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If you need additional info on event schedules, buying tickets, music lineup, how to be a vendor, when the parade starts, parking arrangements, or if your dog or cat can come, please contact the festival directly. You can look up their website or social media if you are not interested in our membership services.
You can become a free member of FestivalNet.com and get full show details on any eight events of your choice. To do that, go here.
Getting into a show last minute is always a risky proposition. If you are able to get a space in a fair or festival at the last minute, that means they still have vendor spaces available. This could very likely mean it is not a good show because otherwise, all spaces would be booked well in advance (in some instances it could mean the event had a last minute cancellation, but that is not very common.)
We provide excellent data on 26,000+ events, but we have no control over the quality of each show, it is up to you to evaluate each event and determine if you think it will work for you (i.e. be a profitable show), before you commit your time and money.
If you have questions about individual events, please visit that event's website or contact the show producers individually. FestivalNet is not directly involved with the events.
Our website members have direct access to extensive event details. If you are brand new to our site, please get to know us more on our About Us page! And be sure to check out our Membership Info page too.
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We include these events for your benefit, as most are usually still good events. When trying to fill a certain weekend, and you have exhausted all searches for currently updated events, last year's info is better than no event at all. You do need to contact each event for current info.
There will always be only ONE listing for each event in our database (no duplicate events) and we do not publish events that are more than a year old. Our researchers will eventually update or remove non-updated events if all efforts (phone calls, emails & faxes) to get current info have failed.
It's a unique challenge maintaining our database of over 26,000 events. We make an intensive effort to research and secure updates on all events. Event promoters can change hands year to year, are slow to respond or do not have their dates or all details finalized yet. We receive updates daily, so check back often.
Pro Tip: Often, members will omit past events from their search. By selecting "All Years" on the Pro Search form, you can get a leg up on these events that others aren't seeing. You can't lose by just reaching out to the promoter for more info.
Our free basic membership includes:
First of all, a Basic FestivalNet account is Free! You can access all events using our advanced search tools. While some event details are left out, it's a great starting point to learn where and when the shows are.
Our paid levels cover our team of researchers who, year round compile, update and expand our data, maintaining relevant and current info on 26,000+ events throughout North America. Nowhere else can you get the volume of information and extensive details we offer, along with organizational and productivity tools all in one place. Many of the details we provide are not even found on the event's web site! AND we offer world class customer service and tech support to all our customers from basic free accounts to the highest paid pro level, this all costs money.
Some people ask us: why pay for something I can get for free? Can't I just use google to get the info I need? You certainly could use other sources, including yourself, to track down festivals & discover some of the details you need, but you can not find all of what we offer and after a while you will soon see the value of our services! In business, time is money and FestivalNet is an investment in yourself and in your business. Save research hours, use our awesome 'one-click-connect' and our other excellent tools, and you will absolutely book your show calendar faster and better with FestivalNet than if you go at it alone.
A gathering place for anyone that works or participates in the festival, events, art show or craft show industry (i.e. artists, crafters, musicians, bands, performers, promoters, commercial vendors, food vendors, service providers, festival goers). Our community offers the following features:
All visitors can browse member sites, view products of FestivalNet members, read forum posts, and view member calendars and galleries.
FestivalNet members can create their own profile with pictures, videos, personal calendar & blogs. Members can post upcoming events they will be working at, post and respond in the FestivalNet forums, communicate directly with other members and create a friends list.
Juried events have a selection committee for art & craft exhibitors, and require that you submit slides or photos of your work or products. The selection committee (the jury) reviews all applications before choosing exhibitors for the event. Sometimes there is a nonrefundable jury fee for these events.
Jury standards (and jury fees) will vary a lot -- some are very selective, and others simply want to prevent too much repetition in event exhibitors.
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
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.
To find events that allow commercial items, try ALL of these.
Here are the ways you can search to look for art shows.
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.
We do not sell, share or give away your information, ever.
You can subscribe and unsubscribe from our Newsletters or other FestivalNet communications by clicking "Manage Your E-lists" in your My Account area.
The Festival Biz Directory is opt-in only. You can choose to list your business in the Directory in your Modify Profile page.
Do a search here to see if your event is listed. If you find your event, that means your organization has a User ID. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you need assistance with your login so you can edit your event.
We are fully committed to the festival and event industry. All profiles and items on display in the community and marketplace must be relevant to the festival, craft show, art show and special events market. When you list products or services, they must make sense to our website and this market. We reserve the right to remove any content that doesn't jive with this mission.
