The 4th Avenue Street Fair uses ZAPP for Artist Applications. This is a FREE service for our artists. ZAPP enables individual artists to apply online to multiple art shows through one central website, ZAPPlication.org. The online application process also allows artists to directly upload digital images of their artwork for jury review. The result is that all artwork in the system is in a consistent, high-quality, digital format. The digital images are presented to the jurors of each show and the system allows them to score online.
Food Vendor Applications
STYROFOAM PRODUCTS ARE BANNED FROM OUR EVENT!
Fourth Avenue Merchant Member Application
The applications linked below are for Fourth Avenue Merchant Members only. In order to qualify for this category, you must own a business on Fourth Avenue, between University Boulevard and Ninth Street and have paid dues for the current fiscal year.
4th Ave Merchant Booth Application
Merchant Booth Rules
Deadline for Busking/Service/Entertainment:
Below is the prospectus for the 2017 Spring Street Fair
Deadline to apply is December 14, 2016
4th Avenue Street Fair
2017 Spring Fair
March 24, 25 & 26, 2017
The Fourth Avenue Street Fair, Nationally recognized as one of the premier community celebrations in the Southwest, is held biannually in the gorgeous desert of Tucson, Arizona. Explore 45 year old tradition that attracts more that 600,000 visitors each year. Our family event offers a moderate to upscale audience, 57% between the ages of 25-54. We host two street level stages, two children’s play areas, a children’s hands on art activity area and tantalizing treats from 40+ food concessionaires. As always, admission to the festival is free and open to the public.
Important Time and Date Information
Show Dates: March 24, 25 & 26, 2017
Show Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m./dusk all three days
ZAPPlication Online Application Process Opens: Now
Application deadline (ZAPP online application): 11/30/16
Acceptance notification, with invitations: 1/18/17
Accept invitation & purchase deadline: 2/1/17
Last day to cancel with refund: February 22, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. local time
Load in: March 23, 2017 after approximately 2 p.m. until 10 p.m. and March 24, 2017 from 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
We invite nearly 358 artists and 40 food vendors to this community event. We are known for our friendly, professional western hospitality, our operational prowess and for delivering excited consumers to the doorsteps of our participants.
Mission of the 4th Avenue Street Fair
The mission of the Fair is to provide a free and inclusive community arts and crafts event with the highest quality original, hand-made arts and crafts products. Our juried arts and craft fair is designed to promote artists and their work. Proceeds from the Fair directly fund infrastructure service on 4th Avenue, surrounding neighborhood enrichment projects, sixteen (16) local non-profit groups and free year-round events for the local community and out of town visitors.
Fair dates are selected to enable artists to participate in two events on adjoining weekends. The Tempe Festival of the Arts is held either the week before or the week after, which allows artists to attend both the Tempe and Tucson Fairs, saving time and money.
Why Tucson, Arizona?
It is always a wonderful experience living in the Sonoran Desert. Mild temperatures attract droves of visitors from around the world. Tucson has grown by leaps and bounds in the past decade and now claims a population of one million residents in the metropolitan area. 4th Avenue with its tree lined sidewalks and creative retail appeal is truly the heart of the city. 4th Avenue is the popular microcosm of Tucson’s thriving arts, culture and commerce scene.
The Fair is ablaze with fascinating sights and sounds as more than 400 arts and crafts artisans, musicians, exhibitors and food vendors take part in this three-day community celebration where artist booths are positioned back to back down the middle of 4th Avenue and 7th Street.
The Fair brings a diverse and dynamic blend of texture, shape and color along six blocks of historic Tucson. 4th Avenue boasts over 100 locally owned businesses including many of Tucson’s finest restaurants, clothiers, pubs, bookstores and retailers. The bi-annual Fair and a score of businesses on Fourth Avenue are consistently voted “Best Of Tucson” in the Tucson Weekly’s yearly Best Of Tucson” issue. The Avenue’s nightlife scene is rich, fun and filled with great entertainment value. All of this in a safe, family-friendly and culturally sensitive environment.
