Applications are currently CLOSED for the 29th annual Doylestown Arts Festival. This beloved tradition brings a 2-day street festival to the historic streets of Doylestown, Pa. Featuring over 200 vendors, the festival includes local artists, live art and demonstrations, 5 stages of live music, and a food court. All applicants are reviewed and approved by a volunteer jury. Our 2021 applications will open on January 3. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.
We are heartbroken to see the impact current events have had on events and artists. We feel it is imperative to be transparent with the community regarding our plans for the 2020 Doylestown Arts Festival. For the last 28 years, the festival has been a fixture in the community and has helped artists and local businesses alike to grow and thrive. Likewise, to the tens of thousands who have come to love attending this event, it is a time for a community to come together in celebration and a love of the arts. Given current events, we know that this year won't be the same. Our volunteer committee has been hard at work behind the scenes redesigning the event and creating contingency plans for our contingency plans.
We have agreed to move ahead with plans for a physical or virtual event. At this time it is not certain which direction it will go and we will, of course, follow the guidance provided by health and government officials to ensure a safe experience for our community. We plan to make a decision by August 1, at the latest, if the physical event has to be canceled for public safety. We have put in place new policies for our artists and vendors to cover the possible outcomes.
In the event that we can move ahead with a physical event, it will likely be a very different scene than our 2019 (fabulous) festival. We will need to space things out, put new safety policies in place, and reduce contact where we can. It will be a challenge but we believe it is possible, should it be deemed safe. If we go this route, we will make details available to everyone well in advance.
In the event that we cannot hold a physical event, we will refund 100% of artist booth fees. The only fee we cannot refund is our jury fee. Those funds cover the festival's fixed costs and will ensure the festival is financially able to return in 2021. In this sad and unfortunate circumstance, we are planning to conduct a series of promotions and virtual efforts to drive awareness, sales, and community connections to all of our artists, vendors, and sponsors. We will share more details on this should this be the path we need to take.
We hope in either case that the community will step up to support our local artists at a time when they so desperately need it. Until then, stay healthy and stay safe. We hope good news is on the horizon.
The Doylestown Arts Festival benefits Discover Doylestown, a 501(c)3 organization of volunteers working to make Doylestown a great community to live, work, and visit. The funds from the festival go directly back into the local community via events, town improvements, decorations, and donations to fellow organizations.
The festival draws a huge crowd of families, art enthusiasts, and local residents each year. We reasonably estimate that the festival sees 20,000 - 30,000 attendees throughout the weekend, weather pending. We are fortunate to attract a large quantity of active buyers to support our vendors and local community.
The Doylestown Arts Festival features 160 juried artists, over 30 acts of live music across 5 stages, an array of interactive demonstrations, a food court, a kids zone with a rock wall, and dozens of pop-up events, sales and specials organized by local businesses and organizations.
Doylestown is a unique small historic town in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Named the Best Small Town Cultural Scene in America in 2019 by USA Today, our community boasts an independent movie theater, a word-class art museum, a series of incredible events and dozens more cultural organizations, museums, and small businesses.
All of the artists who are invited to participate in the festival are independent creators crafting unique works by hand. Our artists range from fine art and photography to metal workers, jewelry designers, glass blowers, potters, and much more. There is an exquisite variety of art each year.
The Doylestown Arts Festival began humbly in 1991. Since then the community support, quality of art, variety of activities, and media coverage of the annual tradition has grown steadily. From a single street to a town-wide celebration, it has been an enormous joy to see this tradition come to life and continue to grow.
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