In your "Pro Search" search results, show ratings can be found in the upper right corner of the summary box for each event and on the full show details page as well.
Any event or promoter that has been rated, will have yellow stars that you can click to view the ratings. Because our database is so large, many events & promoters have not been rated yet. Only Pro members have access to view detailed ratings.
Show Ratings Tip:
A good way to check on a promoter that you're not familiar with is to use the "More by this Promoter" link that's to the right of the promoter name -- clicking on this will bring up all the events listed by that promoter, so that even if a particular event is unrated, you can quickly scan to see how the promoter's other events rate.
If you want a tax ID number, you can apply with the federal government (IRS), unless you are a sole proprietor - in which case you may simply use your social security number. You will need to apply to each state (Dept. of Revenue) separately for sales tax numbers to go with your tax ID number.
A vendor license is generally not required if you are participating in festivals, since you will be permitted through the event sponsor. If you were a street vendor in the city of X, not affiliated with a festival, that city might require you to have a vendor license.
For more information on license and tax ID info, check with your local government as well as the festival that you may be vending at.
An Electronic Press Kit, or "EPK" is a collection of materials used to promote your business, whether you are an artist, musician, craftperson, band, food vendor, other exhibitor or company. Your FestivalNet profile serves as your EPK. Complete your profile by adding bio, photos, music, videos, calendar and blog. The more complete your EPK, the more a promoter can conveniently learn all about you from one easy link.
In the Pro search full show details page, next to the promoter's email address you will notice this link, "Get Booked." Click there and select your choice under "Contact this event about applying" to generate an email from you to the event promoter with a link to your FN profile/EPK.
Use this link to quickly contact festivals you are interested in applying for. Before you use this tool, be sure your FestivalNet profile is complete. From the My Account area, you can modify your profile page (includes your bio), add photos, songs, videos, blog, and calendar.
This functionality needs to work with your default email program on your computer/browser, which you need to have set up first. You will have the chance to add more text to the email containing your EPK before sending the email.
Email addresses on display in our Fest Biz Directory, free event search pages, and community profiles are coded in such a way that they can not be easily harvested by spam bots. The email looks correct to humans viewing the page. Email addresses shown in our pro search area (available to members only) can not be accessed by spam bots.
Below are things to consider and suggestions to improve your success rate getting replies and/or applications from events:
* Are you contacting the right events for your product/service? Our Pro Search can help you with that. For example, selecting categories from the "Allowed" drop down in the "Exhibitors" box will find events that allow what you do. For more search tips, there's a help link in the top left corner of Pro Search
* Be sure the deadline date has not passed. Contact each event well in advance of their application deadline, otherwise emails & calls will not likely be returned. Use our handy "Deadline Reminder Newsletter" and the "Deadlines" option in Pro search to get ahead of the game.
* Important note about deadlines. It doesn't mean applications will be accepted up until that date. Festivals will frequently fill all open slots before their posted deadline. That's due to no fault of your information source, it's simply the way the business works.
* Check out each event's website for additional application info and specific instructions for successful application acceptance. Always follow each event's requirements exactly as indicated.
* Follow up your initial communication with a phone call. It's important to show continued interest, but be careful not to over do it. Space your follow up calls/messages a week apart. Always call *far before the deadline* to learn what your first step must be with each event.
* Be sure your FN Profile is filled out completely, including clear photos, full company description and is free of spelling errors. Once it is, try using the email EPK link.
In addition to your FN profile, what's the state of your web presence and marketing materials? If you contact an event and they look you up at FestivalNet or do a web search on you and/or your company, what will they find? Will they find anything? Or perhaps find some half baked profiles on different web sites without great looking photos or informative & effective information? If you don't present yourself professionally anywhere people will find you and/or your business, then why would an event take you seriously and want to answer your emails or call you back?! Remember, you ALWAYS only get one chance to make a first impression!
If you get any returned (undeliverable) emails or discover a disconnected phone number, please let us know asap. Contact email@example.com and we will gladly research that for you. We work very hard to provide accurate event data but sometimes contact info will change.
The FN Referral Program allows you to make money every time you refer someone who purchases a Pro Membership. By being an affiliate (also known as a referrer), you can be rewarded by sharing tracked links on social media sites, placing links to our website on your website, or even handing out physical flyers at a show. When people use your provided links back to FestivalNet, or your personal affiliate referral number at checkout, we will track the referral and give you credit when they join. We pay $10 per referral quarterly via paypal.
Once you join FN, at any level, you are automatically enrolled in our affiliate program and are provided with your own unique referral number as well as tools that make it easy to share it. Go here for all the info!