About the Fair producers
The Fair is produced by the North Fourth Avenue Merchants Association, Inc. (FAMA). In its 47th year, FAMA has the experience, knowledge and expertise to present one of the top arts and crafts fairs in the country. Together with our community, volunteers and sponsors, FAMA offers what we feel is one of the finest arts and crafts shows in America.
Why Exhibit at the 4th Avenue Winter Street Fair?
We deliver an excited audience to our artists. More than 70% of our exhibiting artists return year after year. Fair management is experienced and hands-on, focusing on customer service and artists satisfaction. Our family-friendly event offers a moderate to upscale audience of 200,000 to 300,000 art lovers and collectors.
We offer our artists:
–Quick and speedy check-in registration
–Professional show management which is courteous and respectful
–Artist courtesy carts, delivering complimentary snacks and water to artist booths all three days of the event
–Readily available, experienced and reliable booth sitters.
–“Best of Show Award” which includes a booth and special booth placement at the next Fair
Minimum Requirements for Application
–4 photos of the art/craft
–1 photo of the fully set up booth
–Buy/sell products are not allowed. Participants found with buy/sell products during the Fair will be asked to leave without a refund of any fees
–The Artist must be present during the entire show
Booth locations are assigned on a first buy, first placed basis. “First buy” is determined by the electronic date and time stamp of the online booth payment made through Zapplication. Payments made by check are recorded as received at noon, local time, on the day it arrives at the FAMA office, located at 434 E. 9th St., Tucson, Arizona 85705. Invited artists are urged to accept their invitation and pay for their booth space as soon as they receive their invitation. Corner and double booth spaces are limited and sell out quickly.
–$45 non-refundable application/processing fee
–$505 booth fee (includes the required “Street Fair and Community Special Event License”)
–$485 second booth fee (limited availability)
–$175 corner location fee (limited availability)
–$75 special location request fee
–The Fair Jury is a collection of staff, artists and guests selected for their experience and knowledge
–The jury session is not open to the public
–Artists’ identities are not disclosed to jurors
–The jury reviews each artist’s statement and their submitted set of images electronically
–The jury scores each application on a scale of 1 to 5 with the top score being 5
–Decisions of the jury panel are final and the scores are never released for any reason
–An email will be sent at 10:00 a.m. local time on the date noted above; “Acceptance notification with invitation” in the Important Time and Date Information.
–The notification will ask artists to check their ZAPP profile. The invitation to participate in the Fair is sent electronically; no letters will be sent.
IMPORTANT: Please do not wait for this email as it may take 15 to 20 minutes to arrive due to the volume of invitations. We recommend checking your ZAAP profile at 10:00 a.m. local time (refresh the page often) and buy your booth as soon as possible. Remember, booth placement is based on the time the booth was paid for on ZAPP!
Policies: The following policies and regulations have been established by FAMA to ensure quality and integrity of process, presentation and patron’s experience:
–Artists exhibitors must be present at the event to represent and sell their handcrafted work.
–All artists represented on the entry form must personally attend the exhibit and must be present during the entire three days and exhibit hours posted for the public. The Fair is compassionate towards working, collaborative artists who experience honest family hardships as a result of this policy. Collaborating artists wishing an exemption from this policy should contact the Director, prior to applying, who will provide specific requirements for exemption.
–The Fair is not open to manufacturers. Artisans may not sell manufactured or imported goods as separate items. “Buy-sell” items are strictly prohibited. Any violation can result in expulsion from the Fair with no refund.
–Goods are considered manufactured when more than three persons are involved in the making process or when they are mass-produced.
–All work must be represented by the original artist, including commercial reproductions of artwork (limited edition signed works are allowed).
–We admit vintage clothing and commercial items from our 4th Avenue Merchant Members only. Exhibiting Merchant Members have signs identifying them as a 4th Avenue Merchant.
–If a product(s) is/are different than those represented in the juried images provided by the artist through ZAPP the artist will be asked to remove it/them from their booth.
–Booth sharing is allowed if both artists apply separately and are accepted by the jury.
–No pre-recorded music may be sold.
–If an artist wants to demonstrate their craft or talent in the booth, we reserve the right to control the volume, if applicable. Artists must remain in their booth. No selling or demonstrating outside of the booth is allowed.
