Interested in participating at the Doylestown Arts Festival? Our annual event attracts tens of thousands of visitors. A vibrant scene of art and creativity, we are proud to curate a sellers market where attendees come to support local artists. Over the past 29 years, the Doylestown Arts Festival has grown to become one of the region's most respected events. Loved by artists and attendees alike, this is not an event to miss!
The Doylestown Arts Festival is a juried event. Every applicant is reviewed by a volunteer jury of artists, curators, and local residents. To get started, fill out the application via the link below. If you have questions, see our resources and guidelines below.
We are heartbroken to see the impact current events have had on events and artists. At this time we are planning to proceed with the festival as planned - our community could use a celebration and the vibrancy of art on the streets! However, if public safety prevents our event, we will refund all artist booth fees. This is our promise to our artists, without whom we could not have this annual tradition.
The Doylestown Arts Festival is a juried event. Each artist application requires a $32.50 jury fee. Applications must be submitted by the application deadline (5/1/20) to be considered for admission.
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.
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.
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How the Application Works
Each year we accept applications from January-April. Our volunteer jury then reviews all applicants and makes our annual selection of artists based on quality, diversity, and balance among mediums.
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.
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. All tents must be weighed down.
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. Vendors 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 do not accept space requests or reservations, with the exception of our overnight spaces. The show layout is designed primarily to create a variety of styles and genres throughout 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 hand. Artists are not permitted to change spaces or move their setup without permission from the festival directors. Violation will result in removal from the show.
Expectations of Conduct
We expect all of our vendors to be kindand courteous to each other, attendees, and our volunteers. Vendors are not permited to walk the streets with products or samples. Any disputes between vendors should be brought to the attention of a volunteer so it can be resolved quickly and fairly. Failure to observe these basic requests is grounds for removal and disqualification from current and future shows.
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.
All fees are non-refundable. This includes booth fees, application fees, reservations and add-ons, even in the unlikely case of a show cancellation.
The Applicant hereby agrees to allow the Doylestown Arts Festival, as well as its partners and volunteers, to use supplied and published information and/or artwork to promote the festival. The Applicant understands that no refunds are available. The Applicant agrees to follow the terms and rules supplied by the organizers leading up to the event. Failure to meet any of these terms will result in withdrawal from the festival. The Applicant agrees to assume all liability for and indemnify Doylestown Business and Community Alliance DBA Discover Doylestown, the Doylestown Arts Festival, and their respective members/volunteers/partners 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. This release applies to all employees, partners, and volunteers associated with the stated organizations.
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