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Your Ultimate Guide To Travel Festival Safety

posted February 23, 2024   category » Inspiration
Your Ultimate Guide To Travel Festival Safety

By prioritizing safety on the journey to your next festival, you can prevent potential travel disruptions, minimize the risk of accidents or delays, and navigate unexpected challenges with ease, allowing you to fully embrace the festival experience without any setbacks. So, whether you're driving or flying, prioritizing safety ensures that your journey to the festival is smooth and worry-free, allowing you to focus on the excitement and anticipation of the event rather than worrying about unforeseen obstacles along the way. With safety as your guide, you can embark on your festival adventure with confidence and peace of mind.

 

Sponsored Call for Artists: March Deadlines from Pacific Fine Arts Festivals

posted February 13, 2024   category » Event Highlights



Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival

Fine Arts & Fine Crafts
DEADLINE: MARCH 11, 2024
July 13 & 14, 2024
Main & State Streets, Los Altos Village
Los Altos, CA




Palo Alto Festival of the Arts


Fine Arts & Fine Crafts
DEADLINE: MARCH 11, 2024
August 24 & 25, 2024
University Ave between High and Webster Streets, Palo Alto, CA



* March 11th is the second of our event applications' deadlines. We do accept applications after deadlines for waiting list consideration. Note: late applications are considered after the selection process has occurred and event participants are chosen. If your work is a good fit for your requested event and space remains available in your medium, your work will be accepted, otherwise, it will be considered for the waiting list.

Why ID Tags Can Enhance the Festival Experience

posted February 5, 2024   category » Event Promoter Tips
Why ID Tags Can Enhance the Festival Experience

When it comes to events, arguably the most groundbreaking technology over the past few years has been that of the RFID tag or bracelet. At festivals and other big events, bracelets were once used simply to indicate that customers had paid their ticket and had therefore garnered access to the event. Today, however, high-tech tags and events are serving a host of additional purposes. To understand why high-tech tags are upping the festival experience for organizers and attendees alike, read on.

Negotiation Skills for Artists: Contracts, Rates, and Professional Agreements

posted January 26, 2024   category » Artist Resources
Negotiation Skills for Artists: Contracts, Rates, and Professional Agreements

As a creative soul, your instinct might be to channel all your energy into your art, but acquiring negotiation skills for artists is equally important. This skill set is essential for advocating the worth of your work and navigating the complexities of professional agreements. So, let's explore how these skills can elevate your artistic career and help you maximize success in booking events.

Knowing the Value of Your Art

Understanding the value of your art is the most important step that comes before any negotiations and agreements. It involves so much more than just slapping a price tag on your masterpiece. Here's how to determine your art's value:

Tips For Event Organizers To Avoid Festival Ticketing Scams

posted January 19, 2024
Tips For Event Organizers To Avoid Festival Ticketing Scams
Did you know festival ticket frauds have become more common than ever? According to Lloyds Bank, scams linked to concert or festival tickets have gone up by 529%. What does this mean for event organizers? Well, there's a likelihood festival goers will purchase fake tickets, especially online. As an event strategist, you have probably been promoting events using social media and even selling tickets on Facebook, digital box offices, or secondhand market places. True, selling festival or concert tickets online guarantees easy registration and convenient payment. But it also creates an opportunity for fraudsters to create scams that could leave unsuspecting buyers without an authentic pass of entry at festivals. So, how do you protect yourself and your target audience from ticketing scams? Arm yourself with knowledge. This article will teach you tips on avoiding festival ticketing scams, such as using reliable ticketing platforms, keeping track of event listings and social media pages, and educating attendees. 

🎨 Sponsored Call for Visual Artists from Pacific Fine Arts Festivals

posted January 12, 2024   category » Event Highlights


February Application Deadlines*

Belmont Art FairBelmont Handcrafted Originals Art Fair
DEADLINE FEBRUARY 1
Call for Arts & Crafts
March 23 & 24, 2024
Carlmont Village Shopping Center
1049 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont, CA
pacificfinearts.com/applications/belmont-handcrafted-originals-art-fair/



Montclair Village Art Walk
DEADLINE FEBRUARY 1
Call for Arts & Crafts
April 20 & 21, 2024
Mountain Boulevard & La Salle, Oakland, CA (off Hwy 13 and near Piedmont)
pacificfinearts.com/applications/montclair-village-art-walk/



Rotary Club of Saratoga Fine Arts Show
DEADLINE FEBRUARY 12
Call for Fine Arts & Fine Crafts
May 4 & 5, 2024
West Valley College Campus, 14000 Fruitvale Avenue, Saratoga, CA
pacificfinearts.com/applications/saratoga-fine-arts-show/





