About ArtFest Fort Myers, Inc.

ArtFest Fort Myers is best known for its annual juried fine art festival, which nurtures the artistic and cultural environment of our entire community.

On the first weekend in February 85,000 people come to the riverfront in downtown Fort Myers and enjoy the special opportunities the festival provides:

ArtFest Fort Myers also supports arts in education through art education and outreach programs.

As a not-for-profit organization, ArtFest Fort Myers relies on support from grants, sponsorships, artist and food vendor entry fees, beverage sales, and festival T-shirt and poster sales to fund the art festival and outreach programs.

We are also committed to the best practices in the art festival business. We belong to International Festival & Events Association, Florida Festival & Events Association as well as our local Chamber and Alliance for the Arts. The annual Festival & Events Association Conventions, behind-the-scene trips to events, frequent calls with festival directors throughout the country and local trainings keep us up-to-date for best practices and innovative ideas.

ArtFest Supports the Community

ArtFest Fort Myers is committed to supporting the community that supports us.

Our Executive Director, Sharon McAllister, serves as the immediate Past Chairman of the City of Fort Myers Public Art Committee and as President of the Fort Myers Conference & Convention Council. Sharon also served for 3 years as the Vice Chair of the Florida Festival and Events Association (FFEA) and remains active in support of that organization.

Our staff actively attends meetings of the Visitor & Convention Bureau; the Fort Myers City Council; the Greater Fort Myers Chamber; the Southwest Florida Attractions Association; the Tourist Development Council to provide support and input in our areas of expertise.

As one of our community’s most popular, well-known, and respected arts organizations, we are ever-aware of our responsibility to be involved in the success of art & culture throughout the area. We are members or attendees and supporters of all the arts organizations in Lee County.

Award-Winning Programs

2015 International Festival & Events Association

  • Best Ad Series – Publix Run To The Arts – GOLD
  • Best Single New Sponsorship Opportunity – Copa Di Vino– GOLD
  • Best Event (within an Existing Festival) – Publix Run To The Arts – GOLD
  • Best Sponsor Partner – Publix Super Markets – SILVER
  • Best Single New Sponsorship Opportunity – CenturyLink – SILVER
  • Best Sponsorship Program for Individual Sponsor – Florida Blue – BRONZE

2015 Florida Festival & Events Association

  • Best Sponsor Program – Publix Run To The Arts & Publix Art Yard – GOLD
  • Best Website – GOLD
  • Best Printed Material – Publix Run To The Arts – BRONZE

2014 International Festival & Events Association

  • Best Event within an Event to benefit a cause
  • Best Sponsorship to benefit the sponsor
  • Best T-shirt Design
  • Best Ad Series
  • Best On-Site Decor

2014 Florida Festival & Events Association

  • Best Website
  • Best T-shirt Design
  • Best Brochure

2013 International Festival & Events Association

  • Gold Pinnacle Best New Targeted Sponsorship (Truly Nolen Pest Control)
  • Gold Pinnacle Best Event within an Event  (Pedal or Paddle Lee Memorial)
  • Gold Pinnacle Best Printed Material (TravelHost Magazine Special Section)
  • Gold Pinnacle Best Newspaper Insert (Florida Weekly)
  • Gold Pinnacle Best T-shirt Design

2013 Florida Festivals and Events Association Awards

  • Best Printed Materials
  • Best Event with-in an Event
  • Best T-shirt design

2010 Chrysalis Award Winner for Sales & Marketing

Appreciation & Outstanding Support Award 2009 for Art Education Funding to Lee County Schools

Alliance for the Arts Award: Arts Organization Leader of the Year 2006 — Sharon McAllister

Florida Festivals and Events Association Awards

  • Best Press Communications, 2004 – 2009
  • Artistic Excellence for Graphic Design Work, 2007
  • Best Community Partnership, 2007
  • Best Sponsorship Package, 2006

Sharon McAllister
Executive Director

Jeanne Seehaver
Associate Director

Rachel Burttram
Production Manager


ArtFest Fort Myers, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit arts and cultural corporation whose mission is exclusively:

The creation of public access to a broad array of visual art; nurturing the development and understanding of diverse art forms; supporting arts in education and encouraging the appreciation of the arts in Southwest Florida.



Saturday and Sunday, February 3 & 4, 2018
10 am - 5 pm
On the waterfront in historic downtown Fort Myers

Opening Night: Friday, February 2 • 6 - 9 pm

Phone: 239-768-3602

Email: info@artfestfortmyers.com

WOW! The City of Fort Myers is an Arts powerhouse.

Did you know? Nonprofit arts and culture in Fort Myers generates $49.7 million in annual economic activity ... 1,389 full-time equivalent jobs ... and much more.