Event Information


Cape Coral Arts & Music Festival 2020

South Cape Coral
Cape Coral, Florida (South)

Phone: (239) 699-7942
Event Dates: 1/11/20 - 1/12/20
Application Deadline: 10/1/19 Midnight EST
73 day(s) and 3 hour(s) remaining


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application Fee): $35.00


Event Summary

The 35th Cape Coral Arts & Music Festival is produced by the Rotary Club of Cape Coral and is a celebration of national and local fine art, fine craft and music.

​The Festival was ranked as the 24th Best Art Festival in 2017 by Sunshine Artists and is consistently in the top 50!

The 2020 event will feature 300 juried exhibitors. The event will take place outdoors on scenic Cape Coral Parkway in the heart of South Cape, the historic downtown of Florida’s tenth largest city with 179,795 residents.  The Cape Coral-Fort Myers metropolitan area has 722,336 residents making it the 6th largest in the state. Tourists flock to the area in the winter to enjoy our beaches and barrier islands like Sanibel and Captiva Island. 

The festival is Lee County’s largest special event according to the Lee County Visitor and Convention Bureau. With over 100,000 visitors over the two days of the event, it is a must do with over 60% returning exhibitors. 

Music Festival
The Music Festival is a separte event and is an oudoor and indoor event separate from the Arts Festival Area. See the site map.  We are partnering with the City of Cape Coral's Parks & Recreation Dept to host the Music Festival. Music is not a category for entry into the Festival and is a separate event. Music is not allowed (recorded or live) in any Art Festival booth. Musicians should see the capecoralfestival.com for links.

General Information

35th Cape Coral Arts & Music Festival
South Cape Coral, FL
January 11 & 12, 2020
Application Deadline: October 1, 2019
2020 Exhibitor Application

The Cape Coral Arts & Music Festival invites you to apply to be one of 300 exhibitors at the 2020 event, one of Sunshine Artists top rated events. The festival enjoys an attendance of 100,000 visitors to the South Cape area in Cape Coral, Florida. The two-day event gives patrons the opportunity to meet and purchase art from exhibiting artists and craftspeople. Our goal is to provide the public and our selected exhibitors an experience of unparalleled quality. Proceeds from the Festival help the Rotary Club of Cape Coral to fulfill its mission of “Service above Self”. View our programs at www.capecoralrotary.com

Over $70,000 is spent annually promoting this event with over 5 million impressions. From Newspapers, Digital Billboards, Conde Nast Traveler, Destinations Magazine distributed throughout the state, Local television commercials to include drive market TV stations, Email Marketing - Targeted Email Blasts/Series of special announcements about the event.  Media Emails - Direct one-to-one emails to drive market TV stations and newspapers, Social Media - Two-month campaign leading up to event, Facebook Advertising.
Important Dates
March 1, 2019
2020 Application Available

Thursday, October 1, 2019 Midnight, EST
Application deadline

October 2019
The five person jury convenes to select 300 exhibitors

October 31, 2019
Notification by email.
email chair@capecoralfestival.com with questions    Please do not call)
300 juried exhibitors will receive an invitation to exhibit.
Exhibitors who advanced to the final round of jurying but were not invited to exhibit are considered alternates and will be notified at this time as well.

November 15, 2019
Deadline to accept invitation to participate, return a signed exhibitor contract and remit booth fee.

Cape Coral Arts & Music Festival Dates

Friday, January 10th, 2020
Check-in opens 3pm. Booth access approx. 7pm

Saturday, January 11th, 2020
Setup and Check-in 6am
Judging 9:00am - 4pm
Show 10am - 5pm

Sunday, January 12th, 2020
Show 10am - 5pm
Tear down 5pm -8pm


The Cape Coral Arts & Music Festival reserves the right to re-categorize an artist’s submission. Every attempt will be made to notify the artist if this is done.

Painting: Acrylic, oil, gouache, pastels, charcoal, drawing and watercolor paintings are accepted in this medium. 

Photography: Includes traditional film photography, hand colored images, emulsion transfers, and digital photography that has not been manipulated to achieve results beyond what could be done in a traditional darkroom. Only artist’s original source material is acceptable.

Mixed Media: Two and three-dimensional work which combines materials from two or more mediums in one piece.

Sculpture:  Three-dimensional work using additive or subtractive processes in a single medium.

