Event Information


Dallas Festival of the Arts at Kidd Spring Park 2019, Dallas Texas

Kidd Spring Park in Oak Cliff | Kessler Park | 1003 Cedar Hill Ave
Dallas, Texas (South)

Event Dates: 10/26/19 - 10/27/19
Application Deadline: 9/3/19 Midnight MST
9 day(s) and 21 hour(s) remaining


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application/ Jury fee): $25.00


Event Summary

The Dallas Festival of the Arts at Kidd Spring Park is a two-day outdoor local art and crafts event held on October 26-27, 2019. This will be the first in Oak Cliff | Kessler Park neighborhood at Kidd Springs Park which recently undertook an extensive renovation and revitalization of the park, but with proven success with Turtle Creek Arts Festival, we are certain it will become one of the biggest events of the year. Located in the beautiful area of Oak Cliff/ Kessler Park. Kidd Springs Park is one of the oldest parks (70 years) in the Dallas region and is complete with a lake, pool, softball field and butterfly garden. Nestled among lots of trees, huge open green space, a wonderful duck pond and tons of visibility makes this an irresistible event for artists during a fall weekend. 
The Dallas Festival of the Arts is a 2-day celebration of community and tradition presented by the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces, for people of all ages and interests.  

At this festival, there is something for everyone: Artist's Market featuring fine arts and crafts, local food and beverage concessions and live acoustic entertainment. 
Festival Hours: Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sunday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm 

General Information


Accept applications: November 25, 2018

Application deadline: September 3, 2019 

Jury dates: September 4, 2019

Notification of acceptance: September 6, 2019  

Accept invitation & purchase deadline: September 24, 2019

Wait List Released: September 26, 2019   

Event Dates: October 26-27, 2019 

Load In Dates: October 25, 2019 (Friday: 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM) | Saturday (walk-in) 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM.


Late applications may be accepted at the discretion of the Director and included in the Wait List.


Cancellations by confirmed artist participants must be received in writing 30 days prior to event date to receive a refund. Application fees are non-refundable and all refunds will receive a $50.00 admin fee. 



2-D Mixed Media: Includes more than one type of physical material such as collage, papermaking, encaustic, pen and ink, paint, pencil, watercolor, or photography.  Finished art suitable for wall mounting. 

3-D Mixed Media: Includes more than one type of physical material such as mosaic, papier mache, clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood or any other 3dimensionall objects.

Ceramics: Original shaped and fired clay including earthenware, porcelain, and raku.

Digital Art: Two-dimensional works from which the original image is manipulated by the artist using a computer using programs such as Drawing, Illustrator, Paint or other software applications. 

Drawing & Printmaking: Original drawings made with pen, pencil, charcoal, pastels or chalk.  Printmaking process may include pulled plates, linoleum prints, etching, engraving, silkscreen or lithography.  All prints must be signed and numbered by the artist. Photocopies are not permitted.

Fiber: Works created from fibers including basketry, batik, weaving, papermaking, knitting, and quilting.  Embellishment of manufactured materials is not permitted.  

Glass: An object made of glass including blown, fused, stained, cast and molded.  Embellishment of manufactured materials is not permitted.

Handcraft:  Handmade items made by the artist from manufactured, recycled, or repurposed materials transforming the combined materials into a unique product in a cohesive collection.  A complete description of items required.

Jewelry: All Jewelry crafted from metal, glass, stone, clay, or other materials.  Commercial molds or casts are not permitted.  At least 50% of the organic materials in the finished product used must be produced by the artist.

Metal: Functional and non-sculptural works incorporating metal.

Painting: The use of oils, acrylics, watercolors, and tempera suitable for hanging.

Photography: Prints, transparencies or digital images made from the artist’s original negative or taken with a digital camera that has been processed by the artist.

Sculpture: Three-dimensional work is done in any individual medium.

Wood & Furniture: Original works in wood that are built, turned, carved or tooled. Embellished manufactured wood items are not permitted.



-       T-shirts and commercial clothing

-       Posters

-       Manufactured toys

-       Commercially manufactured or reproduced items (resale)

-       Jewelry made from more than 50% manufactured components

-       Any item that employs the use of commercially available molds or patterns



The Artist Market Jury will award Exhibitor applications based on technical ability, originality of the art and quality of the booth display.  Judging and awards will be held on Saturday for Best of Show, Fine Arts; Best of Show, Crafts; 1st Place; 2nd Place; 3rd Place; Honorable Mention (two) and Best Booth.



- Snacks and water will be provided for artists on Saturday and Sunday.

- Booth Sitters are available during event hours upon request.

- Designated Festival Hotline available during event hours regarding assistance, emergencies, questions, concerns, etc. 

