Event Information

Druid City Arts Festival 2018

Government Plaza
Tuscaloosa, Alabama (South)

Event Dates: 4/7/18 - 4/7/18
Application Deadline: 3/27/18 Midnight CST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 4 (a booth shot is NOT required)

Fee (Application Fee: NON-REFUNDABLE): $25.00

You can submit up to 3 applications for this show.


Event Summary
The Druid City Arts Festival’s (DCAF) goal is to provide a quality arts and music festival, while also educating, engaging, and inspiring both youth and adults about the arts and humanities within the Tuscaloosa community. Throughout the years, many "undiscovered" artists who are now in textbooks, galleries and museums have exhibited at DCAF. 

DCAF strives to showcase work of exceptional quality and creativity by artists in a variety of areas, which include: contemporary art and sculpture, contemporary craft, traditional/heritage craft, and folk/self-taught artists. We look forward to having our long time artists and  "undiscovered" artists exhibiting at our Festival on April 7th, 2018


General Information
The Druid City Arts Festival began as a vision from several Creative Campus freshman students at the University of Alabama, which was to create a festival that promoted the appreciation of the arts, culture, and community in Tuscaloosa. Turning their dream into a reality, the first DCAF took place in 2010 and has continued since. In 2013, a full line-up of musicians performed every hour during the event, 60 artists displayed a variety of work, and approximately 7,500 attended throughout the days activities.
As the students’ senior year approached, they knew that they had created a staple event in the Tuscaloosa community and wanted to ensure that the festival would continue for years to come.  Along with Creative Campus, Tour De Tuscaloosa, who hosted their first cycling race in 2006, formed a partnership with DCAF upon its founding in 2010. In 2013, Creative Campus partnered with Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports in an effort to make DCAF a long-standing event.  As of 2014, Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports became the event owner to host the 4th Annual DCAF with 10,000 in attendance to watch four different musical acts and over 70 artists. After a successful 2014 DCAF, the number of attendees increased when nearly 12,000 people attended the festival in 2015. This past year in 2016 we had over 13,000 in attendance to watch musical acts, theatre productions, and over 90 different exhibiting artists. Tuscaloosa looks forward to continue providing West Alabama with a quality music and arts festival that is free to all who attend; in 2018 DCAF will feature educational demonstrations, children’s arts activities, music, and food concessions.

Festival Location
Government Plaza in Downtown Tuscaloosa is located at 6th St, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 directly behind City Hall between 6th and 7th Street and is connected to the City of Tuscaloosa Intermodal Facility (parking deck).
Festival Dates and Time
April 7th, 2018 from 10:00 A.M. until 5:00 P.M.
Artist Check-In and Setup
April 7th 6:00 A.M. until 8:30 A.M.
(*In case of inclement weather, set-up time will be re-evaluated every 15 minutes, commencing no later than 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 8)
Important Dates for 2018
September 11th - Application available through Zapplication. Applications will only be accepted through ZAPP
December 11th - Final deadline for all applications
January 1st - Notifications of acceptance via email
February 1st - Deadline for payment 
March 1st - Cancellation Deadline
April 7th - Druid City Arts Festival

Artist Selection
Potential exhibitors submit their work to go before a committee for inclusion in the Druid City Arts Festival. Exhibitors are selected on the basis of DCAF's standards of quality, originality, and creativity as interpreted by a commitee of visual arts professionals. We do not release committee results or scores.
**This is not a juried show, artists are selected by a committee.

Wait List
When you apply to the Druid City Arts Festival and your category is already full you will be automatically put on the waitlist for your category. If a participant drops out of the event you will be notified that you are in the Festival. You will not be charged the full amount until you officially have a spot in the Festival.

Handmade Work
It is absolutley imperative that the work you display be your own handmade work. We do not allow buy-resell, kits, or mass-produced products of any kind in our art shows.
Exhibit Day
You must attend and occupy your booth for the entire day and time of the festival. 

Applicable Categories
2 Dimensional: Drawing, Painting and digital works. Reproduction prints are not allowed.
Clay: Original clay and porcelain work, functional or sculptural.
Fiber: Included wearable and non-wearable’s. No machine-tooled, machine-screen printing or other forms of mass productions are accepted.
Glass: Functional and sculptural work is accepted. Kiln forming, blowing, molding or casting, as well as all cold working processes are permitted.
Jewelry: Only those artists accepted in the jewelry category may display or sell jewelry. All jewelry, whether produced form metal, glass, clay, fiber, or other materials must apply in this category.
Metal: Sculptural or decorative work made from metal. No Jewelry will be accepted in this category.
Mixed Media: Work which combines materials from two or more mediums in one piece.
Musical Instruments: Handmade instruments.
Photography: Includes traditional film photography, hand colored images, emulsion transfers, and digital photography. Only artist’s original source material is acceptable. All work displayed in the booth must be for sale.
Printmaking: Only hand pulled original prints are allowed. Prints must be in limited editions, signed, numbered and dated.
Sculpture: Three-dimensional work using additive or subtractive processes in a single medium.
Wood: Original works that are hand tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved.

Food: Any edible item homemade without any mixes 

Multiple Entries
Artists wishing to enter in more than one medium must submit separate applications, fees, and images for each category. If only one application is accepted, only work in that medium may be exhibited. Artists may enter in no more than three categories. Depending on entries received, we hope to accept 90 artists.
Booth Sharing/Collaborative Work
Artists working together may apply as one if they have collaborated on every piece of work the artists plan to sell and showcase in their exhibit. In this case, only one booth fee will be charged. Other artists must pay the full fee even if they choose to share a booth with another artist.
Application Requirements
1. Fill out the online application completely
  • By submitting this application, you consent to and authorize the use of any and/or all images of works in promotional literature and other promotional endeavors by Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports; including but not limited to brochure, print and television advertisements, and internet display. Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports will keep all images of accepted work for publicity and Festival archival files
2. Submit four professional-quality digital images of your work and a description of your work as specified below. Quality of images can affect acceptance
  • See http://www.zapplication.org/imaging_tips.phtml for technical tips on preparing and submitting digital images through ZAPP
  • Images must show the range of the work you will be displaying
3. Pay the non-refundable $25.00 application fee
*Applications submitted without images of work will be considered incomplete.

Entry Deadline & Acceptance Notification
Entries must be received by midnight on the night of December 11th, 2017. Selected artists will be notified by email by January 1st, 2018.
Cancellations must be made in writing and received prior to March 1, 2018. Email: bbuchanan@visittuscaloosa.com with the subject line ATTN: FESTIVAL CANCELLATION. No phone calls, please. There will be NO REFUNDS given on Booth Fees.
There are numerous hotels in the area; however, they fill up quickly for Druid City Arts Festival. We strongly recommend that you book a room when you apply. Please visit our website http://visittuscaloosa.com for recommendations on where to stay and what to do in the One & Only Tuscaloosa.

Booth Information
*If accepted, your $25 booth fee will be applied to your overall booth cost.
Booth Representative
It is required that the actual artist/crafter be present at his/her booth during all hours of the festival.