Event Information

Golden Fine Arts Festival 2019 - 29th Annual - GOLDEN, CO

11th Street | between Arapahoe & Maple Streets
Golden, Colorado (West)

Phone: 303-973-1209
Event Dates: 8/17/19 - 8/18/19
Application Deadline: 4/19/19 Midnight MST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application Fee): $30.00

You can submit up to 3 applications for this show.


Event Summary
29th Annual Golden Fine Arts Festival | Saturday & Sunday, August 17-18, 2019

Golden Fine Arts Festival, now in its 29th year, invites Artists nationwide to apply!  A Golden icon for nearly three decades, Golden Fine Arts Festival is a prestigious juried art show located in the heart of historic downtown Golden, Colorado.

With its prime event location just 20 minutes west of Metro Denver and free admission to the public, this premier event draws over 35,000 visitors over 2 days to enjoy art, live entertainment, beer and wine gardens, food vendors, and children’s activities.

The event, rich in community tradition and a well-established reputation, is limited to 136 artist booth spaces.  Artists are selected through a competitive jury process selected by art professionals. Traditionally, half of the participating Artists are Colorado-based.  Cash prizes are awarded to 1st and 2nd place winners in nine categories, as well as Best of Show and Best of Colorado honors.
Produced by the Golden Chamber of Commerce, the Golden Fine Arts Festival is a favorite of those who value an attentive and welcoming ‘home hospitality’ of Golden, Colorado for artists and patrons alike. 
Golden Fine Arts Festival is a trademarked, award-winning annual event with national recognition promoted through advertising outlets (television, newsprint, radio), digital and social media, event calendars, community outlets and more.

General Information

Date:   Saturday & Sunday, August 17-18, 2019
Location:  Golden, Colorado – 11th Street between Arapahoe & Maple Streets
Web Address:  www.goldenfineartsfestival.org
Email: CoCoug@aol.com
Attendance:  Free admission, attracts nearly 35,000 attendees over two days
Applications: Accepted only via ZAPP® System.
Images: 4 images of work plus 1 booth display image is required.
Application Fee: $30, non-refundable
Application Deadline: Friday, April 19, 2019
Multiple Applications:  Artists may submit up to 3 applications that are in different media categories.
Jury:  Two jurors per category. Jurors are community Art professionals in their respective medium categories.
Artist Agreement:  All Artists must read and agree to the rules and regulations of the event.
Booth Fee:  $450 for single 10’ x 10’ booth space A limited number of double booths are available for $750 (first come, first served).
Liability Insurance:  Artist must show proof of liability insurance.  Short term event insurance policies are available to those who do not have insurance.
Awards:  $3000 cash
Sales Tax: Artists are responsible for City of Golden and State of Colorado sales taxes.
Security:  24-hour security provided from set-up to tear down.
Load-in Access:  Direct from vehicle to booth.     
Eligibility:  The event is open to individual or co-artists who will sell their original artwork.  Participating artists must be onsite during the festival.  The Festival does not allow proxies, artist representatives, etc.  No shared booths are allowed.  The Festival reserves the right to invite selected artists.
Images:  Five images are to be submitted for each application (limit of 3 applications).  Four images are to be of the individuals pieces of work.  One image must be of the booth display, showing overall presentation of represented artwork.  This booth display image is required.  Images submitted with the application may not contain any Artist identifying information, such as personal or company names, descriptions or statements.
Artist Statement:  A description of materials and technique that explains the body of work and a price range for the work.
Application Fee:  Each application that is submitted (limit of three) must be accompanied by the $30 application fee.  This fee is non-refundable.
Multiple Applications: Artists interested in showing work in more than one media category may submit up to three (3) different applications.  Please note – only work in the media categories in which the Artist is accepted may be exhibited at the event. 

December 14, 2018 (Friday):  Applications Accepted via ZAPP – Artist application available online via www.goldenfineartsfestival.org.

April 19, 2019 (Friday):  Application Deadline – Artists must apply by this date.  

April 27, 2019 (Saturday):  Jurors Meet for Artist Selection

May 7, 2019 (Tuesday):  Artist Invitation Email Notification – all Artists will be notified by email of status (acceptance, not accepted or waitlist)

May 21, 2019 (Tuesday):  Artist Acceptance Deadline & Booth Fee Payment Due – Artist must accept invitation to participate by this date and pay in full for booth fee.

May 28, 2019 (Tuesday):  Waitlist Artist Email Notification – Artists who were previously Waitlisted will be notified of any booth vacancies. 
If Accepted:
Artist Info Packets Emailed:

Includes booth assignment, parking info, sales tax info, load-in/set-up details and general event info.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Artist Check-In & Set-Up:
Friday, August 16, 2019 | 8:00AM – 4:00PM
Saturday, August 17, 2019 | 7:00AM – 9:00AM
Artist VIP Reception:
Friday, August 16, 2019 | TBD
Event Hours:
Saturday, August 17, 2019 | 10:00AM – 5:00PM
Sunday, August 18, 2019 | 10:00AM – 5:00PM
Artist Booth Tear Down:
Sunday, August 18, 2019 | 5:00PM – 8:00PM

Media categories are used to organize Artist images into logical, related groups for the Jury’s selection process.  While a primary event objective is to produce a balanced show with showcases of both works of fine art and fine crafts, and diversity among media types, the Golden Fine Arts Festival does not have quotas by media category.

