Event Information

St. Augustine Art & Craft Festival - 53rd Annual

Francis Field - Downtown St. Augustine
St. Augustine, Florida (South)

Phone: 904-824-2310
Event Dates: 11/24/18 - 11/25/18
Application Deadline: 8/3/18 Midnight EST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 4 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application Fee): $35.00

You can submit up to 2 applications for this show.


Event Summary
The St. Augustine Art Association presents the 53rd Annual St. Augustine Art & Craft Festival, the premier outdoor art festival in Northeast Florida. This juried exhibit takes place Saturday and Sunday, Thanksgiving weekend in the heart of the nation's oldest city. Surrounded by history and attractions that draw thousands of visitors, the Festival features a diversity of fine artists in mediums ranging from painting, glass and pottery to fiber, photography, jewelry and more. St. Augustine, Florida has been voted one of the top destinations by numerous travel magazines because of its rich heritage, coastal setting and iconic Spanish architecture. The Festival is a time-honored tradition that brings artists together with collectors, art enthusiasts, musical performers, food vendors, volunteers and business sponsors to support the arts and celebrate the the start of the holiday season. 
For more information, visit www.staugustineartfestival.com

General Information
The St. Augustine Art & Craft Festival has been the signature art event in downtown St. Augustine for decades. The two-day gathering of fine artists attracts robust crowds (12,000+) of discerning holiday shoppers and collectors. Artist demos, cultural displays and children's art corner create a festive atmosphere, along with food vendors, libations and folk music. Cash prizes are awarded to artists in each category. Proceeds from this highly-publicized event support the art gallery and programs of the St. Augustine Art Association, a non-profit group founded in 1924 to promote artistic excellence. 

Medium Categories:
Painting  |  Drawing & Pastel  |  Mixed Media  |  Photography  |  Graphics/2D  |  Sculpture
Woodworks  |  Jewelry  |  Fiber/Leather  |  Baskets/Gourds  |  Pottery/Ceramics  |  Glassworks 

Venue: Francis Field (25 W. Castillo Dr.–adjacent to Visitor Center Complex)
Public Admission: $2 donation at gate
Exhibitor Parking: Free parking for cars and RVs (see Rules & Regulations)
Booth Spaces: (Corner/Quad Booth Cofigurations) 10'x10' or 20'x10'
Booth Fee: $235 (10'x10')
Show Times: Sat. Nov. 24, 10AM to 5PM; Sun. Nov. 25, 10AM to 4:30PM
Artist Set Up: Fri. Nov. 23, 10AM to 5PM; Sat. & Sun. Nov. 24, 25, 6 to 9AM

Jury & Awards:
Exhibitors are chosen in each category by a jury panel. Booth space is limited. Artists may be put on a waitlist within their category. Artists in each category will be eligible for cash prizes, including $1,000 Best in Show, Judge's Choice and others. (See Rules & Regulations)

Artist Amenities:
Free Breakfast  |  Corner Booths  |  Easy Drive-up Loading & Unloading  |  12,000+ Visitors 
Free Artist Parking  |  Trained Field Staff  |  Booth Sitters  |  Repeat Buyers  |  Live Music  |  On-site ATM
Robust Marketing  |  Discount Hotels  |  Downtown St. Augustine's Nights of Lights |  Artist Awards Ceremony

Publicity: The St. Augustine Art Association agressively promotes the St. Augustine Art & Craft Festival through multimedia and print platforms, social media, local businesses, and more. Artist and artwork images are often used for publicity. (NOTE: Notification of acceptance and receipt of images grants the St. Augustine Art Association permission to use images for publicity only.)

All correspondence will be via email. A valid email address is required with Application. Artist should check SPAM folders in the event notices are not received. Maps, booth assignments and other information will be sent by email.

Security: Professional security is on the field during the day and overnight, Friday and Saturday. Artists may leave displays up overnight, but should cover or stow loose items. The St. Augustine Art Association and the City of St. Augustine are not liable for any damage or loss.

  • Artists must be 18 years or older.
  • ORIGINAL artwork created and presented by the exhibitor ONLY.
  • NO kits, imports, mass-produced items.
  • No more than 20% of booth space may consist of reproductions.
  • Misrepresentation of work will result in removal from Festival and forfeiture of booth fee.
  • No "buy/sell" vendors allowed.
  • Collaborative work must have both artists' names/signatures on the application.
  • Artist must staff Exhibit Booth. No representatives or agents.
  • White Tents ONLY.
  • Artist must submit a second application to be juried into a second category.

