Welcome Artists and thank you for your interest in the 13th 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.


Artist Applications


Exhibiting Artists 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, 2025
After February 1st only side street locations can be guaranteed.


Artist | Festival Information


Artist Setup Information

Set-up: Friday April 26, 3pm – 9pm or Saturday, April 27, 7am – 9am

Festival Date:
April 27 and April 28, 2024

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 Sanford, FL 32771

Jury Begins
Within three weeks of receipt of your application


Contact Information


Email: [email protected]
Phone: 407-416-1779
St. Johns River Festival of the Arts, Inc.,
PO Box 223,
Sanford, FL 32772-0223


Awards – $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


The St. Johns River Festival of the Arts benefits Artists in the following ways…


  • Patron’s Program – Our Patron’s Program offers prepaid Art Bucks allocated to purchase your artwork
  • 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
  • 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


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


Places To Stay


Artists overnight camping is in the large field across from the Sanford Civic Center on the corner of First St. and Sanford Ave.

St. Johms River Art Festival Special Rayes

590 Ava Ct.
Sanford, FL 32771
Phone:(407) 585-1582
Special group rate

Airbnb Accomodations
VRBO Accomodations