Our Sixth Year At Melbourne Art Festival

The 36th Annual Melbourne Art Festival will be open from 9 am to 5 pm both Saturday, April 25, and Sunday around the north lake at Wickham Park in Melbourne. This will be their fourth year at this location2019.


This festival is free to the public. Besides the 250 artists, there will be continuous live entertainment, a 5k run, KidsWorld, a student art competition and student workshops. Saturday evening, there will be a free concert with local and regional acts. You can go to their website (www.melbournearts.org) for more information. Maybe we’ll see you there.

Santa Fe College Holds 51st Annual Art Festival

Their Spring Arts Festival will be open from 9 am to 5:30 pm on Saturday, March 28, and Sunday from noon to 5. This will be our third appearance since 2015previous. It will be along historic Northeast 1st Street, between 2nd and 8th Avenues in the Northeast Gainesville Historic District.


The college expects around 70 thousand visitors to 190 artists. Admission is free. There will also be live music and dance performances at the Actor’s Warehouse (619 NE 1st Street), just northeast of the information booth. You can go to their website, www.sfcollege.edu/spring-arts/, for more information as it becomes available.

Fine Arts Festival Of Manatee County Starts Feb 22

This will be our first appearance at this festival. The 19th Annual event, put on by ArtCenter Manatee, will be in Riverwalk Parkfeatures on the Manatee River in downtown Bradenton from 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday, February 22, 2020 and from 9 to 4 on Sunday.


Besides over 5,000 visitors to one hundred artists, there should be demos, entertainment, and food. It is free to the public. If you are in the neighborhood, come join us. For more information, you can try their festival webpage, but right now it caters more to artists.

We’ll Be At Artfest In The Pines mid-March

This 22nd annual art festival will be held at the Charles F. Dodge City Center in Pembroke Pines from 10 am to 5 pm on both Saturday, March 14, and Sunday.


Besides more than a hundred artists, there will be pop-up art, entertainment, food, art demonstrations, student art competition, and more for the expected five thousand visitors. For more information, visit their website (www.ppines.com/1240/ArtFest-in-the-Pines).

This will be our fourth time at this festival. Last year Nancy received First Place in Photographyannounced, but did much worseblog the year before. Come on out and see what happens this time.

Suncoast Arts Fest Is The Weekend Of January 18

We have been accepted into this 15th annual art festival, which will be open from 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday, January 18, 2020, and 11 to 6 on Sunday. It will be at The Shops at Wiregrass (28211 Paseo Drive), at the northeast corner of FL-56 and Bruce B Downs Blvd, 2.4 miles east of I-75 Exit 275 in Wesley Chapel.


The promoters, Fine Arts of the Suncoast, are expecting between 80,000 and 100,000 visitors to over 130 artists. There will also be live entertainment and free activities for kids. Admission is free. For more information, as it becomes available, you can try suncoastartsfest.com.

We were in this festival for the first time in 2016blog. We were scheduled to participate in 2018, but Nancy had back problemsannounced.

We Will Return To Temple Terrace

The 46th Annual Temple Terrace Arts & Crafts Festival, run by the Temple Terrace Arts Council, will be from 10 am to 4 pm both Saturday, November 9th and Sunday. It will be at Woodmont Park, 407 Woodmont Avenue.


They are expecting about 6,000 visitors to 150 artists. They will have free admission, free parking, and in addition to the art, there will be quality entertainment. For more information, check out their website (www.templeterraceartscouncil.org).

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The last time we entered this festivalannounced in 2013, it was called the Temple Terrace Community Arts Festival and was held at Riverhills Park.

A Different Kind Of Art Show In Eau Gallie?

We have been accepted into the Artworks of Eau Gallie Fine Arts Festival the weekend before Thanksgiving along Highland Avenue north of West Eau Gallie Boulevard in Melbourne.  The festival will be open from 10 am to 5 pm both Saturday, November 23, and Sunday.  It is a small festival; they are expecting around ten thousand visitors to eighty artists.


The Artworks of Eau Gallie Fine Arts Festival was conceived in 1996 with the idea of artists demonstrating “how they do what they do”. Although giving a demonstration is not an artist requirement, they encourage the artists to do so and award prizes for good demonstrations. In our booth at every festival, we talk constantly to visitors about Nancy’s work, as well as photography in general and wildlife, and other related topics – her forty years as a teacher are clearly evident. And yet we were not prepared for a demonstration and did not volunteer. The truth is I have no idea how to demonstrate what we do. If you have any ideas about this, like what you would like to see demonstrated, I’d like to hear them.

Besides the artists and the demonstrations, there will be live entertainment. More information will be on their website (artworksofeaugallie.org).

Space Coast Art Festival In New Location Again

We have been accepted into this art festival for the fourth timeprevious. This time the festival, which will be Saturday, October 19, from 9 am to 5 pm, and from 10 to 4 on Sunday, will be held at Space Coast Daily Park at 6091 Stadium Parkway in Viera, Florida (32940). This is a new 30-acre outdoor event and entertainment venue for Brevard County.


In addition to the 90 artists, they will have live art & music performances, a food court, kids entertainment, and a student art show. You can find more information on their website, Space Coast Art Festival, as it becomes available. They are expecting only 14 thousand visitors this year, but we are still looking forward to a good festival.

For what it’s worth, the people putting on this show have been scrambling since the City of Cocoa Beach wrongly started messing with them five years ago. Last year we had the opportunity to work with their new competition, the Cocoa Beach Art Show. Dealing with the lady in charge was not exactly a pleasure; she claimed to have well over ten years of experience in running a five-year-old festival and still didn’t understand her own festival rules as they were written (she made us take down Nancy’s hand-made notecardssample because notecards were mentioned as an example in a rule prohibiting mass-produced merchandise).

Now that Space Coast has a stable new venue and time, I fully expect them to return to to the highest level, as established by over fifty years of greatness (as indicated above, we haven’t been there all of those fifty years).