Event Information

Salida Riverside Art And Music Festival - 10th Annual

198 F. St. Salida, CO 81201
Salida, Colorado (West)

Phone: 13039165711
Event Dates: 7/21/18 - 7/22/18
Application Deadline: 7/10/18 Midnight MST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Jury fee): $35.00

You can submit up to 3 applications for this show.


Event Summary

Celebrating the 10th anniversary year in Historic Downtown Salida, in the South Central Rocky Mountains, on the banks of the Arkansas River. Considered a premier Salida summer event, the Visitors Bureau and Salida Chamber of Commerce promote this fine art and live music festival, held during the height of the tourist season which attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world for world class fly fishing, river rafting, horseback riding, hiking, zip lines, eclectic mountain dining, and almost 20 art galleries. Chaffee County is also home to fabulous mountain hot springs day resorts, and Salida offers its own hot springs and swimming pool.

The festival attracts seasonal tourists and local residents on lush park lawns of Riverside Park under shade trees, within view of the river sporting on the Arkansas River. Sales are brisk with many artists returning annually. Live musicians perform both days on the Ampitheater stage (music is sound monitored for artist/guest conversation. 

Amenities are booth sitters and continental breakfast both days. The show is managed by two career artists of 35+ years, with business management experience as past owners of two art galleries and current producers of 5 Colorado art and music festivals.  

Extensive advertising is on 5 radio stations in 4 surrounding counties, reaching Colorado Springs, Pueblo and Trinidad; local and area leisure and news publications, Chamber of Commerce, state and local online event listings, and posters.

General Information

Check out the Salida article in Vogue online

June 9-10        Denver Berkeley Park Art & Music Festival - in trending Central Denver
Jun 30-July 1  Colorado Springs Art & Music Festival - at America The Beautiful Park 
July 21-22       Salida Riverside Art & Music Festival - on the banks of the Arkansas River
Aug 11-12       Denver Sloan’s Lake Art & Music Festival - a featured "Denver Days" event
Sep 22-23       Parker Art & Music Festival - In the center of downtown Parker, a suburb of Denver

Website: www.ColoradoEventsandFestivals.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/salidariversideartfestival


Saturday, July 21....10:00am to 7:00pm and Sunday, July 22....10:00am to 4:00pm

Setup: Friday, July 20...10am - 6pm. Notify the Festival Director for late set up arrangements at 303-916-5711.



Artists are notified within 2 days after the jury concludes. 



We want you to feel welcome and have an enjoyable show in Salida! If you would like a riverside booth space please mention it on your application (allocation by timestamp). Enjoy the Artist's Coffee and Continental Breakfast Saturday and Sunday morning at 8:30 am. Friendly booth sitters will be available. You'll hear live musicians performing folk and blues tunes from the amphitheater stage, with the sound adjusted so it's pleasant and conducive to artists conducting business.  



The following items are required if you accept the jury invitation. They will be verified at check-in. The Show Director does not keep them on file.

The show management has insurance that requires exhibitors to also have valid event liability insurance. A weekend show policy is easily available at low cost at www.ACTinsurance.com. You can obtain the insurance for $39 for one show or for multiple shows. Our shows are registered with them and it's an easy procedure. 

The Insurance Certificate Holder is Creative Resources And Venues, 7550 S. Blackhawk St. #11201, Englewood CO 80112. 


Colorado Special Event Vendor Tax License ($8) is required to exhibit in Colorado and Form #DR0589 is available from the CO Dept. of Revenue at: www.colorado.gov/pacific/sites/default/files/DR0589.pdf . It can take 3-6 weeks to receive the license, by mail (it's not available as an online service as of this writing). If you have a late application for this license, display your completed license application at check-in and you will be added to the exhibitor list turned in to the City Clerk. Do not send the license or insurance document to the Show Director, it is verified at check-in.



Our jurors will be selecting high quality fine art that will appeal to a diverse audience. Jurors will view images along with Artist Statements. Images should be of individual artwork so jurors can determine quality of craftmanship and materials.

