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The Annual Downtown Hyattsville Arts Festival is operated by the Hyattsville Community Development Corporation (CDC). The Saturday, September 23rd, 2023, Festival spans 3 city streets, will welcome an anticipated 5,000 visitors, and features over 100 artists and artisans in 5 media categories, alongside a music stage, food vendors, sponsors, community groups, and now for the third year, 9+ craft brewers. Festival promotion includes more than $10,000 of investments for advertising and marketing in print and online, direct mail, guerilla poster campaigning, email marketing and public relations.
The Festival exhibits a range of high-quality, multi-dimensional, visual works from across our region. We feature local Gateway Arts District artists and Hyattsville Community Arts Alliance artists, but welcome submissions from all Applicants. Acceptance to the festival will be based on the selection committee’s assessment of quality of work, appropriateness for the audience, and variety of media.
Our festival exhibitor participation is juried by a selection committee made up of art professionals. We appreciate how past exhibitors have helped the Hyattsville Arts Festival grow and thrive, and the Festival will acknowledge, honor and bolster those partnerships.
There are multiple ways for members of the community to participate. This form is for exhibitors (artists and artisans) Only original artwork, photography, handmade jewelry, handmade crafts, and creative literary arts are allowed. No commercial/corporate merchandise will be accepted, unless it is incredibly unique and environmentally friendly in nature.
If you are interested in participating but don’t fit these criteria, please use our non-artist vendor interest form or contact us to discuss sponsorship opportunities, advertising, or activity partnerships, and we will happily discuss them with you.
2023 Participation Fees
Our festival remains committed to our local artists. In order to better steward our investments in resources and staffing of the festival, where in previous years the CDC provided complimentary booths for participants, we are now offering a limited number of tents and tent weights for rental. Tents and tent weights will be available on a priority and then first-come, first-serve basis. Priority refers to exhibitors who are senior citizens or have a disability.
IMPORTANT DATES: Application Submission Deadline: July 7, 2023
Applicants Informed of Selection: July 14-19, 2023
Selected Exhibitors Invoiced by HYCDC: July 28, 2023
The base cost to participate in the festival is $125. Our tent rental setup incurs a $55 rental fee. A table and 2 chairs will be made available only to exhibitors who are renting tents, at a $35 surcharge.
- Booth spaced 10′ x 10′ ($125)
- Booth with 10′ x 10′ Tent Rental ($180)
- Booth with Tent Rental and 6′ Table, 2 Chairs ($215)
- Share Half a Booth with Tent Rental and Chairs ($110)
- No Tablecloths will be provided for the 2023 Downtown Arts Festival
If you are selected for participation, you will be invoiced for your booth fee. Do NOT send your booth fee until you receive notification that you have been selected for participation. Notifications will be sent no later than two weeks after application submission deadline. Note that using Paypal for fee payment incurs a small surcharge.
Tent Fire Certification Information
NFPA 701 Compliance Prince George’s County requires NFPA701 Standard for Tents(PGFD Requirements-Fairgrounds, Festivals, and Special Events document 072316). The Hyattsville CDC has purchased Tents (Model #22596/ 22586 & #22700). These tents are NFPA 701 Compliant (ShelterLogic website and testing document) as well as CPAI-84 Compliant.
Important Application Dates:
- Online applications – Opened on May 1, and closed July, 2023
- Receive notification of acceptance – July 14 – July 19, 2023
- Submit Booth Participation Fee, with confirming paperwork and tent certification confirmation – July 28, 2023