Discover the St. Johns River Festival of the Arts and Historic Downtown Sanford!

Save the date – May 1st & 2nd, 2021

Welcome Artists and thank you for your interest in the 10th Annual St. Johns River Festival of the Arts! This is a juried fine arts and fine crafts festival that encourages artists to demonstrate offering the public a better understanding of the different art mediums and their complexity. Educational demonstration sites are also provided and manned by different art organizations and guilds. They offer educational opportunities and information to all.

Demonstrating Artists Info

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.

Demonstrating artist application link after you have applied on

Step 1: Exhibiting artist application link
Step 2: Demonstrating artist application link


$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

What you will find at the St. Johns River Festival of the Arts…

  • Patron’s Program – Our Patron’s Program offers prepaid Art bucks committed to purchase your art work
  • Two Fine art jurors with a wide range of experience and  knowledgeable in all categories
  • Easy check-in – The festival is artist friendly and offers easy drive thru check-in
    Great promotion – Comprehensive print and electronic digital media will be used to promote the festival in addition to print media, radio, television, social media and billboards
  • Artists who apply early may be showcased in media spots
  • Booth numbers and artist information will appear in the festival program
  • Convenient parking for artists
  • Extra-large booth spaces for additional visibility and use of your sides
  • Free Wi-Fi within the festival area
  • Private Artist Retreat – Take a break from the crowds, get a bite to eat and drink at the Artist Retreat
  • Complimentary breakfast for artists Saturday and Sunday
  • Hands on artist support by event staff
  • Booth sitters
  • 24 hours security provided by the City of Sanford police
  • Private artist retreat area

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. Last year 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

Festival Date
May 1st & May 2nd, 2021

Anticipated Attendance

Festival Location
Set your GPS to: 110 W 1st Street, Sanford, FL 32771 for the festival entrance and registration booth. The total event route encompasses First Street, Park Ave, Palmetto Ave. and 2nd Street in downtown historic downtown Sanford, FL 32771

Festival Set-up
Set-up: Friday April 30, 3pm – 9pm or Saturday, May 1st, 7am – 9am

Festival Hours
Open Saturday, May 1st, 10 am – 6pm, Sunday May 2nd, 10 am – 5 pm

Application Open
September 1st, 2020

Application Deadline
February 26, 2021
After February 1st only side street locations can be guaranteed.

Jury Begins
Within three weeks of receipt of your application

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 $235, double space is $470 (limited availability). The 10X10 booth spaces on the side streets are $185. 10X10 double booth spaces on the side streets are $370. 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.

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.

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

Mail: St. Johns River Festival of the Arts, Inc., PO Box 223, Sanford, FL 32772-0223
Phone: Kim 407-416-1779

Art Publications

Comfort Inn
Comfort Inn & Suites
590 Ava Ct.
Sanford, FL 32771
(407) 585-1582
Fax- (407) 585-1595
Call the main number at 407-585-1580 and  mention the “St. Johns River Festival of the Arts” for discounted rate.
$89 + tax/night.

Kids Art Classes

Enroll Your Children in Art For Kids Art Classes this Summer!



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Support The Event, Become A Patron

By becoming a patron of the arts you will have a direct impact on the success of the event as well supporting the arts. If you’d like to use PayPal to sponsor or donate to the event, please use this button below