Booth display image should reveal no names and have no people standing in it. If no booth image is available a group showing of artworks on display may be submitted. Jurors will look for a high level of professionalism and consistency of style in such a group image.


An artist may be placed in the "Wait List" category in this case: if an artist is accepted by the jury but another artist has also been accepted with very similar work, the artist with the earlier application date will be invited and the 2nd later application artist will be waitlisted. If the invited artist with the earlier application declines their invitation to exhibit the waitlisted artist will be notified immediately after the purchase deadline and will have 7 days to accept and pay their booth fees.

This is an outdoor show. All exhibitors must provide their own weather resistant booths. Booths must be weighted with #40 minimum at each leg support, and are required as a safety precaution (no cement blocks or uncovered plastic containers are allowed). Booth sites are mostly level, but some shims may be needed. Visit the festival website to view pictures of Riverside Park. All of the booth sites are easily viewed by the attendees and are within the parameters of the park.

Corner booths will be assigned according to your booth fee payment date. We cannot guarantee a corner unless you include it with your Zapplication reservation. We suggest payment for booth as soon as you are notified of acceptance. If you would like the same location as a previous year, note that on your Zapp reservation.



The “Vendor Special Event License Application For Single or Multiple Events” is $16 and is available online atwww.colorado.gov/pacific/sites/default/files/DR0589.pdf (Please note: it takes 3-4 weeks to receive the license by USPS). LIcense must be shown at check-in.



There is minimum electricity available for artist's use and will be allocated on a first come basis. No generators are allowed.



Check-in will be at the hospitality booth near the Amphitheater stage between 10am and 6pm.

Set up time: between the hours of 10am and 6pm on Friday. Exhibitors can park a vehicle alongside the park and unload - about a 10-30 yd. distance on grass, and may stay past 6pm to finish set up. (Security will be on site).

If unable to set up within the posted times, please call to notify the arrival time so that arrangements can be made for a Saturday check-in between 8:00 and 8:30, booths need to be set up by  10:00am  Saturday.



After unloading, vehicles must be moved from the park area. Parking is limited in the Historic District so Exhibitors are asked not park on the downtown streets so that festival attendees can have access to them. There is plenty of unmetered parking within 3 blocks of the historic district. RV parking is allowed in nearby areas.



Breakdown is Sunday at 4:00 pm. All booths must be removed by 7 pm.



At approximately 7200 ft. altitude, Salida experiences mountain weather. Located in the "banana belt" Salida weather is mild and similar to that of Denver. July is usually dry but occasionally it can get windy with high gusts of wind and brief rains may pass through. Please prepare your booth and exhibit for this possibility!



The booths will be on the mostly level ground in the park and on asphalt streets adjacent to the park. Some park spaces may require minimum shims. No stakes are allowed in the park to protect the sprinkler system. Dogs are not allowed in the park. 



Security officers will be present during the evening hours (8 pm until 8 am), Friday and Saturday. Creative Resources And Venues, Colorado Event Design, the Festival Directors, and the City of Salida and its employees are not responsible for lost or stolen items.



At check-in we will provide that signage and an ID that will identify you as an exhibitor.



Please secure your lodging as soon as possible. Salida is a tourist destination and has numerous motels and other accommodations including B & B's, a hostel and campgrounds. Sorry, we have been unable to secure artist discounts due to the availability during tourist season. The Salida Chamber of Commerce has online lodgers listed.



The show policy is “Rain or Shine”. In the case of unexpected “Acts of God” or unforeseen situations that closes or prevents the event being held, no refunds will be issued. 



After booth fee payment is received refunds will not be granted. 



Rules of Show

1. All work must be original, handcrafted work. Reproductions are allowed according to category descriptions, and must be hand signed and have a protective wrapping. 2 dimensional work that is displayed on booth walls must be framed, matted or stretched; and must be original work or quality giclee’ prints.


