Ends on July 8, 2019


In its 45th year, CenterFest is the longest running outdoor juried arts festival in North Carolina. Located in Durham's lively Downtown district, the event is a favorite among visual artists, performing artists, and visitors. DAC's expanded marketing campaign, with support from the Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau, Downtown Durham Inc., and fantastic media sponsors will continue to build regional response to this exciting event. Annual attendance at the festival averages 30,000 guests.

CenterFest will be held in downtown Durham on:
Saturday, September 21 - 6 a.m. - 9 a.m. (Set-up), 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (Festival Hours)
Sunday, September 22 - 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. (Set-up), 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Festival Hours)  

Political Parties and Political Candidates can rent booth space for their organization. Parties can rent as many tents, chairs, and tables as needed (fee schedule on next page), or they can bring their own equipment.

  • All individual political candidates are encouraged to participate in CenterFest by either:


  1. renting a booth space on your own;
  2. if the candidate is affiliated with a political party which is renting a booth, candidate may request space within the party’s tent from the party coordinator.



  • Booth spaces are available on the streets throughout the festival site. Placement within these parameters will be decided by the CenterFest Committee.
  • Items permitted for sale in booths located within the festival  include rummage items and specialty items (hats, stickers, etc.). 
  • Food/beverage sales, including home-baked items, are NOT permited.  Food/beverage items may not be given away. CenterFest retains exclusive  vending rights for beverages.
  • CenterFest souvenir items may not be sold or given away.  CenterFest retains exclusive vending rights for souvenir items, face  painting, and T-shirts. 
  • Arts and Crafts sales are prohibited.
  • Information about Political Parties/Candidates, or voter registration may be freely distributed to festival participants but only from within your actual booth space. Distribution of information outside of your booth space or in any festival thoroughfare is strictly prohibited. Failure to comply will  result in the participant being asked to leave the festival.
  • Organizations must participate on both days of the festival. If booth is abandoned, it will be shut down.
  • Sound level of music, if applicable and which must be approved by the CenterFest Committee, must be contained to booth area.
  • All booth spaces are 10’ wide and 10’ deep. Double booth spaces may be available. All equipment and supplies must be contained within the dimensions of the space. Nothing may be hung on trees or affixed to building structures in such a way as to damage the surfaces.
  • All units must be of sound construction and must not obstruct others. You and your volunteers are responsible for securing your space overnight.
  • All sales and activity prices are subject to review and must be approved in advance of the Festival.


Political Party Booth fees do NOT include tents, tables or chairs. They are available to rent at an additional cost. Parties or Candidates can rent as many tents, chairs, and tables as needed (fee schedule below). Please plan to bring your own if you are not renting through DAC. Tents are set on asphalt. Be sure to bring appropriate weights to anchor each leg.

All application fees must be paid online via ETIX at the link provided:  
The link will also be provided in the confirmation email you will receive after you  submit your application. You can use this link to pay.  

  • If you prefer to pay by check, please mail your check made payable to the Durham Arts Council, Inc. with your online application email confirmation to:

 Durham Arts Council
CenterFest Office
120 Morris Street
Durham, NC 27701

All fees are deposited upon receipt. Groups will be notified by July 26th of their application status. If an organization is not accepted, booth and rental fees will be refunded at this time if applicable.

  • Applications are due no later than July 8th to be considered for CenterFest 2019.
  • All cancellations for participation must be received in writing by August 23rd for a full refund of booth and rental fees.

$205.00 - Political Booth Space
$25.00 - Processing Fee (all applicants must submit the processing fee. The fee is non-refundable)

$250.00 - 10 x 10 tent rental (delivered & assembled)
$75.00 - Electrical hook up
$25.00 - Table + 2 chairs  


  • All vehicles MUST be removed from the festival site area by 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21 and by 10 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22. Items may be carried to booths after these times.
  • Uniformed security, CenterFest staff and volunteers will be on site during festival hours. Limited security will be available on Saturday night. However, you are strongly encouraged to remove valuable property and lock down vending areas. Durham Arts Council assumes no responsibility for theft, loss, or damage to any signage, product, display equipment or property.

CenterFest is a “rain or shine” event; no rain dates! Participants should be prepared to continue in the case of light rain. In the case of heavy rain, the CenterFest Committee will consider electrical hazards, logistical requirements, concessionaires’ needs, and the requirements of performing artists in making any decision about suspension or cancellation of any part or all of the Festival. No refunds will be made due to inclement weather or a participant’s decision to leave before the end.