California Strawberry Festival
DEADLINE FEBRUARY 12
Call for Arts & Crafts
May 18 & 19, 2024
Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W Harbor Blvd, Ventura, CA
pacificfinearts.com/applications/california-strawberry-festival/


Tahoe City Art by the Lake
DEADLINE FEBRUARY 1
Call for Fine & Crafts
June 14, 15 & 16, 2024
Boatworks Mall
760 N Lake Blvd # 2, Tahoe City, CA
pacificfinearts.com/applications/tahoe-city-art-by-the-lake/

 

Palo Alto Festival of the Arts
DEADLINE FEBRUARY 12
Call for Fine Arts & Fine Crafts
August 24 & 25, 2024
University Avenue (between High & Webster Streets)
Palo Alto, CA
pacificfinearts.com/applications/palo-alto-festival-of-the-arts/

E-commerce Shipping Solutions: Tools and Services for Efficient Order Fulfillment

posted January 10, 2024   category » Small Business Resources
E-commerce Shipping Solutions: Tools and Services for Efficient Order Fulfillment

Efficient shipping is the backbone of successful e-commerce. Whether engaging in large-scale e-commerce or juggling festival stalls and online sales, smooth order fulfillment is crucial. Thankfully, as technology advances in strides, you don’t have to face this challenging front alone. E-commerce shipping solutions stand ready to help you by streamlining the shipping process and ensuring timely deliveries and happy customers. These solutions optimize every step, from managing inventory to choosing the right carriers. Therefore, understanding the significance of these solutions can revolutionize how goods move from your shop or studio to your customer's doorstep. So, let's explore them and unlock the potential for seamless operations and satisfied customers.

Festival Food Booth Owners: Pay Yourself First

posted January 3, 2024   category » Festival Food Vendors
Festival Food Booth Owners: Pay Yourself First

As a mobile food vendor, you may assume you should put everything you make back into the business. Not so. The first thing you should do with your money is pay yourself, first.

Many food business owners who bootstrapped their companies feel that paying themselves is a luxury; however, we feel (and will show you why) that it is a necessity to pay yourself first to be a successful food vendor.

Why You Deserve a Salary

If you’ve got a nice cushion of savings, you may not need a salary right now to pay your bills. But that could change, so it’s best to prepare for the day when your funds run out. Getting into the habit of paying yourself, even just a little bit, will give you money for personal expenses when things get tight or you don't sell food as much as you used to.

Pro Member News: New Year Search Tips and Forums

posted December 12, 2023   category » Member Tools
Pro Member News: New Year Search Tips and Forums

This time of year, it's tempting to search by "2024 only" thinking everything is good and updated for the new year. It is not that easy nor possible!  Please be aware that event updates roll in 'year round' - sometimes 3-6 months before the event dates. Searching by 'all years' with your selected months in Pro Search will reveal updated and non-updated annual events!  

Also, we have relaunched our member forums; and they can use some action! Start and join event industry conversations today.

Musicians: Maximize Success in Booking Events and Boosting Merchandise Sales

posted December 6, 2023   category » Musician Tips
Musicians: Maximize Success in Booking Events and Boosting Merchandise Sales

As a musician, booking events and selling merchandise is essential for building a successful and sustainable career. However, competing in a market with limited opportunities and networking challenges can be discouraging. In this article, we’ll guide you through actionable tips and suggestions to increase your chances of booking events, boost your merchandise sales, and establish a professional social media presence to excel your music career. 

Handling Sales and Transactions at Art Fairs with Finesse

posted November 27, 2023   category » Artist Resources
Handling Sales and Transactions at Art Fairs with Finesse

Heading to an art fair can stir up a mix of excitement and nerves, especially when it's time to sell. But, with some know-how, you can handle sales and transactions at art fairs like a pro. Whether you're a first-timer or a seasoned artist, mastering the exchange from browser to buyer is crucial. In this post, we'll walk you through the steps to ensure your transactions go smoothly, leaving you to focus on what you do best—showcasing your art. Get ready to learn the ins and outs of handling sales and transactions at art fairs and turn those casual conversations into successful sales.

Top Ten Tips for Running a Food Stand at a Festival

posted November 21, 2023   category » Festival Food Vendors
Top Ten Tips for Running a Food Stand at a Festival

Running a food stand at a festival can be an exciting venture that allows you to showcase your culinary skills and create a memorable dining experience for festival-goers. However, with numerous food vendors competing for attention, it's essential to stand out and maximize your sales. In this blog post, we'll provide you with our top ten tips for running a food stand at a festival, with a focus on increasing sales and achieving success.

Plan your menu carefully

Crafting a well-thought-out menu is crucial to attracting customers and maximizing sales. Consider offering a diverse range of items that cater to different dietary preferences and restrictions. In addition to your signature dishes, incorporate vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free options to accommodate various tastes. Unique twists on classic festival foods can also give your stand an edge, such as specialty sauces or unexpected flavor combinations.

