We are so excited that you are interested in applying to be one of our amazing Artisans at the Summer Arts Festival!  The 2019 Summer Arts Festival is NOW 2 days: Friday, July 5th 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm and Saturday, July 6th 10:00 am to 5:00 pm @ the Deer Lake Art Gallery.

The 2019 Call for Artisans is now OPEN until June 1, 2019.

Thank you for your interest in participating in the Deer Lake Craft Festival! Please note that the Deer Lake Craft Festival usually sells out early and a long wait list for jewelry & soap artisans.  If you are interested in participating for the 2018 Festival book early. Until full payment for the space rental AND BAC membership you are NOT a confirmed Artisan and may be put on a waiting list.

2019 Summer Arts Festival: July 5 & 6, 2019

How much does it cost to be an Artisan @ the Summer Arts Festival?

Booth fees for an 10′ x 10′ approximate total space is $60 EACH DAY plus $25 BAC membership for NON-MEMBERS.  The space is All Artisans that participate in the Festival must be BAC member.   NEW Artisans – YOU DO NOT NEED to be a BAC member to apply .  If you are accepted to the Festival membership can be purchased online at the link here.

The Festival facility set-up is very organic in the sense that we do not set up ‘booths’ with drape and piping.

There is no electricity provided for this event, you must provide your own.

Night Market, Friday, July 5th 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm – $60

Saturday, July 6th 10:00 am to 5:00 pm – $60

Night Market plus Saturday Market – $100

If you book for both days of the event it is only $100 for the 2 days!  (plus your BAC membership $25 if you are a non-member)

How many people attend the Festival?

Our 2019 Summer Festival saw more than 1,000 people attend the outdoor event.

How does the Festival organizer jury applications?

We receive an overwhelming number of applications for the Festival, and narrowing down our choices is always difficult! Our goal is to make sure we have the best collection of artists, designers, and crafters. Each application is considered and juried based on a number of criteria, including the craftsmanship of the products you’re marketing, the creativity of your brand, the quality of your website, and your social media presence. We look to see if you promote and market!  Other considerations will include how many similar artisans are in the event.

We always love to have fresh talent at the Festival and highly encourage new artisans to apply!

In 2019 the jurying will occur beginning February 1, 2019 to June 1, 2019.  You will be notified of your acceptance via email.

Can I sell a product that I didn’t design myself?

BIG NO! In order to be accepted as an Artisan, everything you sell needs to be designed by you and handmade right here at home. We don’t allow any mass-produced items to be sold, or any products that are manufactured outside of Canada.

What’s included with my space @ the Summer Arts Festival?

For the 2019 event we supply ONLY the 10′ x 10′  space on the paved driveway.  It is up to you to bring the tent, tables and your own power.  We do all the fabulous marketing and promotion of the event, plus book entertainment, face painting, food trucks, workshops and of course the fabulous Park’s Edge Paint off on Saturday! (that is just to name a few of things going on during the event!!!)

Night Market is Friday, July 5th from 6:00 – 9:30 pm.

Summer Day is Saturday, July 6th from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

You can commit to both days for a discount or select the option of the Night Market or Day Event.

Spaces will be organized side by side and an organic feel to the event.

Try to make space information as clear as possible . . . the total amount of space you have to work with is aprox 9×9 which allows for neighbour artisans and walking around.

You are not permitted to put items in front of your booth on the ground as this is a tripping hazard.

Will there be photos taken?

Big YES!  A volunteer photographer take photos of your booth/products and usually the artisan and the booth for future promotional use.  We post daily during the event weekend on all social media platforms.  By applying as an artisan you accept the fact that YES you and your booth will be photographed!

I make food products. Are there additional rules I need to follow?

YES! Please contact Fraser Health  to find out what the requirements are for the type of food you make. You will be required to upload a copy of your permit (or letter of exemption or inspection report) on your Artisan application. Applications without the required documentation will be discarded without further consideration.

