Event Information


Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival 2020

Downtown Streets
Fairhope, Alabama (South)

Phone: 251-229-1874
Event Dates: 3/20/20 - 3/22/20
Application Deadline: 9/30/19 Midnight CST
74 day(s) and 20 hour(s) remaining


Images: 4 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (2020 Application Fee ): $40.00


Event Summary
For the past 67 years, artists and craftsmen have come to Fairhope, Alabama to celebrate the arts.  Our beautiful downtown along the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay will host the 68th Annual Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival March 20, 21 & 22.  More than 250,000+ visitors will join us for the weekend where they can enjoy diverse works of quality artwork, entertainment, delicious food and great shopping.
The festival has received many accolades and honors including Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 event in the Southeast, #9 in Sunshine Magazine Top 200 for 2017, Top 100 Sunshine Artist Magazine for 2018,  Alabama  Magazine has awarded the show “Best of Bama” and many more.  
The Fairhope Arts and Crafts Committee and Festival Foundation with the additional support from the City of Fairhope hope you join us for our annual festival where artists are treated to our own brand of “Southern Hospitality.”  Start your mornings at the Balcony on Church for some of the best cheese grits you’ve ever tasted (they go quickly, so get there early) then enjoy cold drinks and “booth sitters” throughout the day.  Plan on spending Friday evening at our Awards Dinner where we award over $20,000 in prize money to winning artisians. 

The hours for the 2020 festival are Friday-Sunday10am to 5pm.  

We look forward to seeing you in March!

General Information
  1. Fibers/Leather – 3D work, wearable and not-wearable, created from fibrous materials.  This category includes but is not limited to baskets, clothing, embroidery, paper, quilts, weaving, leather goods, etc.  Leather should be 3D handmade work designed by the artist wth leather.
  2. Functional Crafts - Handmade crafts primarily intended for use, rather than decoration.  This category includes but is not limited to musical instruments, brooms, implements, birdhouses, toys, belts, hats, etc.  
  3. Graphics, Drawing & Watercolor - 2D work using pen, pencil, rayon, marker, or brush including pastels, printmaking and watercolor.  
  4. Jewelry- Jewelry created by the artist without the use of commercial casts, molds, kits or production studio, regardless of medium.  ONLY category allowed to display or sell jewelry.  
  5. Mixed Media- works combining two or more mediums
  6. Painting – Oil, acrylics, and other materials applied with a brush.  (Those creating pastels and watercolors may wish to apply in the Graphics, Drawing & Watercolor category.)
  7. Photography - Digital and film, hand emulsion transfers accepted.  Only the artist's original source material allowed.
  8. Pottery/Ceramics – Earthenware, raku, porcelain, etc.
  9. Sculpture – 3D forms in primarily in a single medium such as clay, metal, glass, wood, etc. 
  10. Wood - Original 3D work that is hand-tooled, machine worked, built-up, turned or carved, including but not limited to furniture, bowls, boxes, sculpture, etc.   
  11. Glass -  3D work created by the artist in glass.  No molds or other forms of mass production are permitted.
Artist Selection Process:  Artists are juried by an independent panel and selected based on the images submitted with their applications. Therefore, current quality photos which show your work and booth to their fullest potential are encouraged. Images must be representative of the works that will be shown at our Festival. Selection is based on quality and skill in workmanship, original and creative ideas and attractiveness of display.   Artists with quality works may be accepted to a “wait list” once a category is full.  Do not send samples; they will not be presented during the jury process nor will they be returned

Artists’ Amenities: Police Security, Artist Breakfast, Faux Artists (booth sitters), “Artist Adoption” Program by the Downtown Merchants Association and Awards Dinner.
Awards Dinner: The Awards Dinner and Reception will be held at the Fairhope Civic Center (within Festival walking distance) on Friday, March 20th (Artist Reception beginning at end of show).  Dinner and Award Presentation to begin at 5:30 PM.  Each booth receives 1 (one) free dinner ticket.  Additional tickets may be ordered upon acceptance to the show.  A limited number of additional tickets will be available at Registration on Thursday, March 19thNo tickets will be sold at the door.
Judging: Judging will begin at 9:00 am on Friday, March 20, 2020. Judges will evaluate each numbered booth in the manner of their choice.  An assistant is assigned to each judge and will mark the booth card to indicate that each exhibit has been judged.  Only booths with booth card will be judged.  Place booth cards at upper right corner on outside of tent.

