Summer’s Best Art Destinations

Planning an art-inspired summer vacation? We’ve got you covered with both essential and unexpected destinations…and great provisions from our nearby stores.

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Traveling on vacation this summer? We want to go with you! Or maybe just find us when you get there. Many of our stores are just a hop, skip or a subway/tube/bus stop from many of your favorite summer destinations. Over the summer, we’ll be featuring stores near destinations around the U.S., U.K. and Canada that are conveniently located near vacation destinations like historical landmarks, beaches, artsy and adventurous escapades, festivals and more!Summertime is the perfect season for art appreciation, you can visit museums if you want to escape the heat, or attend festivals if you like to sweat it out with an art-loving crowd. Whether your art of choice is visual, musical or theatrical – or all of the above – there are plenty of options to keep you super cool and cultured during the hot summer months. Keep in mind that if you’re traveling on vacation this summer, many of our stores are on the way opens in a new tab to some of your favorite summer art festivals and destinations. Here are just a few of the art happenings close to some of our stores. There are tons more so check our store list opens in a new tab to find out how close we are to your destination.” ASHEVILLE:Named as one of “America’s Top 25 Arts Destinations” by AmericanStyle magazine, Asheville is a must-see spot in Western North Carolina. If you’re interested in 20th and 21st century American art, the Asheville Art Museum opens in a new tab offers an exciting array of exhibitions and public programs based on its permanent collection. And if you appreciate regional arts and crafts, check out the Southern Highland Craft Guild opens in a new tab. Their mission is: “Bringing together the crafts and craftspeople of the Southern Highlands for the benefit of shared resources, education, marketing and conservation."

Local Whole Foods Market: Greenlife Grocery Asheville opens in a new tabMINNEAPOLIS:Summer in Minneapolis brings with it a wide array of fantastic art festivals. From small to large, you’re likely to find an art event happening almost every weekend. This summer Whole Foods Market is the proud artist breakfast sponsor at the popular Loring Park Art Festival opens in a new tab.  We’re also featuring an ARTisan Market at the Stone Arch Festival opens in a new tab, showcasing a delicious variety of some of our favorite products from Minnesota vendors.

Local Whole Foods Market: Lake Calhoun opens in a new tabOMAHA:If you’re travelling to Omaha, don’t miss the 37 opens in a new tabth opens in a new tab Annual Summer Arts Festival opens in a new tab, featuring more than 135 of the nation’s finest painters, potters, jewelers, sculptors, non-stop music performances, family entertainment, children’s activities, and great food. Plus, Whole Foods Market will be there serving up fresh, delicious food at our café-style stop. Admission is free, and the festival runs from June 10 – 12 at the Gene Leahy Mall, and from June 10th to 15th on Farnam Street.

Local Whole Foods Market: Omaha opens in a new tabCHICAGO:For three decades, Fountain Square Art Festival opens in a new tab has won acclaim as one of the most prestigious art festivals in the Midwest. With more than 225 artists, it's the largest and oldest juried fine arts fair on Chicago's North Shore. If music is what you’re after, the Ravinia Festival opens in a new tab is a must-do event.  Since 1904, it’s been a place for listening to music and making memories under the stars.

Local Whole Foods Market: Evanston South opens in a new tab & Deerfield opens in a new tabNEW YORK CITY:The Bowery in New York City is a neighborhood once known as the hub for rock n’ roll (think CBGB, The Ramones, Patti Smith, Blondie, The Velvet Underground, The New York Dolls) and boasts some of the most creative chalk art opens in a new tab in the city. It’s also the location of the New Museum opens in a new tab, and home to many art galleries opens in a new tab. Chelsea is home to many, many small art galleries and is home to the Rubin Art Museum opens in a new tab, the Museum at FIT opens in a new tab and the Eyebeam Art and Technology Center opens in a new tab. While you’re in the neighborhood, or if you’re looking for a classic artist’s haunt to stay at while you’re in the city, be sure to visit the Hotel Chelsea opens in a new tab. It’s a world-renowned spot that’s played host to many famous and infamous artists, musicians, writers, philosophers and other eccentric characters.

Local Whole Foods Market: Bowery opens in a new tab & Chelsea opens in a new tabWhat are some of your favorite local festivals, museums or general artsy spots to visit? Fill us in!

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