2. All work must be designed and executed by the accepted artist or under direct supervision of the artist.


3. No more than two artists may collaborate on artworks exhibited in one category. Both names must be included on the application. Only 25% of the total body of work exhibited may be other than the declared category. Example: a “Sculpture” category exhibitor that wants to display their paintings may use up to 25% of their booth space for paintings. Up to 2 exhibitors may share a booth and each exhibitors must submit an application with required images.


4. Exhibitors are responsible for collecting and reporting sales tax. Exhibitors are required to display a valid year Colorado sales tax license and event liability insurance policy.


5. Artist must be present with their work for the entire two days of the festival. Representatives may not attend in place of the artist; exception may be made if there are extenuating circumstances that are to be submitted to the Festival Director.


6. Artists may only show work in categories and the style and quality of exhibited items must represent the body of work selected by the show jury. New works may be display if they are in the jury invited category and of the same quality of work.


7. Prints must be signed, matted and sealed in a protective wrapping and presented in Artist’s bins or other attractive form of containment. Reproductions of original artworks in all categories are allowed and must be of the Artists original work and the quality that the jury has accepted.


8. Check-in must be by individual artist, exceptions can be made with reasonable explanation. Artists are required to  be on site during the hours of the show. Under special circumstances only, on a case by case basis, an exhibitor may request that a representative be allowed to stand in for the artist during the festival hours.


9. No stakes are allowed in shows that are in city parks and this is enforced. Booth sandbags or other appropriate wind resistance is required as a safety precaution. You will be asked to secure your booth if it does not have a minimum of 40# weights at each support. Weights are to be festival appropriate sandbags or cement filled pvc, etc. Plastic containers must be covered attractively and all weights positioned so that they will not cause someone to trip and possibly fall.


10. All exhibitors must have covered booths with the exception of those who display artworks that have the weight to resist wind gusts. Exhibitors must notify the Festival Director to discuss display if are planning to exhibit without a booth. If your display setup is not considered secure you may be asked to take appropriate measures. We enforcing this rule so that damage does not occur to neighboring booths.


11. Exhibitors will be required to move their vehicles promptly after unloading exhibit materials so that another exhibitor can unload. During the show parking area descriptions will be provided and exhibitors will be required to move their vehicle if parked too close to the festival site.


12. Exhibitors have a 2'x10' space behind booth to store additional artworks to replenish those sold. Storage behind the booths is adequate but limited and storage must be kept visually appealing. Exhibitors may be asked by festival hosts to tidy their area.


13. Artists may display commercial samples of their works that have not been juried in portfolio form only.


14. Security officers will patrol the festival site between the hours of 7pm and 7am. Items left in the booths must be boxed or covered securely. Artists are responsible for proper insurance and protection of work, booth and display. Festival management and the host city is not responsible for lost or stolen items, or for damage to work or booth and display due to weather or unrelated incidents.


15. Exhibitors are asked to their space clean and free of debris when exiting the park at the end of the show.


16. After booth fee payment is received refunds will not be granted. Received exhibitor funds are immediately allocated for pre-paid advertising and infrastructure costs.  In case of emergency and a refund is requested, we may consider a booth fee credit for one of our future shows (we produce 5 in Colorado).


17. Exhibitors may not display or sell products that can be considered weapons, such as knives, guns, bows and arrows.


18. Show policy is “Rain or Shine”. Please be prepared to accept a guest into your booth for a passing rain shower as it may only be a short time. In the event of an "Act of God" or an unforeseen situation occurs that forces a cancellation by Colorado Event Design or the City of Salida, exhibitors will be issued a 2018 "Acceptance Guarantee" that will assure their jury acceptance into a future show of choice.



All work must be hand crafted by the artist. Submissions that are juried and accepted in any of the following categories will be inspected at shows for compliance. Please contact the Festival Director if unsure about which category to apply in. 

Ceramics: Original clay work other than jewelry is accepted in this category. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed each piece must be signed. Large ceramics artworks welcome. 

