Event Information


Del Mar Racetrack + Fairgrounds
Del Mar (San Diego), California (West)

Event Dates: 9/14/18 - 9/16/18
Application Deadline: 4/12/18 Midnight PST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application and Jury Fee): $45.00

You can submit up to 5 applications for this show.


Event Summary

KAABOO ARTWORK at KAABOO Del Mar will be held at the Del Mar Racetrack + Fairgrounds in Del Mar (San Diego), CA, on Sept. 14-16, 2018, with a special VIP Preview night Thursday, September 13, 2018. Join 100+ exceptional artists for a curated, indoor contemporary art experience with premium amenities for participating exhibitors.

We expect over 100,000 culture-seeking attendees throughout the weekend of world-class music, fine art, gourmet culinary craft and fun! ARTWORK takes place indoors with professional gallery lighting and climate control. We promise an elevated experience for our guests, and we strive to extend the same level of hospitality to our exhibiting artists. Our artists receive VIP treatment from our dedicated staff, and are welcome to stay and enjoy the KAABOO experience after ARTWORK closes each day. We offer a professionally-managed load-in and load-out process, as well as accessible, complimentary parking and onsite storage.


Forget what you know about music festivals – this is a multi-sensory experience. KAABOO is a voyage of discovery, where every detail is crafted for your enjoyment. Bask in world-class music, contemporary art, incredible high-end cuisine and craft libations, comedy acts, dancing and premium amenities.  

General Information

This year, KAABOO ARTWORK offers two application waves. The earlier you apply, the better the deal! Applications submitted between December 12, 2017 - February 12, 2018 will be eligible for First Wave booth rental fees of $850 for a single (8’x8’), and $1,600 for a double (8’x16’). For applications submitted between February 13, 2018 - April 9, 2018, Second Wave booth rental fees will be $975 for a single, and $1,725 for a double. Flat Wall exhibition space is also available at flat rates of $425 (8’x8’) and $675 (16’x8’) across both application waves.

KAABOO ARTWORK is focused on offering high quality contemporary art that appeals to our dedicated audience of sophisticated and culturally-inclined patrons of fine art and culture.



What past exhibitors are saying about KAABOO --


"Thank you for including me - always a great time. [I especially enjoyed] the camaraderie of the artists, the vibe in the room." – Sharon Kaplan


"Wow! Amazing again. I doubled my numbers from last year... Thank you so much for your love and commitment to the arts and the event... And yes - I would love to return next year!!!" – John Ha


Media Categories

We use media categories to organize artists' images into sensible groups to facilitate the jury’s review. We strive for a balanced show that features a diverse range of high-quality work; however, please note that there is no quota for different categories. We welcome innovative work – if you are not sure which category to apply for, pick one that best suits your work. We will not reject work because we disagree with your choice of category.

CeramicsAll original clay and porcelain work, excluding jewelry. No machine-made or mass-produced work permitted.

Digital ArtAny original work for which the original image, or the manipulation of other source material, was executed by the artist using a computer. Work in this category must be in limited editions, signed and numbered on archival quality materials. Traditional photographs taken through a digital media should apply in the photography category.

Drawing: Work created using dry media including chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencil, wax crayon, etc., as well as work made from inks and washes applied by pen or brush.

FiberAll work crafted from fibers, including basketry, embroidery, weaving, leatherwork, tapestry and papermaking, whether wearable or not. No machine tooling, machine-screened patterns or other forms of mass production are permitted. Likewise, we do not permit factory-produced wearable items, even if the artist modified or enhanced those items.

GlassPlease note that we do not permit mass-produced items, including items made from molds.

JewelryAll jewelry, whether the work is produced from metal, glass, clay, fiber, paper, plastic or other materials should be entered in this category. No commercial casts, molds or production studio work is permitted.

MetalworksThis category includes all non-sculptural, non-jewelry works crafted from metals. 

Mixed MediaThis category includes works, both two- and three-dimensional, that incorporate more than one type of material to produce.
New MediaThis category includes artwork that makes use of electronic media and technology. It includes projection work, video art, interactive electronic work, new technology work, light sculpture, etc.

