There’s so much to discover when you’re exploring Downstate Illinois, but some of our favorite annual events year to year are the local art fairs. While many of the art fairs in our region take place in the fall, (be sure to keep an eye out on our Events page) there are two fairs in St. Clair County that are happening this summer! Read on to learn more.
Art on the Square – Belleville
Located in Belleville, Art on the Square is a juried art fair that is free to the public and happens annually the weekend after Mother’s Day – May 19th – 21st, 2023. Proceeds from the fair are used to promote arts in southwestern Illinois. This year, Art on the Square will feature art from over 100 different artists in mediums such as ceramics, digital/graphic design, glass, mixed media, and more. Annually, Art on the Square draws 60,000 visitors to Belleville. Located right by the Veterans Memorial Fountain in Belleville, you are just steps away from unique shopping and dining experiences on Main Street; this is an event you won’t want to miss.
Midwest Salute to the Arts – Fairview Heights
Celebrating its 35th year, Midwest Salute to the Arts is happening August 25th – 27th, 2023. Located in Moody Park, this rain or shine event started in the 1980s and has thrived with the help of volunteers ever since. Artistic mediums include ceramics, printmaking, jewelry, painting, sculpture, and more. Along with the opportunity to purchase various artwork, there will be live art demonstrations, entertainment, a children’s creative station where kids can create and take home their own art, and much more! There is something for everyone at this event. Don’t believe us? Head over to Fairview Heights this August!
**This article comes from the 2023 Spring/Summer Tourism Times. To learn more about how to read the publication, click here.