A New Art Festival Experience


Festival Facts


Description: An outdoor juried fine arts and fine crafts festival offering educational opportunities for visitors of all ages via interactive artist demonstrations.


Location: Downtown Historic Sanford, established in 1877. Located 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.


Dates/Times: Saturday May 5th, 2018 – 9:00am - 6:00pm and Sunday May 6th, 2018 – 10:00am – 5:00pm
Free Admission.


Free Parking: Along nearby city and residential streets. For physical and sight challenged visitors – Wheelchair accessible curbs at main pedestrian crossings. Service dogs permitted. Designated parking for vehicles with handicap permit.


Anticipated attendance: Approximately 35,000 visitors over the two day Festival run.


Education: We proudly sponsor our Art for Kids program designed to encourage an appreciation of the arts by offering art instruction and education to underprivileged children in Seminole County.

Participating Artists: Over 150 acclaimed local, regional and national fine-arts and fine-crafts artists.


Artist Categories: Painting – oil, acrylic, watercolor; Fine Crafts – wood, glass, leather, basketry, fiber; Drawing – pastel, pen, ink; Digital – graphic, mixed media; and Sculpture; Jewelry; Clay; Photography.


General Rules – for visitors’ comfort, safety and convenience: No pets, skateboards, rollerblades or coolers.

WI-FI access.


Eco-friendly environment: Waste containers with recycle-separation bins located conveniently throughout festival grounds.


Food and beverages: Contracted festival vendors.


Entertainment: Soft acoustical music artists perform throughout the festival footprint. Performance arts students from Midway Elementary School also will be featured.


Become a Festival Sponsor: Sponsorships support the Festival and its efforts to enrich and educate citizens of all ages through the visual arts. Sponsor companies benefit from high visibility before and during the event. Importantly, sponsor companies benefit from community recognition for their efforts to support a quality arts event like the St.JRFoA. Donations: We gratefully accept corporate and personal donations.
Festival Patron Program: Helps The Festival attract the finest artists. The program provides financial support and recognition for the artists. The Program also helps offset Festival costs.


Volunteers: Our volunteers contribute valuable time to help before, during and after the event. Find out how you can volunteer. Join us! click here!

The mission of The St. Johns River Festival of the Arts in Historic Sanford, Florida is to enrich the quality of life in our community by cultivating an Arts and Cultural environment that offers venues to educate and stimulate the appreciation and advancement of both.


The St. Johns River Festival of the Arts in Historic Sanford, Florida is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization that raises money through sponsorships and donations. This event’s target demographic is the affluent adult population, primarily in the metro Seminole County area.

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