PaintingWorks created in oils, acrylics, watercolor, etc. are included in this category. Reproductions of the artist’s original work are permitted, so long as (1) the artist displays a substantial quantity of original work in their booth, and (2) reproductions are clearly identified as such. (Please note that we do not require a specific percentage of original work, trusting that the artist will use their best judgment.) We encourage, but do not require, signed and numbered editions of any reproductions. Please define your work in your artist statement and include a description of your process.

PhotographyPhotographic 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. Photogravure, intaglio, and other alternate process techniques used to reproduce the artist’s photographs should apply in this category. Please disclose both their creative and printing processes with your application.

PrintmakingPrinted works for which the artist's hand manipulated the plates, stones, wood blocks or screens may be entered in this category. Printmakers are required to disclose both their creative and printmaking processes. Photocopies, giclées, or offset reproductions are not permitted.

SculptureThis category includes three-dimensional original work done in any medium.

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



We anticipate sending artist acceptance notices as soon as the jury process concludes -- First Wave applicants will be notified during the week of February 19, 2018, and Second Wave applicants will be notified during the week of April 16, 2018.


  1. All work must be original, handcrafted work, designed and executed by the Artist. No work from molds or kits is allowed. Work made or finished by a production studio is not acceptable.  Reproductions are prohibited, except as noted in the per-category section above. T-shirts and sweatshirts are not permitted unless completely designed and sewn by the artist as part of their fiber entry.
  2. ARTWORK will supply professional art walls. NO propanels or additional display walls will be permitted in the Artist booth. Artists may bring shelves, display cases, or any other fixtures required to display their work. Please note that NO CANOPIES or CANOPY FRAMES are permitted in the exhibition hall. 
  3. Artists must be present with their work for the entire show, including the VIP opening show on Thursday night from 5pm-9pm. Representatives may not attend in place of the artist. KAABOO may require photo identification at check-in to ensure compliance. Artists who sell their entire body of work should consult with the show director about whether they must remain for the duration of the show.
  4. Exhibition hours are from 1:00pm to 9:00pm. You are welcome to enjoy the headline acts and after-hours entertainment each day after ARTWORK closes. Except in case of emergency, artists who break down or depart before closing time on any day of the festival will not be permitted to return the following day(s) and will not be invited to future shows.
  5. Artists may only show work in categories and body of work selected by the Jury. All work exhibited must be of the quality, category and body of work of that shown in the images juried.
  6. Application fees and booth fees are non-refundable.
  7. Artists must follow all KAABOO festival rules, including abidance by the list of prohibited items. Please note that pets are not permitted at KAABOO, but service animals are permitted. ARTWORK will provide a copy of the rules with your show packet.
  8. ARTWORK will provide a contract and release to accepted artists. Artists must execute the contract in order to participate in the show.
  9. Artists are responsible for collecting and paying all applicable state and local licensing fees and sales tax. Sales tax forms will be provided to artists in your show packet. 
  10. Artists must park in the complimentary Artist parking lot. Please note that this lot will be located off-site. However, we will provide convenient on-site storage for extra inventory. There will not be any storage located behind or directly adjacent to your booth. Camping in the Artist lot, or elsewhere at the Fairgrounds, is prohibited.
  11. The show venue will be locked at night, and security will be provided. However, Artists are responsible for security or removing valuable pieces overnight.
  12. We may amend these rules and regulations at any time.

Booth Information



(12/12/17 - 2/12/18)


(2/13/18 - 4/9/18)

Flat Wall (8’x8’)



Flat Wall (16’x8’)



Single Booth (8’x8’)



Double Booth (8’x16’)




First Wave Applications: December 12, 2017 - February 12, 2018

Second Wave Applications: February 13, 2018 - April 9, 2018


All walls and booths include specially installed, professional lighting (4 LED Lights attached from the top of the walls), as well as complimentary electricity.


Booths are comprised of three professional 8-ft. art walls, (8 ft. tall). NO propanels or outside walls will be permitted in the spaceArt can be hung directly on the walls via nails, tacks, pins, etc. All hanging equipment must be cleanly removed by the end of the event.


Premium booths may be available for an extra charge.