FAIRHOPE ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL 2020 - Application Rules and Regulations
  •  An accepted application is a commitment to participate in the show. NO REFUNDS will be made for any reason, including inclement weather.  Accepted artists must exhibit the full three (3) days of the show and be in their booths during designated Festival hours.  Stand-in or proxy exhibitors are not permitted.
  • Exhibitor must be directly involved in the design and production of work they exhibit at the Fairhope Arts & Crafts Festival. Exhibitors must display their own work, not works purchased from an outside source for resale (buy/sell).  Excluded from exhibition are: commercially manufactured items, ceramics from commercial molds, mass-produced items, plants, soaps, candles, food items, books, CDs, t-shirts and commercial jewelry.  Reproductions, including giclees, are allowed to be sold but must be clearly marked.  At least 50% of your display must be original work.
  • Only one (1) artist with his/her original work is allowed per booth.
  • Only work representative of that submitted for jurying may be exhibited. Only artists juried and accepted in the jewelry category may display and sell jewelry items.   Displays will be viewed throughout the Festival.  The Festival reserves the right to request the removal of any work that differs from the images submitted and accepted as well as any inappropriate work or display.  Failure to remove such works or abide by the rules set forth may result in the applicant’s removal from the Festival.
  • Any items that you plan to sell during the festival must be represented in your booth images submitted with application
  • Exhibitors bear the responsibility for all setup and security needs for their exhibits.  It is required to show proof of insurance at registration.  Please allow for restocking during Festival hours as vehicles are not allowed on the streets after the show opens.
  • During setup, nails or other anchors may not be placed in the street. Make alternative arrangements to secure your booth.  Fines will be imposed for destruction of City property - this includes nails to hold down tent & rugs in the streets.  Double stick tape works well for this function.  Tent weights ARE required..  Minimum of 25 pound weigths per tent leg. Fairhope can be windy during this time of year.
  • For the hour prior to the booth setup time of 6:00 PM, no vehicles or trailers will be allowed within the Festival area.  Please, no unloading onto the sidewalks prior to 6 PM.
  • All fire department safety lanes and rules will be observed and strictly enforced at all times.  No generators are allowed in the show. Battery lighting is acceptable.  No amplified music is permitted. Your booth, awning, chairs and all displays must be within your 10’ x 12’ space. This will strickly enforced.
  • The State of Alabama and Baldwin County require each exhibitor and vendor to purchase a transient license. The details are available from the Baldwin County License inspector at 251-990-4627. Each exhibitor is responsible for collecting Alabama State tax, Baldwin County tax, and the City of Fairhope taxes as required by law.  Tax forms will be provided in the registration packets.
  • The Fairhope Arts & Crafts Festival Committee reserves the right to remove an artist from the show for conduct deemed unacceptable and/or detrimental to the mission and reputation of the Fairhope Arts & Crafts Festival.
  • Accepted artists who have not checked in with Registration by 8:00 AM Friday, March 20, 2020, will forfeit their space and booth fee.
  • Use of sealants or spray paints or aerosols is strictly prohibited.

Booth Information

Festival Fees:
Single Booth Fee               $350                           
Double Booth Fee              $700
Jury Fee                             $40 (non-refundable)      
Prime Corner Fee               $75 (Prime spaces for the 2020 show will be juried in and notified upon  acceptance please check box on application) 


Booth Space: 10’ x 12’;  Tent Size  10’ x 10’
Electricity is not available. Generators and amplified music are not allowed.
Number of Booth Spaces Available:     220
Number of Prime Booth Spaces Available:  limited number available.
Booths are set up using a quad system.  Your booth will have at least 2 sides open to the public.  Every booth is a “corner” booth.


Registration begins at 3:30 PM on Thursday, March 19th at The Balcony at Church in Downtown Fairhope.  Accepted artists must be at registration with a photo ID and a completed registration form.  Set up begins at 6 PM.  Artists are to provide their own tents.  More specific details concerning tent set-up and unloading will be provided upon acceptance.