Artist Set-Up Information from 2022

ArtFest Fort Myers

February 5 & 6, 2022 with Opening Night Friday February 4 

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

Artists are required to set up Friday, February 4, 2022.

Set up begins on Friday, February 4, during a scheduled set-up time shown in 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. It is crucial that everyone follows the set-up times and process.

If you arrive in town on Friday, February 4th, before your Set-up Time – Please do not attempt to drive on to the festival site. Set up is only during the allocated times. The festival site is split into 2 waiting zones for staging. The 100s, 200s, and 300s blocks will report to the parking lot at the corner of Bay Street and Heitman Street (Under the 41 Bridge/Overpass). The 400s, 500s, and 600s will report to the parking lot at the corner of Edison Ave and Grand Ave (2301 Grand Ave, Fort Myers).

To facilitate the flow we will stage you in a waiting zone. Please look for an entrance flag at each of the parking lots. Volunteers are at the waiting zones ready to help all of the Artists get lined up. Please have your booth number ready. 

We ask all artists to trust the process. Please arrive at your scheduled time to ensure you will be driving right up to your booth location. All artists will be staged in booth number order. Late arrivals will have to dolly into their location from Bay or Lee street. 

Please check the chart below. The staging times and locations are based upon your booth number. 

Each Artist in the 100s, 200s, & 300s blocks will enter the Festival Site on Heitman Street and Exit on Monroe Street. Please remember there is one way traffic. Volunteers will be on site to guide you. 

Booth Numbers #: Set-Up Times: Waiting Zone:
301D, 307, 311, 315, 319, 323D, 329, 333, 337 Arrive at Waiting Zone by 8:30am

Load in at 9:00am

Move Vehicle by 11:00am

Parking Lot at corner of Bay Street & Heitman Street (Under the US 41 Bridge/Overpass)
103D, 109, 113, 119, 123, 127, 203, 204, 207D, 208, 212, 213, 217, 220, 221, 224D, 225, 230, 231D, 234D Arrive at Waiting Zone by 8:30 am

Load in at 9:00am

Move Vehicle by 11:00am

Parking Lot at corner of Bay Street & Heitman Street (Under the US 41 Bridge/Overpass)
305, 309, 313, 317, 321, 327, 331, 335, 339D Arrive at Waiting Zone by 10:45am

Load in at 11:15am

Move Vehicle by 1:15pm

Parking Lot at corner of Bay Street & Heitman Street (Under the US 41 Bridge/Overpass)
101, 107, 111, 115D, 121, 125, 201, 202, 205, 206, 210, 211, 214, 215, 218, 219, 222, 223, 227, 228, 232 Arrive at Waiting Zone by 10:45am

Load in at 11:15am

Move Vehicle by 1:15pm

Parking Lot at corner of Bay Street & Heitman Street (Under the US 41 Bridge/Overpass)

The Artists in 400s block participating in Friday Night will enter the Festival Site on Hendry Street and exit on Monroe Street. The Artists in 500s & 600s will enter the Festival Site on Hendry Street and exit east on Lee Street. Please remember there is one way traffic. Volunteers will be on site to guide you. 

Booth Numbers #: Set-Up Times: Waiting Zone:
401D, 402D, 403D, 405D, 407D, 408, 414, 418, 422, 426, 430, 436, 442D, 446 Arrive at the Waiting Zone by 8:30am

Meet at the Blue Flag

Load in at 9:00am

Move Vehicle by 11:00am

Parking Lot at the corner of Edison Ave and Grand Ave (2301 Grand Ave, Fort Myers)
Look for the Entrance Flags
602, 603, 606, 607, 610, 613, 614, 617, 622, 623, 626, 627, 630, 631, 634, 635, 638, 639,642, 643D, 646, 650D Arrive at the Waiting Zone by 9:15am

Meet at the Yellow Flag

Load in at 9:45am

Move vehicle by 11:45am

Parking Lot at the corner of Edison Ave and Grand Ave (2301 Grand Ave, Fort Myers)
Look for the Entrance Flags
501D, 507, 511, 515, 519, 523, 527, 531, 535, 539 Arrive at the Waiting Zone by 10:00am

Meet at the Purple Flag

Load in at 10:30am

Move vehicle by 12:30pm

Parking Lot at the corner of Edison Ave and Grand Ave (2301 Grand Ave, Fort Myers)
Look for the Entrance Flags
406, 410D, 416, 420, 424, 428, 432D, 438D, 448, 450, 452D, 454, 458D, 460, 462 Arrive at the Waiting Zone at 10:45am

Meet at the BLue Flag

Load in at 11:15am

Move vehicle by 1:15pm

Parking Lot at the corner of Edison Ave and Grand Ave (2301 Grand Ave, Fort Myers)
Look for the Entrance Flags
601, 604, 605, 608, 609, 612, 615, 618D, 619D, 624, 628, 629, 632, 633, 636, 637, 640, 641, 644, 648 Arrive at the Waiting Zone at 12:15pm

Meet at the Yellow Flag

Load in at 12:45pm

Move vehicle by 2:45pm

Parking Lot at the corner of Edison Ave and Grand Ave (2301 Grand Ave, Fort Myers)
Look for the Entrance Flags
505, 509, 513, 517, 521, 525, 529, 533, 537, 541D Arrive at the Waiting Zone at 1:00pm

Meet at the Purple Flag

Load in at 1:30pm

Move Vehicle by 3:30pm

Parking Lot at the corner of Edison Ave and Grand Ave (2301 Grand Ave, Fort Myers)
Look for the Entrance Flags

EARLY ARRIVALS

If you arrive in town on Friday, February 4, before your set up time please do not attempt to drive on to the festival site. Artists can park and wait for their set up time at 2301 Grand Ave, Fort Myers, FL 33901.

ARTIST CHECK-IN

Artist Check-In is open from 11am – 4:30pm and is located on the East Porch at The Caloosa Sound Convention Center (1375 Monroe St, Fort Myers, FL 33901) – look for the big red Welcome flags. Do not forget your Photo ID as it is required for Artists and Collaborating Partners to Check-In. 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 time.

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 this will be monitored during setup and over festival 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 BOUND 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 BOUND 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 and have security guards. You may restock at any time Saturday evening/night. You will need to show your Artist Credentials to gain access. No vehicles will be allowed on site once the Festival opens. All artists must dolly in to restock. We do not encourage restocking Sunday Morning as Bay Street will be closed in the early hours for Publix Run To The Arts. 

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 Artist Parking lot on Monroe St. between Widman Way and Victoria Avenue. Look for the Red Artist Parking Sign. Please do not park in the adjacent parking lot with Green Parking signs as that lot is only for festival volunteers. 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. Please do not park in the adjacent parking lot with Green Parking signs as that lot is only for festival volunteers. Check-in will have additional information.

Information to come on the Trolley times and locations. 

We ask all artists to park in their assigned parking lot. Please do not park along the access streets, VIP Lot or other festival parking lots including the Volunteer Lot. Display your Parking Pass on your rear-view mirror.

FLORIDA SALES TAX

Each artist is responsible for collecting and remitting their 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: 1375 Monroe St, Fort Myers, FL 33901

Saturday and Sunday: Artist Corner - 7:30am-5:30pm, Breakfast 7:30am-8:30pm

 

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SAVE THE DATE FOR 2022!

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

Phone: 239-768-3602

Email: info@artfestfortmyers.com