Event Information

Monte Sano Art Festival 2019

Monte Sano State Park
Huntsville, Alabama (South)

Phone: 256-519-2787 x105
Event Dates: 9/21/19 - 9/22/19
Application Deadline: 5/19/19 Midnight CST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 6 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Jury Fee): $25.00

You can submit up to 3 applications for this show.


Event Summary
The Monte Sano Art Festival will be celebrating its 20th year!  It is a juried art festival featuring more than 140 of the finest artists from around the United States. Last year, more than 7,000 people came out to enjoy a visit on the mountain shopping for art, sampling local food trucks and listening to area performers strum tunes throughout the park.

We'd love to welcome you to Huntsville: The Rocket City!

General Information
The 2019 Monte Sano Art Festival is Saturday, September 21 from 9am to 5pm and Sunday, September 22 from 9am to 4pm.

Artists will be notified of status on June 7, 2019.

Accepted Medium Categories:
Mixed Media

Artist Amenities:
  • Indoor restrooms
  • Parking space behind booths (some)
  • Pets are welcome (on a leash)
  • Booth sitters available
  • Saturday evening artist dinner at The Lodge after festival closes for the day

Artist hopsitality will be offered including an artist meal Saturday evening, water, coffee and booth sitters throughout the weekend. Should you need anything, please let a committee member know.  Local food trucks will also be on-site for the festival.

Artist Awards:
Cash awards will be made for Best of Show and Peak Awards of Distinctions (2). 

Wait List:
A wait list will be established by category based on jury scores.  Wait-listed artists will be notified when a space becomes available.


Space Assignments:
Spaces are 10’ x 10’ and are intended to be used by one artist. Artists who work as a team to produce one product must have indicated this on their application. We are unable to offer double or corner booth requests. 

Please understand that all artists’ site requests are considered; however, we cannot guarantee that all requests will be met. Our  team works hard each year to layout the festival so that the area flows well and accommodates both artists and patrons. We will do our best to accommodate artists who travel in teams or have certain medical or physical needs. 

There is no power available in the park.

Artists need to prepare to exhibit in inclement weather. In the event of severe or threatening weather the festival will close. Artists will be notified of the official closing time by the festival team.

Jury Fee - $25          Standard Booth Fee – $165         


There is no admission fee to the Monte Sano Arts Festival.  The State Park does offer a special entrance fee of $10 per car for the festival for the festivalgoers. 

Parking for Artists:
Artists will receive a parking pass to show at the gate for a discounted parking rate of $5 per car per day.

Site Requirements
All work and display must be confined within the 10’ x 10’ area. Exhibitors must provide their own means of display sturdy enough to withstand outdoor conditions. This includes appropriate weights or anchors for all tents. Set-up equipment is not provided.  All work must be displayed in a way that is safe for our patrons and designed to withstand weather and crowds. Artists are responsible for their own display in the event of loss or damage.

Smoking, e-cigarettes and tobacco of any kind is prohibited within the festival grounds; if you would like to smoke, the festival team can direct you to a more suitable location.

Artist Hospitality will be offered including an artist meal Saturday evening, water, coffee and booth sitters throughout the weekend. Should you need anything, please let a committee member know. Local food trucks will also be on-site for the festival.

Arts Huntsville does not take a commission on artist sales. Artists will transact their own sales and will comply with all sales tax regulations. Necessary tax information and paperwork will be provided to artists in pre-show packets at check-in. Artists are not permitted to create or sell items branded with the Monte Sano Art Festival logo, name, dates, etc.

Artists may provide signage for their booths. Arts Huntsville requires that the official Monte Sano Art Festival artist sign also be hung in full view on each artist tent. Your sign will be provided in your pre-show packet at check-in.

Refund Policy
Booth Fees are refundable as follows:
75% Refund: cancellation received in writing by Friday, July 26, 2019
50% Refund: cancellation received in writing by Friday, August 9, 2019
No Refund: cancellation received in writing after Friday, August 19, 2019
Any unforeseen emergencies after August 10th will be viewed on a case by case basis upon written notice of cancellation. 

1. Artists MUST be present for the length of the festival.
2. All work must be the artist’s original work.
3. Accepted artists may not exhibit at other Festivals during the dates of the Monte Sano Art Festival.

4. Artists may exhibit artwork only in the category for which they were accepted.
5. Posters, tshirts or personal merchandise may not be sold at the festival.
6. Work may not be created/sold specifically for the festival ie. that references Monte Sano Arts Festival, festival dates, Arts Huntsville, Monte Sano State Park, etc. 

7. All Artists are responsible for collecting and paying State of Alabama sales tax.
8. Tents must be weighted or secured.
10. Artwork must be original creations and may not be mass produced.
11. Official Monte Sano Art Fesstival Booth signs must be placed in full view near the front of the tent. Artists must also wear festival badges provided to them.
12. Other than the booth shot, each photo submitted for jury should feature one piece of work with price, title and dimensions given.

Booth Information

Set-Up Information:
Set-up is Friday, September 20th from 1pm to 6pm and continues Saturday from 6:30 am to 8:30 am.
Set-up must be completed by 8:30 am Saturday.
  • Following Saturday set-up your car must either be behind your booth or in the Artist Parking Area. 
  • Traffic through the artist area will follow a one way loop. Please adhere to all sign instructions.
  • You will NOT be able to move your car from behind your booth during the show.
  • Set-up will be on either side of the pathway that defines the show. Your booth will be marked indicating the width of your booth. Please do not extend beyond the ten foot wide limit without prior approval. 
  • Do not block the roadway ever. 
  • Do not leave your car unattended unless it is parked behind your booth.
  • There is limited security in the show area Friday night after Friday set-up. The park closes at sundown and the park rangers are also in the area from time to time. It is not advisable to leave money and valuables in your booth over-night.
  • If you anticipate any special needs please advise us immediately.

What to Bring:
The MSAF is in a park:
  • Please bring shims for minor leveling. A leaf rake is a good idea also. We will not provide them.
  • Bug Spray and Sunscreen
  • Hand trucks if needed 

  • Cars may be driven into/out of the artist area beginning at 4:30 pm on Sunday. Please do not block traffic. Traffic will maintain a one way pattern.
  • Ensure that your area is clean and litter free before you leave the show. Please use the trash bag provided.