Hello, you talented artist, you! We’re so glad to have you at the 58th Brandywine Festival of the Arts. Click on the items below to view and download the digital Artist Resources. These resources are currently under construction and will be available as the event nears. All artists who have applied will also be emailed this information in August 2019. Please contact us directly if you have any questions before that time.
- Information: All you’ll need to know about exhibiting at the show: setup times and dates, parking, hotels, equipment rental, and general rules. This section will be updated in August 2019 and artists who have signed up will receive by email at that time.
- Booth Assignments:Sorted alphabetically by last name will be available in Sept 2019 prior to the festival. Stay tuned for updates.
- Event Site Map
Please make a note, this is the map from 2018. Map for 2019 may have slight changes.
- Hotel Information
- Download all files (ZIP)
Everything in the information packet is here on this page, too, but we strongly recommend saving the above files for your own records. If you can’t open the files, email Michele at firstname.lastname@example.org for help.
Official Date and Time
The Brandywine Festival of the Arts (BFA) will take place on Saturday, Sept. 7, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Sunday, Sept. 8, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. There are no rain dates; the event will take place rain or shine.
The show takes place in the Josephine Gardens section of Brandywine Park, across from the Brandywine Zoo. For mapping/GPS purposes, use this address:
1001 N. Park Drive
Wilmington, DE 19802
The BFA does not tolerate the following: buy-sell items, mass produced items, bringing items unlike those juried, or setting up booths unlike those juried. Violators will be expelled immediately from the show with no refund.
You will receive wristbands for yourself and any assistants/staff; this grants you entry and reentry into the park. More wristbands are available at the BFA tent.
Booths must be occupied at all times during regular festival hours. Volunteers will be on hand to booth-sit if you need a break. In the event that your space is unoccupied by booth furnishings or persons for an extended period, the BFA has the right to repurpose your booth without refund.
It is the exhibitor’s responsibility to furnish the assigned booth space with a tent or canopy and display materials. The BFA does NOT provide any tents or display materials. Electrical connections are not available unless you have made previous arrangements. Generators are allowed but must be pre-approved.
The official rental company for the 2019 BFA is All Event Party Rental. They will deliver, install, and pick up 10’x10′ tents for the weekend. Tables, chairs, and display fixtures are also available. Call (610) 566-6450 to reserve. Email email@example.com
Festival grounds will be open for setup on Friday, Sept. 6th . You may arrive any time within setup hours, but we encourage you to unload everything from cars, trucks, or trailers by the end of day Friday. Vehicle access will be extremely limited on Saturday.
Set up day unloading – Friday, Sept. 6, 9:00 AM—7:00 PM
You must check in at the gate when you arrive. A BFA staffer will give you a pass that allows you to drive on the grounds and park while unloading. You will be able to drive up to your booth space to unload, weather permitting, but please move your vehicle to a parking area before setting up your booth.
You may leave artwork in your booth on Friday and Saturday nights. Private security will guard the park overnight. If you prefer to remove your artwork overnight, you may drive into the park on Saturday night after 6:30 PM as long as you display your loading pass.
Booths must remain set up for the entire festival, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Saturday and 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Sunday. Breakdown will begin at 4:00 PM on Sunday.
Load out – Sunday, Sept. 8, 4:00 PM—8:00 PM
When you have packed up, a BFA staffer will check that you are ready to leave and give you an exit pass. You may then bring your vehicle onto festival grounds to load out. Please have patience during this process as we have over 250 vendors loading out at the same time.
Upon arriving at the park, you will receive ONE parking pass per 10’x10’ booth space. You must display this pass on your vehicle’s dashboard while parked during the festival. It is strongly recommended that you arrive between 7:30 AM and 8:00 AM on festival days to obtain a parking space. Increased foot traffic and road closures will make it extremely difficult to get in after this time.
Please note that you may bring multiple vehicles on setup days, but only one on festival days. Make arrangements to carpool if you are sharing a booth with another artist. There is a free shuttle bus that runs to and from our satellite parking lots.
Credit Card Processing
There is no wireless internet in the park. If you process credit cards with a smartphone app, you’ll have to use 3G/4G data, or provide your own personal wifi.
The BFA will offer credit card processing for vendors who do not already accept credit cards. Payment procedure is as follows:
- Write a sales slip for the item(s). Keep one copy and give one to the customer.
- The customer takes the sales slip to the BFA booth.
- We charge the customer’s card and give the customer a receipt.
- The customer returns with a receipt and picks up the item(s) purchased.
There is a 5% processing fee for all credit card transactions. The BFA will send payment to artists as soon as all credit card charges have cleared.
Vendors selling large or heavy items are encouraged to let customers pick up their purchases at the end of the day. Alternatively, customers may obtain a pick-up pass from the official festival booth and bring a car around to the southeast end of the park. Volunteers will be on hand to help with loading artwork.
The BFA is not responsible for insuring the exhibitors’ works or displays and cannot accept responsibility for theft or damage. Police and private security are on duty 24 hours a day during the festival and setup.
If you have any questions, requests, or suggestions, please let us know.
Barry Schlecker, Executive Producer
Michele Priest, Event Manager
Rob Schlecker, Event Coordinator
Jim Hoban, Event Coordinator