Ceramics:  All original clay and porcelain work (other than jewelry).  No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted.  If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed, each piece must be signed.
Fiber: All work crafted from fibers including basketry, embroidery, weaving, leatherwork, tapestry and papermaking.  This can be wearable or non-wearable.  No machine tooling, machine-screened patterns or other forms of mass production are permitted.  No factory produced wearable items, regardless of additional modification or enhancement by the artist may be exhibited.
Glass:  Functional or decorative which are kiln-formed, or crafted by glass blowing, molding, lampwork or casting.  Works may be etched or engraved.  No forms of mass production or alterations of prefabricated objects (such as pressed wine bottles) are allowed.  This excludes jewelry made from glass.

Jewelry:  All jewelry whether produced from metal, glass, clay, fiber, paper, plastic or other materials.

Mixed Media:  Usually three-dimensional work that incorporates more than one type of physical material.  Includes non-sculptural work at the discretion of the Artist.  Two-dimensional work should usually be submitted in the Two-Dimensional (2D) category.

Painting:  Works created in oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.

Photography:  Photographic prints made from the Artist’s original image, which have been processed by that Artist, or under their direct supervision.  Photographers are required to disclose both their creative and printing processes.

Sculpture:  Three-dimensional original work created in any medium.

Two-Dimensional (2D): Flat artwork which may combine physical materials such as drawings, pastels, graphics, print making and digital art)

*Note:  Wood artists, please apply in Mixed Media or Sculpture.
Awards will be presented on Saturday afternoon, August 17, 2019.  Cash awards will be giving for 1st and 2nd Places in each category, Best of Show and Best of Colorado.  1st Place winners, Best of Show and Best of Colorado will have their 2020 application fee waived, but must still apply for participation consideration.

Artist VIP Reception admission for Artist & guest - Friday, August 16
Artist Hospitality Tent with shade, snacks and refreshments – All event hours
Complimentary morning snacks - Saturday & Sunday
Artist Lunch vouchers - Saturday & Sunday
Booth Sitters for your comfort & convenience – as needed
24-hour security from Friday at 8am to Sunday at 5pm
Artist listing in the Golden Fine Arts Festival Guide
Artist profile on the Golden Fine Arts Festival website
Artist Welcome Bag – includes name badge, lanyard, booth sign, lunch vouchers, etc.


  • Artists agree to comply with all Golden Fine Arts Festival guidelines set forth in this application and all appropriate local, state and federal rules.
  • Participating artists must be present to personally represent their work for the duration of the festival. Representatives may not attend in place of the artist.
  • Exhibited art must be original, handcrafted work; no more than 50% can be reproductions. Prints and reproductions must be labeled as such.
  • Commercial, mass-produced, or manufactured work, imports, and resale items are not allowed.
  • Collaborators, or individuals who participate in the creative process should be listed as co-creators or second artists on booth signs and other collateral.
  • Artists are responsible for submitting appropriate sales tax license info and respective payments to the State of Colorado and the City of Golden in a timely manner.  Failure to do so can jeopardize the opportunity to participate in future festivals.
  • Golden Fine Arts Festival and the Golden Chamber of Commerce staff reserve the right to make decisions regarding the best interests of the event relating to, but not limited to artist selections, booth assignments, Artist booth operations and methods of such.
Cancellation requests must be made in writing.  If received by Friday, July 19, 2019, a full refund will be made.  No refunds will be issued for cancellation requests received after July 19, 2019. The $30 application fee is non-refundable.

Booth Information

Booth Fee: $450 for single 10’ x 10’ booth space. A limited number of double booths are available for $750 (first come, first served).

Booth Specifics:
  • The event is limited to 136 Artist booth spaces.  Artist booths are located on City of Golden asphalt streets.  Booth locations are pre-assigned at the event organizer’s discretion based on media categories, pedestrian traffic flow and overall event balance.
  • Artists must provide or rent their own canopy tent and booth displays.  The event can provide tent and equipment rental supplier info upon request.  Tents must be fire-safe and be installed with at least 40 lbs of weight on each tent leg.  Tents with sides are highly recommended to protect items from weather elements.  Some booth spaces may have a very slight slope, so leveling devices may be necessary and are recommended.
  • Come prepared!  Colorado weather can change quickly.  Artists should plan for rain, wind and Colorado bright sunshine!
  • Electricity and water hookups are not available.
  • Artist set-up and tear down must be completed within the designated time frame, due to the event permit and safety concerns.  The event borders a residential area, so we ask for kindness and respect when greeting our neighbors.
  • Artists are required to maintain a presentable booth space – with all displays, chairs, and storage items contained within your booth or just behind it.  All trash is the responsibility of the Artist.
  • Artists are not allowed to keep their pets at their booths during the festival.  Keep your furry friends at home or find other care for them. 
  • Artists are responsible for securing all valuables, including all art. While there is on-site 24-hour security from set-up to tear down, the event organizers are not be responsible for theft, loss or damage to property or personal injury.