Event Information

Downtown Festival and Art Show 2019

Historic Downtown Gainesville (111 East University Ave)
Gainesville, Florida (South)

Phone: 352-393-8536
Event Dates: 11/16/19 - 11/17/19
Application Deadline: 5/16/19 Midnight EST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 4 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application Fee): $34.00

You can submit up to 3 applications for this show.


Event Summary
The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, invites you to join a tradition of artistic excellence by submitting an artist application for the 38th Annual Downtown Festival & Art Show held November 16 & 17, 2019.  
Celebrating its 38th year, the Downtown Festival & Art Show has earned a reputation as one of the Sunshine State’s most successful fine arts festivals. Ranked among the best fine arts shows in the country by Sunshine Artist magazine and Greg Lawler's Art Fair SourceBook, the festival attracts more than 80,000 visitors to the streets of historic downtown Gainesville looking to purchase one-of-a-kind art work, and enjoy the blend of art, music and food at one of the state’s premier festivals.

General Information

Submit four digital files: three images of individual pieces of work and one image of your booth with work displayed. Images of art work and booth must be update and representative of what will be displayed. Images should not contain people or distinguishable signage.

Artists may apply for either the competitive or non-competitive category.  One medium is allowed per booth.  A separate application must be completed for each medium in which you would like to apply.

Co-artists may be accepted if work is produced through collaboration.
Ceramics – All original clay and porcelain work (other than jewelry) is accepted in this category. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed each piece must be signed.

Digital Art – Any original work for which the image was executed by the artist using a computer. Work in this category must be in limited editions, signed and numbered on archival quality materials.

Drawing/Printmaking – Works created using dry media including chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencil, wax crayon, etc. or from the fluid medium of inks and washes applied by pen or brush; printed works for which the artist’s hand manipulated the plates, stones or screens and which have been properly signed and numbered as a limited edition.

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 – Glass works that are functional (other than jewelry) or decorative by design and are kiln formed or have been crafted by glass blowing, molding or casting. No forms of mass production are permitted.

Jewelry – All jewelry whether the work is produced from metal, glass, clay, fiber, paper, plastic or other materials must be entered in this category. No commercial casts, molds or production studio work is allowed.

Metal – Artwork created through the forging, twisting and fabricating of various metals.  Includes all non-sculptural, non-jewelry works crafted from metals. No production studio work is allowed.

Mixed Media 2D – Artwork that incorporates more than one type of physical material to produce such as paint, pencil, photography, drawing, etc.

Mixed Media 3D – Artwork that incorporates more than one type of physical material to produce 3-D objects.

Painting – Works created in oils, acrylics, watercolor, etc. are in this category.

Photography – Photographic prints made from the artist’s original image, which have been processed by that artist, or under the artist's direct supervision, are included in this category.

Sculpture – Three-dimensional original work done in any medium.

Wood – Original works in wood that are hand-tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved are accepted in the wood category.

A waitlist will be developed based on score.  Artists who do not wish to be included on the waitlist, may indicate so on their application.
Application Deadline – May 10
Notification Sent – June 14
Accept Invitation and Pay Booth Fee – July 19
Artist Packets Sent – August 20

Best of Show 2D- $2,000
Best of Show 3D- $2,000
2 Judges’ Choice Awards- $1,000
5 Awards of Excellence- $1,000
15 Awards of Distinction - $600
- Morning Refreshments - Coffee and a continental breakfast are provided each morning.
- Boxed Lunches - A complimentary boxed lunch and bottle of water will be hand delivered on Saturday and Sunday to each booth.
- Artist Hospitality Center – Complimentary water and soft drinks.
- Booth Sitting Services - Festival volunteers provide needed breaks to artists throughout the day.
- Postcards - Festival artists may order free postcards to announce their participation and space number to regular and potential patrons.
Jurying is done on a point system designed to give priority to local artists. One extra point is given for Florida artists and two for Alachua County artists. In 2018, 72 percent of Downtown Festival artists were from Florida and approximately 31 percent of these artists were from Alachua County. The jurying committee consists of qualified, local fine artists. They look for quality, originality, salability, and technical expertise.
Local businesses and individuals are encouraged to pledge in advance to buy art at the festival.
2018 recipients of the Cash Awards prizes (as listed above) will receive a promo code to waive their application fee and are automatically invited to participate in the show. Please contact the Festival Coordinator at andreisv@cityofgainesville.org to receive your award winner promo code.  Applications must be received by May 10th to secure a booth spot.  



