Artsfest Applications Now Open

by Springfield Regional Arts Council

Artsfest on Historic Walnut Street, on May 4th & 5th, 2019, is now accepting applications for performers, food vendors, non-profit booth spaces, live artists, and volunteers.

Thirty-nine years strong, Artsfest on Walnut Street is one of the largest outdoor festivals in Southwest Missouri, attracting over 20,000 patrons annually. Featuring 120+ artists from across the country, live performances, and delicious food, this has become a Springfield tradition not to be missed.

Application deadlines are due March 1, 2019. For more information on all applications, visit, or keep reading below.

To apply as a PERFORMER: Performances will be showcased at Artsfest throughout the festival on four different stages. If accepted into the festival, performers will be notified of the stage assignment and performance times. All performing groups will be offered a $50 honorarium. Honorariums will not be paid for performances that are canceled due to weather.

New this year will be spoken-word performances, such as poetry readings, storytelling, and podcasting, held at Pagination Bookshop. To be eligible, it requires a separate performance application.

To learn more and apply, visit

To apply as a FOOD VENDOR:  Requirements include a booth space fee and temporary food permit. Learn more and apply here:

To apply as a LIVE ARTIST (different from an exhibiting artist): Accepted artists will be provided a 3’x3’ panel and $50 honorarium for supplies. Artists are required to be on-site throughout the weekend if accepted. To learn more and apply:

To apply as a NON-PROFIT BOOTH: Non-profits can have a booth space to promote their organization and have a hands-on activity. No sales are allowed at these booths. To learn more and apply:

To apply as a VOLUNTEER: Artsfest is a huge success each year because of its volunteers. Seeking help at the entrance gates, selling drinks at the Coke stands, and assisting artists are all roles needed filled. To learn more an apply:

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