Digital Art: This category includes any original work for which the original image, or the manipulation of other source material, was executed by the artist using a computer. Wall displayed work in this category must be in limited editions, signed and numbered on archival quality materials, with the exception of bin artworks (see Rules of Show.) Traditional photographs taken through a digital media should apply in the photography category.

Drawing: Works created using dry media including chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencil, wax crayon, etc. or from the fluid medium of inks and washes applied by pen or brush are to be entered in this category. Reproductions are allowed and must be of the Artists original work and the quality that jury has accepted (see Rules of Show.)

Fiber: All work crafted from fibers including basketry, embroidery, weaving, leatherwork, tapestry and papermaking. No machine tooling, machine-screened patterns or other forms of mass production are permitted. No factory produced wearable items, regardless of additional modification or enhancement by the artist, may be exhibited.

Glass: No forms of mass production are permitted.

Graphics and Printmaking: Printed works for which the artist's hand manipulated the plates, stones or screens and which have been properly signed and numbered as a limited edition may be entered in this category. Reproductions are allowed and must be of the Artists original work and the quality that jury has accepted (see Rules of Show.)

Jewelry: No commercial casts, molds or production studio work is allowed.

Metalworks: Includes all non-sculptural, non-jewelry works crafted from metals. No production studio work is allowed.

Mixed Media: This category includes works, both 2 and 3-dimensional, that incorporate more than one type of physical material to produce. Includes non-sculptural work as determined by the artist. Reproductions are allowed and must be of the Artists original work and the quality that jury has accepted (see Rules of Show.)

Other: Exhibitors may submit works that are in a category not listed. These must be artworks executed with a high level of professionalism. Artists are invited to contact the festival director with any questions.

Painting: Works created in oils, acrylics, watercolor, etc. are in this category. Reproductions in the form of quality giclees are permitted and must be hand signed by the artist. Reproductions are allowed and must be of the Artists original work and the quality that jury has accepted (see Rules of Show.)

Paper: Original, hand made paper, paper artworks and objects made of paper. Decorations, handles and bases may be manufactured but may not comprise more than 25% of the artwork.

Photography: Photographic prints made from the artist's original image, which have been processed by that artist, or under his or her direct supervision, are included in this category. Photographers are required to disclose both their creative and printing processes. Only fine art prints are to be displayed. Commercial works may be displayed on a small free standing table in portfolio form only. Reproductions are allowed and must be of the Artists original work and the quality that jury has accepted (see Rules of Show.)

Sculpture: Three-dimensional original work done in any medium. Large sculptue may be installed using a "soft turf" forklift. Show management will help facilitate installation needs. 


Wearable Art: Original works that are made by hand. Decorations may be manufactured. Manufactured clothing with unique applied art will be considered.

Wood: Original works in wood that are hand-tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved are accepted in the wood category.

Market Artisan Crafter: Agricultural products, gourmet foods, bakeries, bottled beverages (non alcoholic), bath/body, health/wellness, flowers and garden, candles, soaps, aromatics, children's clothing and toys, pet items.
Please note: all edible items for sale must be packaged for consumption. 
If your category is not listed contact the Festival Director for consideration. Please do not apply for this category if Artwork is described in the "Arts Category" above. It will not be considered in the Market Artisan Crafter and it will be switched (artists will be notified. 

Booth Information
Fees: 10x10 Artist Exhibitor Booth: $395  /  10x15: $575  /  10x20: $725
Artisan Crafter 10x10 Booth: $275 / Corner: $50  /  Shared Booth: $150  /  Electricity $35
Fees include the mandatary surcharge per exhibitor charged by the City of Salida. 

Set up is easy with cars parked around the perimeter of the park. Curbside booth location is available but limited. To request a specific location, please indicate it in the Artist's Question section. 

Shared booth info: Artists who wish to share a booth must be juried individually. Upon acceptance of the jury invitation, please purchase (1) booth and (1) shared artist fee.