Event Information

Cocoa Beach Art Show 2019

Downtown Cocoa Beach Minutemen Causeway Area
Cocoa Beach, Florida (South)

Phone: 321-749-7874
Event Dates: 11/30/19 - 12/1/19
Application Deadline: 6/30/19 Midnight EST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 4 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application Fee): $40.00


Event Summary
Thanksgiving weekend art show and festival located in beautiful downtown Cocoa Beach Minutemen Causeway area. Two-day event, free and open to public.  Up to $20,000 in prize money. The 50+ year tradition begins Thanksiving morning with a Turkey Trot which is a 5K run/walk through Cocoa Beach residential neighborhoods. If you want to come early and partcipate the web site is https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/CocoaBeach/CocoaBeachTurkeyTrot5k .

ARTIST SETUP - Friday Beginning at noon. We will send you an email denoting your preferred arrival time, and we ask that you do your best to come close to that time.

ART SHOW Hours: Saturday 9 - 5 Sunday 9 - 5


General Information

Application Fee: $40
Booth Fee: $275 Single; $550 Double; Corner $325
Late Entry Fee: Additional $40
Prize Money: $5000 Best in Show; $1000 to Best in Each Category; $750 each for Judges Choice; $400 availabe for merit award in each category should judges deem there is a qualifying piece of art work.
If you were one of the "Best in Category" winners last year only, you do not have to pay application fee, nor go through jury process.
Please note: As for Category just because the prize money is there does not mean it will be awarded. The work must merit an award.

COCOA BEACH ART SHOW - Saturday and Sunday November 30th and Dec 1st

A Thanksgiving weekend tradition: For over half a century thousands of residents and visitors have taken to the streets of downtown Cocoa Beach on Thanksgiving weekend to enjoy art, food and music. Our goal is to continue that tradition. We appreciate your consideration in wanting to participate in this time-honored event to keep the cultural experience alive in our community.

The weekend kicks off with a 5K Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning.

Artist Set-Up is Friday Only.

Show days are Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

This event is free to the public.

Entry fee of (dependent on booth size and location selection) is due upon acceptance. A $40 application fee is due for each category entered, plus 3 digital images of work to be displayed, along with a picture of booth as it will appear at the show.

Up to $20,000 in Awards

All work submitted for the jury process must have been created within the last three (3) years. Failure to follow this rule will disqualify you for entry. That means art work must have been completed since 2016!

Media Categories:
  • Ceramics/Clay: Original clay and porcelain work other than jewelry. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed, the artist must sign each piece.
  • Digital Art: Images made with the assistance of a computer. Computer graphics are often made with software called drawing, painting, illustrating and photographic programs or applications. All digital images printed must be signed and limited to a numbered edition of no more than 250. Exhibitor must disclose and display both their creative and printing processes in their booth during the Festival.
  • Textiles/Leather: All work crafted from fibers, including basketry, embroidery, weaving, tapestry and papermaking. No machine-tooled, machine-screened patterns or miscellaneous forms of mass production are permitted. NO factory-produced wearable items, regardless of additional modification or enhancement by the artists, are accepted in this category.
  • Glass: Glass works that are functional or decorative by design and are kilnformed or have been crafted by glass blowing, molding or casting. Works may be etched or engraved.
  • Jewelry and Metalwork: Creating artwork through the forging, twisting and fabricating of various metals. All jewelry, whether 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 allowed.
  • Two-Dimensional Mixed Media: Works that incorporate more than one type of physical material in their production. Two-Dimensional Mixed Media 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. Three-Dimensional Mixed Media should include more than one of the following: Claywork, fiber, glass, metal, wood, or any other 3-D objects.
  • Painting-Oil and Acrylic: Creation of a still life, portrait, landscape, abstract or other image on a flat surface, such as canvas, with oil and/or acrylic paint or sticks.
  • Painting-Watercolor: Creation of a still life, portrait, landscape, abstract or other image on a flat surface with watercolors.
  • Photography: Photographic prints made from the artist’s original negative that have been processed either by the artist or under his/her direct supervision. All images printed must be signed and limited to a 250 numbered edition. Exhibitor must disclose and display both their creative and printing processes during the Festival.
  • Printmaking and Drawing: Works created using dry media including chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencil, wax crayons, etc., or from a fluid medium of inks and washes applied by pen or brush. Printed works for which the artists hand manipulated the plates, stones or screens and which have been properly signed and numbered as a limited edition may be entered in this category. Printmakers are required to disclose both their creative and printmaking processes.
  • Sculpture: Three dimensional work done in any medium.
  • Wood: Original works that are hand tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved. Embellished or painted, store-bought furniture is not accepted.

Any buy-sell products; jewelry not totally handmade, including settings; ceramics cast from commercial molds; post cards, crocheted or knitted items; string art; candles; decoupage; china painting; shell craft or any items from kits or mass-produced; commercial displays of picture frames, art supplies, loose stones, belt buckles, etc.

Artists will be provided a continental breakfast on Saturday and Sunday before the show.

Booth Sitters

CBAS will be providing volunteers to sit you booths while you take a brief break. We ask you to take no more than a 15 minute break in consideration of your fellow artists who may need a break. Booth sitters will be circulating throughout the show. Please do not use booth sitters to run errands for you. Booth sitters will not be able to make sales while your are away, but they will advise patrons as to what time you are expected to return. The same goes if you have a spouse or assistant with you. You may not leave them in the booth alone for extended periods of time.


