Event Information

Red Wing Arts Fall Festival 2019

Downtown Red Wing
Red Wing, Minnesota (Midwest)

Phone: 651.388.7569
Event Dates: 10/12/19 - 10/13/19
Application Deadline: 5/1/19 Midnight CST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (2019 Red Wing Arts Festival Application Fee): $40.00


Event Summary
Celebrating its 53rd year, the Red Wing Arts Fall Festival is located in the heart of historic downtown Red Wing, MN.  The Festival happens during the peak of the fall color season and attracts visitors from the Twin Cities, Rochester and Wisconsin as well as area Red Wing residents. As a primary activity of the nonprofit Red Wing Arts, the Festival is known for its artist hospitality, festive atmosphere, community support and strong artist sales!  In addition to the artists, the Festival offers a children’s area, musical entertainment and a variety of food trucks. 

January 15, 2019: Online Application Available
May 1, 2019: Application due by 12:00 a.m. CST
June 1, 2019:  Jury Notification- sent via email, your ZAPP account
July 1, 2019: Booth fee and ST-19 due from invited artists - PLEASE NOTE THIS IS EARLIER THAN IN PREVIOUS YEARS
Late July: Booth Assignments and information to artists
August 1, 2019: Cancellation Deadline to receive 50% back (less $25 administrative fee)
After August 15, 2019: NO refund except at discretion of Festival organizers 

General Information
53rd Annual Red Wing Arts Fall Festival
Saturday, October 12, 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday, October 13, 10 am - 4 pm

Awards are given for Best in Show and two Honorable Mentions. All winners have their application and booth fees waived for the following year’s Festival.
Artist Amenities
  • Extreme hospitality!
  • Booth sitters
  • Staffed artists’ lounge
  • Saturday night artists dinner for artist plus 1 guest 
  • Convenient, free artist parking
  • 24 hour security
  • Strong support from City of Red Wing and Red Wing Arts volunteers
Media Categories
  • Ceramics -  Art objects, either functional or decorative of earthenware, porcelain, or tile, made by shaping and then firing. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted.
  • Fiber - Includes artwork from fibers such as basketry, embroidery, weaving, leatherwork, tapestry and papermaking. No machine-tooled, machine-screened patterns or miscellaneous forms of mass production are permitted.
  • Glass - Glass works that are functional or decorative by design and are kiln formed or crafted by glass blowing, molding or casting. Works may be etched or engraved.
  • Jewelry- Creating artwork through the forging, twisting and fabricating of various materials. All jewelry, produced from metal, glass, clay, fiber, paper, plastic or other materials should apply in this category. No commercial casts, molds or production studio work is permitted.
  • Leather - Includes artwork, clothing or accessories made from leather. No machine-tooled, machine-screened patterns or miscellaneous forms of mass production are permitted.
  • Metal Works - Creating artwork through the forging, twisting and fabricating of various metals.
  • Two-Dimensional Mixed Media - Works that incorporate more than one type of physical material in their production. Works should include more than one of the following: Paint, pencil, watercolor, photography, printmaking or drawing.
  • Three-Dimensional Mixed Media - Works that incorporate more than one type of physical material in their production. Works should include more than one of the following: clay work, fiber, glass, metal, wood, or any other 3-D objects.
  • Painting/drawing - Creation of a still life, portrait, landscape, abstract or other image on a flat surface with watercolors, oil, acrylic, paint sticks, encaustic. Drawings are works on paper using pencil, crayon, ink, charcoal, pastels and a variety of other marking media.
  • Photography - Process of capturing images of objects by the action of light, then printing the images, by chemical or digital means, onto a flat surface. Negatives must be the artist’s original and processed either by the artist or under his/her direct supervision.
  • Wood - Art objects, either functional or decorative hand tooled or machine worked, turned or carved.
Jury Process:
There are approximately 110 spaces available. The panel of three jurors change each year. They are drawn from a pool of gallery owners, professional artists and Red Wing community members. Submitted images will be displayed along with your brief description of your work. All images in a particular category are previewed; scoring takes place during a second, in-depth viewing. Jurors individually score each entry on a scale from one to five. The highest composite scores in each category are invited to be in the show or on a wait list. 

Please note: This is an outdoor festival so booth shots should be of your outdoor booth. High-quality photos are best for showing off your work, and if you are accepted, may be used in promoting your booth at the Festival. 

Set up and check-in:
Friday, 5 pm – 8 pm
Saturday, 8 am – 10 am

Additional Check in information provided once accepted

Each tent must be weighted properly to ensure the highest degree of safety to artists as well as their neighbor and guests. Please call to discuss tent if concerned.  Potential evening storms have caused problems for umbrella type tents by blowing into other booths.  
Racks, bins or other display elements may not be placed outside of the artist's space so as to restrict or impede pedestrian traffic.

Red Wing Arts Fall Festival is presented by Red Wing Arts,  a nonprofit arts orginzation. The Annual Fall Festival is our largest fundraiser.  To aid in future successful events, we will be hosting a silent auction featuring submitted small works from participating artists.  We strongly encourage a donated small work for this event.  More details to follow.

1. All work in every category must be original work produced by the exhibiting artist.

2. Work which has been produced with commercial kits, molds, patterns, plans, prefabricated forms or other commercial methods is not permitted.

3. Artists should only exhibit and sell work in media category for which they are accepted. Please contact Festival organizers for exceptions.

4. Artists or immediate family members must be present to exhibit. Visitors expect to meet the artist at this Festival.

5. Exhibitors are responsible for collecting and reporting their own sales tax and must have a Minnesota State Tax ID Number. The Minnesota ST-19 Certificate of Sales Tax Compliance form must be sent to the Festival along with the booth fee, if accepted.
6. No early tear downs. Artists who begin tear down before the Festival ends at 4 pm on Sunday may not be invited to return. 

7. Artist or family member must be present at their booth for the entirety of the Festival.

8. For painters, photographers and digital artists selling reproduced works, including giclee prints, the reproductions must be signed and in a numbered edition. Reproductions must be clearly marked. 

Booth Information
Booth fees:
Single - $200
Double - $350
Note that there are limited double booths available. All spaces are approximately 10 feet x 12 feet. 
  • No electricity is available to vendors.
  • Members of Red Wing Arts will receive a $25 discount coupon towards booth fee upon acceptance. 
  • Special requests are given according to date booth fee is received.
  • Artists are responsible for providing all booth structures/tents, racks, tables, chairs, display units, and other fixtures suitable for outdoor use and constructed to withstand crowds and wind. Artists are responsible for ensuring that their tent and its accompanying structures are properly secured in case of rain or wind. All spaces are on asphalt so substantial/additional weights are needed. 
  • In the event of overnight predicted high winds, it is recommended that you drop the height of your tent.