Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts
August 28 & 29, 2021 - Buffalo, NY
Always held the weekend before Labor Day weekend
The Festival is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization
Application deadline is June 1st, 2021
We have decided to begin the preliminary planning for the event. The end of August is a long way off. We don’t know if the State of New York will let us have the event or if we will deem it safe for our artists, staff and volunteers. We will not collect booth fees until we are very confident the festival will take place. If the festival has to be cancelled, you will have the option to carry over your application fee and application to 2022 or to get a refund.
If you applied for 2020 and did not request an application fee refund, your application has been rolled over to 2021. You do not need to reapply.
Important: Please read all information below, particularly the section on Digital Image submission, before clicking the link at the bottom of the page to submit your application.
Show Hours | Location | Mission and Goals | Attendance | Booth Space | Sales Tax | Artist's Participation | Standards | Application | Fees | Digital Images | Jury Process | Notification
Saturday, August 29 10am-6pm
The Festival will be held on Elmwood
Avenue between West Ferry Street
and St. James Pl., in the heart of Buffalo’s premier neighborhood.
The Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts mission is to foster growth in and awareness of Western New York’s artistic and cultural treasures and improve the fabric of our unique urban environment. We strive to accomplish our mission in an environmentally sustainable manner.
The goals of the Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts are: 1) to give regional artists, craftspeople, musicians, arts organizations and community groups a family oriented venue in which to present their work, and to help foster the creation and growth of these grassroots enterprises; 2) create a children’s festival that celebrates and educates through the Arts. Offering hands -on art projects, some collaborative, that will bring together children of all ages, backgrounds and abilities; 3) Commission and fund public art, fund tree plantings and other beautification projects; 4) Create an environmentally sustainable event; 4) Highlight the richness of Buffalo, the Elmwood Avenue Village and its stores, restaurants and people.
We plan on accomplishing this by seeking out regional artists and developing marketplaces for them in cooperation with our volunteers, community groups, neighborhood businesses, regional arts organizations, galleries, colleges and universities and our sponsors. We feel that providing such a venue is an economic development tool for the neighborhood, city, region and state.
The nineteenth annual Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts was held on August 24th and 25th and attracted an enthusiastic shopping crowd of 100,000 people.
All booth spaces are 10’ x 15’. An attempt will be made to accommodate special requests in the order they are received. The Festival tries very hard to make every space a good space.
Each exhibitor is responsible for collecting 8.75% New York State sales tax. For information, contact: NY State Department of Taxation & Finance; calls from within NY State 800-225-5829; calls from outside NY State 518-485-6800.
The Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts is a juried show open to all artists and craftspeople. One of the festival goals is to encourage regional artists and craftspeople. To accomplish this we award one point in the jury scoring to Erie County and New York State residents. Participating artists must be present for the entire festival. No agents, dealers or representatives will be permitted. Photo identification may be required. All artists must supply their own booth, tables and chairs and are responsible for their safe set-up. Only one artist or artist partnership per application. Artist partnership applicants are permitted; no more than two artist partners per application. Partners are considered two artists who work on the same completed pieces. All work should be original and made by the artist, not manufactured. No "buy and sell" work will be permitted.
All work displayed must be consistent with images submitted. The Festival will have on-site jurors to insure compliance during the festival. Work not consistent with the images will be required to be removed. Jurors will use the following guidelines in selecting eligible participants. "Whether one of a kind or produced in quantity, all work should reflect excellence of design and craftsmanship. Work should be well conceived, expertly executed, and show a creative identity of design." All submissions will be juried, but the Festival Committee reserves the right and responsibility to make final determinations as to the suitability of all work for inclusion into the show and the right to remove specific items or entire displays if deemed necessary.
Tee shirts and other imprinted clothing must be printed by the artist with their original artwork. There is no clothing accepted imprinted with the words "Buffalo" or "Elmwood". There is no clothing accepted with images of a Buffalo or Buffalo landmarks.
Jewelry must be juried. If you plan on displaying jewelry you must submit an application in the jewelry category. If any artists are seen displaying jewelry, that has not been juried in to the show, they will be excluded from future shows. There will be no second chances regarding this rule.
Click here to complete the application. Applications must be submitted online by June 1st, 2021, and include:
One application must be completed for each medium to be displayed. An artist wishing to display work in more than one medium must submit a separate application, images, and jury fee. Only one booth fee is required. Applications submitted after June 1st, 2021 will not be accepted. The Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts, Inc. reserves the right to refuse any application. The Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts, Inc. reserves the right to use any of your images submitted with this application and/or your name, business name and any images of your participation in the Festival for any publicity needs.
Application Fee: $25-Non-refundable, for each medium applied in. Will be billed to your credit card.
All work to be exhibited must be represented in your images.
The jury will be composed of local arts & crafts professionals. All four digital images will be viewed simultaneously.
Notifications will be mailed by June 15th, 2021. Cancellations must be made by July 1st, 2021 to have booth fee refunded.
170 Artists and Craftspeople
5 Tents with hands-on arts and crafts - run by artists
MUSIC and DANCE
3 Stages with continuous performances
Interactive, informative, and transformative
The Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts mission is to foster growth in and awareness of Western New York’s artistic and cultural treasures and improve the fabric of our unique urban environment in an environmentally sound manner.
The Goals of the Elmwood Avenue Festival of the arts are: