Art on the Square in Belleville, Illinois

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Art on the Square is a nationally-ranked art fair in Belleville, Illinois. More than 100 artists sell and display their creations during the event. There's also food, live music and a special art area just for the kids.

Dates, Location and Admission:

Art on the Square is held each year in May during the weekend after Mother's Day. In 2015, the festival is Friday, May 15 through Sunday, May 17. The art fair is open Friday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Art on the Square is just a short drive from downtown St. Louis in Belleville, Illinois. The fair is set up on Belleville's Main Square at the intersection of Highway 159 and Main Street. A shuttle bus will also be running every 15 minutes from the Belleville Metrolink Station. A one-way ticket on Metrolink is $2.25.

What You'll See:

Art on the Square is a juried art show with more than 100 artists displaying their works in painting, clay, glass, sculpture, jewelry and a variety of other mediums. Art of the Square has earned a national reputation and was selected as the second best fine art show in the country for 2014 by Art Fair Source Book. Visitors will have the chance to view and purchase hundreds of works of art during the three day festival.

More to Do:

Art may be the focus, but it isn't the only thing to see at Art on the Square. Popular local musicians like Anita Rosamond, Power Play and Soul Shake will perform on the Main Stage on Saturday and Sunday. There's also live music each day in the Wine Court. And don't forget the food! A dozen area restaurants will set up booths on the Square, selling everything from gyros to pasta to Mexican fare.

Meanwhile, kids have their own special area at Art on the Square. The Children's Art Garden will be open Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Kids can help paint a large mural, decorate wooden fans, make their own musical instruments, try their hands at papier-mache and several other projects. For the complete schedule of events, including live music and kids activities, see the Art on the Square website.