Event Information


WaterFire Sharon 2019

Downtown Sharon, PA
Sharon, Pennsylvania (Northeast)

Event Dates: 7/27/19 - 9/21/19
Application Deadline: 9/20/19 Midnight EST
62 day(s) and 4 hour(s) remaining


Images: 4 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application Fee): $10.00

You can submit up to 2 applications for this show.


Event Summary
WaterFire Sharon, PA is an established, premier art and music festival.  Since 2013, this festival has attracted an average of 35,000 attendees to each of its twelve festivals thus far.  The 2019 season is now set with two-day-long events on Saturday, July 27th, and Saturday, September 21st.  We are once again featuring talented regional artisans, creative craftsmen, diverse musicians, and performing artists.

WaterFire Sharon PA is a unique, artistic display of fifty-five fire baskets floating on the Shenango River.  The baskets burn through the night, filling downtown Sharon with the aroma of burning pine and cedar.  Accompanying the beautiful images of fire on water is an eclectic mix of music from around the world. Lightings begin at dusk and the fires are tended until 11:00 p.m. Other events and the artisan festival begin at 2 pm.

WaterFire began in Providence, R.I., and has spread nationally (Columbus, Kansas City) and internationally (Rome, Singapore) and now Sharon, Pennsylvania.  Become a part of the attraction as a fine arts vendor - attend one or two Waterfire events.  A juried selection process has been established to ensure the quality of all attending artisans.

General Information
NOTE: Applications are being accepted for all dates at this time. Whether you are applying for one or two shows, the received applications deadline is September 20th. Once the show date has passed you will no longer be eligible to apply for that show, only the next show date.
Accepted applicants will receive an email within two weeks. Applicants can see their application status by logging onto Zapp. There will be a wait list for some categories.
After being accepted, the applicant must confirm or deny by paying the booth fee (prices listed below) within two weeks of receiving an acceptance email.

Medium Categories
  • Ceramic/Pottery: original clay and porcelain work other than jewelry
  • Craft or craft-making: any work that may not be defined as “fine art”
  • Drawing: two-dimensional works in pencil, chalk, pastel, charcoal, pen & ink
  • Digital Art: original computer generated art, photographs that are artistically manipulated using a computer
  • Entertainment Art: arts such as face painting, caricaturists, etc that make each festival unique.
  • Wearable Fiber: any wearable work crafted from fiber, excluding leather and jewelry
  • Non-wearable Fiber: non-wearable work crafted from fiber including fabric and paper
  • Glass: glass work that has been hand-crafted by glass blowing, molding, casting or kiln-forming
  • Jewelry: any jewelry crafted by hand
  • Leather: any work crafted from leather other than jewelry
  • Metal: any work crafted from metal other than jewelry
  • MULTIPLE WORKS: please include description and photos for all mediums of work.
  • Two-Dimensional: two-dimensional work that incorporates more than one type of physical material in their production
  • Three-Dimensional: three-dimensional work that incorporates more than one type of physical material in their production.
  • Musical Instruments:* original, hand-crafted, functional musical instruments
  • Painting: two-dimensional works in paint
  • Photography: prints created from the artist’s original negative processed by the artist or under direct supervision of the artist
  • Printmaking: original works created using traditional printmaking methods including screen-printing, block, lithograph, serigraph, etc.
  • Sculpture: three-dimensional original work created in any medium
  • Wood: original works in wood that are hand-tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved
  • OTHER: please include detailed description and photos
*Musical Instrument Artists may sell recordings only if they feature the artist performing on an instrument that the artist has crafted. The musical instruments must be clearly displayed in the front of the booth; displays of tapes and CDs must be subordinate to the instruments and must not overwhelm the booth. The primary vehicle for demonstrating must be through the live demonstration of the artist, not through recordings.


We are happy to answer any questions. If you have questions about the Festival, please contact Jenn Crisan at:
              E-mail: jenncrisan@gmail.com
              Website: waterfiresharonpa.org
              Facebook: www.facebook.com/waterfiresharonpa

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be received in writing by e-mail. Application fees are non-refundable. Booth fees are refundable until June 21st for certain cases. In order to receive a refund, you must e-mail your reason for canceling and a refund will be made at our discretion.  If you are to receive a refund, you will receive your refund minus a 10% transaction fee.

Digital Images

Applicants must submit four color images three of current work and one booth shot. 

1. The artist must be present on site during the entire Festival. Collaborations or partnerships are permitted, however all artists must be listed and accepted through one application.

2. No booth sharing between independent artisans is permitted. Partners must collaborate in their creative process and apply on the same application.

3. The artist’s booth must be set up and open for business from 2 to 11 p.m. (10 p.m. for September event) the day of the Festival.

4. The work sold in the Festival must be of the same nature and quality as the images submitted for jurying. The Festival reserves the right to request the removal of any work that differs from images submitted and accepted, as well as any inappropriate work or display. Work must be comparable in size, style, and quality to that in images accepted through the jury process. The Festival will ask remove any work deemed not appropriately represented through the images you supplied for jury.

Only works of art created by the artist(s) accepted by the Festival may be displayed or offered for sale. Only work in the medium category or categories in which the artist is accepted may be shown. You may not display jewelry of any kind, even if it fits your primary medium category, unless you were accepted in the jewelry category. The Festival will ask you to remove any work that does not fit the criteria.

