March 24 & 25
Cedar Key, Florida
Presented By: Cedar Key Arts Center
Deadline: November 15
Application Fee: $25 Booth Fee: $175
Cedar Key, a picturesque island community in the center of Florida's Nature Coast two hours north of Tampa, has been hosting a Spring Arts Festival since 1964. Returning to a smaller venue of 120 fine artists in 2014 and allowing space between booths, along with artist demonstrations, encouraged artists and art enthusiasts to engage and created a welcoming environment for all resulting in high artist satisfaction ratings.
The weekend of March 24 & 25 was chosen this year in order to catch the Florida "snow-birds" and to be the first in a series of North Florida Fine Art shows followed in April by Gainesville and Tampa. Attendance in March was noted to be significantly higher than April in the recent past (27,000 vs 20,000).
If you are looking for a high quality festival in a relaxed atmosphere, with top-notch hospitality surrounded by nature's beauty, then the Old Florida Celebration of the Arts is for you.
* Named one of the Top 10 Best Art Fairs in America in 2016 in a survey by ArtFairCalendar.com
* 120 juried artists and artisans
* $18,000 in Prizes and Purchase Awards
* All booths on Historic 2nd St open 10-5 Sat & 10-4 Sun.
* Complimentary Breakfasts
* Artist Reception and Awards Ceremony
* Booth sitters and friendly volunteers
* Friday evening or Saturday morning drive-in set-up
* Music, Local Seafood, Homemade Goodies & Kids Activities in nearby Beachfront City Park.
The marketing budget has doubled in the last five years. In addition to grant funding from the Levy County Visitors Bureau which supports TV and Radio (NPR & regional stations) advertising across the state from the Tampa to Tallahassee, the event advertises in numerous local and regional magazines & newspapers. The event and its artists are promoted through Facebook, the event website and direct email communications.
Comments from the 2017 Survey Monkey Artist Survey:
"Really loved how much effort you all put into taking care of the artist! Love the show. Thank you for everything!"
"You did an incredible job I have never been so stress free when preparing for a show-cudos to your team and thank you."
"The towns on board for the festival. Feels like the shows used to be. Friendly and low key. Thanks a bunch."
"Unlike many other shows, you have managed to keep the focus on the art instead of making us a side show. This is hugely important and cannot be understated. Thank you for doing this. Your hard work matters."
"You take excellent care of the artists, it's very well organized and you bring in the buyers. What more could one ask for?"
"I loved everything about it!"