Event Information


Grant Park Summer Shade Festival 2019

Grant Park
Atlanta, Georgia (South)

Phone: 404-617-7043
Event Dates: 8/24/19 - 8/25/19
Application Deadline: 8/18/19 Midnight EST


Images: 4 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application Fee): $35.00


Event Summary

Mission: The Grant Park Summer Shade Festival helps build awareness of historic Grant Park, brings the community together, and helps raise funds to support the work of the Grant Park Conservancy.

What: A thriving two-day, in-town festival in historic Grant Park, organized by and benefiting the Grant Park Conservancy celebrating 17 years! Event features include:

  • Artist Market with over 180 Artists – continues to grow each year with both a juried and non-juried component.
  • Live Entertainment – multiple entertainment venues featuring some of the best local talent in Atlanta.
  • Kids Zone – sure to keep all families entertained, the Kids Zone area features storytellers, puppet shows and art activities, as well as active options such as a bungee jump and more.
  • Food and Beverage – a unique mix of traditional festival fare and healthier choices from local restaurants.
  • Run for the Park 5K – held Saturday morning, hundreds of runners help kick-off the Grant Park Summer Shade celebration.

Where: Historic Grant Park, just 1 mile Southeast of Downtown Atlanta. It is the oldest city park and one of the largest and most beautiful green spaces in the city.

When: Saturday, August 24, 2019 10:00 am – 10:00 pm & Sunday, August 25, 2019 11:00 am – 7:30 pm. The artist/vendor market will remain open until 7:00pm each day.

Attendance: 30,000+

General Information


Artists (Juried and Non Juried) — Items suitable for sale at the Summer Shade Festival are handcrafted items, as well as antiques, furniture, memorabilia, consumables, and other unique items. Handcrafted items are items that are designed and/or made by the exhibitor. Items may not be mass produced. Artist applications will be reviewed and accepted/rejected as they are received.

Community Partners — If your organization would like to participate in the Summer Shade Festival for outreach and educational purposes only, you may apply as a Community Partner. To qualify as a Community Partner, you must either be (1) a non-profit/community organization or (2) a locally owned and operated small business (non-national, non-franchise) that serves Grant Park and surrounding neighborhoods. Vending is not approved for Community Partners. Community Partner applications will be reviewed and accepted/rejected as they are received.

Waiting List — The Festival will maintain a waiting list in various categories and will notify artists if/when an opening occurs in the specific discipline (glass, wood, pottery, mixed media, jewelry, etc.). This event sells out every year. To reserve your spot, please apply early!

Jury Scoring — A panel of local artists reviews and scores work in these four areas:
  • Level of Achievement - The artist has a consistent body of work that reflects a style and approach to the medium as well as skill in the handling of the medium.
  • Technical Skill - The artist’s handling of the media exhibits control, skill, and experience. The design or composition of the work shows an understanding and utilization of the principles of design.
  • Concept - The artist works with ideas and effectively reflects an idea, a point of view, or a specific concept.
  • Presentation - The work itself is presented appropriately for exhibition. The support materials reflect a professional standard. 

Jury Awards — The recipients of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place will receive their awards during the Festival.
  • 1st Place: $250 + complimentary booth for the 2019 Summer Shade Festival
  • 2nd Place: $150
  • 3rd Place: $100

Image Submission — Please provide 3 digital images of work and 1 digital image of display with your application. Incomplete application packages will not be submitted to the Jury Panel or the Non Juried Selection Committee. Please make sure you submit a complete package.

Animal Welfare Groups — We welcome organizations that work with animal welfare but we do not allow animals on site, caged or otherwise.

Advertising  — Participating exhibitors may purchase an advertisement in the 2019 digital Festival Guidebook. The full color Festival Guidebook features everything needed to enjoy the Festival including a complete list of artists, performance schedules, hands-on activities for kids and adults and more. The 2017 Festival Guide was viewed more than 34,000 times! Artist exclusive ad prices are $50 for a half page and $25 for a quarter page.

Cancellation — Prior to August 1, 2019, booth fee refunds may be requested in writing. The festival will retain a $50.00 administration and processing fee. Sorry, after August 1, 2019, no refunds are granted.

What happens if I am not accepted to the Juried Market? The Selection Committee is diligent in its efforts to provide a broad range of disciplines, pricing levels, styles and representations. In some cases, artists may not be accepted to the juried portion of our show. The Selection Committee will automatically refer those applications to the Non Juried Market Selection Committee for review. 

The Selection Committee has sole discretion for determining the vendors that will be accepted at the Summer Shade Festival. 

The Summer Shade Festival reserves the right to remove any Vendor from the festival with cause for reasons including, but not limited to, (1) failure to follow the directions of Festival Staff, (2) disparagement of the Summer Shade Festival or the Grant Park Conservancy, (3) creating a hazard which endangers Festival Attendees, (4) conducting sales of goods not meeting the Festival's definition of "handcrafted items," and/or (5) engaging in any conduct Festival Staff deems detrimental to the Summer Shade Festival.

Booth Information
Application Fee: $35

Booth Fees:

  • $300 (Applications accepted and fees paid before April 15, 2019)
  • $350 (Applications accepted and fees paid between April 15 and June 14, 2019)
  • $400 (Applications accepted and fees paid after June 14, 2019)

  • $235 (Applications accepted and fees paid before April 15, 2019)
  • $285 (Applications accepted and fees paid between April 15 and June 14, 2019)
  • $335 (Applications accepted and fees paid after June 14, 2019)

  • $175 (Applications accepted and fees paid before April 15, 2019)
  • $200 (Applications accepted and fees paid between April 15 and June 14, 2019)
  • $275 (Applications accepted and fees paid after June 14, 2019)

All exhibitors are required to use WHITE 10x10 tents. Branded tents must be approved in advance.

The Festival can provide a 10x10 tent, one 6' table, and two chairs for an additional fee of $300. This includes set up/take down and weights. Side panels can be added for $15 per side (four sides = $60). This price is subject to change based on market rates for tent rentals.

Booth Sharing: Subletting or sharing of the booth space not specifically authorized by the Selection Committee is prohibited. Use other than what is submitted on your application is prohibited unless reviewed and approved by the Selection Committee. 

ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THE 2019 SUMMER SHADE FESTIVAL? artists@summershadefestival.org