A Sampling Of This Year's Artists

Artist - General Information


Friday : April 11th, 3pm – 9pm 

Festival Dates:

Saturday April 12, 2024 – 10:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday April 13, 2024 – 10:00am – 5:00pm
Free Admission.

Anticipated Attendance:

Festival Location:
The Art Festival is located in the heart of Downtown Historic Sanford. It is within walking distance of historic homes, museums, art galleries, restaurants and the Sanford River Walk along the shores of Lake Monroe and the St. Johns River.

The total event route encompasses:
First Street, Park Ave, Palmetto Ave. and 2nd Street in Downtown Historic Sanford, FL 32771

Artist Benefits

ArtistsWelcome Artists and thank you for your interest in the 14th Annual St. Johns River Festival of the Arts! This is a Juried Fne Arts and Fine Crafts festival that encourages artists to demonstrate and offer the public a better understanding of different art mediums and their complexity. Educational demonstration sites are provided and manned by different art organizations/guilds. They offer educational opportunities/information to all.

For artists who are willing to offer heavy demonstration throughout the weekend (such as pottery wheels, lathe, glass blowing etc.) apply for an artist booth fee waiver. We offer six “featured demonstrating artist” waivers per festival and will adjust your booth space needs accordingly.


24 Hour Security provided by the City of Sanford police
Artist Retreat – Take a break, get a bite and a drink at the Artist Retreat
Artist Support –
Hands on artist support by event staff
Booth Sitters – Volunteers to watch your booth while you take a break
Complimentary Breakfast for artists Saturday and Sunday
Convenient Parking for artists
Easy Check-In – The Festival offers easy drive thru check-in
Extra-large Booth Spaces for additional visibility and use of your sides
Great Promotion – Comprehensive print & digital media is used to promote the festival. Additionally, internet, print, radio, television, social media and billboards are employed.
Media Coverage – Artists who apply early may be showcased in media spots
Patron’s Program – Prepaid Art Bucks allocated to purchase your artwork
(Two) Fine Art Judges with experience and knowledge in all categories
Wi-Fi within the festival area

Booth numbers and artist information will appear in the festival program


$15,000 in Awards

(1) Best of Show: $3000
(2) Juror’s Choice Awards: $900 each
(8) Awards of Excellence: $800 each
(8) Awards of Distinction: $500 each
Where To Stay
For accomodations:
  • Hotel Accommodations
  • Airbnb
  • Vrbo
  • Self-contained campers may park along the lake in the large field across from the Sanford Civic Center (corner of Seminole Blvd., and Sanford Ave).
Contact Information

Email: [email protected]


St. Johns River Festival of the Arts, Inc.,
PO Box 223,
Sanford, FL 32772-0223

Who Are We

The St. Johns River Festival of the Arts is a 501C(3) organization run by volunteers and supported by local sponsors.

All proceeds from the festival manage and support the “Art-for-Kids” Scholarship program that provides art classes to children, regardless of their ability to pay.  Over 100 classes were taught in our newly restored Historic Hopper Academy. We provide a safe and fully functional art studio setting. Located at 1110 Pine Avenue, Sanford FL 32771

New Artist Application

Demonstrating Artists Information:

Step 1: Apply on www.zapplication.org.

Step 2: Demonstrating artist application link

Application Process
Complete your application online (online forms) which is ZAPPlication or print and mail to St. Johns River Festival of the Arts, Inc. P.O. Box 223, Sanford FL 32772-0223. Follow the instructions on Zapp.

Applicants: Please check your email and your status on ZAPPlication. If accepted, your full booth fee will be required within 30 days of acceptance. Once payment is received your booth location will be confirmed. There are a limited number of booths available.

Jury Fee
A $25.00 jury fee must be submitted with all artist applications. Please follow instructions to pay online through PayPal.

Booth Fee
A 10X10 booth space on First Street is $275, double space is $550 (limited availability). The 10X10 booth spaces on the side streets are $235. 10X20 double booth spaces on the side streets are $470. When accepted, the booth fee must be remitted within two weeks of receipt of your email acceptance notification to reserve your booth. Please make check payable to St. Johns River Festival of the Arts, Inc.

No refunds will be made after artists have been confirmed on ZAPP.

Application Open
July 3rd, 2024

Application Deadline
February 14, 2026
After February 1st only side street locations can be guaranteed.