–It is the artist’s sole responsibility to identify the category and the bodies of work for which they would like to be juried.
–The artist is responsible for proper insurance and protection of their work during set-up, the show and tear-down. The Fair is not responsible for damage to or loss of work due to weather, theft, unrelated incidents or acts of God. Police and security presence is provided throughout the show.
–Artists are required to provide the Fair with a certificate of liability naming FAMA as additionally insured for $1 million.
–The Fair discourages any person from applying if they are inclined to misrepresent both their craft and the industry. Artists are expected to comply with all regulations and respect artistry standards.
–FAMA reserves the right to ensure compliance of all regulations. This is not limited to refusal of any work to be exhibited which is not consistent with images submitted and work accepted for display by the jury. Failure to comply and cooperate with Fair officials will result in the exhibitor’s removal from the show with no refund and exhibitor’s right to exhibit in future shows may be refused.
–All decisions of the Director are final.
–The Fair is 6 blocks long running north to south along 4th Avenue and east to west on 7th Street. Artist booths are set up in the middle of the street, back to back. It has been observed most attendees at the event walk in a counterclockwise flow.
–Each exhibitor will be provided a booth space approximately 10’ deep by 10’ wide or 10’ deep by 20’ wide space, depending on what the artist selected when purchasing booth space.
–Booths are assigned in advance of the Fair and restricted to the juried artist(s) and their work. However, the Director reserves the right to add additional artist areas, such as Emerging Artists or other specialty areas, if deemed appropriate to the overall growth and development of the Fair.
–Booths are assigned on a first come first serve basis as determined by the date and time of the online credit card booth payment made through Zapplication or the date payment by check is received in the office (all checks are “received” at noon, local time).
–Invited artists are urged to accept the Fairs invitation and pay for their booth space as soon as possible (please refer to the Notification section above).
–Corner and double booths are limited and sell out quickly. If an artist is interested in purchasing a corner or double booth the transaction on Zapplication must be completed immediately.
–Special and location requests are not guaranteed. When making a special location request, please indicate a location on your original application. A map of the Fair is located on our website.
–A corner booth is defined as one having two (2) open and connected sides. If it is important your corner booth be on the end of a block, please specify this on your application as there are also corner booth locations on the fire lanes. When making a corner booth request the special location request is included.
–While the Fair makes its best efforts to accommodate special location requests, they are subject to availability and payment does not guarantee placement. Please complete payment as soon as the invitation is made to yield the best outcome.
–There is no electricity available for artist booths.
–Generators, open flame or any type of heaters are not allowed.
–Tents must be safe and set up in compliance with all local laws and requirements. The Tucson Fire Department Fire Marshal will inspect the booths every day and their direction to artists and Fair Management are final.
The Arizona Department of Revenue and the City of Tucson Revenue Division require contact information for everyone participating in the event, including artists, food vendors and sponsors. All participants are required to fulfill their legal, statutory obligations and will be contacted by the state and city for filing procedures and payment of all sales taxes and fees. Please be aware, there are different license requirements from the City of Tucson and State of Arizona.
–First is the “Street Fair and Community Special Event License.” This fee is included in the booth fee and is required for each event. The physical license is included in the registration packet at check-in and needs to be displayed in your booth.
–Second is the City of Tucson “Municipal Tax License.” This is an annual fee of $20 in addition to the “Street Fair and Community Special Event License” and is not included in the booth fee. It is good for one calendar year and cannot be prorated. It is good from January 1 to December 31. If it is paid for the Spring Fair it covers the Winter Fair ?in the same calendar year.
–The third and final is the Arizona “Transaction Privilege Tax (TPT) License.” This is a one-time fee. If you already have an Arizona TPT license, you do not need to apply for another. The fee is collected by the state and is not included in the booth fees.
–Participants may register for a tax license from either or both government entities prior to the event. Please be aware, the final responsibility for the license and collecting/paying tax on sales is on the participant. The State of Arizona Sales Tax is 6.1%. The City of Tucson Sales Tax is 2%.
–More information regarding City of Tucson Municipal Tax License may be found here or contact the Business License Section at (520) 791-4566 or via e-mail at Tax-License@tucsonaz.gov.