Additional forms will be required of you if you intend to offer samples at the show.

Can I share my space with a friend?

YES, we do allow sharing table space with a friend BUT they must be juried into the show.  There is ABSOLUTELY NO SUBLETTING of the space.

I really want to be part of the Summer Arts Festival, but I can’t be there for the entire event. Can I book a booth for just one days?

Why not?!  Works for us for the summer event! The 2019 event is over 2 days includes the Friday Night Market and all day Saturday.  You can save money and book for the 2 days or plan on reserving your space just for one day.

If I exhibited as an Artisan in previous years, do I still have to apply?

Big YUP!  Prior participation doesn’t guarantee acceptance to future events; you need to submit an application for every event you’d like to participate in.  Yes!  It is an annual event and you are not guaranteed to be accepted. 

What are the event hours?

Friday, July 5th from 6:00 to 9:30 pm (Set up: between 3:00 pm and 5:30 pm)

Saturday, July 6th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (Set up: between 7:30 am and 9:30 am)

What is the schedule for set up and take down?

Night Market set-up for the events occurs Friday afternoon between 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm.  You must be completely set up by 5:30 pm.  You CANNOT park or back into the driveway.  Sorry not sorry but that is not negotiable.   Artisan location is carefully planned so please do not move your space.

Saturday Market set-up is 7:30 am to 9:30 am in the morning. You must be completely ready to go by 10:00 am.  Again you CANNOT park or back into the driveway – period.  Sorry not sorry but we have too much going on to work around vehicles.

There will be some issue with parking to unload as Deer Lake Avenue will be busy on Friday.There is temporary parking across the street.  You will be UNABLE to park in the driveway as other equipment and tents will be in the way.  As soon as you finished unloading you MUST move your car!

You can set up early but realize we will NOT be held responsible for the items at your booth.  Any lost or stolen items are not our responsibility – PERIOD.

During the event you must unload any extra stock prior to the opening time.  You are NOT permitted to use a dolly to unload during event hours.  It disrupts other artisans and a safety hazard for visitors.

Take down of your booth on Friday is after 9:30 pm and 5:00 pm on Saturday.

Social Media – Promo/MKT 101

The Burnaby Arts Council has made a great deal of effort to market the event and constantly improve the experience for you. We have a fabulous website with exhibitor information and links to either your facebook page or website. We will have boosted and paid for advertising on Facebook & Twitter. Paid Advertising through the Burnaby Now Digital Ads, Burnaby Now, Tricity News, Vancouver Courier & the New West Record.

Part of you participating in the event is promoting and marketing the event!  We need your assistance to help make this event event more of a success.

Is there parking for artisans?

In a nutshell . . . NO!  Park at your own risk at the Shadbolt Centre.  There is public parking in the area.  On Saturday please park at Burnaby City Hall, it is only a short 5 minute walk to the Deer Lake Art Gallery.

What if I get accepted as an Artisan into the Festival, but I need to cancel?

Cancellation Schedule 2019

Cancel before June 1, 2019 – 75% refund

Cancel after June 15, 2019 – 50% refund

Cancel  after July 1, 2019 –  all exhibitor fees and options are non-refundable.

What goes on at the Summer Arts Festival?

Well a whole bunch of fun fun fun!

On Friday evening you can expect a live concert featuring 2 bands, opening exhibition of Kelly Cannells solo work plus an extra special surprise of an outdoor fire juggler!

Saturday, plan on live performances all day long, face painting, art workshops and of course the very fabulous Park’s Edge Paint Off from 1 – 3 pm with a silent auction.  Don’t forget Muckabout Gift Gallery will be hosting another great kids art workshop!

BAC Membership

All Artisans participating in the Festival must be current BAC members.

For NEW Artisans – you DO NOT need to be a BAC member to apply.  If you are accepted to the Festival, membership can be purchased online at that time.



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