Guide to the Festival

On the first weekend in February, the Fort Myers waterfront comes to life with ArtFest! Explore exceptional art and fun experiences for the whole family. Discover the talent of nearly 200 artists from 31 states and their wide range of work, from traditional wall hangings to wearable art, sculptures, glass, ceramics, mixed media and more. And with a wide range of prices, there’s something for everyone — from the serious art lover to the casual collector.

Join us: 

Friday, February 4, 2022 - Opening Night - 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Saturday, February 5, 2022, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Sunday, February 6, 2022, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Not interested in a purchase? ArtFest offers you a unique chance to personally meet and mingle with the artists, sample a variety of culinary delights and enjoy live music and other family-friendly entertainment and events. Or experience ArtFest as one of our volunteers — we always have room for more! No matter how you enjoy ArtFest, your perfect weekend awaits.

Join the Club - Become and ArtFest VIP

Help us paint a more beautiful picture as an ArtFest VIP Club member, supporting the success of the festival and our year-round community programs. Our VIP Club members also enjoy reserved weekend parking, access to relax on the VIP Club Terrace and complimentary food and beverages. 

Publix Run to the Arts 5k Fun Run

Jump start your day with our annual 5K Fun Run– Publix Run to the Arts,on Sunday, Feb. 6 at 8 a.m. 

From “silver sneakers” to fast-footed kids, this family-friendly ArtFest tradition is open to all ages and athletic abilities. You can walk, run,strol, roll – or even skip if you want! Just pick your speed and take it step-by-step. Advanced registration is required.

Art for the Whole Family

Art is for everyone! That’s why we plan ArtFest to offer new experiences for visitors of any age. Little artists can find creative fun and entertainment at the Publix Art Yard, and the We Are Overflowing 2022 installation to see how a little imagination can turn anything into the perfect canvas. 

  • Art Under 20. ArtFest is welcoming nearly 300 high school artists to compete for $10,000 in cash prizes! Their work will be judged behind closed doors on Friday evening, but the work of these up-and-coming artists can be enjoyed all weekend. Don’t miss the chance to meet these talented young people!
  • Chalk Block. On Saturday, 40 teams of high school students will create artistic murals with chalk. 
  • We Are Overflowing. Middle school students from eight schools are using recycled materials to create sculptures that represent clean water.
  • Art For All. All Kids Love Making Art. At Art For All kids (or adults) use adaptive art tools to create huge, amazing art pieces. Get a sneak peek at

Getaway Packages

Anniversary weekend? Girls trip? Fun in the sun? Whatever your plans, ArtFest’s getaway packages will make your weekend extra special. Luminary Hotel & Co is a new Marriott Autograph Collection hotel located within the ArtFest site in the Fort Myers River District. Let us help you enjoy beautiful experiences all weekend long.

Behind-the-Scenes Access for Volunteers

Volunteers make ArtFest happen! Our friendly crew of weekend volunteers greet guests and attendees, support the artists and work behind the scenes. Every volunteer and every four-hour shift is important to the success of our festival. We’ll train you for your role, and you’ll get a free volunteer t-shirt to keep.

2020 Gold Awards:
Crisis Communication Plan,
Green Program,
Social Media Advertising Campaign
Gold Award:
Best Program to Benefit a Cause
#1 Favorite Small Town Art Fairs
RANKED #22 in the nation
200 Best Logo 2020


Saturday and Sunday, February 5 & 6, 2022
Opening Night Friday, February 4
On the waterfront in historic downtown Fort Myers

Phone: 239-768-3602