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Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQs

We do not have a printed copy of all events because it is not an efficient way to present the information. You will ultimately only be interested in a small percentage of the 26,000+ events that we list.

However, with level 2 access you can create your own "booklet" of events to take with you on the road. As you search for and find events of interest, you can add those to "My List." Then, select the "Print My List" option to print your own personalized booklet of events.
    Here is an example:
  • To quickly create a list of events in Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina that are 200 miles from Tallahassee, FL.
  • Use the State drop-down list and the Zip Code Radius Search.
  • Put 200 miles in the distance (or however far you travel) and your zip in the zip code box (32308 for this example).
  • Then pick a state in the State drop-down list (choose AL for this example).
  • Click "Search to View Events" and then click "Add All Events to My List".
  • Next click your Back button twice and change the state (for this example pick SC) and search again.
  • Now, again click "Add All Events to My List" and click your Back button twice.
  • Change the state (for this example pick GA), search again and click "Add All Events to My List."
  • Then simply click "Print My List," staple those sheets together and away you go!
Be sure to NOT add other search options as you will limit your search results. If there is something specific you know you want, like juried shows only, you might add a single additional option like that.

In "Modify Profile," you can choose to opt in or remove yourself from the FestBiz Directory.

You edit your listing in 2 places: In "Account Details" which is linked on the right in your "My Account" area (this section controls which of your contact information is displayed in your listing) and in "Modify Profile" which manages your business information.

General FAQs, Member FAQs

In Pro Search, after the number of entertainment stages, you will see abbreviations of specific genres of entertainment that event is seeking.

Level of entertainment:
I = International, N = National, R = Regional, L = Local

Types of music:
AL = alternative
AM = americana
BC = beach
BG = bluegrass
BL = blues
CL = classical/symphony
CH = children's
CR = christian
CY = country
CZ = cajun/zydeco
EL = electronic
ET = ethnic
EX = experimental
FK = folk
FU = funk
GP = gospel
JM = jam
JZ = jazz
LN = latin
ME = metal
NA = new age
OP = opera
OT = old-time
RA = ragtime
RB = rhythm & blues/soul
RG = reggae
RK = rock
RO = rockabilly
RP = rap
RT = roots
SO = soul
SP = spoken Word
SW = swing
TC = dj/dance/techno
TF = top forty/pop
WL = world

To find events that allow commercial items, try ALL of these.
  • In "Pro Search" select "commercial/retail" for "what booths are allowed" in the Exhibitors section (but keep the default settings for all other options like "juried" or "entertainment." It is OK to add the zip code radius option.)
  • Next try "corp./information" for "what booths are allowed" and again keep the default settings for all other related options.
  • Then try "craft" for "what booths are allowed" and select "non juried" and keep all other default settings. These events will sometimes allow commercial vendors.
  • Also try selecting "non juried" while keeping the default settings for all other related options, including "no preference" for "what booths are allowed."
  • Try putting the word "commercial" in the key word search. Keep in mind, a key word search looks for that word if it appears anywhere in the event information (i.e. event name, location, description, what is allowed...).
It is always better to select FEWER search options to improve your search results.

Don't rule out an event unless it is clearly 100% juried and/or 100% fine art and/or fine craft, check with each event to know for sure. Many events say art/craft, but allow some "commercial" items. Always check with an event to verify what they DO or DO NOT allow. It never hurts to ask!

Member FAQs

You must have an account on our website to rate shows and/or promoters. If you are not a FN Member, you may become a basic member for free and then rate shows. Click the join link at the top of our site. Basic members may rate shows however to view individual ratings and comments, you must have a Pro account.

If you have an account, make sure you are logged in and from the tabs at the top, select "Events" and "Pro Search". Or from My Account, click "Find Events". Submit your search and in the results you will see ratings in the upper right corner of each event, along with links to add ratings. To find a specific show, use the "Key Word" field in the bottom left corner of Pro Search.

You will need to read and agree to the Rating Guidelines, available in the ratings form, to submit a rating. Click here to view our rating guidelines.

Also, check out this Rate Events page for events that have happened recently! You can sort by month and state to easily locate events and click directly to the rating form. Tip! Bookmark that page for easy access later!

Festival/Promoters FAQs

You can upload a unique image to accompany each event. The upload image option is in the top right corner of the 'edit event' form. Head over to "Manage My Events" to get started. Be sure your event photo is at least 320 pixels wide.

To change or edit a previously uploaded image, click 'change image' in the event 'edit event' form. After image changes be sure to click 'save changes' at the bottom of the 'edit event' form.

Keep in mind once you have added a profile image, that will show with your events until you add a separate event image. If you add an image to one event and not others, the profile image will appear with events that have no event image added. Viewers will be able to see both your event photo and your profile image, once both are added. If you have not added a profile image or event image, one of our default images will show with your event. You can upload a profile pic in Modify Profile.

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