The Spring Fair has become a Mother’s Day tradition, with families celebrating Mom and the arts.
Held at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds, this art fair sprawls throughout a spacious area that accommodates 100 booths, plenty of free parking, music, food, and daily crowds of 8,000.
The August Fair is smaller, featuring around 60 booths. Held on the Bechtel Plaza of the Figge Art Museum, the Fall Fair includes a children's activity area, musical entertainment, and food vendors.
Enjoy the riverfront farmer's market, eclectic restaurants, and many small businesses in the
downtown area. Admire the awe-inspiring architecture of the Figge Art Museum and enjoy free
admission to the museum during both art fairs. Don't miss these opportunities to find something truly unique for your collection.
This year marks the 70th Anniversary of the Beaux Arts Fundraising Committee. The committee was incorporated in 1953 to support the Davenport Art Gallery on 12th Street. The Beaux Arts Costume Balls were used as a fund-raising event for many years. The Beaux Arts Fundraising Committee purchased and donated items to the museum's collections through the years. Many well-known area artists were listed as initial members, including Isabel Bloom, and her husband, John, both students of Grant Wood. The Isabel Bloom Handcrafted Sculpture factory and showroom continue to produce concrete statuary with artisans who have adopted techniques developed by Isabel Bloom.
The fair was established in 1967, making the Beaux Arts Fair one of the longest-running art fairs in the Midwest. Fair attendance and artist participation expanded on a yearly basis. In 1970, to celebrate the new Wiese addition, the Beaux Arts Fundraising Committee started a second fair, making them one of the few bi-annual art fairs. The fairs are held annually on Mother's Day weekend, kicking off the season of outdoor summer events. The second fair is held annually on the weekend after Labor Day.
In May of 2001, the Beaux Arts moved the fairs downtown while the new Figge Art Museum, was being built. In September 2008, the fairs moved back to the museum grounds. The Beaux Arts Fundraising committee continues to donate all proceeds from the fairs to the Figge Art Museum for programs and exhibitions.
The Spring Art fair was moved to the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds in the spring of 2019 due to the major flooding of downtown Davenport. Artists and patrons enjoyed the move with easy parking and little traffic congestion. The Committee polled the artists and patrons about permanently keeping the spring fair at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds. With that polling, it was decided to continue the spring art fair at the fairgrounds in northwest Davenport.