
The following awards will be presented at the show:
  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd and two Honorable Mentions in most categories
  • Best of Show
  • Most Original
  • Best Display of Art
  • Best New Artist
Artwork is judged Saturday between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm. Names of award winners will be posted next to the Main Information Booth, and awards will be announced during the artists’ reception.
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10401536085?profile=RESIZE_400xNovember 10 - 13
La Quinta, California
La Quinta Civic Center Park
Daily 9am-4pm
200 Artists
Deadline: June 15
Application fee: $50       Booth fee: $350-$1250
The ENCORE Celebration draws a different audience than the traditional March event. In November, La Quinta Art Celebration ENCORE art enthusiasts are from the affluent Coachella Valley as well as patrons from elite California coastal communities. Golf courses open just prior to ENCORE Celebration, so the timing is perfect. A significant marketing budget is allotted to reach present and potential art patrons. We strive to curate the right mix of attendees who are true art collectors.
SCOPE Events, LLC has developed a Point of Sale (POS) system for tabulating daily Art Sales on a digital device that will be provided to each Artist. The POS system will eliminate the outdated Receipt books and will be used for recording all Sales with the capability of also processing customer payments through the Artists' personal Square, Paypal or Stripe accounts. All accepted Artists to La Quinta Art Celebration ENCORE 2022 will be required to use this POS system to record their Sales.
Contact: Kathleen Hughes
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10229297479?profile=RESIZE_400xMay 28 & 29
Morgan Hill, California
Downtown Morgan Hill Amphitheater & Depot Street
Saturday 10am-7pm & Sunday 10am-6pm
125 Artists
Deadline: April 1
Application fee: N/A Booth fee: $375-$700
Join over 60,000 people for this family-fun festival featuring Arts & Crafts with a special section for juried, handcrafted arts & crafts plus Gourmet Food Booths with mushroom-inspired dishes; Chef Demonstrations; and a Mushroom Display and Exhibit. Morgan Hill is Silicon Valley’s escape. Centrally located between San Francisco and the Monterey Bay, Morgan Hill is one of the most desirable and fastest-growing communities in Santa Clara County. People are drawn to the beautiful hillsides surrounding the valley, the peaceful atmosphere and the general quality of life Morgan Hill offers.
10229302057?profile=RESIZE_400xMorgan Hill's combination of climate, resources, points of interests and ethnic diversity provide a solid economic environment as well as a vital and exciting community in which to live, work and play.
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Call for Artists: Beverly Hills Art Show

10059752064?profile=RESIZE_180x180May 21 & 22
Beverly Hills, California
Beverly Hills Art Show
Beverly Gardens Park
10am-6pm Saturday & Sunday
125 Artists
Deadline: February 14
Application fee: $35 Booth fee: $415
The Beverly Hills Art Show announces a call to artists. The show features artists from around town and the rest of the country, working in a variety of media. Artists exhibit along three prominent garden blocks in the center of Beverly Hills. Local and regional patrons, along with visitors from around the world, shop at this event.
Eleven fine art and fine craft categories are featured, with an emphasis on fine art. New artists are frequently accepted and highlighted, as show coordinators seek fresh work and perspectives.
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Call for Artists: 18th Indian Wells Arts Festival

April 1, 2, & 3
Indian Wells, California
Indian Wells Tennis Garden
All three days: 9am-4pm
200 Artists
Deadline: November 30
Application fee: $35-$50 Booth fee: $300-$600
Crowned by gorgeous mountain views, the Indian Wells Arts Festival is held at the world-renowned Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California. 200 museum-caliber artists transform the open-air tree-lined concourse and grassy gardens into a vibrant artisan showcase featuring thousands of one-of-kind works of art for sale. A newly enhanced and expanded $75 million state-of-the-art facility includes a shaded pavilion, luxurious on-site restroom facilities, full bar service and food offerings, and free wifi throughout the venue. Conveniently located in the heart of Southern California, within the beautiful Palm Springs Desert Resort communities, the city of Indian Wells is cherished by its residents, snow-birds, and tourists alike, and has become a year-round residential and tourist economy.
  • Ranked a Top 100 in the Nation Best Fine Art Show of the Decade by Sunshine Artist
  • "Best of the Best" by Palm Springs Life Magazine
  • #3 So-Cal Getaway by the Examiner

  • Top professionals from the staging, interior design and realty businesses along with elite media and influencers invited as VIPs
  • Easy artist Check-in and Express Check-out
  • Real-time show updates and communications via text message
  • Complimentary artist hospitality with fresh snacks and beverages
  • Live jazz and entertainment ambiance
  • Guests are greeted as VIPs with free and valet parking available, event programs, and free ‘be-back’ passes
  • Interactive activities and artist demonstrations
  • Local charities incorporated as Festival Partners
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La Quinta 2022March 3 - 6
La Quinta, California
La Quinta Civic Center campus

Thursday through Sunday 10:00am-5:00pm
200 Artists
Extended Deadline: November 19
Application fee: $50   Booth fee: $350-$1000
The La Quinta Art Celebration is hosted by the City of La Quinta lakeside at the Civic Center Campus in the heart of the village. Surrounded by charming restaurants, Old Town La Quinta and wealthy gated communities make this 10-acre park an ideal location for a fine art festival. The Civic Center has been called "the most beautiful event location in the entire country." The stunning Coachella Valley venue, enthusiastic patrons, best-in-class artists, unsurpassed community support, and event staff who are committed to providing a VIP artist experience - these are just a few of the exceptional allures of the La Quinta Art Celebration.
La Quinta 2020
La Quinta Art Celebration art enthusiasts are from the affluent Coachella Valley, patrons from elite California coastal communities, and snowbirds who return to the Valley each year, doubling the population throughout the winter months. The target patron demographic includes thousands of polo and tennis fans who arrive for the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament in time for La Quinta Art Celebration. A significant marketing budget is allotted to reach present and potential art patrons. We strive to curate the right mix of attendees who are true art collectors.