Fine Crafts:
1.    Fiber: Includes leather, baskets, dolls, paper, wearable and non-wearable. No machine-tooled, machine-screen printing or other forms of mass production are accepted. Factory-produced wearable items, regardless of additional modification or enhancement by the artists, are not accepted.
2.    Furniture: Original, handmade furniture designed and fabricated using raw/unfinished material. Factory-produced items, regardless of additional modification or enhancement by the artists, are not accepted.
3.    Glass: Functional and sculptural work is accepted. Kiln forming, blowing, molding or casting, as well as all cold working processes are permitted
4.    Ceramics:  Original clay and porcelain work, functional or sculptural.
5.    Wood: Original works that are hand tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved.
6.    Metal: Sculptural or decorative work made from metal. No jewelry will be accepted in this category.

Digital Art: Includes any original work in which the original image, or the manipulation of other source material, was executed by the artist using the computer. (Digital photo editing within the confines of what could be done in the darkroom is allowed in the photography category.) Work must be in editions, signed and numbered, using archival papers, inks, and emulsions.   

Jewelry: Only those artists accepted in the jewelry category may display or sell jewelry. All jewelry, whether produced from metal, glass, clay, fiber, or other materials must apply in this category


Thank you, John, for all your hard work and efforts on the behalf of your community and ours. I sent a thank you last week but I don't know if you got it, so I'll repeat: I absolutely LOVED being a part of your great event. Community shows are my favorite, much more so than with private promoters. You and your committee did an outstanding job from my perspective and I couldn't be more grateful. We had a great show, we LOVED having a hotel on site, I can't say enough about what a gift that is as an artist dealing with the elements; thank you for arranging the artists' special rates.

- Kevan Breitinger 

Thank you for all your efforts. It is truly a wonderful festival. The new way of getting artists on the parkway was amazing in how well it transpired. Thank you for coming to every booth and checking on us.

Vicki Love


The show was amazing! The volunteers are so good - helpful & kind!

I think for me the show worked well- load in was a piece of cake- load out the same! My experience with the festival is always a wonderful one, and I feel you all did an amazing job- I thank you

-Kelly Zimmer Demichele


All I can say is thank you! We had the greatest show ever.
We were never able to leave our booth.
We were busy all day, everyday.
It was an honor and a privilege to be a part of your outstanding show.
Thank you for all your hard work and dedication.
- Ellie Stephens


I just wanted to say I had a wonderful fair
To me it gets better each year I believe I have done it for 15 years running
The food court was excellent
The crowd was great pleasant happy
Love the fair my sales were terrific and I look forward to each year and I tell other artists the same thank you very much for a very profitable and easy show
- Celeste Theodore


Dear Mr. Jacobsen.

On behalf of my wife and myself thank you and your wonderful volunteers for a great show. We look forward to your show every year. The folks who come out and support the show are wonderful and loved to see the art. Once again, thank you
- Ian williams

Location: South Cape Coral on Cape Coral Parkway, Cape Coral Florida
Email: chair@capecoralfestival.com
Web Address: www.capecoralfestival.com
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 101346 Cape Coral, FL 33910
Images: 4 images of work + 1 booth or display image
or distinctly separate bodies of work within one category they may apply with multiple applications
Application Fee: $35
Booth Fee: 10’ x 10’ space $425. plus sales tax Also, there are a limited number of double booths available for $850 plus sales tax. There are no corner booths
Liability Insurance: Artists are required to show proof of liability insurance. 
Awards: Over $7,000
Electricity: Not available. No generators.
Security: 24 Hour
Parking: Free and reserved parking provided for exhibitors.
Load-In: Access booth directly with vehicle
Attendance: 100,000 guests

1.    Only fine craftspeople and artists displaying their own original work may participate. No agents or dealers. Photo I.D. is required. This show is for original handcrafted work. Final interpretation of commercial status will be made by the Committee. The Committee has the right to expel, without refund, any Exhibitor who breaks these rules during the Art Festival.

2.    All applicants MUST submit four (4) images of recent work AND one (1) image of their booth through Zapplication. 

3.    Application by collaborating artists

Collaborating exhibitors may apply as a single entry only. No more than two (2) exhibitors working as a team may collaborate in the design and creation of any artwork submitted with the application or chosen to display at the Festival.
Assistants, employees, office or other support staff are NOT considered to be collaborators. If an artist has a helper who assists the exhibitor with frames, setup, selling, paperwork, etc., but she/he is NOT producing the work under his/her own or team name, this person is NOT a collaborator, though he or she may certainly assist at the Festival.
If accepted, only one (1) booth will be issued, and only finished work that is the result of the collaborative process may be displayed and sold.

