Event Information

Sidewalk Arts Festival 2019

Washington Pavilion - 301 South Main Avenue - Downtown Sioux Falls
Sioux Falls, South Dakota (Midwest)

Phone: 605-367-7397 ext. 2348
Event Dates: 9/7/19 - 9/7/19
Application Deadline: 5/20/19 Midnight CST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 4 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Jury Fee - Non-refundable): $25.00


Event Summary
The Sidewalk Arts Festival is a FREE outdoor event with over 250 vendor booths featuring the region’s best fine art, folk art and craft artisans. Enjoy activities for kids, live entertainment, food vendors and more on the streets surrounding the Washington Pavilion! This festival is a fundraiser for the Visual Arts Center of the Washington Pavilion and the region’s largest one-day arts and crafts festival.

General Information
Sidewalk Arts Festival – Saturday, September 7, 2019
Downtown Sioux Falls, South Dakota

The Sidewalk Arts Festival is a free community arts event where people can shop, eat, and enjoy music. The Children’s Studio features fun activities for kids and their families. Our Festival is designed to attract a variety of quality fine art and handmade craft selected by a jury panel to promote artists and their work. The proceeds support the Washington Pavilion and the Visual Arts Center.

  • Over 40,000 shoppers each year
  • Free entrance for shoppers
  • Live entertainment throughout the festival
  • Large Food Court
  • Friendly staff and great vendor hospitality
  • Located in historic downtown Sioux Falls
  • Wide variety of vendors

  • "The shoppers are very courteous and friendly. It is a great town. Business is good there. It is a fun show to work."
  • "Great turnout, very well advertised, big variety of vendors."
  • "It's well organized, information is complete and accurate. Great attendance. Supports a good cause."
  • “Amazing hospitality. Very well communicated with. Great music, food & people. Wonderful exposure/opportunity.”
  • “Great one day show.”
  • "Attendance at this event is fabulous – it is well-known in the area!"
  • "I love that it's free and one day. My customers love coming to it."
  • "The show is always well advertised and draws an awesome crowd, and it is a very well put together show with good organizers and volunteers."
  • "Great town, great people, great arts, great music, great food!"
  • "Organization! In comparison to other large shows or festivals we have attended, the Sidewalk Arts Festival is NUMBER ONE for organization, knowledgeable volunteers and courtesy to vendors. We can't stress that enough!"


Downtown Sioux Falls: on the streets surrounding the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science. Enjoy art, food, and entertainment in the heart of the city.

Show Date: Saturday, September 7, 2019
Show Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
ZAPPlication Online Application Process Opens: February 1, 2019
Application deadline (ZAPP online application): 11:59 p.m. Central Standard Time, May 20, 2019
• 3 photos of art/craft
• 1 booth photo
• No buy-sell allowed - must be hand-crafted/designed

Artists will be notified of jury results via email in mid-June. Results will not be given over the phone or sent in the mail. An artist who is selected by the jury and accepts the invitation to exhibit must MAIL their fees (booth, electricity, etc.) by June 21, 2019. Failure to respond by the deadline may result in forfeiture of booth.

Electricity is available on a first-come-first-served basis and is limited. Electricity must be ordered in advance and is $45. Triplexes each provide 110 volts 15 amps total (to be shared between three vendors). You are responsible for bringing your own 100 ft. extension cord.

  • The jury will review each artist’s set of images.
  • The image information statement and image descriptions provided on the application will be made available to the jury.
  • Each artist is scored by jury members on a scale of 1-5. The top score being 5 and the lowest score being 1.
  • Decisions of the jury panel are final.
The jury will use the following standards to guide their decisions in accepting artists:
  • Work is original and made by hand
  • Work is well-designed/composed
  • Works shows creativity and originality of design
  • Work is well-conceived, expertly executed without technical faults
Points are awarded based on originality of work shown, salability, and a desire to keep the media in the show balanced. The artist's statement, price range, process, materials used and dimensions will be available to the jury panel to aid in the scoring process. The Sidewalk Arts Festival will notify all applicants whether accepted, rejected or on the waiting list.

