Applications are now CLOSED for the 28th annual Doylestown Arts Festival. The festival is a 2 day juried show - every applicant goes through a jury selection process. Our 220 booth event features local artists, sponsors, live art and demonstrations, 5 stages of live music, and a food court. Our 2020 applications will open on January 3.
The Doylestown Arts Festival is a juried event. Each artist application requires a $30 jury fee. Applications must be submitted by the application deadline (4/26/19) to be considered for admission.
Our Sponsorship, Demonststration, Food Court and Performer applications do not have a jury fee. All applicants are subject to a jury process, with the exception of sponsors.
Once accepted, each artist can purchase one or serveral booths, pending the needs of the setup. Each space is $250 and provides a 10x10 working space. Artists are responsible for their own tent and materials.
Organizations and businesses can apply to showcase a demonstration or live art. If accepted, demonstration booths are $400. Vendors are responsible for their own tent and materials.
Select sponsor levels include a 10x10 booth space at the festival. These booths are included in the cost of the sponsorship. Sponsors are responsible for their own tent and materials.
Vendors may apply to be part of our food court, located on Hamilton Street. If accepted there are multiple booth or food truck space sizes available. Vendors are responsible for their own setup, electricity, water and materials.
After acceptance, artists can apply for overnight spaces. These spaces provide the opportunity to leave your booth set up overnight Saturday. Each space is an additional $40. Available to Artists and Demonstrations. All other booths in the festival breakdown overnight.
Drive traffic to your booth with social media promotions. Add dedicated posts on our social channels to your marketing plan for an additional $25. Available to Artists, included with Demonstrations and Sponsorship.
How the Application Works
Our artist application is run by ZAPP - an online artist application provider. Each year we accept applications from January-April. Our jury then reviews all applicants and makes our annual selection of artists. Our food, demo, musician, and sponsor applications are handled directly on our website (see the links above). All applicants are reviewed and selected by a jury.
Types of Art Accepted
We accept a wide range of artists and mediums including but not limited to: fine art, textiles, pottery, illustration, photography, jewelry, metal & wood, and more! If you aren't sure, feel free to contact us to see if we have a place for your work. You can also find a list of accepted mediums when you apply.
The Jury Process
Our rotating jury reviews applications for quality, originality, authenticity, and variety. Jury decisions are based on creativity, marketability, quality of workmanship, and balance of media for a broad public appeal. Participation in past shows does not guarantee acceptance/placement.
Quality images, detail descriptions, and information on your process can help us to better understand your application and creative works. Booth setup images (from past festivals) are also encouraged.
Overnight Booth Details
Since our festival takes place on the streets of Doylestown (2 of which are state emergency routes) we are required to break the festival down overnight. Artists on Hamilton St, Oakland Ave, and the Hamilton St Parking Lot are allowed to remain setup overnight. These spaces are available for those with disabilities and special needs. A selection are bidded out to the remainder of our artists. This process takes place following acceptance to the show.
We provide an empty 10x10 space for you to setup as needed. We encourage tents for protection from the sun, heat, and any other weather. There are no rules on tent color or style, so long as your setup fits within your allotted space. Artists can purchase multiple booths.
We do not accept space requests or reservations, with the exception of our overnight spaces. The Layout is designed primarily to create a variety of styles and genres through the festival.
Displays must not block sidewalks and all tables must be covered to the ground with packing materials neatly out of sight. No electric is available for artists. Booths may not be shared unless you applied together. All artwork must be original and made by you. Violation will result in removal from the show. Artists are not permitted to change spaces or move their setup without permission from the festival directors.
Our festival goes on, rain or shine! In the rare and unfortunate case of extreme weather we would cancel the affected day(s). We are not able to have a rain date due to the location and permits of our festival.
Fees cannot be refunded due to cancellations, weather, or other issues.
The Exhibitor (artist) agrees to assume all liability for and indemnify Doylestown Business and Community Alliance DBA Discover Doylestown, Doylestown Arts Festival, volunteers, and other vendors from and against any and all claims, with loss of life, personal injury, and or property damage, theft, arising from or out of installation, setup, operation and dismantling of exhibit. All artwork and property left overnight is at your own risk.
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