Downtown Springfield Association

Congratulations on being selected as one of our 115 featured artists at the 2021 Artsfest on Historic Walnut Street! This landing page will have all the resources you need to plan your weekend, May 1 & 2, in Springfield, Missouri. Below you will find everything from housing details and local amenities to tips on booth setup and pricing strategies. We will keep this page as up-to-date as possible, so we recommend bookmarking the link for reference later.

Remember, Artsfest on Walnut Street 2021 show hours are:

  • 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday, May 1
  • 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday, May 2

ARTIST CHECK-IN:

When you arrive on Friday, April 30, please enter from the west side of Walnut Street, off of Kimbrough, and check-in at Walnut Street Inn at 900 East Walnut St. (at the intersection of JQH & Walnut) before you enter the street. Traffic is one way and must move from west to east. We will be doing set up in three waves this year. You will find out your wave when you find out your booth number in April.

    1. Booths 1-80: WAVE ONE (noon to 3 p.m.)
    2. Booths 94-160: WAVE TWO (3 p.m. to 5 p.m.)
    3. Food vendors and non-profits: WAVE THREE (5 p.m.-7 p.m.)

Condo wall exhibitors set their tents up in the street; all other exhibitors set their tents up on the sidewalk. You may drive to your assigned area to unload, but after unloading, please remove your vehicle from the street. Due to festival set-up, artists will not be allowed on Walnut Street to start setting-up prior to noon on Friday, April 30. This will be strictly enforced for safety reasons.

Planning your trip to Springfield

We hope you enjoy your stay in Springfield, Missouri, home of cashew chicken, Askinosie Chocolate and the Wonders of Wildlife Museum. Below are some resources as you plan your lodging, transportation and dining.

Housing

Are you an out-of-town artist? We have an artist block with the University Plaza. There are still rooms available, but they are limited so don’t delay in booking. The room rate is $96 and is available April 30-May 2. Click on this link to book your room, or call 417-864-7333 and use the code Artsfest21 for your special rate. Rooms must be booked by 5 p.m. April 13 to get this rate. Lodging alternatives are: Hotel Vandivort, Tru by Hilton, AirBnb, TownePlaceSuites, Vib Hotel or Best Western Route 66.

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Parking

Parking will be available for each artist’s car, van or truck in Missouri State University parking lots 51 and 39 off of Kimbrough and Walnut. Lot 51 is on the south side of Walnut and 39 is on the north side of Walnut. Off-street parking outside the festival grounds is also available for those located towards the east end of the festival.

Getting Around

Dining

While breakfast and lunch will be provided Saturday and Sunday, it never hurts to start planning your dinners. See all the nearby downtown dining options by clicking below.

Explore Dining

How to Get Your License with the City of Springfield

All artists must be licensed with the city of Springfield. To do so, fill out the form found at www.springfieldmo.gov/businesslicense. Click on Business License Application in the menu bar on the left side of the screen.

Then select the application labeled: Group show, craft fair, farmers market participants only (Group Sales Event Application).

Finished applications can be submitted online, be printed and mailed, delivered in-person to the License Division, or faxed to the city. A member of their front office staff will call you for credit card payment by phone.

Click here for the Special Notice to Temporary Vendors with details about the state’s sales tax collection requirements.

Contact the License Division
If you would like to apply in person for a business license, or if you wish to speak with a member of the License Division, please call, or visit the licensing office.

Contact Information:
License Division
840 N. Boonville Avenue
PO Box 8368
Springfield, MO 65801

Phone:  417-864-1617
Fax:  417-864-2042
Email:  licensing@springfieldmo.gov

Tips for Optimizing Your Sales at Artsfest

Each year, Artsfest on Historic Walnut Street entertains about 20,000 visitors from Springfield and the surrounding areas. How can you ensure your art stands out and you close the deals? Below are some resources to consider.

Setting Up Your Booth

Artists are responsible for their own booth set up, including tent, tables and chairs. Since Artsfest takes place on an historic street, we also ask that you cover the grass to protect it.

For more tips on booth displays, check out the below video.

Arts Booth Video

Deciding What to Sell

It’s important to have a variety of price points to appeal to art patrons of all backgrounds. Prints are allowed and recommended at this show. For more information on strategies for what art to bring, read the below article.

Pricing Tips

Getting the Word Out

Be sure your customers know that you will be at Artsfest on May 1 & 2! Consider sending an eblast to all your customers, posting on social media and sending a press release.

Look for our social media toolkit to promote your participation at Artsfest when booth assignments go out in April.

Coming Soon

Artsfest will be providing an Art Cart to help customers get bigger pieces of art to their car. Feel free to offer this up to customers.


New Incentives to Drive Art Sales

If a customer presents you with the pictured gift certificate, follow the below instructions:
  1. Do NOT accept it if you are a food vendor. This is only for art purchased at Artsfest.
  2. Do NOT accept gift certificates without the Springfield Regional Arts Council gold seal–that shows it has been paid for.
  3. Treat it like a $25 bill. If the customer’s total is less than $25, please give them cash back. Please do not subtract the total from the Art Bucks and hand it back to the customer.
  4. To redeem, visit the Information Booth across from the artist hospitality house. For every gift certificate you return, you will receive $25 in cash.
Artsfest on Historic Walnut Street is dedicated to art patronage. Thank you for participating in our event!