Event Information

Join us for the 57th Annual Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff presented by the Krasl Art Center. Experience the talent of 200 artists from across the United States while enjoying the view and breezes of Lake Michigan and the charm and hospitality of St. Joseph, Michigan. Let our more than 400 volunteers help you discover all the Art Fair offers and please support the professional artists with a purchase to be enjoyed for years to come. Welcome, enjoy and come again in 2019!


Event Info

DATES

Art Fair is held the second weekend in July each year.
July 14-15, 2018
July13-14, 2019
July 11-12, 2020

 

HOURS & ADMISSION OF ART FAIR & KRASL ART CENTER

Artists booths & KAC are open as follows:

Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm

The event is free and open to the public.

 

WEEKEND ENTERTAINMENT

Krasl Block Party sponsored by Kruggel Lawton CPA’s

Friday, July 13, 5:00 pm-10:00 pm
Location: Pearl Street & Lake Boulevard
Suggested donation: $5

Enjoy beer and wine, food trucks and entertainment. Our exclusive providers this year are The Livery Microbrewery, Lake Michigan Vintners, Baja Gringo and Nosh Village.  Meet the exhibiting artists and mingle with the community as we celebrate the 57th Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff weekend.  Artist booths open Saturday morning, 10:00 am

16th Annual Smooth Jazz at Sunset presented by 98.3 The Coast

Art by Day, Smooth Jazz with Cindy Bradley at Sunset!
Saturday, July 14
Gates open at 6:00 pm

Be a part of the Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff & 98.3 The Coast Cultural Partnership.  Visit http://www.smoothjazzatsunset.com/ for details and tickets.

 

CHILDREN & FAMILIES AT THE ART FAIR

Krasl Kids’ Zone

Create a mini masterpiece!  Enjoy Art Activities for the whole family. The Kids’ Zone is located on Lake Boulevard in front of Curious Kids’ Museum.

Children’s Art Purchase Program (CAPP)

Explore the Art Fair and encourage your child to start their own art collection. Artists featuring an orange flag on their tents offer art for sale to children age 14 and under for just $10.

 

Tips for visiting the Art Fair with families.

    • Encourage your children to discuss but not touch art unless invited by the artists.
    • Please enjoy food and beverages outside of artists’ booths.
    • Children under age 14 should always be accompanied by an adult.
    • Remind children to walk, not run.
    • Strollers are permitted at the fair.

 

ART FAIR SHOP

The Art Fair Shop features the poster, t-shirts and other creative gifts.

Art Fair Shops are located within Lake Bluff Park in three locations. Additionally, The Shop within the Krasl Art Center features all Art Fair gifts.

 

FOOD TRUCKS

Relax and enjoy a meal, snack or specialty treat by one of our featured Food Trucks.  Most Food Trucks are located south of Broad Street and Lake Boulevard in addition to selections located along Lake Boulevard.

Featured food trucks: Coming Soon!

Pepsi & Water sales booths are located throughout Lake Bluff Park.

 

BEER & WINE GARDEN

Beer & Wine Garden Hours:

Saturday, Noon-6:00 pm
Sunday, Noon-4:00 pm

Location: Pearl Street and Lake Boulevard

Take a break from the Art Fair and stop by the Beer & Wine Garden to refresh.  Local beverages, music and games provide a relaxing break. ID required for all who wish to purchase alcohol.

Food Truck: Nosh Village is available at this location and during full event hours.

Alcoholic beverages may be purchased and consumed at the Beer & Wine Garden only.  No outside alcoholic beverages are permitted.

 

ICE CREAM SOCIAL – PRESENTED BY THE CHILD AND FAIMILY SERVICES OF SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN ST. JOSEPH WOMEN’S AUXILLARY

Sunday, July 15, 10:30 am – 4:30 pm

Location: Veranda at the Whitcomb

Enjoy homemade baked goods and  ice cream. Funds raised will support the programs of Child and Family Services of Southwest Michigan, Inc.

 

ATM/CREDIT CARDS

Many artists as well as food and beverage vendors accept credit card payment.

Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff Shop and beverages sales locations accept credit cards.

ATM’s are located in downtown St Joseph on Ship St & Broad St.

 

FIRST AID

First aid service is sponsored by the American Red Cross. Located at the corner of Broad St & Lake Blvd, basic first aid needs may be met at this tent.  In the event of an emergency dial 911.

 

FRAMING

Waterfront Framing and Fine Art is the preferred framer for the Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff. They are open Art Fair weekend at 600 Ship Street. A 20% discount is available for framing of Art Fair purchases through July; find the coupon in the guidebook.

 

LOST AND FOUND

Lost and Found is located inside Krasl Art Center, 269.983.0271.  

 

LOST PEOPLE

Lost people are encouraged to wait in Krasl Art Center lobby, (269.983.0271).  For assistance in locating your lost person contact any uniformed City of St. Joseph officer or a Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff volunteer.

 

RESTROOMS

Portable facilities are located throughout the event. Additionally, the Krasl Art Center is open with restrooms on all three floors.

