Applications are closed for 2016.
The deadline to apply was March 31, 2016.
We don’t have a wait list. Notifications of acceptance will be sent around May 15.

Please come back in late 2016 to apply to show at our 2017 fest!


We use Zapplication for our artist applications.
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2016 fest dates: August 27 & 28

Application Fees: You will be charged a one-time, non-refundable fee of $35 to submit your application. The deadline is March 31 each year.

Booth Fees: If accepted by our jury, the fees are $300 per 10×10 booth & $200 for seniors (60 & over). We also collect a $25 City of Chicago Vendor Fee which we pay before the fest on your behalf. With no paid staff & little to no annual overhead costs, we are able to keep booth fees low so that we can offer opportunities to a greater number of artists who may not show at other art fairs. A registered non-profit, all proceeds from the fest go to fund, develop & support arts education in local classrooms & at Holstein Park.

Please see more information below.

Are you an accepted artist looking for more info? 
Read more info for accepted artists


Who We Are
We are the Bucktown Arts Fest, a community tradition for more than 30 years. We are also unique as an all-volunteer run fest, where all proceeds go to fund arts education at our local Holstein park and in neighborhood schools. see what we fund

Please add to your address book to ensure you get our occasional reminders and communications emails – including notices of acceptance or rejection and invoices. (Adding will hopefully keep us from getting caught in your spam filter.)

Artists Only
Our booth spaces are available only to individual artists who are present at the fest to sell and represent their handmade works. Artists must be juried in. Our jury is made up of artists, art professionals and senior members of the fest.

Mediums accepted are photography, painting, sculpture, prints, ceramics, textiles, wood, glass, metal and jewelry, including precious metal and gemstone jewelry. All work must be original, hand-made by the artist and available for sale. Submission of images of your work indicates your consent to their reproduction for use in the program and/or other promotional materials.

Using Zapplication
New users will need to register with the Zapplication site using your email address and a password of your choosing. Next, log in to Zapplication and follow the step-by-step instructions to create your application. You will also be required to upload up to 5 images of your artwork for the jurying process.  Please make sure your files do not exceed 5 MB in size.

How to Solve Technical Issues
First, you might try visiting the Zapp Help Center. There are lots of answers there! If you can’t find what you’re looking for,

       Contact the event to which you are applying if you:

  • Need to edit an application you already submitted
  • Need to speak with someone about deadline dates and/or flexibility
  • Would like to request a refund
  • Need information about the event’s jury process, dates for notification and/or jury results
  • Have questions about the status of your application
  • Have questions about application requirements and general event policies

Each event using ZAPP® has its own policies and procedures for event management. When artists have questions about application protocol, fees, requirements, deadlines, or most other issues, the event administrator should be contacted

     Contact a member of the ZAPP® team if you:

  • Experience technical issues during the application or checkout process
  • Are unable to upload or format your images
  • Encounter any error messages or bugs you would like to report
  • Want to disable your ZAPP® user profile
  • Are unable to navigate the ZAPP® site
  • Have suggestions for system enhancements



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