  • Complete the application and pay the non-refundable application fee ($35).
  • THREE images of your artwork and ONE booth image (display with tent) are required. Images should show the detail and range of work.
  • An Application is considered an intent by the artist to participate in the Festival. 
  • Once selected for the show, the Artist must accept the invitation and pay Booth Fee within designated timeframe. Acceptance notifications will be sent by August 27th.
  • Notification and receipt of acceptance by artist grants STAAA permission to use artwork images for publicity.
  • No refunds will be given for Artist cancellations. A Booth Fee Credit may be issued at the discretion of the Festival Chairman.
  • Artists will incur a $20 fee for returned checks.
  • Please read the Legal Agreement before applying.

Late Applications: Applications received after the deadline of Aug. 3, 2018 will be assessed a $25 late fee. A second jury panel round will score late applications. Acceptance will be restricted to space availability in each category.

Wait List: If placed on the wait list, artist will be contacted by email only if an opening in his/her category becomes available. 

Jury Process & Awards:
  • Exhibitors are chosen by a jury panel of qualified and experienced artists in each category. The jury will review and score the digital images based on a point system. Artists may be placed on a waitlist in their respective category to be notified in the event of cancellations or if additional space is alotted. Jury decisions are final.
  • Late applications (received after August 3, 2018) will be juried in a second round.
  • Judging for awards will take place on the field beginning at 10AM on Saturday during the Festival. Artists will be judged on the full scope of their work, not individual pieces.
  • Thousands of dollars in cash and prizes are given in each category, including Best in Show and Judge's Choice, thanks to the generosity of local business sponsors and patrons.

Exhibitor Parking:
Free parking adjacent to the field for exhibitors is available for both cars and RVs. Absolutely NO overnight camping or sleeping in vehicles. The City will fine you. All vehicles must depart Exhibitor Parking Lots and field by 7PM Sunday, Nov. 25.

Cancellation Policy:
An accepted application is a commitment to exhibit. Cancellations must be submitted in writing 30 days prior to event. Failure to appear at Festival is considered a breach of contract and will result in forfeiture of fees and exclusion from future exhibits. After acceptance notification, no refunds will be given for cancellations. A credit may be issued solely at the discretion of the Festival Chairman. The Festival goes on, rain or shine, unless otherwise notified. Fees will not be refunded due to inclement weather or other extenuating circumstances. Please read the Legal Agreement before submitting an application.

Booth Information
Booth Fees:
  • Single Booth: $235 (10' x 10')
  • Double Booth: $470 (10' x 20')  (Limited. Contact Festival at 904.824.2310 for availability.)
  • Water and Electric: $25 each (Limited. Contact Festival at 904.824.2310 for availability.)
  • All fees are nonrefundable.

Set Up & Breakdown:
  • Check in BEFORE setting up. A photo ID of the ARTIST is required upon check in.
  • Set up will be Friday, Nov. 23, from 10AM to 5PM; Saturday & Sunday Nov. 24 & 25, from 6 to 8:45AM. All vehicles must be off the field by 9AM on Saturday & Sunday.
  • Breakdown AFTER 4:30PM on Sunday, only when security deems it safe. NO EARLY BREAKDOWNS. The Festival field must be cleared by 7PM on Sunday, Nov. 25.

Booth Standards & Artist Attendance:
  • Exhibit spaces accommodate a 10' x 10' tent.  Limited double spaces (10' x 20').
  • WHITE tents only.
  • Booths are arranged in "Quad" format, giving each artist a corner booth.
  • City tent regulations require a Fire Resistant label and/or certificate.
  • Tent Rentals are available by third-party vendor. (Call 904.824.2310 for info)
  • Booth displays must be professional and aesthetically pleasing. Displays should resemble an Art Gallery, not a retail shop or garage sale.
  • All artwork must be original handmade by the artist.
  • Buy/Sell/Import items in the booth will result in immediate removal of the artist.
  • The work exhibited and booth display must match the quality and style represented in the accepted application.
  • No handwritten signs of any kind or ribbons and awards from other exhibitions may be displayed.
  • A card listing your name, category and city will be provided and must be displayed at all times.
  • Exhibiting artists must be in the booth at all times, no sales agents or business reps allowed.
  • Booth space may not be shared with or sublet to another artist.
  • Only works in approved category may be exhibited.
  • No generators, open flames, unleashed animals, or loud music.
  • Each exhibitor is responsible for collecting and reporting Florida sales tax on Festival sales.
  • Artist must clean up exhibit space after packing up.
  • Booths will be inspected for compliance. 
  • The St. Augustine Art Association reserves the right to limit or discontinue the participation of an exhibitor at any time for any reason.