 

GETTING HERE

LOCATION
The event is held in Lake Bluff Park overlooking Lake Michigan.
Lake Bluff Park address: 200-800 Lake Boulevard St. Joseph, MI  49085
Krasl Art Center address: 707 Lake Boulevard St. Joseph, MI  49085

BIKING TO THE EVENT
Biking to the Art Fair is encouraged.  Bike parking is located along the alley & Pearl St & Market St.
Biking is prohibited along Lake Boulevard and within Lake Bluff Park during event hours.

SHUTTLE INFORMATION
Use of free (donation appreciated) shuttle service is strongly recommended. Shuttle pick up is expected every 15-20 minutes.  Parking within Downtown St. Joseph is limited.

Shuttle Hours:

  • Saturday, 9:30 am – 7:00 pm
  • Sunday, 9:30 am – 6 pm
  • Parking Locations
  • Kelley’s Bowl 2705 Cleveland Ave.   (South of Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff)
  • St. Joseph, MI  49085
  • Edgewater Business Center  (North of Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff)
  • 511 Renaissance Drive
  • St. Joseph, MI 49085  49085
  • Drop off/Pick up Location
  • Corner of Lake Boulevard and Ship Street

 

EVENT RULES

PETS
Please leave all types of pets at home when you visit the Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff. Per City of St. Joseph ordinance, only service dogs are allowed on Art Fair grounds (Inclusive of Lake Bluff Park and Lake Boulevard) during event hours.  

PROHIBITED ITEMS
Weapons of all kinds are not permitted. Skateboards, roller blades, bicycles, scooters, large signs and placards which may endanger or inconvenience the public are prohibited.

PHOTO POLICY
While photography is permitted patrons are not allowed to take photos of the artists’ work without the artists expressed permission. Always ask permission from the artist before attempting to photograph near or in a booth.

 

FESTIVAL MAP & APP

FESTIVAL MAP
Download our Festival Map to locate all our artist booths, events and amenities. 
Click For Full Size Event Map

ART FAIR APP – KRASL ART FAIR ON THE BLUFF
The Download the Art Fair on the Bluff from your smart phone’s app provider.  Explore everything the Art Fair offers – before you get here! Meet the artists who are participating and preview their work.  Also learn about the sponsors who make the Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff possible each year and watch for special offers for Art Fair patrons.

 

PARTNERS, MEDIA & PRESS

FESTIVAL PARTNERS

MEDIA REQUESTS

PRESS ACCESS

 

ADA & ACCESSIBILITY

ACCESSIBILITY
The Art Fair is accessible.
Wheelchairs are provided by Van’s Medical Equipment free of charge. Find Van’s on Lake Boulevard between Broad Street and Pleasant Street.
Handicapped parking is located in a City parking lot located at Broad St & Lake Blvd. The lot is accessible through the alley.    

 

FEATURED ARTISTS

Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff invites 200 of the nation’s best Art Fair artists to exhibit along Lake Bluff Park each summer.

Artists submit applications each fall. A rigorous jury process held each winter, helps determine which of the nearly 1,000 will receive an invitation to exhibit.

The Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff is committed to presenting high quality fine art and find craft.  Event leadership work diligently to ensure all featured artists have a direct hand in the creating of their artwork. Production studios and hobby crafts are not permitted.

 

SUPPORT

THANK YOU SPONSORS

The Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff owes much of its success to the support of its sponsors.  Without sponsors we simply would not be able to carry out our mission through our annual Art Fair. We are always looking for ways to provide sponsors with opportunities to build awareness while supporting the largest summer event in Michigan’s Great Southwest.  Please review these community heroes and support them with your business when possible.

The Krasl Art Center and Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff offers Premier, Supporting and Contributing levels of sponsorship.  Thank you to the current sponsors of the Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff.  

Premier Sponsors

Supporting Sponsors

Art & Image
City of St. Joseph
Ibid County Electric, Inc.
Lake Michigan College Conference & Event Services
MailMax
Wightman & Associates

Contributing Sponsors

AEP Indiana Michigan Power
Biggby Coffee
Pier 33 Marina
Schu’s Grille & Bar
Waterfront Framing & Fine Art

Interested in learning more about becoming a sponsor, email Dee Hodgson at dhodgson@Krasl.org.

MORE WAYS TO SUPPORT THE ART FAIR

The Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff offers multiple ways to get involved and support the Art Fair.  All supporters of the Art Fair receive a public “thank you” in a regional media publication after the Art Fair.

Advertising
Advertise in our annual Art Fair Guide Book.  Art Fair visitors receive the Guide Books at no charge and refer to them during and after the Art Fair as a resource to locate Art Fair Amenities and contact exhibiting artists after the Art Fair. 

Best of Category Donor
Each year, the Art Fair presents an award and cash prize to one artist in each media category represented in the art fair.  Build awareness and support an artist by becoming a Best of Category donor.

In-Kind Donations
Donations of food, beverages, and a multitude of other items help make the Art Fair a success each year.

Host an Artist
Help an artist offset the cost of traveling to the Art Fair by welcoming one or more artists into your home during Art Fair weekend.