Downtown Festival & Art Show Call to Artists


Join a tradition of artistic excellence by submitting an artist application for the 37th 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, Dec. 1 and Sunday, Dec. 2, 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 $20,000 in cash prizes. Applications for the Downtown Festival & Art Show are available upon request at 352-393-8536 or online at The application deadline is Thursday, May 17, 2018.

The Downtown Festival & Art Show attracts 80,000 visitors who travel the streets of downtown Gainesville to purchase one-of-a-kind artwork. While adults marvel at the artwork, children 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 four stages and explore the Community Information Area, featuring 55 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 events in the nation since 1996. The Downtown Festival & Art Show was recently ranked amongst Sunshine Artist magazine’s “100 Best” list of fine arts festivals.

We invite you to join in this celebration of art and culture at the 37th Annual Downtown Festival & Art Show, Gainesville’s premier fall festival of the arts! For more information, visit our website at, visit our Facebook page at ArtShow or call 352-334-ARTS.