- Friday load-in

- 24 Hour on site Security



- AFFPS is among the top award-winning art festival organizations in the southeast. 

- Voted Best Festivals by local media

- A holder of the only Guinness World Record by any arts festival organization in the U.S. 

- AFFPS employs professional marketing strategies including:

            - PR and online media platforms

            - Print and online media ads

            - Radio and TV

            - Billboards, banners, posters and yard signs

            - Extensive business partner collaboration

            - Social media

            - Dedicated interactive website

            - Direct mail

            - 300+ online calendar entries



On street parking is available in the surrounding neighborhood.  Paid parking options will also be available for festival goers and artists.



A wait list will be maintained.  Selected waitlisted artists may be contacted when the Wait List is released through one day prior to the event date.



Artists who have not checked-in and/or made arrangements for a late check-in by  Saturday at 8:00 a.m. will be considered a “no-show.” No Show artists are not eligible for refunds.  Assigned space(s) will be forfeited to a wait-list artist.



There will be no “rain date” and fees will not be refunded in the case of inclement weather.  The event will take place rain or shine.



Artists are responsible for collecting and reporting Sales Tax.  A Sales Tax reporting documents is provided to participating artists at check-in at the event.  The current Sales Tax rate for this event is 8%.



All AFFPS Festivals support the GFFPS, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to building a stronger arts community.  The GFPS provides scholarships for artists to help them with their artistic career


1. The Festival provides only the ground space for exhibits.  Each Exhibitor must provide and prepare his/her own displays.  We require Exhibitors to use white top tents of EZ UP quality or higher.  All tents must be weighted.  NO STAKING ALLOWED. Click here for Tent & Weight Compliance. 

2. Prior to the Festival, Exhibitors will be notified of their site location and detailed setup information.  Plan to set up your booth on Friday before the Festival. (Please do not call for booth assignments, they will be posted on Zapp once they are completed.)

3. After unloading Exhibitor vehicles must be moved to designated parking.  Vehicles will not be permitted to remain in the exhibition space during the Festival, nor may they enter the Festival grounds until approved by the Festival Committee.

4. Exhibitors shall be responsible for obtaining any required licenses, permits or approvals under state laws applicable to his/her activity at the Festival and for paying any taxes, sales taxes, fees or other charges that may be applicable to any Exhibitor's activity at the Festival.

5. The Festival is a rain or shine event.  Cancellations must be made submitted in written form by mail or email 30 days prior to event date. By mail: send to P.O. Box 422571, Atlanta GA 30342.  By email: to info@affps.com. No refunds will be given for cancellations less than 30 days prior to the event date or for no-shows. 

6. The Festival reserves the right to cancel an Exhibitor's contract.  The Festival may require the Exhibitor to leave the Festival at any time if the Exhibitor is in violation of any rules and/or regulations stated herein.

7. Neither AFFPS nor its agents or representatives will be responsible for any injury, damage, or loss that may occur to the Exhibitor, the Exhibitor's agents or representatives or his/her property from any cause whatsoever.  Exhibitors should obtain, at their own expense, insurance against any loss, damage, or injury they may require.

8. All Artist Market merchandise must be original, handmade and created by the Exhibitor.  Reproductions must be clearly identified as such. Original art must occupy at least 50% of the artist's space.  Browse bins may occupy only minimal space and must be aesthetically pleasing and not obstruct patron flow.  All artwork on display must be for sale.

9. Artists may only show work in categories approved by the Jury.

10. Artists must be present and operational with their work for the duration of the Festival.  No commercial agents, dealers or salespeople may operate an artist's booth.  The maximum number of occupants per booth may not exceed two.

12. Only individual artists or two-person collaborative artists are permitted to submit an application.  Applications received from artist groups will be returned or rejected.

13. Booth sharing among non-collaborating artists is not permitted.    

Booth Information

Application fee: $25 ($35 for mail-in)

Standard booth fee: $275

Double booth fee: $550 (limited availability)

Corner upgrade: $75 (limited availability)

Electricity: $75 (limited availability)



Assigned booth spaces are approximately 12’ deep and 12’ wide or greater. Double booths are also available.  All work exhibited must be confined to the assigned space(s). Artists are responsible for providing their own means of displaying their work.  All artist tents must be weighted with a minimum of 40 pounds per leg with a white canopy. 



Artists will be able to unload near their booth during set-up and tear down. Artists can load-in only during the designated times and must check-in with a photo ID. The lane of traffic that runs along the park is only wide enough for one vehicle. Therefore, we depend upon artists’ cooperation to keep traffic moving at a pace that will allow everyone equal time to set-up. We ask that upon arrival at your booth location you unpack then move your vehicle before you start set-up. Artists will be responsible for hand carting to their booth space from the street.  The artist must handcart in additional merchandise after the designated load in time.