Downtown Springfield Association

Congratulations on being selected as one of our featured artists or crafters at the 2021 Cider Days on Historic Walnut Street! This landing page will have all the resources you need to plan your weekend Sept. 18 & 19 in Springfield, Missouri. Below you will find everything from housing details and local amenities to tips on booth set up 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. – 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 18
  • 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 19

ARTIST CHECK-IN:

When you arrive on Friday, Sept. 17, please enter from the west side of Walnut street and check in at Walnut Street Inn (900 East Walnut St., at the intersection of John Q. Hammons Parkway & Walnut) before you enter the street. You MUST check in at the Walnut Street Inn with event staff before setting up. Traffic is one way and must move from west to east. We will be doing set up in three waves this year.

  • Set-up times will be given with booth numbers, but below are the time slots:
    • First wave: 1 – 3 p.m.
    • Second wave: 3 – 5 p.m.
    • Third wave: 5 – 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 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 17. This will be strictly enforced for safety reasons.

Booth assignments will be sent on Sept. 3.

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? Good news! We’ve partnered with the University Plaza to get you a discounted room rate of $109. Simply call at 417-864-7333 and request the 2021 Cider Days Block. Rooms are first-come, first-served and need to be booked ASAP!

Where to Stay

Parking

Parking will be available for each artist’s car, van or truck in Missouri State University parking lots #39 and #51, located on Walnut East of Kimbrough. Please refer to the enclosed map for a general vicinity of these lots. Off-street parking outside the festival grounds is also available for those located towards the east end of the festival.

Getting Around

Dining

Historic Walnut Street is conveniently located by Downtown Springfield, home of many local restaurants.

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

Dining Downtown

How to Get Your Licence with the City

All artists must be licensed with the city of Springfield. To do so, fill out the form found here: www.springfieldmo.gov/businesslicense.

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

Finished applications can be submitted online or they can be printed and mailed or taken to the City. If submitted online or faxed to the city, one of the front office staff from the City will call for a credit card payment by phone. Call ahead if paying in person. Hours may vary.

Also here is 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 their office. Call ahead if applying in person, as hours may vary.

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 Cider Days

Each year, Cider Days 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 patrons of all backgrounds. 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 Cider Days Sept. 18 & 19! Consider sending an eblast to all your customers, posting on social media and sending a press release.