Artists FAQs

What time is registration?

3:30 pm in front of the Welcome Center on Section Street in downtown Fairhope. Please park away from downtown merchants as they will be conducting business until 5 pm on Thursday.

What time can I set up?

You can setup on Thursday after the festival streets are COMPLETELY CLEARED of all vehicles. The streets will close at 5 pm and the police will open them when the streets are clear for artists to come in and set up - probably close to 6:00 pm.

You cannot park anywhere within the festival prior to set up on Thursday and you cannot begin unloading or setting up until the Fairhope Police Department gives the all clear. If you try to come in early, you will be asked to leave and this will put you at the end of the line.

You MUST have your parking decal on your dashboard to be allowed past the barricades.

What is my booth number?

The pre-assigned booth numbers will be sent to the artists prior to the festival by the committee. Please bring your forms that were emailed with you to registration along with your ID.

I'm coming in after registration is over, what do I do?

No problem, you have received both your booth number and a copy of the festival map in emails from the committee. Please come to The Welcome Center on Friday morning for breakfast and you can check in there. There will be a table set up outside the Welcome Center.

RV Parking

This is a first come basis. There is parking on Summit Street which is located behind the old Fairhope K-1 Center for artists and food vendors. Space is very limited, and you must have your parking decal on display and include your name and phone number. There are several RV parks or hotels in the area if you need additional places to park and stay.

Can I set up in the morning?

YES. You will not be able to pull your vehicle on the streets on Friday but you can load in early on Friday morning. Be sure to go by The Welcome Center to pick up your registration packet.

Please be aware that your booth must be ready Friday morning by 9 a.m. for judges review.

Who can I contact if I have questions during the festival?

The Artist Hospitality volunteers are available to help you during the festival. If you have a question or request, you can call the Festival phone number (251) 229-1874.

Your question or request will be relayed to a Artist Hospitality volunteer.

You may receive a call or text reply from a number other than the festival phone. Be sure to check the text messages from unknown contacts.

What is the jury process?

Judging will take place on Friday starting at 9am. Make sure your setup is completed and that the provided placard with your booth number is clearly visible.

Three judges will come by during the day to evaluate your booth. Each judge will place a checkmark on the booth placard so you will know they have visited in case you are busy or away.

The judges will only be able to spend a short time at each booth because they have a lot of ground to cover in the time allowed for judging. We want to be fair to all booths and give each a equal time.

When is the Awards Dinner?

The Award's Dinner is Friday night immediately following the close of the Festival at the Fairhope Civic Center located at 161 N. Section Street. Each artist receives one ticket and additional tickets can be purchased when paying for booth or at registration.