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Top Art Fairs in Kansas & Kansas City Area

If  you are looking for the best true “art fairs” in Kansas and the Kansas City area, here are your best bets-

Kansas Fairs:

Mulvane Art Fair

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In 2015 this show will be held June 6 & 7 in Topeka, Kansas on the Washburn University Campus.  It is a juried fair that features around 100 artists with other events including live music and kid’s activities.  Information and applications to apply to the fair can be found www.mulvanefair.org. 2015 info is not available yet, but applications are generally due mid- January.


Smoky Hill River Festival 



This is a large juried festival encompassing fine art, fine craft, music, art installations and artist demos.  The festival takes place the first full weekend of June – this year June 11-14, 2015 at Oakdale Park in Salina, Kansas.   There is A LOT of music at this festival with several stages and it includes many different kinds of music  including classical, country, jazz, fusion, blues, etc.   There are plenty of  food vendors and things for the kids to do as well.  There are separate entry requirements for the fine art and the craft shows.  Applications are due February 9th. More information and artist applications can be found at www.riverfestival.com


Prairie Village  Art Show


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The Prairie Village Art Show is a juried fine art show in its 59th year. This year’s show will be held May 29-31 at The Village Shopping Center in Prairie Village, Kansas.  This event hosts about 100 artists and also includes live music and a pancake breakfast on Saturday morning.  Artists interested in applying can find the application at ZAPP and is due February 19, 2015.

In Kansas City on the Missouri side-

Brookside Art Annual

The Brookside Art Annual is a juried art fair in the Brookside neighborhood, which is very close to the Plaza and downtown.  This year’s event will take place May 1-3, 2015.   The event includes children’s events, food vendors and some music.  Artists applications are due by January 8, 2015 and you must apply by ZAPP for this event as well.


Art Westport

Art Westport is the only local juried art fair that is exclusive to Kansas City artists.  The fair hosts over 100 artists and takes place in  historic Westport  which is already a fun and unique district before the art fair .  2015 show information is not available yet, but the show for 2014 took place the first weekend of September.  You can check their website for updates as this year’s event draws nearer.


Plaza Art Fair


The Plaza Art Fair is the biggest juried art fair in the Kansas City area.  Its hosts over 200 artists in the heart of the Country Club Plaza.  There are creative projects for the kids, and the fair also includes 3 stages of live music throughout the fair.  The event takes place the 3rd weekend after Labor Day.   Artist application information for 2015 is not available yet, but the application process generally opens in February and artists must apply through ZAPP. You can find the link here to check for updates.

6 Responses to Top Art Fairs in Kansas & Kansas City Area

  • Debbe Gifford says:

    Do you have information on the 2016 shows in Kansas City? I have a friend that I’m trying to encourage to come up this way!

  • Tricia says:

    All of your listings are for outdoor shows only. It would be wonderful if you could also add the indoor shows as well. I went to the National Wildlife Art Show in Independence, MO the weekend of August 5-7. It was an indoor show at Stoney Creek Hotel & Convention Center, 18011 Bass Pro Drive, Independence, MO 64055. It was they’re 1st one. I realize your Home page says “Top Art Fairs in Kansas & Kansas City Area” but they will not become top ones without the exposure they need. This was a very nice show and a very nice indoor setting. Hopefully they will do better at marketing it in the years to come.

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