Best Upcoming Art Festivals In Tampa

April 2, 2012 6:00 AM

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(credit: artfestival.com)

(credit: artfestival.com)

For a wonderful way to get out and enjoy the fresh Florida air and spend quality time with your family, support the hard working local and national artists who bring their work to your area in spring and summer art festivals. Here are some of the best art festivals coming to the Tampa Bay area.
Don McCullough, Tampa artist, shows at area festivals

Don McCullough, Tampa artist, shows at area festivals (credit: Sarah Dees)

April

Wesley Chapel’s Celebration of the Arts 2012

Shops at Wiregrass
28211 Paseo Drive
Wesley Chapel, FL 33543
www.wesleychapelchamber.com

Price: Free Admission
Dates: April 14 to April 15, 2012
Hours: Saturday April 14: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday April 15: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Vendors line the streets of Paseo Drive, which is closed to traffic for this juried show of fine art and fine crafts at The Shops at Wiregrass. Artists exhibit acrylics, oils and watercolor, metal sculpture, ceramics and glass, lithographs, photography, jewelry and wood sculpture. This village of eclectic shops has an open-air, pedestrian-friendly main-street style, with curved, tree-lined streets and pocket parks that invite lingering and relaxation.

siestafiesta Best Upcoming Art Festivals In Tampa

(credit: artfestival.com)

Sarasota’s 34th Annual Siesta Fiesta
5124 Ocean Blvd.
Sarasota, FL 34242
(516) 746-6615 Produced by Howard Alan Events
www.sarasotafl.org/event

Price: Free Admission
Dates: April 14 to April 15, 2012
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5  p.m.

Strolling along Ocean Boulevard in Siesta Key Village, view and buy art from 250 of the nation’s most talented artists and crafters. Life-size sculptures, paintings, hand-crafted jewelry, photography, ceramics and more will be exhibited on the street. Enjoy the green market selling live orchids, body products and natural items.

View of St. Petersburg Pier from Vinoy Park

View of St. Petersburg Pier from Vinoy Park (credit: Sarah Dees)

37th Annual Mainsail Arts Festival
Vinoy Park, Bayshore Drive & 7th Ave. N.E.,
St. Petersburg, FL
www.mainsailartsfestival.org

Price: Free Admission
Dates: April 21 to April 22, 2012
Hours: Saturday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Over 100,000 visitors stroll along the lovely waterfront downtown park, enjoying the chance to view and buy top quality artwork like ceramics, jewelry, photography and sculpture. Over 200 exhibiting artists from all over the U.S. compete for $50,000 in prize money. The Junior League Kids Create Tent provides free arts and crafts activities for children to make and take with them.  All kinds of delicious foods are available, so come hungry to enjoy everything from main dishes festival goodies.

May

Downtown Sarasota Craft Fair
Main Street, from Lemon Avenue to Selby Five  Points Park
Downtown Sarasota, FL
516-746-6615 Produced by Howard Alan Events
www.artfestival.com
Price: Free Admission

Dates: May 19 to May 20, 2012
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This fine crafts festival features more than 100 of the nation’s best artisans, displaying their handmade baskets, leather goods, personalized pet products, homemade soaps and jewelry. Plants, orchids and kettle corn will be available in the Green Market. Stroll down the lively main street and visit the crafters among dozens of shops, restaurants and nightclubs on Florida’s Cultural Coast.

June

19th Annual St. Pete Beach Corey Area Art & Craft Festival
595 Corey Ave.
St Pete Beach, Florida
516-746-6615 Produced by Howard Alan Events
www.artfestival.com

Price: Free Admission
Dates: June 2 to June 3, 2012
Hours: 10 a.m. to  4 p.m.

The nation’s best crafters display their handmade pottery, jewelry, paintings, and more at this open-air craft festival. A Green Market at the event features exotic live plants, handmade soaps and other items. Historic Corey Avenue in St. Pete Beach is a laid-back street filled with unique shops, restaurants and art galleries, thriving at the heart of St. Pete Beach for over six decades.

11th Annual St. Armands Circle Craft Festival
St. Armands Circle
St. Armands Key, Sarasota, FL
516-746-6615 Produced by Howard Alan Events
www.sarasotafl.org/event

Price: Free Admission
Dates: June 9 to June 10, 2012
Horus: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Contemporary artwork and fine crafts from Florida artists are featured at this festival off the coast of Sarasota.  St. Armands Key is a lush, tropical paradise, a renowned market place circle of over 130 fine shops and gourmet restaurants. The island off the mainland, reached by traveling over two bridges spanning magnificent Sarasota Bay, is unique in history and beauty, making a visit to this festival an adventure.

Related: Tampa’s Best 2011 Art Exhibits

Dunedin Marina by Main Street Art Festival Downtown

Dunedin Marina by Main Street Art Festival Downtown (credit: Sarah Dees)

10th Annual Downtown Dunedin Craft Festival
301 Main St.
Dunedin, FL 34698
(516) 746-6615
www.artfestival.com

Price: Free Admission
Dates: June 23 to June 24, 2012
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Art and Craft Festivals and events are valued occasions in the life of this big city with a small town atmosphere. This wonderful craft event is in the city’s colorful, walkable, pet and family friendly Downtown Dunedin, one of the oldest towns on the West Coast of Florida. Along Dunedin’s Main Street, you will meet friendly crafters with fine creations all handmade in the U.S. The Green Market provides other natural products, and delicious foods are available in the eclectic mix of fun restaurants, some with pet porches where you can eat outside.  The 14-mile Pinellas Trail runs right through the quaint downtown, with Edgewater Park and Dunedin Marina here at the end of Main Street.

Maria Chambers, Dunedin musician plays at Downtown Art Festivals

Maria Chambers, Dunedin musician plays at Downtown Art Festivals

July

The Annual Cool Art Show in St. Petersburg
535 Fourth Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
www.pava-artists.org

Price: Free Admission and free parking
Dates: July 21 to July 22, 2012
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

About 80 local artists will show and sell creative visual and functional art including a myriad of styles and artistic media. No mass-produced artwork will be found at a PAVA show; only original, one-of-a-kind artworks and jewelry handmade by real artists. The Annual Cool Art Show is held in St. Petersburg’s historic Coliseum, so the heat or summer thunderstorms will not mar the great experience of enjoying fine art from the best of our area’s artists.

Related: Best Art Museums In Tampa

Sarah Dees is an accomplished artist, writer, educator, and entrepreneur, with over twenty-five years of professional experience. Sarah attended Eckerd College for two years, and graduated with a BFA from Parsons School of Design in New York City. She is a freelance writer in Tampa Bay. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.


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