Event Information

Tulip Festival Street Fair 2019

Downtown Mount Vernon
Mount Vernon, Washington (West)

Event Dates: 4/19/19 - 4/21/19
Application Deadline: 12/15/18 Midnight PST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application Fee): $20.00

You can submit up to 2 applications for this show.


Event Summary
Thank you for your interest in the Tulip Festival Street Fair! The Tulip Festival Street Fair is celebrating its 35th year in 2019! It is the single largest event in the overarching month-long Tulip Festival, and is a deeply entrenched annual tradition in our community. It is the primary fundraiser for the nonprofit Mount Vernon Downtown Association, a nationally accredited Main Street working toward the economic revitalization of our historic downtown business district. Since its inception, the Street Fair has grown from a few tables on the sidewalks to its current size of nearly half a mile of artisan vendors, food concessions, non-profit group displays and live entertainment. Situated at the midpoint between Seattle and Vancouver, BC and just over an hour from each, the event draws from 15,000 to 40,000 attendees over three days (depending on the weather!). We are proud to produce this event, which has become known as the first annual outdoor arts show of the year in Northwest Washington, and is one of the largest, as well.

General Information

All applications for the 2019 Tulip Festival Street Fair, in Downtown Mount Vernon, are to be completed through Zapplication. There is a $20 application fee.  Please submit five photographs, three of your product, one of the production process of your work and one booth image. It is important that you submit photos which show the full range of products represented in your booth; including high and low price points.. During the jurying process your artwork will be evaluated for originality, quality, and marketability. Please send high quality images that are a reflection your artwork and booth.  


Commercial agents, dealers, or manufacturers are not eligible to apply.


Applicant Notification

Booth Artisan notifications will be made via email on December 20th, 2018. You will not receive a physical letter, so please check your ZAPP account (emails can sometimes get caught in junk mail folders) on the notification date shown above.


Jurying Process

The festival selects new jurors each year to allow for all artists, both new and returning, to have a fair review process. Each application will be digitally reviewed by a panel of five art professionals, including peer booth artisans, at least one working artist, and other professionals who are experts in the field of fine art and craft and/or have long experience with arts festivals. Our process allows jurors to reflect on choosing a balance of artists that they believe will do well with our patrons, thus ensuring a more successful experience for our booth artisans at the street fair.


Waitlist Policy

We will maintain a waitlist of high jury-scored artisans and will continue to extend invitations up until the day before the Street fair.  If a booth becomes available, an artisan from the Wait List will be selected based on jury score, medium, booth size and set-up needs. Artists will be contacted as soon as possible when space becomes available.


Load In and Out, Parking

Upon acceptance, you will be emailed information on our load in and load out procedure. Volunteers will be staged at entrances to provided added directions during Load In. We ask that all artists must abide by loading and unloading procedures as prescribed to ensure a smooth process for all. Parking is limited and open to all. Many side streets will have signage “No Parking”, please adhere to these signs. We do our best to accommodate vendors with ADA parking needs. Failure to comply with the rules and guidelines regarding parking and Load In may result in not being able to participate in future Street Fairs.



1) Vendors are not allowed to rove with their merchandise at any time.

2) No alcoholic beverages, no pets, loud music, television, or hawking will be allowed in the vicinity of your booth.

3) The Fair Committee reserves the right to remove any work it does not consider suitable for a general audience of adults and children.

4) The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival name and logo are trademarked, and you must obtain prior approval for their use. Phone: (360) 428-5959 or fax: (360) 428-6753. MVDA will remove from the fair anyone failing to cooperate with the officials or failing to comply with the rules and policy.

5) Acceptance to the 2019 Tulip Festival Street Fair is for this year only, and imparts no obligation upon the MVDA to invite a vendor to return in future years. An invitation to return is at the sole discretion of the MVDA, and Vendors may be required to resubmit to the jury in future years.


In case of real emergency, contact the Tulip Festival Street Fair organizer, to negotiate a mutually beneficial arrangement

Booth Information

With the exception of side streets, booths are arranged in quads down the center of the street – which means in essence every booth is a corner booth! ADEQUATE TENT WEIGHTS ARE REQUIRED!


Booth fees

Flat fee, no commission fees. Single booth fee: flat fee of $350.00 for a 10x10 space; double booth: flat fee of $700.00 for a 10x20 booth; Triple booth: flat fee of $1050.00 for 10x30, available as space allows. Deposit fees are due by December 31, 2018. All vendors must be paid in full by Janurary 31, 2019. BOOTH SPACES WITH UNPAID BALANCES WILL BE OFFERED TO WAITLISTED ARTISANS AFTER FEBRUARY 1.


Load In

Thursday, April 18, 2019. Set up time for the Fair is in assigned time slots from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM. Booth officials will be on hand to help you locate your booth. No booths will be allowed to set up prior to this time. Unload your work quickly and move your vehicle so others may unload. Each artisan must park his or her vehicle in a designated area after unloading for the day. PARKING ON THE STREET IS NOT PERMITTED. PARKING RULES WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED.


Hours of Operation:  Artisans agree to adhere to the following Fair hours:

Friday, April 19th, From 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Saturday, April 20th, From 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Sunday, April 21st, From 10:00 am to 5:00 pm


No take down will be allowed before closing time on Sunday. It is Highly Recommended that all products and items should be secured or put in totes each night to protect from wind and rain.


Sales tax

Artisans are required to charge and collect sales tax of 8.7%. A sales tax chart will be included in your check-in packet. You must have a Washington state UBI number or other state Tax ID and include it on your contract.



Limited overnight security (two guards) will be provided. However, your booth and art remain your responsibility. Neither the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, the City of Mount Vernon, nor the Mount Vernon Downtown Association assume responsibility for injury to persons or loss or damage to any property of the artists, including theft. You agree to be responsible for providing whatever liability and theft insurance you feel is necessary.