Security will be provided throughout the show, however, all artists exhibit work at their own risk. It is understood that CBAS does not carry insurance to cover your personal property. As any independent contractor you are advised to obtain your own insurance.

Please read all rules/regulations/requirements carefully. Anyone in violation will be removed from the show, and will not be allowed to participate. Your work must be completely original, and fit the category/description as outlined below. The "Statement" of your work must include a DETAILED description of the creative process used. Unacceptable is having no description at all or having no description of the process used to make. Also having no date item was created could also disqualify your applicaiton. All pieces displayed by you at the show must correspond to the category in which you applied. All pieces submitted with your appication must have been created within the last three (3) years, and must be displayed at the show, and available for sale to the general public. No previously sold art work may be submitted for jurying. If your application photos contain the same works that have submitted year after year, you may not be accepted.

Artists art to setup Friday the day before the event. An exact starting time will be noted via email several days before the event..

Cocoa Beach Art Show and the City of Cocoa Beach would like to thank you for your desire to participate in our show. In order for you to help ensure our show is the best it can be and so it will be a good experience for all we have established some rules and regulations. To participate in our event you must observe the following:
  • All work must be original, handcrafted, created and exhibited by the approved artists themselves, and must be consistent with the digital images submitted with your application.
  • Commercially-manufacuted items nor items made from kits or molds may be exhibited.
  • All categories will be reviewed and screened prior to acceptance. Any media in your booth that was not approved during the application process will be removed.
  • Kits, imports, commercially-manufactured items may not be exhibited. This rule will be strictly enforced and may result in removal from the show.
  • Artists must exhibit original work. No ribbons or awards from other shows or gallery cards may be displayed.
  • Art work to be judged must be framed or prominently displayed with selling price or marked "Not for Sale". Other unframed work may be displayed in a portfolio or bin.
  • Absolutely NO "buy-sell". No merchandise such as coffee cups (other than hand-crafted, signed, original works), note cards, calendars or other items mass produced from an original piece of artwork will be permitted, including an artist's original design that has been transferred to merchandise such as tee-shirts, calendars, postcards, etc.
  • All work submitted for judging must be the artist's original work. Limited editions are not eligible for judging/awards. Pieces selected for judging must remain in artist's booth until after awards have been presented. If sold the piece must be picked up later by purchaser. If item is not in booth when awards are presented you may forfeit your prize money.
  • Photographs must be original work, and must be signed.
  • Artists keep all profit made at the show, however, exhibitors are responsible for collecting and paying Florida State Sales Tax (7%) on all sales made at the show. Tax forms will be provided in the artist packet the day of the show. Send Sales Tax to: State of Florida, Department of Revenue, Tallahasse FL 32304.
  • One booth space is assigned per entrant. All exhibitors must contain their belongings within the 12x12 space that is assigned to them.
  • No pets allowed except service animals.
  • Four (4) digital images must be submitted with each application. Three images must represent the work to be displayed, and the fourth must show the entire booth set up as it will look during the show.
  • Artists not in compliance with CBAS Rules and Regulations will be ineligible for admission to future shows and could be ousted during the show.
  • "No-Shows" or exhibitors leaving before the close of the festival will not be invited back. CBAS reserves the right to refuse any application.
  • A paid registration is a commitment to CBAS and there will be NO REFUNDS. If you are accepted your booth fee due at time of acceptance.
  • Co-Artists, a 2-person team producing a single product, qualify as a single exhibitor and both artists MUST be present during the show.
  • A $35 bank fee will be charged for any return checks. Fees may be higher for international checks.

Booth Information
Booth Space Location- We will make every effort to give you your preferred location, but will not guarantee any specific area. If you wish to have a particular area, the request MUST be put in the "Remarks" section of your application. Otherwise you request will not be considered.

Upon entering the show and locating your booth position you must unload your tent, supplies, art and then remove your vehicle prior to beginning your set-up. You MAY NOT leave your vehicle in place while continuing with set up. 

Displays - Displays must be professional and aesthically pleasing. all tents MUST BE WHITE and ALL racks MUST BE COVERED.  The goal should be to try to make your display look like that of a mini-gallery. Hand-written signs or sale signs are strictly prohibited.

Exhibitors are responsible for making their tents sturdy against wind, rain, etc. Tents MUST be manufactured of flame-retardent materials. Staking into the pavement will NOT be permitted. Cocoa Beach Art Show nor the City of Cocoa Beach will be responsible for any lost, damaged or stolen property.

Exhibitor Space - All set-up must be done on Friday by end of day. All exhibitor's space should be occupied by 8 a.m. on Saturday and by 9 a.m. on Sunday. If you are not set up on Saturday morning you may be considered a "no-show" and there will be no possible refund or credit. Exhibitors will not take any space other than that which is assigned to them by the show coordinator. Set-up and break-down times will be strictly enforced. No sharing or subletting of exhibitor space is permitted. No representatives allowed. Artist(s) must be present.

Display Break-Down - Our show ends at 5 p.m. on Sunday and all booths MUST remain open until that time. Because we are on public streets it is imperative that you start your break-down as soon as possible. Please be courteous and conscience of your fellow artists during the set-up and break-down process.  At the end of the show you are required to pack up, dismantle tent and racks and then retrieve your vehicle. We ask that you pack your vehicle as quickly as possible so your fellow artists may get out without too much conjestion.  You MAY NOT leave your vehicle in place while packing up or dismanteling your booth. We have board members and other volunteers throughout the process who will assist with directions and procedures.