  1. Artists MUST be present for the duration of the show: 10 am to 5 pm, on Saturday, November 16th and 10am to 5pm on Sunday, November 17th, 2019. Work must be exhibited both days — no exceptions.
  2. All exhibits must be original work done by the exhibiting artists and offered for sale. Application for works of a collaborative nature must include all artists’ names.
  3. One booth per artist; a limited number of double booths may be approved upon availability. Request for a double booth must be included on the application.
  4. No dealers, agents, stand-ins or proxies allowed.
  5. Only work representative of the artists’ slides will be permitted. If exhibited works differ significantly from the images submitted, the artist may be asked to leave and will forfeit fees.
  6. Buy/sell or imports will not be tolerated.
  7. The Festival Committee reserves the right to prohibit display of work deemed unacceptable. 
  8. Country crafts are non-competitive only.
  9. The following are not eligible for exhibit: works which are mass-produced or manufactured; made from commercial molds, kits or patterns; commercial displays; taxidermy; knitting; velvet painting; manufactured or kit jewelry; candles; ceramics cast from commercial molds and art supplies.
  10. Fees not paid by the deadline will result in forfeiture of booth to an artist on the wait list. Artists will be notified by mail of their assigned booth number and location, along with exhibitor information about check-in, set-up and parking, no later than August 20, 2019. All booth requests will be considered, but accomodation is not guaranteed.
  11. Check-in and set-up is Saturday morning beginning at 4:30 am— no set-up is allowed on Friday night. Each exhibiting artist must check-in and provide picture I.D. before set-up. Failure to do so will result in forfeiture of booth. No changes in booth assignment will be allowed without the approval of the Festival Coordinator.
  12. All work and artist belongings, including chairs, must be contained within the assigned booth space. Exhibitors are responsible for keeping their area clean during and after the show. Belongings cannot be stored along the walls or patios of local businesses.
  13. Artists are required to display official card bearing their name, space number and city residence for the duration of the Festival.
  14. Each artist is responsible for collecting and reporting Florida sales tax on all sales made during the Festival.

All rules will be strictly enforced. Failure to follow these rules will result in ineligibility for this and future shows and any prize award.
Show committee reserves the right to make final interpretation of the rules.
Parking and traffic are not permitted in show area after 9 am on Saturday. The streets will remain closed on Saturday night and security will be on site. Although artists, at their discretion, will be allowed to leave exhibitor displays on the street overnight on Saturday, the City of Gainesville is not liable for any loss and/or damage. Artists may drive onto the festival streets after 5:30 pm both Saturday and Sunday (no vehicles are allowed before this time) by showing their festival pass to the officer. The streets will reopen to the public at 8 pm on Sunday evening, and all booths must be dismantled and removed by this time.The streets will reopen to the public at 8 pm on Sunday evening, and all booths must be dismantled and removed by this time.
Bicycles, roller skates, rollerblades and skateboards are prohibited from the festival.
Dogs on leashes are permitted.


Booth Information

Application Fee: $34.00
Booth Fee (Competitive): $299.25
Booth Fee (Non-competitive): $273.75
DO NOT send your booth fee until notification of acceptance. Upon acceptance, you will be required to pay your booth fee through Zapplication or via check (payable to the City of Gainesville, ATTN: Downtown Festival and Art Show, PO Box 490, Sta 30, Gainesville, FL  32627.) Once artists are accepted into the show, the deadline to accept their invitation and pay for booth fees is July 20, 2019.

Each space measures 12' x 12'. Work must be contained within the assigned space. Only one exhibitor will be permitted in each space.  There are a limited number of double booths available.  A double booth must be requested at time of application and costs double the amount of a standard booth space. 
All spaces are located on the streets of historic downtown Gainesville on either asphalt or brick road. Electrical access is not available.
There are 190 competitive booths and 50 non-competitive booths available. 

Festival site streets will be closed to public vehicular traffic at 4:00 a.m. November 16th to enable set up.  Artists may begin setting up on Saturday morning beginning at 4:30 a.m. and must be completely set-up by 9:15 a.m.  Artist vehicles must be off the site by 9:00 a.m.  Artists are expected to set up on time and remain open during festival hours. There is no set up allowed Friday. 
The streets will remain closed on Saturday night and security will be on site. Although artists, at their discretion, will be allowed to leave exhibitor displays on the street overnight on Saturday, the City of Gainesville is not liable for any loss and/or damage.  Artists may enter the site with their vehicle after 5:30 p.m. on Saturday or before 9:00 a.m. on Sunday upon showing their participant pass to the officer on duty.

The festival closes at 5:00 p.m. for breakdown and clean up and the streets will open to artist traffic at 5:30 p.m.  No vehicles will be permitted on the site until 5:30 p.m.  Booths must be dismantled and removed by 8:00 p.m. Sunday, November 17th.

A completed application is a commitment to show. Should you choose not to exhibit, the booth fee may be refunded (less $10.00), provided that your cancellation request is made in writing and postmarked by September 6, 2019.  Application fees are non-refundable.

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