Brandywine Festival of the Arts welcomes 250 juried artists and crafters in a wide range of styles and mediums. Whether you are a painter or a jeweler, a potter or a leather worker, you will find a willing audience of thousands of art lovers ready to peruse and purchase your creations. The 2018 event takes place on Saturday, September 8 (10am – 6pm) and Sunday, September 9 (10am – 4pm). The BFA is held outdoors at Brandywine Park in Wilmington, Delaware. We set up around the Josephine Fountain, across from the Brandywine Zoo and along the banks of the Brandywine River.

We do rolling admission and space is limited to 250 artists, so it’s best to get your application in early! We’ll notify you by email of your acceptance or rejection. Please add to your email program’s safe sender list. If you don’t have email, please ask a friend or family member to receive emails on your behalf.



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Is there a rain date for the Festival?

No. The Brandywine Festival of the Arts will be a rain or shine event! This decision is based on feedback we have received from many traveling artists who have a very tight schedule.
Can I share a booth with another artist?
Yes! There is a limit of 2 artists per single space (10’ x 10’) or 3 artists per double space (10’ x 20’). Entries for shared booths will be juried based on the overall quality of the booth. Each artist must send in a separate application form and jury fee. We can do some matchmaking if you want to share a booth but don’t have a partner. Make a note on your application, and we’ll pair you up with someone.
I’ve never done an art show before! What do I do?
The BFA is a great place to start. Let us know if you’re new at this and we’ll put you in contact with a veteran BFA artist who will advise you on displaying and pricing your work, accepting payments, and all the logistical things that go into doing the show.
Where can I get a tent?
You can find tents at online retailers like, or eBay for good second-hand deals. Tents may also be purchased at a warehouse club, like Costco or BJ’s. Be sure to get one with sidewalls that roll up. New tents run about $200-300. Tent rentals are available from All Event Party Rental. Call (888) 892-7368 to reserve.
Is there WiFi service in the park?
Nope, sorry. If you process credit cards with a smartphone app, you’ll have to use 3G or 4G.
Is there electricity in the park?
It’s extremely limited. If you need electricity or want to bring a generator, talk to us first.
Do you offer credit card processing?
We do! We charge a 5% processing fee and send you a check as soon as the charges clear.
I want to apply, but I don’t have the cash to cover my booth fee right now. What should I do?
We understand! Get your application and jury fee ($35) in as soon as possible, so we know you’re interested. Just contact us and we’ll work something out. We also have an Emerging Artist program, which affords new, up-and-coming artists the opportunity to participate in the show at a lower cost. Email for more information.
Who is managing the Brandywine Festival of the Arts?
Since 2010, the BFA has been organized by Barry’s Events. Proprietor Barry Schlecker is a professional event planner and art collector who has been involved with the Wilmington community for over 50 years.
Are you associated with the Brandywine Arts Festival of 2009?
No. Neither Barry nor any of the advisory board was involved in the canceling of the Brandywine Arts Festival of 2009. With a new name and a new management team, The Brandywine Festival of the Arts will carry on the 50+ year tradition of art on the Brandywine that was sadly absent in 2009.
How will the Festival be advertised?
The Festival will be advertised through print ads in regional publications, internet advertising, social media through our Facebook and Twitter pages, local billboards, e-blasts to businesses and potential visitors and through local radio. The News Journal will be particularly instrumental in marketing and have already agreed to an exclusive partnership with the BFA. With the help of corporate sponsorships, the Brandywine Festival of the Arts will have a marketing budget to help spread the word to tens of thousands of potential visitors.