Please submit four (4) images. Three of the images must be of individual pieces of work, and one image must be of your current display booth. Images must portray work that is current, original and representative of the work you will display and sell on site at the Festival.
If a booth image is not available, submit an image taken of a grouping of works representative of the works to be exhibited at the show. The purpose of the booth image is to ensure the artist has a complete body of work which is represented both in the first three images and also within the fourth image. It also helps identify the scale of the artist's work.
Because this is a blind jury process, please avoid submitting booth images with any identifiable signage or a photo of artist themselves.

1. BEST in SHOW – $400
2. BEST in SHOW – Two-Dimensional $200
3. BEST in SHOW – Three-Dimensional $200
The giving of the awards will be based upon the artistic merit of the artwork. The prizes will be awarded at the sole discretion of the juror(s).

*Entry into the Sidewalk Arts Festival Fine Art Competition is restricted to artists whose booths are registered under the Fine Art section only. No photocopies, off-set lithographic reproductions, or giclee reproductions will be considered. No ceramics made from molds will be judged. No artworks produced from kits will be judged. Original artworks are definted for the purposes of this judging as drawings, paintings, sculptures, ceramics, glass, photographs, original handmade prints (such as etchings, engravings, serigraphs, lithographs, etc.), and original fiber art, as well as other forms of mixed media work that would be considered Fine Art.

Each artist is responsible for collecting and paying South Dakota sales tax (8% for arts/crafts for this event). Tax forms will be mailed prior to the festival. It is the responsibility of each artist to return payment to the South Dakota Tax Revenue Service.

Ceramic: original clay and porcelain work; excludes jewelry. No machine-made or mass-produced work is permitted.
Drawing: two-dimensional works in pencil, chalk, pastel, charcoal, pen and/or ink. Limited edition prints are accepted in editions of 500 or less, provided each is individually signed and numbered.
Fiber/Textiles: work crafted from fiber including fabric and paper; includes handmade clothing and clothing with surface design. All works must be designed and executed by the artist. No mass-produced work or buy-sell items are permitted; excludes jewelry.
Furniture: works created as furniture in any media; no mass-produced works or kits.
Glass: works made of glass that have been crafted by glass blowing, molding, casting or kiln-forming; excludes jewelry.
Health/Beauty: handmade products including soaps, lotions, etc.
Home/Decor: handmade products that are decorative or functional for the home.
Jewelry: metal, glass, clay, fiber, paper, plastic or other materials are accepted. All works must be designed and executed by the artist and must have been juried in the Jewelry medium. No machine-made or mass-produced work is permitted.
Leather: any work handcrafted from leather; excludes jewelry.
Metal: original work created through the forging, twisting and fabricating of various metals; excludes jewelry.
Mixed Media 2D & 3D: two- and three-dimensional works that incorporate more than one type of physical material in their production.
Music: includes live performances/demonstrations, original CDs and handmade instruments.
Other: all works of art or crafts that do not fall into the categories listed. Original work/designs only. No machine-made or mass-produced work is permitted.
Painting: two-dimensional works in paint including acrylic, oil, watercolor, etc. Limited edition prints are accepted in editions of 500 or less, provided each is individually signed and numbered.
Photography: photographic prints created from the artist’s original negatives or digital files that have been processed by the artist.
Pre-packaged Food: all pre-packaged foods. Sampling of products to the attending public is allowed. A health permit and proof of insurance is required for meats, cheeses and other high-protein products.
Printmaking/Graphics: original works created using traditional printmaking methods including lithograph, block, serigraph, etc. as well as computer-generated art.
Sculpture: three-dimensional original work done in any medium.
Toys: hand-made toys of any medium. Water balloon yo-yos and marshmallow shooters are not permitted.
Wood: original works in wood that are hand-tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved; excludes jewelry.

All cancellations must be made on or before August 9, 2019. Any accepted artist who cancels from the show prior to August 9 will be entitled to a refund, less a $50 processing fee, provided the space is filled by another accepted artist.

Thank you for your interest in the 2019 Sidewalk Arts Festival. We look forward to reviewing your application!

