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Summer Art Fairs in Ludington
Downtown Ludington hosts several arts and crafts fairs throughout the year. The summer fairs are especially popular, being held outdoors in Rotary Park (formerly City Park) at 400-500 West Ludington Avenue. It’s the perfect location to browse the arts and crafts and then walk just a short distance either to beautiful Stearns Park to enjoy the Lake Michigan shoreline, or walk a short distance the opposite way to browse many friendly Ludington stores and experience great restaurants.
West Shore Art Fair
The West Shore Art Fair is typically scheduled for the Saturday and Sunday nearest to the 4th of July. 2021 marked the 53rd anniversary of this prestigious fine art fair. The WSAF is sponsored by the Ludington Area Center for the Arts and is a juried fine arts and crafts show which means more stringent criteria is used and only the highest-quality artists are admitted. In 2019, over 120 juried artists were accepted to display paintings, photography, jewelry, clay, glass, fiber, wood, and many other varieties of fine art. In addition to the exhibits, the fair features live musical performances, food stations, a children’s activity area, and a booth where children can purchase art for just $5. The Art Fair is open Saturday from 10am-5pm and Sunday from 10am-4pm.
Gold Coast Artisan Fair
The Gold Coast Artisan Fair, sponsored by the Ludington & Scottville Area Chamber of Commerce, is generally happens in mid-August. The hours are Saturday from 10am-5pm and Sunday from 10am-4pm. Vendors from across the state and beyond sell a variety of wonderful handmade items, jewelry, photographs, paintings, and more. Shop for gift items, or pick up something unique for your home. There’s something for everyone, including good things to eat!
More Summer Arts & Crafts Fairs in Ludington:
TWIG Spring Fling Bazaar
At this June show, members of TWIG sell unique, handmade items, including 4th of July decor, beach bags, hand-sewn pillows, knitting, cards, jewelry, rag rugs, printed tees, purse organizers, floral wreaths, and so much more. Also available for purchase is coffee, tea, and cinnamon rolls from 9-10am, and a soup and sandwich lunch from 11am-1pm. United Methodist Church- 5810 E. Bryant Rd., Ludington.
New Downtown Artisan Market
In 2022, the Ludington Downtown Development Authority is adding an Artisan Market to be held at Legacy Plaza. The Market will be open each Thursday, May 26th-September 22nd from 3-7pm and will feature handmade items from various types of vendors including art, jewelry, decor, and apparel. For more information or to rent a market space, please visit downtownudington.org.