BOTH exhibitors are required to sign in and present photo identification prior to setting up.
BOTH exhibitors must be present during Festival hours in the booth during the entire two-day Festival, with the exception of short breaks.
4.    The following are prohibited:
a.    Buy-Sell (see below)
b.    Copies of original artwork not done by the exhibitor and works reproduced or copied from works of masters, advertisements, commercial or widely circulated photographs or offset prints
c.    Work purchased from an outside source for resale
d.    Production artwork in any category
e.    Work created by kits, velvet paintings, manufactured or kit jewelry, art supplies, commercial signage or displays, decoupage and ceramics cast from commercial molds
f.     Traditional crafts such as soaps, candles, scented oils and homemade food items
g.    Mass-produced note cards, commercial books, etc. not reproduced from the exhibitor’s original work.
h.    Artwork not in the category in which the artist applied and was accepted
i.     Unsigned artwork or work not using archival materials
j.     Alcohol or sound systems
k.    Generators
5.    The selection of an artist/craftsperson is an indication of his/her commitment to exhibit. NO REFUNDS will be made for cancellation. NO REFUNDS shall be made for inclement weather or other acts of God over which the Sponsors have no control, and the risk and/or loss from such event shall be borne by the Exhibitor.

6.    Exhibitors’ work displayed and sold during the show must correspond to the work submitted for jurying.   The exhibition or sale of anything else by the Exhibitor is prohibited.  No sharing of space, subletting or selling is permitted except when two people work together.

7.    If your craft is the building of musical instruments, they must be sold (not DVD, cd or other media forms of the music).  As a courtesy to other exhibitors, any music played in your booth may not be audible outside your booth or you will be asked to lower the volume.  Failure to do so will result in your being asked to leave.

8.    Each Exhibitor must comply with all pertinent State of Florida sales tax regulations.

9.    Official Exhibitor I.D. badges will be issued and must be worn at all times by the Exhibitor. Each Exhibitor will be provided with and must display an 8 1/2” x 11” white card with Exhibitor’s name, category and home city.

10.  All Exhibitors must check in between 6:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, 2019 or between 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. Check in is REQUIRED prior to beginning setup.  Failure to check in by 8:00 a.m. will result in loss of your space and your fee forfeited.

11.  Displays must be set up by 10:00am daily.  No booth may be dismantled prior to the 5:00 p.m. closing. Displays must be manned at all times by the Exhibitor. Exhibitors must furnish their own displays. Displays must be strong enough to withstand winds and crowds. Exhibitors may not use stakes. Exhibitors are responsible for damages caused by these displays.

12.  All Exhibitors must park their vehicles in designated areas. Vehicles must be off the Parkway by 9:00 a.m. on Saturday morning and by 7:00 p.m. on Sunday evening.

13.  Judges will base all awards on the overall quality of all work shown.

Buy-Sellers have become a scourge on Art Festivals.  These people have become increasingly clever in their applications and often show documentation that they are the artist or craftsperson. This makes it very difficult to prove. We wish to do everything we can to deter buy-sell at the Cape Coral Arts & Music Festival.  We will have a special committee devoted to researching each application upon receipt. If you are determined to be a Buy-Sell/Production exhibitor by the committee, you will be immediately expelled from the Festival without refund.  If you are a Buy-Sell/Production exhibitor, save your $35 dollars and don’t apply.
Please don’t apply if you:
1.    Buy work and try to sell it as your own
2.    Have a factory or a team that makes the work under your direction
3.    You plan on having a representative staff your booth
4.    Make work from kits or assemble other people work into something else


·        Friday set-up and check-in (street spaces set up Friday evening)

·        Drive to and unload at your booth

·        Exhibitor Hospitality Area with daily morning coffee and pastries

·        Free exhibitor parking near the Festival in grass lots

·        Discount hotel rates

·        Exhibitor Concierges that patrol booths offering booth sitting and other assistance. 

·        Security patrol after hours

·        Extensive media promotions throughout Southwest Florida leading up to the Festival

·        Artists retain all sales proceeds

Booth Information
Upon invitation into the show, artists may purchase a single booth. A limited number of double booths are available, and these will be sold on a first-come, first served basis. Each exhibitor will be provided a space measuring 10' deep by 10' wide. Exhibitors are to provide their own display booth, racks and/or tables in order to display their work in an outdoor environment.

Booth Fee: 10’ x 10’ space $425 plus sales tax. Also, there are a limited number of double booths available for $850 plus sales tax.
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