Downtown Festival & Art Show Call to Artists

Join a tradition of artistic excellence by submitting an artist application for the 36th Annual Downtown Festival & Art Show. Recognized as one of the top fine art shows in the country, the festival is sponsored by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department. On Saturday, November 11, and Sunday, November 12, more than 240 artists will display original oils and acrylics, vibrant watercolors, captivating sculptures, dazzling jewelry, decorative ceramics and vivid photography in historic downtown Gainesville. They will compete for $22,000 in cash prizes and purchase awards. Applications for the Downtown Festival & Art Show are available upon request at (352) 393-8536 or online at The application deadline is Thursday, May 4, 2017.

The festival attracts 100,000 visitors, who travel the streets of downtown Gainesville to purchase one-of-a-kind art work. While adults marvel at the artwork, children can enjoy free, hands-on art activities at the Children’s Imagination Station. Visitors of all ages can savor local and international cuisine, enjoy live music from four stages and explore the Community Information Area, featuring 55 nonprofit organizations showcasing their services.

With its blend of art, food and music, the Downtown Festival & Art Show has consistently been recognized as one of the top events in the nation since 1996. The Downtown Festival & Art Show was recently ranked No. 24 on Sunshine Artist magazine’s “100 Best” list of fine arts festivals.

Join in this celebration of art and culture at the 36th Annual Downtown Festival & Art Show, Gainesville’s premier fall festival of the arts! For more information, visit, or call (352) 334-ARTS.

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