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Call for Artists: Q-FEST Juried Arts Festival

June 22-24
Quincy, Illinois
Downtown in Washington Park
55 Artists
Deadline: January 28

Application Fee: $20; Booth Fee: $100

This outdoor arts festival is located in historic Washington Park in downtown Quincy, Illinois, which sits on the banks of the Mississippi River. Quincy is a vibrant arts community of 40,000 and the commercial center of the tri-state region of west-central Illinois, southeast Iowa, and northeast Missouri with a
population of over 300,000.

Artist booths are located on flat ground in the park on the grass facing the sidewalk. Ample nearby parking is available at no cost. Electricity is available at no extra charge on a first come, first-serve basis. Most booths are within 50-100 feet of an electrical outlet.
Q-FEST (previously Midsummer Arts Faire) is kicking it up a notch and expanding its fine art focus to also include makers of one-of- a-kind items who may not necessarily identify with the fine art label. All interested artists/makers must apply and will be subject to the jury process. Approximately 50-60 artists will be accepted to display and sell their work throughout the weekend. Original painting, photography, jewelry, mixed media, sculpture, glass, ceramics, fiber and more will be available at a variety of price points.

More Entertainment = More Art Patrons
We're back to the fourth weekend in June for 2018! And that means we share the park with the ever popular Blues in the District concert when Q-FEST opens Friday, June 22. Blues in the District is a Quincy favorite, sure to draw a crowd.

Extensive marketing takes place in and around the Quincy market including thousands of dollars in print, TV, radio and social media advertising and everything else!

We provide above-and- beyond hospitality for our artists! We also give $5,000 in artists' awards including a $1,000 best of show award and we pre-sell art bucks. These art bucks may be used to purchase artwork from any participating artist, and artists are reimbursed for the full face value. All sponsors receive art bucks based on their level of giving, so this cash is ready to be spent on art!


  • "I really enjoyed this event. Volunteers, fellow artists, visitors... all were a joy to be around."  2017 Participating Artist
  • "Ive heard many stories of people purchasing art and gifting it or keep it guiltily for themselves."
  • "Thank you for bringing this wonderful event to our community!"  Art Patron
  • "Love the Midsummer Arts Faire (now Q-Fest). Plan my summer vacation so I can attend...Thank you to all the artist and craftsmen who come to Quincy."  

Contact: Megan Backs      (217) 779-2285

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