Downtown Festival & Art Show Call to Artists


Join a tradition of artistic excellence by submitting an artist application for the 34th 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, Nov. 14, and Sunday, Nov. 15, 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 $19,000 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 Friday, May 4, 2015.

The festival attracts more than 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 three stages and explore the Community Information Area, featuring 50 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 200 shows in the nation since 1996. The Downtown Festival & Art Show was ranked No. 12 on Sunshine Artist magazine’s “200 Best” list of top fine arts festivals in the nation.

We invite you to join in this celebration of art and culture at the 34th Annual Downtown Festival & Art Show, Gainesville’s premier fall festival of the arts! For more information, visit, visit our Facebook page at or call 352-334-ARTS.