Artist Set-Up Information

2018 Set-Up Instructions for Artists – for reference only (2019 Instructions will be posted in January 2019)

Click here to download a printable PDF of 2018 Set-Up Instructions, with complete and helpful information.

Director’s Welcome

Welcome to ArtFest Fort Myers – We Are Glad You Are Coming.

The advertising has been placed –- volunteers are excited –- the site is ready –- the press coverage has started –- the VIPs are calling for tickets and we look forward to seeing you at ArtFest Fort Myers.

Hotel Information for Artists

ArtFest Fort Myers #: 239-768-3602 Please leave a message & we will return your call.

Artists Are Required to Set Up Friday, February 2, 2018

Set up begins on Friday, Feb. 2nd during your scheduled set-up time shown on the chart below. Set up times have been staggered to create the best traffic flow and artist access. If you are late arriving, you will have to park off site and dolly to your booth.

If you arrive in town on Friday, Feb. 2nd, before your Set-up Time – PLEASE DO NOT ATTEMPT TO DRIVE ON TO THE FESTIVAL SITE – there will be no exceptions made for Set-up prior to your scheduled time. Our Waiting Zone is behind the former 1st United Methodist Church (2466 First St., Fort Myers 33901) — access off Royal Palm Ave. Park in grassy lot & wait for your set up time.

When you arrive at your assigned Set-up Time (see chart below), proceed to your assigned staging lot. Look for Booth Number signs and Entrance flags. A volunteer will meet you at your Staging access intersection to confirm your booth number. Please have your booth number ready!

SET UP TIMES have been designed to allow artists to enter the festival site in an order that creates the least street blockage by artist vans. Artists who do not arrive during their designated Set-up time may experience significant delay in getting to their booth space or may have to dolly-in.

When you arrive at your booth location, be considerate of our volunteers and other artists.

NEW THIS YEAR: In some areas of the site, artists will have 1.5 hours to unload and move their vehicles –- see specific booth # instructions below. Please remember: Our plan is set up with One Way traffic ONLY.




If you arrive in town on Friday, Feb. 2nd, before your set up time, PLEASE DO NOT ATTEMPT TO DRIVE ON TO THE FESTIVAL SITE.

We have a great area for you to PARK AND WAIT for your set up time to begin: At the intersection of First St. and Royal Palm Ave. you will see the lot of the former United Methodist Church, 2466 First St., Fort Myers 33901. Behind the Church complex, access from Royal Palm Ave., is a large grassy area where you have permission to park on Friday, prior to check-in. There will be ArtFest Fort Myers signs posted. From here, it is an easy 1.5 block walk to downtown Fort Myers and right across from the new downtown library.


Artist Check-In is open from 11am – 4:30pm and is located on the East porch of the Harborside Event Center – look for the big red Welcome flags. DON’T FORGET YOUR ID – IT IS REQUIRED. Check-in has your Welcome Packet, containing parking passes, booth cards, name tags, and other info. Artists may Check-in before, during or after they set-up BUT MUST COME IN PERSON WITH YOUR ID.


Winter can be a windy time in Florida and this is particularly true for locations near the river. We urge all artists to be prepared for all weather conditions – wind and rain.

YOU MUST HAVE YOUR TENT WEIGHTS INSTALLED ON YOUR TENT regardless of weather conditions –- for your & your neighbors’ protection! Artist Welcome Team and Artist Ambassadors will be checking this during Set Up and over the weekend.


From I-75 SOUTH – Exit 138, Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. (SR 82): Exit and head West into Downtown Fort Myers (about 4 miles). At Jackson Street, make a right and go 3 blocks to Bay Street.

From I-75 NORTH – Exit 141 – Palm Beach Blvd westbound. Travel Palm Beach Blvd, about 4 miles, to downtown Fort Myers. At the Seaboard Rd intersection, Palm Beach Blvd becomes First Street. One block past the Fowler Avenue light, make a right on Bay Street.

From US – 41 (Tamiami Trail) SOUTH into Downtown Fort Myers: Once you cross over the Caloosahatchee River take the first off ramp into Downtown. The ramp exits onto West First Street. Go 2 blocks to Monroe Street & make a left. Go 1 block to Bay St. & turn right.

From US – 41 (Tamiami Trail) NORTH into Downtown Fort Myers: Just before you cross over the Caloosahatchee River, take the last exit (right) to historic downtown. Go STRAIGHT (Do not turn onto Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.) to Monroe St. Turn left at Monroe St. and go 2 blocks to Bay St. and turn right.


All access roads into the festival site will be barricaded on Sunday morning, to accommodate our exciting 5K Publix Run to the Arts. Please make sure that any necessary booth restocking is done on Saturday evening, as Bay Street will not be open until 9:30AM on Sunday morning.


Overnight security will be provided on Friday and Saturday nights by a combination of private security and Fort Myers Police, beginning at 5 p.m.


Off-street parking for artists’ full-size RVs with generators is in your designated lot. Check-in will have that information for you.


Artists commuting to the festival each day will have reserved parking. Check-in will have that information for you. Trolley Service will begin from your lot at 7:00 AM to bring you to the festival site, making continuous loops all day, both Saturday & Sunday.

PLEASE PARK ONLY IN YOUR ASSIGNED SPACE. DO NOT PARK along the access streets, VIP or other festival parking lots.

Display your Parking Pass on your rear view mirror.

There is absolutely NO Parking allowed on grassy lots adjacent to the festival site, per mandate from property owner.


Each artist is responsible for collecting and remitting his/her own Florida Sales Tax (6%). Tax forms will be in your Check-in packet. ArtFest Fort Myers is required to provide artists/ names and addresses to the Florida Department of Revenue.


All artist services are located at the Harborside Event Center, including indoor bathrooms.

Join us at the Harborside Event Center East Porch Entrance
(where you check in) Saturday and Sunday mornings for
a great breakfast from 7:30–9:00 a.m.!

ArtFest Fort Myers Contact Info:
Office Phone#: 239-768-3602
Over Festival Weekend please leave a message & we will return your call

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Saturday and Sunday, February 2 & 3, 2019
10 am - 5 pm
On the waterfront in historic downtown Fort Myers

Opening Night: Friday, February 1 • 6 - 9 pm

Phone: 239-768-3602


NEW FOR 2019


Boutique Show • 50 Fine Artists
Community Mural Painting
Great Food & Beverages
Jazzy Music

When: March 2, 2019 • 10 to 5
Where: Babcock Ranch, Founder’s Square, 42851 Crescent Loop, Babcock Ranch, FL 33982 Map

We're delighted to have helped Babcock Ranch launch this show with artists of the quality you enjoy every year at ArtFest Fort Myers. Check it out!