Telephone number: 605.367.7397 x 2348
Fax number: 605.367.7399
Email: sidewalkarts@washingtonpavilion.org

Mailing Address:
Washington Pavilion - SWAF
301 S. Main Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD 57104

The following policies and regulations have been established by the Sidewalk Arts Festival to ensure quality and integrity of process, presentation and patron experience:
  1. All work must be the original work of the accepted artist.
  2. All work displayed must be for sale.
  3. We strongly encourage the accepted artist to be present during the day of the show.
  4. Collaborations/partnerships are permitted; however, both artists must submit a separate jury/application fee. Please list both names on each application.
  5. Exhibitors are responsible for proper insurance of their artwork and display. By submitting this application, you agree that neither the Sidewalk Arts Festival, the Washington Pavilion, the City of Sioux Falls, nor Downtown Sioux Falls Inc. will be responsible for damage or injuries to or resulting from your work, products, or display.
  6. By submitting this application you certify that
    (i) your work does not violate the copyright, trademark rights or other rights of any party, and
    (ii) you have all licenses or permissions necessary to make and sell the work
  7. All booths must be accessible, professional, clean, family-friendly and safe for customers.
  8. No displays can be set outside front of booth or in walkway.
  9. The Sidewalk Arts Festival is not open to manufacturers. Artisans may not sell manufactured or imported goods as separate items. “Buy-sell” items are strictly prohibited. Any violation may result in expulsion from the Festival with no refund.
  10. If you are demonstrating your craft or talent in your booth, we reserve the right to control the volume; you must remain in your booth.
  11. It is the artist’s sole responsibility to identify the category and the bodies of work for which they would like to be juried.
  12. All artists are expected to comply with all regulations and respect artistry standards. The Sidewalk Arts Festival reserves the right and responsibility to ensure compliance of all regulations. This is not limited to refusal of any work to be exhibited that is not consistent with images submitted and work accepted for display by the jury. Failure to comply and cooperate with Festival officials will result in the exhibitor’s removal from the show with no refund, and the exhibitor’s right to exhibit in future shows may be refused.

Booth Information

To be paid upfront through ZAPPlication:
  • $25 Non-refundable application fee

To be mailed after official acceptance into festival:
  • $245 Craft & Folk Art Booth fee (per booth space) – if accepted, make checks payable to WPMI.
    • For Crafters and Folk Artists only
  • $220 Fine Art Booth fee (per booth space) – if accepted, make checks payable to WPMI.
    • For Fine Artists only
    • We reserve the right to determine appropriate general category. If you register as a
      fine art vendor but we deem you as a craft vendor, you will owe the additional $25.
  • $45 Electricity fee (if needed) – MUST BE INCLUDED WITH THE BOOTH FEE
  • $12 Vendor Lunch (optional) – Catered by Leonardo's Cafe; we will deliver to you 

To be mailed after booth assignments are sent:
  • $25 Corner Booth fee (if requested and assigned) – Payment to be sent following booth assignment notification

Following the festival:
  • $50 Garbage Fine – Charged to vendors if garbage is left

  • Each exhibitor will be provided a 12 by 12 foot space (approx.)
  • Booths are assigned in advance of the Festival and restricted to the juried artist(s) and their work: however, the Festival Coordinators reserve the right to add additional artist areas such as Emerging Artists or other specialty areas in the show if deemed appropriate to the overall growth and development of the Festival.
  • Invited artists are urged to accept the Festival’s invitation and pay for their booth space as soon as they receive an invitation notification.
  • Location requests are not guaranteed.
  • Artists must provide all display materials, including protection from sun, wind and rain.
  • The event takes place on a paved surface, which does not allow for anchoring of any supports into the ground. Structures should be built to withstand strong winds & crowds. Please bring an adequate amount of weight to secure your tent/canopy in case of weather.
  • Wi-Fi is not available.
  • All vendors must occupy only the amount of space they indicate on the application. If you exceed this space, you will be required to purchase another booth, if available. All booth exhibitors must confine doing business to their assigned space. Because of fire code regulations, you may not extend your booth display out into the street. Walking concessions/exhibits are also not allowed. The sale, posting, or distribution of any merchandise, products, promotional items, printed or written material except from the assigned fixed location is prohibited. Failure to comply will result in immediate forfeiture of all booth/exhibitor privileges without reimbursement.

  • Set-up may take place beginning at 2 a.m. on the morning of the festival.
  • For a limited time frame, loading vehicles may drive up to the booth space to unload.
  • All vehicles must be off the streets by 7 a.m.

  • Tear-down may not begin until 5 p.m. when the festival ends.
  • For a limited time frame, loading vehicles may drive up to the booth space to load up products.
  • Garbage Fine: A $50 fine will be charged to any vendor who leaves garbage behind following the festival. Failure to comply may prevent vendors from future participation in the Festival.