Event Information


Cape Coral Festival of the Arts 2018

Downtown Cape Coral
Cape Coral, Florida (South)

Phone: (239) 699-7942
Event Dates: 1/13/18 - 1/14/18
Application Deadline: 10/1/17 Midnight EST
127 day(s) and 9 hour(s) remaining


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application Fee): $30.00


Event Summary

The 33rd Cape Coral Festival of the Arts is produced by the Rotary Club of Cape Coral and is a celebration of national and local fine art and fine craft.

The 2018 event will feature 300 juried artist exhibitors. The event will take place outdoors on scenic Cape Coral Parkway in the heart of South Cape, the historic downtown of Florida’s tenth largest city with 175,590 residents.  The Cape Coral-Fort Myers metropolitan area has 679,513 residents making it the 6th largest in the state. Tourists flock to the area in the winter to enjoy our beaches and barrier islands like Sanibel and Captiva Island. 

The festival is Lee County’s largest special event according to the Lee County Visitor and Convention Bureau. With over 100,000 visitors over the two days of the event, it is a must do with over 60% returning exhibitors. 

General Information
2018 Exhibitor Application

The Cape Coral Festival of the Arts invites you to apply to be one of 300 exhibitors at the 2018 event, one of Sunshine Artists top rated events. The festival enjoys an attendance of 100,000 visitors to the South Cape area in Cape Coral, Florida. The two-day event gives patrons the opportunity to meet and purchase art from exhibiting artists and craftspeople  Our goal is to provide the public and our selected exhibitors an experience of unparalleled quality. Proceeds from the Festival help the Rotary Club of Cape Coral to fulfill its mission of “Service above Self”. View our programs at www.capecoralrotary.com

Important Dates
May 1, 2017
2018 Application Available

Thursday, October 1, 2017 Midnight, EST
Application deadline

October 2017
The five person jury convenes over three days to select 300 exhibitors

October 31, 2017
Notification by email and website capecoralfestival.com (Please do not call)
- 300 juried artists will receive an invitation to exhibit.
- Artists who advanced to the final round of jurying but were not invited to exhibit are considered alternates and will be notified at this time as well.

November 15, 2017
Deadline to accept invitation to participate, return a signed exhibitor contract and remit booth fee.

Cape Coral Festival of the Arts

Friday, January 12th, 2018
Check-in opens 3pm. Booth access approx. 7pm
Saturday, January 13th, 2018
Setup and Check-in 6am
Judging 9:00am - 4pm
Show 10am - 5pm

Sunday, January 14th, 2018
Show 10am - 5pm
Tear down 5pm -8pm


The Cape Coral Festival of the Arts reserves the right to re-categorize an artist’s submission. Every attempt will be made to notify the artist if this is done.

Painting: Acrylic, oil, gouache, pastels, charcoal, drawing and watercolor paintings are accepted in this medium. 

Photography: Includes traditional film photography, hand colored images, emulsion transfers, and digital photography that has not been manipulated to achieve results beyond what could be done in a traditional darkroom. Only artist’s original source material is acceptable.

Mixed Media: Two and three-dimensional work which combines materials from two or more mediums in one piece.

Sculpture:  Three-dimensional work using additive or subtractive processes in a single medium.

Fine Crafts:
  • Fiber: Includes leather, baskets, dolls, paper, wearable and non-wearable. No machine-tooled, machine-screen printing or other forms of mass production are accepted. Factory-produced wearable items, regardless of additional modification or enhancement by the artists, are not accepted.
  • Furniture: Original, handmade furniture designed and fabricated using raw/unfinished material. Factory-produced items, regardless of additional modification or enhancement by the artists, are not accepted.
  • Glass: Functional and sculptural work is accepted. Kiln forming, blowing, molding or casting, as well as all cold working processes are permitted
  • Ceramics:  Original clay and porcelain work, functional or sculptural.
  • Wood: Original works that are hand tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved.
  • Metal: Sculptural or decorative work made from metal. No jewelry will be accepted in this category.

