Event Information


Grant Park Summer Shade Festival 2017

Grant Park
Atlanta, Georgia (South)

Phone: 404-617-7043
Show Dates: 8/27/17 - 8/28/17
Application Deadline: 8/10/17 Midnight EST
169 day(s) and 21 hour(s) remaining


Images: 4 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application Fee): $25.00


Event Summary

Mission: The Grant Park Summer Shade Festival helps build awareness of historic Grant Park, brings the community together, and helps raise funds to support the work of the Grant Park Conservancy.

What: A thriving two-day, in-town festival in historic Grant Park, organized by and benefiting the Grant Park Conservancy celebrating 15 years! Event features include:

  • Artist Market with over 180 Artists – continues to grow each year with both a juried and non-juried component.
  • Live Entertainment – multiple entertainment venues featuring some of the best local talent in Atlanta.
  • Kids Zone – sure to keep all families entertained, the Kids Zone area features storytellers, puppet shows and art activities, as well as active options such as a bungee jump and more.
  • Food and Beverage – a unique mix of traditional festival fare and healthier choices from local restaurants.
  • Run for the Park 5K – held Saturday morning, hundreds of runners help kick-off the Grant Park Summer Shade celebration.

Where: Historic Grant Park, just 1 mile Southeast of Downtown Atlanta. It is the oldest city park and one of the largest and most beautiful green spaces in the city.

When: Saturday, August 26, 2017 10:00 am – 11:00 pm & Sunday, August 27, 2017 11:00 am – 7:30 pm. The artist/vendor market will remain open until 7:00pm each day.

Attendance: 30,000+

General Information


Artists (Juried and Non Juried) — Items suitable for sale at the Summer Shade Festival are handcrafted items, as well as antiques, furniture, memorabilia, consumables, and other unique items. Handcrafted items are items that are designed and/or made by the exhibitor. Items may not be mass produced. Artist applications will be reviewed and accepted/rejected as they are received.

Community Partners — If your organization would like to participate in the Summer Shade Festival for outreach and educational purposes only, you may apply as a Community Partner. To qualify as a Community Partner, you must either be (1) a non-profit/community organization or (2) a locally owned and operated small business (non-national, non-franchise) that serves Grant Park and surrounding neighborhoods. Vending is not approved for Community Partners. Community Partner applications will be reviewed and accepted/rejected as they are received.

Waiting List — The Festival will maintain a waiting list in various categories and will notify artists if/when an opening occurs in the specific discipline (glass, wood, pottery, mixed media, jewelry, etc.). This event sold out in 2016. To reserve your spot, please apply early!

Jury Scoring — A panel of local artists reviews and scores work based on set criteria. The panel sets the minimum score for acceptance to the juried market. Artists not accepted to the juried market will automatically be reviewed and considered by a separate committee for the non juried market.

Image Submission — Please provide 3 digital images of work and 1 digital image of display with your application. Incomplete application packages will not be submitted to the Jury Panel or the Non Juried Selection Committee. Please make sure you submit a complete package.

Animal Welfare Groups — We welcome organizations that work with animal welfare but we do not allow animals on site, caged or otherwise.

Advertising  — Participating exhibitors may purchase an advertisement in the 2017 digital Festival Guidebook. The full color Festival Guidebook features everything needed to enjoy the Festival including a complete list of artists, performance schedules, hands-on activities for kids and adults and more. The 2016 Festival Guide was viewed more than 34,000 times! Artist exclusive ad prices are $50 for a half page and $25 for a quarter page.

Festival T-Shirt — For the first year, we will be providing each exhibitor with one complimentary exclusive Summer Shade Festival Exhibitor t-shirt! Additional t-shirts may be purchased at Festival cost.

Cancellation — Prior to August 1, 2017, booth fee refunds may be requested in writing. The festival will retain a $50.00 administration and processing fee. Sorry, after August 1, 2017 , no refunds are granted.

What happens if I am not accepted to the Juried Market? The Selection Committee is diligent in its efforts to provide a broad range of disciplines, pricing levels, styles and representations. In some cases, artists may not be accepted to the juried portion of our show. The Selection Committee will automatically refer those applications to the Non Juried Market Selection Committee for review. Booth fee checks/charges are processed only when an artist is accepted. 

Booth Information
Application Fee: $25

Booth Fees:

  • $260 (Applications accepted and fees paid before April 15, 2017)
  • $285 (Applications accepted and fees paid between April 15 and May 31, 2017)
  • $360 (Applications accepted and fees paid after June 1, 2017)

  • $200 (Applications accepted and fees paid before April 15, 2017)
  • $225 (Applications accepted and fees paid between April 15 and May 31, 2017)
  • $300 (Applications accepted and fees paid after June 1, 2017)

  • $175 (Applications accepted and fees paid before April 15, 2017)
  • $200 (Applications accepted and fees paid between April 15 and May 31, 2017)
  • $275 (Applications accepted and fees paid after June 1, 2017)

All exhibitors are required to use WHITE 10x10 tents. Branded tents must be approved in advance.

The Festival can provide a 10x10 tent, one 6' table, and two chairs for an additional fee of $275. This includes set up/take down and weights. Side panels can be added for $15 per side (four sides = $60). This price is subject to change based on market rates for tent rentals.

ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THE 2017 SUMMER SHADE FESTIVAL? artists@summershadefestival.org