Artist Set-Up Information

IMPORTANT: THESE SET-UP INSTRUCTIONS ARE ***NEW*** FOR 2020. PLEASE READ THEM CAREFULLY!

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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.

Click here to download a printable PDF of 2020 Artist Set-Up Instructions, with complete and helpful information.

Artists Are Required to Set Up Friday, January 31, 2020

Set up begins on Friday, Jan. 1 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, Jan. 1st, 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 in the large grassy lot at 2301 Grand Avenue, Fort Myers, FL 33901. Please look for the Entrance Flags.

When you arrive at your assigned Set-up Time (see chart below), proceed to your assigned staging lot. Look for 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, please be considerate of our volunteers and other artists.

SIMILAR TO LAST YEAR: We will be staging the majority of artists in ONE GRASSY PARKING LOT SOUTH OF THE FESTIVAL and coming on site in booth # order. You MUST arrive on time to make this work for everyone. In some areas of the site, artists will have 1 ½ hours to unload and move their vehicles – see specific booth # instructions below. Please remember: Our plan is set up with One Way traffic ONLY.

EARLY ARRIVALS

If you arrive in town on Friday, January 31st, before your set up time, PLEASE DO NOT ATTEMPT TO DRIVE ONTO THE FESTIVAL SITE. We have a great area for you to PARK AND WAIT for your set up time to begin: 2301 Grande Ave, Fort Myers, FL 33901

ARTIST CHECK-IN

Artist Check-In is open from 11am – 4:30pm and is located at the two-story building at the river end of Hendry. (1300 Hendry Street, Fort Myers) – look for the big red Welcome flags. DON’T FORGET YOUR ID – IT IS REQUIRED. Check-in has your Welcome Envelope, containing your parking pass, booth card, name tags, and other info. Artists may Check-in before, during or after they set-up BUT MUST COME IN PERSON WITH YOUR ID.

SAFE TENT SET-UP

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 you & your neighbors’ protection! Artist Welcome Team and Artist Ambassadors will be checking this during Set Up and over the weekend.

DIRECTIONS TO THE EVENT (NOT THE STAGING LOTS)

From I-75 SOUTH – Exit 138, Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. (SR 82): Exit and head West into downtown Fort Myers (about 4 miles)

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. Continue west into downtown Fort Myers

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. Continue east into downtown Fort Myers

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 the next block is First Street, downtown Fort Myers.

RESTOCKING YOUR WORK ON SATURDAY EVENING

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

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.

RV OVERNIGHT PARKING

Off-street parking for artists’ full-size RVs with generators is in your designated lot Artist Parking lot on Monroe St. between Widman Way and Victoria Avenue. Look for the Red Artist Parking Sign. Check-in will have additional information.

DAY PARKING

Artists commuting to the festival each day will have reserved parking. The Artist Parking lot is located on Monroe St. between Widman Way and Victoria Avenue. Look for the Red Artist Parking Sign.

Trolley Service will begin from the Artist Parking Lot at 7:00 AM to bring you to the festival site, making continuous loops all day, both Saturday & Sunday.

(4) Forty passenger trolleys run to help for artist arrival and departure from:

  • 7:00a-9:30a and 5:15p-6:30p Saturday
  • 7:00a-9:30a and 4:15a-6:00p Sunday

(2) Forty passenger trolleys will run every 20 min

  • 9:30a-5:15p Saturday
  • 9:30a-4:15p Sunday

Trolley picks up at Monroe & Widman
Trolley drops on First St. @ Broadway

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 security guidelines by the Department of Homeland Security.

FLORIDA SALES TAX

Each artist is responsible for collecting and remitting his/her own Florida Sales Tax (6.5%). The sales tax in Lee County increased in 2019 to 6.5%. ArtFest Fort Myers is required to provide artists/ names and addresses to the Florida Department of Revenue.

ARTIST CORNER & HOSPITALITY

All artist services are located at: 1300 Hendry Street Fort Myers, FL (Artist Check-in) on the 1st Floor.

Saturday and Sunday: Artist Corner- 7:30am-5:30pm, Breakfast 7:30am-9:30pm

ArtFest Fort Myers Contact Info

Office Phone#: 239-768-3602
Over Festival Weekend please leave a message & we will return your call
info@ArtFestFortMyers.com
ArtFestFortMyers.com

Check List for All Artists

Double Check:

  • Re-read Set Up Instructions (Download the PDF)
  • Booth# – Have Ready at Entrance Access Point
  • Your Staging Lot and Set-up Time
  • Weather Report for Weekend Conditions

Check In:

  • I.D. REQUIRED for CHECK IN
  • Hang Parking Pass on Rear View Mirror

Parking:

  • Please ensure you are parked in the designated Artist Parking Lot on Sat. & Sun. With your parking pass on your rear-view mirror.

Young Art Collectors:

  • Drop Off Art Work To Donate with Your Artist Ambassador – OR – At Check-In. Thanks for supporting this great program!

Breakfast Reminder:

  • Saturday & Sunday – Expanded Continental Breakfast From 7:30AM – 9:30AM

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Artists Are Required to Set Up Friday, February 1, 2019

Set up begins on Friday, Feb. 1st 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. 1st, 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: We will be staging the majority of artists in ONE GRASSY PARKING LOT SOUTH OF THE FESTIVAL and coming on site in booth # order. You MUST arrive on time to make this work for everyone. 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.


EARLY ARRIVALS

If you arrive in town on Friday, Feb. 1st, 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

Artist Check-In is open from 11am – 4:30pm and is located at the Allure Sales Center (1300 Hendry Street, Fort Myers) – 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.

SAFE TENT SET-UP

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.

DIRECTIONS TO EVENT

From I-75 SOUTH – Exit 138, Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. (SR 82): Exit and head West into Downtown Fort Myers (about 4 miles).

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. Proceed west into downtown Fort Myers.

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 downtown Fort Myers.

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 First Street is one block north.

RESTOCKING YOUR WORK ON SATURDAY EVENING

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

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.

RV OVERNIGHT PARKING

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

DAY PARKING

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 the property owner and security guidelines by Homeland Security.

FLORIDA SALES TAX

Each artist is responsible for collecting and remitting his/her own Florida Sales Tax (6.5%). Lee County Sales Tax has increased in 2019 to 6.5%. 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.

ARTIST CORNER & HOSPITALITY

All artist services are located at the Allure Sales Center, including indoor bathrooms.

Join us at the Allure Sales Center second floor
(upstairs from 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
info@ArtFestFortMyers.com
www.ArtFestFortMyers.com
#ArtFestFM

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Phone: 239-768-3602

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