Event Information

Canton Festival of the Arts 2019

Brown Park, 151 Elizabeth St.
Canton, Georgia (South)

Event Dates: 5/4/19 - 5/5/19
Application Deadline: 3/7/19 Midnight EST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 4 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Canton Festival of the Arts JURY FEE): $25.00


Event Summary
The 16th Annual Canton Festival of the Arts is presented by the Cherokee Arts Center in beautiful historic downtown Canton, Georgia attracting nearly 8,000 guests.  The festival features the artist market, children’s area, food and entertainment. 

The City of Canton is the county seat for Cherokee County which has earned the title of one of the fastest-growing counties in the Atlanta region.  It is located 40 miles north of Atlanta and 30 minutes south of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  The festival is a fund raiser for the Cherokee Arts Center which promotes and funds arts, artists and art education to create a vibrant arts community.

The festival location provides additional opportunities to stroll the downtown shops and boutiques or dine in one of the many restaurants. 

General Information

FESTIVAL SITE:  Brown Park  is one short block from downtown and within walking distance to the free parking deck.  Huge trees fill the park along with a playground and ample bench seating.

DATE/HOURS:  May 4 & 5, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Application deadline            March 7, 2019
Notification-Jury decision     March 20, 2019 
Zapplication payment due    March 31, 2019
Festival set up details           April 16, 2019

ACCEPTED CATEGORIES: Artwork must be categorize as a fine art or craft. All must be handcrafted.  Resale or wholesale (buy/sell) are not permitted.  No manufactured, imported items or raw materials will be allowed.  All work will be reviewed by a jury team.  Categories include pottery/clay, furniture, drawing/pastel/graphics, basketry, fiber/weaving/textile, wood, glass, watercolor, oil/acrylic/mixed media, paper, sculpture, printmaking, leather, photography, jewelry and metal.

Limited to 70 artists
Free and convenient parking
Booth sitters
Breakfast & snacks
Overnight security
Extensive marketing and promotion
Veteran promoter onsite at all times during the festival

ARTIST AWARD:    One artist who posted to the festival Facebook page will be randomly selected for a free 10X10 booth for the 2020 festival and receive automatic acceptance.  

WAIT LIST:   Those not accepted into the show (because of limited booth spaces) will be placed on a waitlist and will be notified as spaces become available.  Anyone not wishing to be on the list can request to be removed from the list.


ARTIST SELECTION:  Submitted work will be judged on originality, aesthetics, design elements, technique, execution, quality and creative use of materials. Artistic excellence is the overriding criterion for artist selection. The jury is made up of working artists and other art professionals. Although materials, dimensions and artist descriptors are available to the jury, the artist names are not.  Decisions of the jury are final. 

PHOTOS:  3 - actual work, 1 – outdoor booth display.

ARTWORK EXHIBIT POLICY:  All exhibits must be artist created and all items must be handcrafted.

Exhibiting artists must be in attendance during the entire show.   No commercial agents, dealers or salespeople may operate an artist's booth.  Kits, imported items, commercial exhibits, mass-produced items, mold ceramics, shells, decoupage, crocheting, artificial flowers, etc. are ineligible. Work done by a production studio is not acceptable. 

Unframed quality reproductions of artist-signed two-dimensional originals may be displayed in browse boxes or bins.  Accepted artists may only exhibit work in the medium submitted to the jury.  Works exhibited are expected to be consistent with the images submitted. 

Failure to comply could result in removal from the show without refund or the committee could request inappropriate items be removed from the display.

PARKING:  Parking is available and all participants must park in the designated parking area. Vehicles are NOT permitted in the festival area during festival hours. Failure to comply could result in removal from the show and future shows. ALL VEHICLES MUST BE REMOVED FROM THE FESTIVAL AREA 30 minutes before the festival begins.
SECURITY: Management provides after hour security for the festival with the understanding that The Cherokee Arts Center, City of Canton and Creative Event Specialists, LLC, will not assume any liability for lost, stolen or damaged items.

TAXES: Artists retain all revenue from the sale of their work and are responsible for collecting and paying all Georgia sales tax and any additional applicable city, county and federal taxes.  Sales tax in Cherokee County is 6%.

Booth Information

BOOTH:  Artists must furnish their own tent, display tables & skirting.  All displays must be designed, constructed and operated in good taste.  Displays, sales and promotional activities must be confined to artist’s assigned space.  Tent weighting is required, booths are located on the grass.  Any property damage caused by the artist’s actions, display, tent or vehicle will be the sole financial responsibility of the artist.

SPECIAL REQUESTS:  All requests must be listed on the initial application and while the staff will work hard to grant these requests, there are no guarantees.  

POWER:  Power is extremely limited and must be requested on the application.  If power is granted, a $25.00 fee will be collected during set up.

SET UP:  Friday, May 3, 2019 from noon – 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 4 from 6:00 – 9:30 a.m.  The check-in tent is located at the corner of E. Marietta St and Elizabeth St. 

GPS address is 251 E. Marietta St. Canton Georgia.  All booth displays must be set up by 10:00 a.m. on Saturday. 


TEAR DOWN:  Tear down may begin at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday; however, vehicles are NOT permitted in the loading zone until the entire booth has been packed up and moved to the loading zone.  All booth items and vehicles must be out of the festival site area by 7:00 p.m. on Sunday. 

$25.00      Non-refundable jury/application. Paid through ZAPP or can be mailed with the application. 
$150.00    10X10
$300.00    10X20
$35.00      Returned check
REFUNDS:  The show is a rain or shine event.  Refunds will not be issued after notifications are sent on April 1, 2019.