5. A site qualifying committee may examine each booth and may question artisans about the authenticity of artisan’s work to ensure that all work is original and made by the artist present and that the rules and conditions of the Festival are adhered to by each participating artisan.

6. All work must be original, designed and crafted by the applicant. We do not accept work made from commercial molds, kits or patterns, mass production, or other commercial methods. We do not allow or accept trademarked, copyrighted, or licensed items, logos, images, or sayings. Copyrighted designs not owned by the artist are not permitted. Any commercially produced parts (boxes, furniture, dishware, stemware, T-shirts or sweatshirts; candles; plants; manufactured belts or handbags; etc.) used in a work must play a subordinate role and MAY NOT be sold separately. Up-cycling or repurposed items with significant alterations are allowed upon committee approval.

7. A small area for storage is available on the curb of the sidewalk. Please keep this minimal and neat.

8.  No food or beverages may be sold in the Art & Crafts area. To apply as a food vendor, please contact us by phone or email.

Booth Information
Your booth space is 10′ x 10′. All vendors must supply their own tent and the tent must be white. There is minimal storage space available behind the booths on the curb of the sidewalk. Please plan your layout accordingly. 

Waterfire Sharon PA reserves the right, if circumstances demand, to change the location of allocated space, slightly reduce or increase the size of space, or otherwise alter the shape of space allocated. The Festival also reserves the right to rearrange the layout of unoccupied areas, alter entrances and exits to and from the site, and to undertake other structural alterations.

Vending areas will be open for set-up from 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. All booths must remain open until 11:00 p.m. (10:00 p.m. for September event) and exit the premises by 12:00 a.m. A parking lot will be provided for vendors.

No vehicles will be permitted in the Festival area between 1:30 p.m. and 11 p.m.
  • Booth Fee:
    • One Event = $70
    • Two Events = $110
  • Booth Size: 10' x10'
  • Electricity: Minimal electricity is provided. Please consider this when applying. A plug-in will be provided to accommodate twinkle lights, halogen lights, Edison style patio lights, etc. (Lights will not be provided -- vendor responsibility). See below.


All vendors must supply their own tent and the tent must be white. Exhibitors are responsible for providing booth structures with canopy, racks, tables, display units, fixtures, chairs and dollies. (Think vertical!) All display materials must be suitable for outdoor usage. Please invest in a durable, sturdy tent with wind vents. While lightweight pop-up tents may seem like an economical arrangement, we have seen these kinds of tents blow over, bend, twist, collapse, and rip with only minimal wind gusts. When set up in close quarters with your fellow artists, a tent that blows over can have devastating effects on neighboring tents, even if their tent is otherwise sturdy and secure. Wind vents allow wind to blow through your tent rather than blowing it away. This is for your benefit in the case of windy weather along the river (not common, but has occurred.)

Exhibitors should prepare for inclement weather by bringing their own appropriate rain covers, tie-downs, weights, bungee cords, clamps and wire. They will come in handy in securing your booth in a potential windy period.

Bring adequate weights. You may not tie ropes to benches, light posts, trees, your neighbor’s tent, or anything else. You must use hanging weights. There is absolutely no staking within the festival footprint.

Weights may be fashioned from many different items, such as PVC tubes or buckets filled with concrete or sand. You may not use plastic bags filled with sand as they can create a tremendous mess. Hang weights from each of the four upper corners using strong rope. Allow the weights to hang suspended off the ground – approximately 12″ – 18″. This will help to keep your tent from twisting in the wind.


Every tent will be provided a plug-in to accommodate twinkle lights for evening vending. (Lights will not be provided -- vendor responsibility). We ask you aim for LED twinkle lights, otherwise known as Christmas lights, halogen lights, or Edison style patio lights if possible. Our current electric setup does not support more than low-wattage lights. Please do not bring coffee pots, heat lamps, hair dryers, etc. If you require more electricity to demonstrate, please contact us and include on your application so your booth is placed accordingly. You may have low-wattage fans or lights but do not run both at the same time.

Display Requirements

You may display your name, company name, logo and biographical information in your booth. You may distribute business cards within your booth. No other cards, ribbons, catalogs, brochures, flyers, posters or publicity materials may be displayed. You may collect buyer and audience contact information, but you may not add them to your contact list unless they have given you permission to do so.

Under no circumstances may you sublet your booth, in whole or in part, with or without charge. You may not display or advertise the work of individuals other than those accepted and specified in your application. Failure to comply with any of these rules will result in immediate removal from the show.
Booth placement is at the discretion of the festival and will be arranged well ahead of time. No booth requests will be accepted. Placement is determined by craft or art medium, pricing, and demonstrations to ensure an excellent guest experience, not on a first come / first serve basis. Booth placement will change with each event date. Artisans will know their location roughly a month before the festival date and can share their location with customers and social media followers. (Linkable attachments will be sent out as well to better promote the event.) There is minimal flexibility only in extreme cases; please contact us with any questions.
Artisan Reliefs:
If you would like to request a WaterFire employee to watch over your tent at any point in the day, please let us know. More information on this will be available closer to the events. WaterFire Sharon Volunteers are also at your service. Volunteers wear all black or designated WaterFire Sharon shirts.