Event Information

Old Florida Celebration of the Arts in Cedar Key 2019

Historic 2nd Street
Cedar Key, Florida (South)

Phone: 352-543-5400
Event Dates: 3/30/19 - 3/31/19
Application Deadline: 11/17/18 Midnight EST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 4 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Jury Fee): $25.00

You can submit up to 2 applications for this show.


Event Summary
The Old Florida Celebration of the Arts will take place March 30 & 31, 2019 on historic 2nd Street in Cedar Key, an island community on Florida's Gulf Coast 60 miles SW of Gainesville on Hwy 24. This juried event, attracts 20,000 visitors annually and offers over $18,000 in prize money and purchase awards. This event has been rated one of the top ten fine arts festivals in the nation by ArtFairCalendar.com for the past two years. Cedar Key's beautiful natural setting, outstanding artist amenities, and the friendliness and hospitality of the volunteers make this a favorite destination for both artists and art lovers. The town's beachfront City Park is filled with music, children's activities, and food sold by local non-profit organizations.

Our decision to move the event to the last weekend in March is based on the fact that we draw a larger crowd in March, had the highest artist satisfaction rates when the event was in March and the date will not have to be changed as often because of Easter. Based on 2018 artist input we are taking steps to improve our WiFi capabilities at the venue, and the running time of the festival will remain from 10am to 5pm Saturday, and 10am to 4pm Sunday.

General Information
Established in 1964 and formerly known as the Cedar Key Sidewalk Arts Festival, this event was revived in 2006 - returning to a juried fine arts show. Since then the event's reputation has grown and the festival has become one of the most charming shows in Florida. The jury fee is $25 and upon acceptance, each booth space is $175. Fine Artist and Artisans in all disciplines are encouraged to apply.  Country crafts and production work is not acceptable at this event.

Complimentary amenities include breakfast both mornings and a private Artist's Reception and Awards Ceremony with food and drinks Saturday evening sponsored by the Cedar Key Arts Center Sculpture Garden. Friendly volunteers assist with set-up and take-down and also are there to assist artists throughout the weekend as "block captains."  An artist and volunteer hospitality center is open both days at the Arts Center as well.

120 artists will be invited through the jury process. Artists will be notified by December 15, 2018. Artists must respond and pay the booth fee by January 15, 2019. A short wait list is maintained but will only be used if the expected number of artists falls below 120.

Set up will be Friday evening (7pm start time) and Saturday morning (6:30 am - 9 am). Saturday the event opens from 10 am - 5 pm, Sunday from 10 am - 4 pm.

For a list of accommodations please visit our website www.cedarkeyartsfestival.com.

•All work must be original design of the accepted artist.
•Accepted artists must be present at our event Saturday and Sunday. No proctors will be allowed.
•A high proportion of original artwork is expected to be available in booths. Reproductions must be of the same artistic quality as juried work and can make up no more than 20% of the hung artwork.
•Ineligible Entries: Country crafts, works which are mass produced or manufactured, made from commercial molds, kits or patterns, commercial displays, taxidermy, crocheting, knitting, velvet painting, manufactured or kit jewelry, candles, ceramics from commercial molds, and art supplies.  Buy/sell or imports will not be tolerated.
•Exhibited art must represent submitted juried art. It iis not acceptable to dispaly and sell work that is not directly related to the visual artwork that is juried into the show (ie: novels/music written/preformed by the artist). Coloring books and story books that include the artist's artwork are accetable.
•Exhibitors are responsible for insurance of their artwork and display. Old Florida Celebration of the Arts will not be responsible for damage to work or displays due to weather or unrelated incidents.
•Exhibitors are responsible for collection, reporting, and payment of sales tax.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations before February 15, 2019 will be handled based on the ability to fill the booth sapce. No refunds after that date.

Application through Zapplications. No exceptions. If you need special assistance in applying in Zapplications, please contact Zapplications Help Desk.

Booth Information
Tent Size 10' x 10' ($175) or 10' x 20' ($350) - space for each booth is 12' wide x 10' deep.
Tents must be weighted, no stakes or screws in the pavement.
As required by the Cedar Key Fire Chief for safety purposes (1) all booths must be positioned against the curb (2) no front awnings are allowed (3) space between booths must be kept clear and (4) sidewalks behind booths must be clear to foot traffic.
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