–To register for a State of Arizona Transaction Privilege Tax License click here or go to www.aztaxes.gov/home and click on License a New Business.
A non-refundable processing fee of $45 is required for each entry form/category. Upon receipt of an acceptance and invitation to the Fair, artists are required to purchase available booths through Zapplication.org. Booth locations are assigned on a first-come-first-served basis based on the zapplication.com time/date stamp of the actual purchase.
Booth fees are $505 for an approximately 10×10 space.
A second booth location is $485.
A corner booth is an additional $150.
A special location request is $75.
- Please note: Special location requests are not guaranteed. When making a special location request, please be specific. Indicate location, booth number, block, side of the street and/or anything relevant on your application.
There are no refunds for cancellations made within 30 calendar days of the event. There are no exceptions.
Equipment rentals are available from our Official tentor Parties Plus 520-792-8368.
Parking is the responsibility of the vendor. Be aware of fire lanes, driveways and no parking signs. No artist parking is allowed inside the barricaded boundaries of the Fair. Both Herbert & Hoff are Fire Lanes during the event and parking in either will result in a ticket or your vehicle being towed. There is no overnight parking allowed in the neighborhoods. Click here to visit our Artist Resource page for great parking information.
During the Fair, staff jurors will select one “Best of Show” artist. The Best of Show Award will be presented on Saturday at the winning artist’s booth. The winner receives a Free booth space for the either, not both, of the next two (2) Fairs, including processing fee. special location requests (a $655 value). Applicable tax licenses are not included. Selection is based on artwork, presentation and artist interaction with fair attendees.
Porcelain: All original porcelain work other than jewelry is accepted in this category. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed each piece must be signed.Raku: All original raku work other than jewelry is accepted in this category. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed each piece must be signed.Clay Other: This category includes any original work made from clay. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed each piece must be signed.
Clothing Handmade: All original clothing other than surface design is accepted into this category. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted.Clothing Surface design: Surface design air brushed or hand applied to clothing is accepted into this category. Machine-made or massed produced clothing with hand applied surface design is to be accepted into this category.
Drawing and Painting:
Works created using wet and dry media including chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencil, wax crayon, etc. or from the fluid medium of inks, washes and paints applied by hand are to be entered in this category. Signed Limited Edition prints of original works are permitted.
Works created as furniture in any media is accepted into this category. No mass produced works or kits are permitted.
Glass Fused and Slumped: All fused and slumped glass works are to be accepted into this category. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed each piece must be signed.
Glass Hand-blown: All hand blown glass items are to be entered into this category. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed each piece must be signed.
Glass Stained: All hand made stained glass works are to be entered into this category. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed each piece must be signed.
Jewelry Fine: Handmade jewelry using precious metals; gem quality stones and or a high degree of design are accepted into this category. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed each piece must be signed.
Jewelry Ornamental: Handmade jewelry for ornamental purposes using non-precious metals and or semi precious stones or beads are accepted into this category. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed each piece must be signed.
All hand made leather items are to be entered into this category. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted.
All non sculptural hand made works are to be entered into this category. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed each piece must be signed.
All works utilizing different media’s combined to make one work of art or craft is to be entered into this category. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed each piece must be signed.
All hand made musical instruments of any media are to be entered into this category. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed each piece must be signed.
Art that does not fit into any other category, including hammocks, corkers, light switch plates, fan pulls, animal apparel (dog hats, collars), etc.
All hand made works of paper art or craft are to be entered into this category. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed each piece must be signed.
All photographic works including digital are to be entered into this category. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed each piece must be signed and be a limited edition.
All pre-packaged foods are to be entered into this category. Sampling of products to the attending public is allowed. A health permit and proof of insurance is required.
All printmaking works are to be entered into this category. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed each piece must be signed.
All sculptural works of art are to be entered in this category. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed each piece must be signed.
All hand made textile non-clothing works are to be entered into this category. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted.
All handmade toys of any media are accepted into this category. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted.
All hand made wood items that are sculptural and functional but not furniture or toy, are to be entered into this category. Mass produced work is permitted.