🎄 Five Unforgettable Holiday Events in America

posted November 15, 2023   category » Event Highlights
🎄  Five Unforgettable Holiday Events in America

The holiday season is upon us, and what better way to enjoy it than by experiencing some of the best holiday events across the US? From Christmas lights to winter wonderlands, there is something for everyone to enjoy during this festive time of year. In this blog post, we've compiled a list of the top five holiday festivals in the US for you to explore and create unforgettable memories.

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting, New York City

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting is one of the most iconic holiday events in New York City. Every year, the Rockefeller Center puts up a towering Christmas tree that is decorated with over 50,000 LED lights, making it a sight to behold. The lighting ceremony is accompanied by live music, dancing, and countless holiday decorations, making it a must-visit festival during the holiday season.

🍎 Celebrating Culture and Community: Top Five Festivals in New York State

posted November 8, 2023   category » Event Highlights
🍎 Celebrating Culture and Community: Top Five Festivals in New York State

New York State is renowned for its diverse cultural heritage and vibrant art scene, and there's no better way to experience this rich blend of traditions than through its festivals. Here are our top five picks for festivals that truly celebrate the art, music, and community of the Empire State.

Adirondack Balloon Festival - Set against the stunning backdrop of the Adirondack Mountains, this festival is a true spectacle of color and movement. With over 100 hot air balloons dotting the sky, guests can enjoy a weekend filled with live music, food and craft vendors, and a fabulous balloon glow.  (2024 dates not yet released at the time of this article.)

Good Practices + Tips for Art Fair Newbies

posted November 3, 2023   category » Artist Resources
Good Practices + Tips for Art Fair Newbies

Art fairs and festivals are an ideal opportunity for artists to sell their creations to grow their audiences and brands, in addition to custom orders, e-commerce, and personal sales. Artists can create a community, build an audience, & attract the attention and curiosity of curators and galleries all while exhibiting at art fairs. If you are looking to make festivals one of the ways to develop your art career, the following tips will be helpful.

Back to Basics: Getting Booked at Music Festivals

posted October 24, 2023   category » Musician Tips
Back to Basics: Getting Booked at Music Festivals

Music festivals are a fantastic platform for musicians to showcase their talent, connect with a diverse audience, and gain valuable exposure. However, getting booked to perform at a festival can be a competitive process. In this blog post, we'll share some effective tips and strategies to help musicians increase their chances of getting booked at a music festival. Keep in mind the event does not have to be a music festival per se. Many art fairs and expos also book entertainment and often have decent entertainment budgets.

Easy Ways to Improve Your Festival Bathroom Experience

posted October 20, 2023   category » Inspiration
Easy Ways to Improve Your Festival Bathroom Experience

"Festivals are happy places, and you don't really want to enjoy them on your own." – Christine and The Queens. Festivals are all about fun, celebration and excitement. For many of us, they represent a chance to get out of our comfort zone, make new memories and feel free from any worries or work pressures, but have you ever found yourself feeling anxious as soon as you spot those festival bathrooms? Festive blogger Sophie shares a few tips on how to make the experience less horrific.

 

Five Fabulous Lone Star State Festivals

posted October 15, 2023   category » Festivals by State
Five Fabulous Lone Star State Festivals
Whether you're born and raised or simply visiting, Texas festivals are not to be missed. We're taking you on a virtual journey through the Lone Star State as we explore the top five festivals in Texas. From the quirky and humorous celebrations to the vibrant and culturally enriching events, Texas has something for everyone. So, grab your cowboy hat and get ready to immerse yourself in the excitement, diversity, and unforgettable experiences that these festivals have to offer. Some of these are already taking vendors for next year, so if you think your food, craft, or music could benefit one of these shows, head over to their FestivalNet page to find out more. Let's dive into the heart of Texas and discover the magic of its most beloved festivals!

Craft Show Display Mistakes to Avoid for a Professional Presentation

posted October 10, 2023   category » Craft Fair Vendor Resources
Craft Show Display Mistakes to Avoid for a Professional Presentation

Navigating the world of craft shows can be thrilling. However, the smallest details can sometimes trip us up. One such area where many may stumble is setting up an enticing stall. It's essential to understand common craft show display mistakes to avoid, ensuring your crafts shine and attract plenty of buyers.

Not Testing Your Setup

Diving headfirst into a craft show without prior preparation can be a recipe for disaster. Every artist needs a game plan. Start by conducting a mock set-up at home. This practice will give you an invaluable preview of how your display looks and feels, allowing for tweaks. During this test run, it's crucial to pack your art properly. Proper packaging prevents potential damage and streamlines the setting up process at the show, saving you valuable time.