La Quinta showInvited Artists Receive:
  • Daily continental breakfast, a deluxe boxed lunch, snacks throughout the day, and unlimited bottled water
  • Volunteer golf-cart drivers for load-in (they are not able to lift or carry your art and supplies)
  • Labor available for hire to physically help with load in and out
  • Volunteer Booth Sitters
  • Artist Helpline available 24/7
  • Artist Award Reception with gourmet appetizers, premium wine and beer; artist assistants attend for free
  • 24-hour on-site private security
  • Artist information included in the official event program and on the event Website
  • Opportunity to purchase low-cost ads in the event program
  • Knowledgeable, attentive, and helpful staff
  • An atmosphere of appreciation, kindness, and Celebration that make the show truly unique.
Artist Awards
Best of Show, Best of Category winners will receive an invitation to exhibit the following year at La Quinta Signature Art Celebration 2023. Award of Merit winners will receive a ribbon and acknowledgement at 2022 event.
For more info:
Contact: Kathleen Hughes
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8869193886?profile=originalUnfortunately, the Art and Craft Show held in Old Town San Diego will no longer be held.  This show had been held in the Historic Old Town San Diego.  Old Town is a quaint area that attracts tourists to San Diego.

The Arts & Crafts Show Old Town San Diego first began in 2011.  This art and craft show had something for everyone, fine art, entertainment. delicious international tasty food, tequilas, and craft beer and wine.  The colorful art event ran along San Diego Avenue from Conde Street to Twiggs Street.

The art and craft show was hosted by the Old Town Chamber of Commerce.  In 2018, the show was schedule to take place.  The artists were juried in and a month before the show was to take place the show was abruptly canceled.  The artists' money was refunded.  

The Old Town Chamber of Commerce did not receive the annual financial support in 2018 that it had received in the past.  That lack of funding caused the show to be cancelled in 2018.  Because that lack of financial support still continues there was also no show taking place for 2019.

So, as of this date, there is no sign that this show will return in the future.  It is always sad to report the end of an art show. 

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Art Show Reviews written by You

I just want to thank Jeff Gracz for submitting several show reviews this month.  He wrote reviews for several west coast shows.  We are always looking for some west coast shows to help out artists on the west coast. 

You all know how important it is to have an idea of what to expect before applying to an art show.  Nobody likes to be blindsided once you get to a show and find out it is nothing like you hoped it would be.  That is why art show reviews are so important.  You can find art show reviews at

Here are a few west coast shows that we really could use a few more reviews for.  So, if you have done any of the shows listed here we would love you to review one or a few of them.

Bigfork Festival of the Arts - Montana

Proctor Arts Fest - Washington

Sequim Lavender Festival Street Fair - Washington

RAGS Wearable Art Show - Washington

Urban Craft Uprising - Seattle

Lake Chelan Fine Arts Festival - Washington

Bellevue Festival of the Arts - Washington

Woodland Hills Art & Craft Faire - California

America's Clay Fest III - California

We would also be happy for anyone to review any other show that you would like to.  If you want to review a show not on our site, that is fine.  Just submit it and I will get it added for you.  Then, you can add your review once I get it posted to the site.

To write a review or to submit a show just go to

And once again, thanks so much Jeff Gracz for all of your help.  It was so appreciated.

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Time to decide – May Shows  - Go South or Stay Home?  The rainy season has definitely started in Seattle and we are thinking we really wanted to cut the rainy season short with a road trip to Northern CA.  Earlier this year we decided that staying in the Pacific NW for all of our shows didn’t make sense, too many months with marginal shows, too many gloomy months, time to head south and enjoy some sunshine while working!!


After lots of research using this site, Art Fair Calendars, AFSB, FNO, etc. we’re more undecided than ever before. We keep hearing that California shows are not worth the drive (over 1000 miles from Seattle), Arizona is still economically depressed, Nevada has few good shows, so what do we do for May and September?  We’re tired of setting up for rainy Seattle shows, but we don’t want to waste our time or energy heading to Northern CA only to be disappointed and feel like we’ve wasted our time.


Here’s our dilemma, I’m still working that “corporate job” while trying to help my husband as much as possible establish his niche in the art show markets.  I have quite a bit of vacation leave, but it's quickly used up with travel to shows.  He’s the primary artist, I’m the “class A” personality with a few pieces of art, but my contribution is more in the bookkeeping, organizing, business planning, etc.  BTW, did I mention my corporate jobs have been in finance, accounting, process re-engineering and sales support?  So no, I’m not a full time artist, but totally supportive of my artist husband and trying to do everything possible to make his art career a success.


We started doing community art shows / art walks in late 2005, graduated to a few fine art shows in 2007 after we spent a few frustrating months realizing the community events were NOT our market.  We have  a  reasonably predictable schedule in the Pacific NW after the past 5 years of participating in fine art shows, but have a few months a year with few or no show opportunities, hence our idea to expand our market and try a few shows in Northern CA.    We’re a bit tired of the “gloom and gray” of Seattle and the thought of an extra month or two (May and September) of sunshine was worth the travel.


Are California shows really as bad as I’m hearing from other artists in this area? Do we take the risk?  How much vacation time am I willing to burn on this experiment?  Or do we decide to use our airline miles and just have fun on a quick getaway to the sunshine?


Trying to decide if we need to try a different direction for 2012 and would appreciate any feedback or insight.

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