Digital Art: Includes any original work in which the original image, or the manipulation of other source material, was executed by the artist using the computer. (Digital photo editing within the confines of what could be done in the darkroom is allowed in the photography category.) Work must be in editions, signed and numbered, using archival papers, inks, and emulsions.   

Jewelry: Only those artists accepted in the jewelry category may display or sell jewelry. All jewelry, whether produced from metal, glass, clay, fiber, or other materials must apply in this category

Location: South Cape Coral on Cape Coral Parkway, Cape Coral Florida
Email: co-chair@capecoralfestival.com
Web Address: www.capecoralfestival.com
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 101346 Cape Coral, FL 33910
Images: 4 images of work + 1 booth or display image
or distinctly separate bodies of work within one category they may apply with multiple applications
Application Fee: $30
Booth Fee: 10’ x 10’ space $360 for a Row; Also, there are a limited number of double booths available for $720. There are no corner booths
Liability Insurance: Artists are required to show proof of liability insurance. Short-term event policies will be made available for those without existing policies.
Awards: Over $7,000
Electricity: Not avaiable. No generators.
Security: 24 Hour
Parking: Free and reserved parking provided for exhibitors.
Load-In: Access booth directly with vehicle
Attendance: 100,000 guests

  1. Only fine craftsmen and artists displaying their own original work may participate. No agents or dealers. Photo I.D. may be required. This show is for original handcrafted work. Final interpretation of commercial status will be made by the Committee. The Committee has the right to expel, without refund, any Exhibitor who breaks these rules during the Art Festival.
  2. All applicants MUST submit four (4) images of recent work AND one (1) image of their booth through Zapplication. 
  3. The selection of an artist/craftsman is an indication of his/her commitment to exhibit. NO REFUNDS will be made for cancellation. NO REFUNDS shall be made for inclement weather or other acts of God over which the Sponsors have no control, and the risk and/or loss from such event shall be borne by the Exhibitor.
  4. Exhibitors’ work displayed and sold during the show must correspond to the work submitted for jurying.   The exhibition or sale of anything else by the Exhibitor is prohibited.  No sharing of space, subletting or selling is permitted except when two people work together.
  5. If your craft is the building of musical instruments, they must be sold (not DVD, cd or other media forms of the music).  As a courtesy to other exhibitors, any music played in your booth may not be audible outside your booth or you will be asked to lower the volume.  Failure to do so will result in your being asked to leave.
  6. Each Exhibitor must comply with all pertinent State of Florida sales tax regulations.
  7. Official Exhibitor I.D. badges will be issued and must be worn at all times by the Exhibitor. Each Exhibitor will be provided with and must display an 8 1/2” x 11” white card with Exhibitor’s name, category of art and home city.
  8. All Exhibitors must check in between 6:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 or between 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. Check in is REQUIRED prior to beginning setup.  Failure to check in by 8:00 a.m. will result in loss of your space and your fee forfeited.
  9. Displays must be set up by 10:00am daily.  No booth may be dismantled prior to the 5:00 p.m. closing. Displays must be manned at all times by the Exhibitor. Exhibitors must furnish their own displays. Displays must be strong enough to withstand winds and crowds. Exhibitors may not use stakes. Exhibitors are responsible for damages caused by these displays.
  10. All Exhibitors must park their vehicles in designated areas. Vehicles must be off of the parkway by 9:00 a.m. on Saturday morning and by 7:00 p.m. on Sunday evening.
  11. Judges will base all awards on the overall quality of all work shown.

Booth Information
Upon acceptance into the show, artists may purchase a row or double booth. These will be sold on a first-come, first served basis. Each exhibitor will be provided a space measuring 10' deep by 10' wide. Exhibitors are to provide their own display booth, racks and/or tables in order to display their work in an outdoor environment.

Booth Fee: 10’ x 10’ space $360. Also, there are a limited number of double booths available for $720.
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