APPLICATION DEADLINE: FRIDAY, JULY 21st, 2017
In its 43rd 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.
will be held in downtown Durham on:
September 16 - 6 a.m. - 9 a.m. (Set-up), 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (Festival Hours)
Sunday, September 17 - 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. (Set-up), 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Festival Hours)
We invite you to
sell specialty items or services which would not qualify for the festival in
the traditional categories. Craft
Activities for children that require a fee generally do not qualify because we
offer free craft activities for children as part of the Kids Zone. T-Shirt sales are also prohibited.
* New! Vendor Registration
As of 2014 North
Carolina has a mandatory registration for all festival vendors. All
vendors must supply DAC with their NC vendor registration and have a
copy on hand at their booth. Registration is free. You can find more
information at: http://www.dornc.com/electronic/registration/index.html
· Souvenirs- Items that are inexpensive, fun and which enrich peoples’ experience at
the festival (ex. Sunglasses, hats, fans, etc.) These items CANNOT display
any corporate logos or sponsor brand identification.
· Visual Arts
Services- Services such as face painting, henna,
All operations must
fit in a 10’x10’ booth space.
Please ensure that
the enclosed application is accurately and completely filled out and that a
photograph of your booth in operation is uploaded. Vendors who do not submit
a photo of their booth setup will NOT be considered, regardless of any prior
affiliation with CenterFest. Vendors
will be selected based on booth image, appearance of items described on their
application and appropriateness for the festival. CenterFest staff makes selections and all
decisions are final. Acceptance to past
CenterFest shows does not guarantee acceptance to the show each year.
must submit a $25 processing fee. This
fee is non-refundable.
In addition to the cost
of booth space, we also require a $50 refundable cleaning deposit check for each site.
Please submit the deposit with your application at the link provided. CenterFest will refund your
deposit amount following the event
provided you adhere to all rules and regulations or if you are not accepted to
exhibit at CenterFest. Applications
submitted without a deposit will not be considered. You will be notified of your acceptance by
August 4, 2017.
The space fee is $250, processing fee of $25, and cleaning deposit of $50, for a total of $325.00 that will be due in full with your application by July 21, 2017. The space fee
and deposit will be refunded to you if you are not accepted to exhibit at CenterFest.
All application fees must be paid online via ETIX at the link provided:http://www.etix.com/ticket/p/8608576/2017-centerfest-novelty-application--durham-durham-arts-councildurham-art-walk
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
120 Morris Street
Durham, NC 27701
$250 - Novelty Vendor Booth Space (required)
$50 - Cleaning Deposit (refundable)
$25 - Processing Fee (required, non-refundable)
$60 - Electricity hook-up (if electricity is required for your booth. Generators NOT allowed)
You will be
notified of your acceptance by August 4, 2017. If accepted you will receive a
contract. Your contract and a copy of
your organizations certificate of insurance will be due by August 22, 2017. Please
be aware that if you are accepted to the festival and do not return your
contract by August 22, 2017, or notify the CenterFest office of your inability
to participate by the same date, you will forfeit your deposit fee.
- All vehicles MUST be removed from the
festival site area by 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16 and by 10 a.m. on
Sunday, Sept. 17. Items may be carried to booths after these times.
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
is a “rain or shine” event; no rain dates! Participants should be
prepared to continue in the case of light rain. In the case
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