Event Information

Saginaw Old Town Art Fair 2018

400 Block of Court Street
Saginaw, Michigan (Midwest)

Event Dates: 8/10/18 - 8/11/18
Application Deadline: 8/2/18 Midnight EST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application Fee): $25.00

You can submit up to 2 applications for this show.


Event Summary

The Saginaw Old Town Art Fair is located on the 400 block of Court Street, in the historic Riverfront District of Saginaw, Michigan. Saginaw Old Town Art Fair sits amidst historical architecture, established and supportive local businesses, and a vibrant art and music scene.  The City of Saginaw leads the Great Lakes Bay Region in medical technology development, practitioner education and standard of care. Home to Saginaw Valley State University, Delta Community College, and Central Michigan University Medical School.  Saginaw is a diverse community that welcomes all.  

The Saginaw Old Town Art Fair is presented by the Old Town Saginaw Association and Saginaw Art Museum. Our mission is to provide the opportunity to showcase a breadth of fine art in the heart of Old Town Saginaw, while providing the opportunity for community members to view and purchase artwork, participate in free art based activities, and see live art demonstrations.  This art fair will offer family friendly events and art based activities that will draw people to the fair. We are excited to welcome artists to our town and offer our hospitality.

We have selected 24 fine art artists and still have openings within our show.  We have extended the application deadline to allow more artists to apply.    

General Information


Friday, August 10 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Saturday, August 11 10:00 am - 7:00 pm



June 30, 2018 - Deadline to Apply - Extended to July 30 and we will jury as artists apply.

July 1 - 7, 2018 - Jury Process

July 8, 2018 - Notification of Acceptance Emailed

July 30, 2018 - Booth Fees Due & Confirmation of Acceptance Status.

Friday, August 10, 2018 - Set-up for the festival at 6:00 a.m.  We will have volunteers available to help artists unload and set up tents.



The Saginaw Old Town Art Fair has developed key partnerships with local businesses and media outlets to effectively and comprehensively advertise the event. Target mediums include regional radio, television, and print publications. Additionally, our event is promoted in regional and state news outlets, posters throughout the Great Lakes Bay Community, in newsletters of participating charitable organizations, the Saginaw Art Fair facebook page, and all major social media outlets.

We have already been in "Saginaw Celebrates Summer" publications. We will have radio mentions during the weekend. Additionally, we are posted in the artfaircalendar.com.



  • We have $1500 for artist awards to be determined during the weekend.
  • Awards will be given where excellence is determined, regardless of media category. Winners will receive online recognition.
  • Award ribbons are presented to winning artists Saturday morning.
  • Convenient drive-up load-in and load-out at booth space.
  • During load-in, we will have local high school students volunteering to help unload vehicles, if needed by artists.
  • Free exhibitor parking in close proximity to display space, includes oversized parking and overnight parking.
  • Overnight security provided.
  • Room block rates available at Ramada Saginaw Hotel & Suites for Friday starting at $79. The Block is set up under Saginaw Old Town Art Fair. Discounted rates until 7/10/18.
  • Electricity for booth space available, upon request.
  • Discounts available for 2017 exhibiting BASH artists and Saginaw Art Museum 2018 Plein Air participating artists.
  • Friday Night Artists' Reception at a local establishment.


The Saginaw Old Town Art fair is a new show that is filling the void of a fine art fair in Saginaw for almost 20 years now. As a new show, we are working very hard to make sure it is well attendended and profitable opportunity for our artists. There will be 20-40 artists exhibiting. Several local organizaitons and businesses are partnering to help provide free art activities to people of all ages.


  • Deadline for cancellation is August 1, 2018, minus a $25 processing fee.
  • Upon acceptance, booth fees are not refundable. No refunds, for any reason, after July 30, 2018.



All work must be the creation of the exhibiting artist: the original concept design, style and execution must be attributable solely to the displaying artist(s). All work on display must be consistent with the images submitted. Artists must be 18 years of age or older.



By submitting your application to the Saginaw Old Town Art Fair, you agree to abide by all festival rules and regulations. All artwork exhibited and sold must be original and of the artist’s own creation.

  • Applicants must include an artist statement or technical description of your artwork of 1000 characters or less. The description should include information that assists the jury process and/or promotional efforts of the festival committee.  
  • All artists must submit 5 images with their application, including one booth shot.



  • No BUY/SELL ITEMS are allowed in the show.
  • Only hand-constructed wares are to be sold. No commercial products are permitted.
  • The registered exhibitor must have constructed the majority of each item.
  • Show staff may investigate questionable wares; if found to be commercial items, you will be asked to remove those items found in violation and/or removed from the show with NO REFUND.


  • No commercial agents, dealers or manufacturers may attend in place of the artist.
  • All work displayed must be consistent with slides submitted. Any work that is not consistent with the jury images, or does not comply with the standards outlined, may not be exhibited.
  • Artist may not leave the festival early.


Booths may NOT be resold by a crafter/artisan at any time. Any indication of a resold booth will result in permanent termination from the current and future shows with no refund.



Artists are responsible for the collection, reporting and payment of all State of Michigan taxes. Saginaw Old Town Art Fair does not require an artist to pay commissions.



  • Merchandise is left overnight at your own risk.
  • The festival will provide limited overnight security on Friday night.
  • You may leave your booth structure intact overnight. We advise you choose a weatherproof structure with weights.
  • The Saginaw Old Town Art Fair is not responsible for any damages or losses that may occur during these two days.


It should go without saying that there is an expectation of civility, patience and common courtesy at this event. It is our wish that every exhibitor, art patron and volunteer have an enjoyable experience at the Saginaw Old Town Art Fair. When accepting the invitation to exhibit, the Artist agrees to abide by all rules of the Saginaw Old Town Art Fair, the City of Saginaw, and State of Michigan. Artist agrees to follow load-in, load-out and parking procedures as well as general festival rules of participation. Exhibitors are expected to cooperate with festival staff and volunteers and be courteous to their neighboring exhibitors. Artists who disrespect or mistreat volunteers, staff, or fellow artists will not be invited back to exhibit at this festival in the future.


Booth Information


All booths, regardless of size, are assigned on a first paid, first served basis.

Single Booth: 10’ x 10’ = $100.00  

$25.00 Nonrefundable Application Fee + $75.00 Booth Fee

Double Booth: 20’ x 10’ = $175.00  

$25.00 Nonrefundable Application Fee + $150.00 Booth Fee



  • Booths are located on pavement and only guaranteed a front opening space. Booths may NOT be staked into pavement.
  • Booths are assigned by the festival Art Director.  Request will be taken into consideration, but not guaranteed.
  • Participants must provide their own canopy, display booth, display racks, lights, extension cords, and any booth support materials. No tables or chairs will be provided.
  • Electricity is available upon request.


  • All participants must set-up for the festival Friday morning.  
  • All participants may arrive by 6:00 a.m. and should arrive no later than 7:00 a.m. Artists should be ready for the festival opening at 10:00 a.m.
  • We will have volunteers available to help artists with set up and unloading.