Art is Artsfest on Historic Walnut Street – Springfield, Missouri

Art is Artsfest on Historic Walnut Street Springfield, Missouri


Artsfest is the largest fine arts festival in Southwest Missouri – featuring 140 artists from all over the country, over 80 performances, delicious food from some of Springfield’s favorite restaurants and food vendors, and a kids hands-on area with activities including Chalk-It-Up and the Claymobile, a mobile ceramic arts workshop.

Artsfest is one of the biggest and best events outdoor art festivals in Southwest Missouri.  Patrons come back year after year to browse the work of many talented artists, enjoy one of the first outdoor festivals of the spring, and take in the electric atmosphere.

The 2017 festival will be held:

Saturday, May 6th, 10am-6pm
Sunday, May 7th, 10am-5pm
Located on Historic Walnut Street in Downtown Springfield

Check out some of the fun we’ve hadl!

Illustration by Heather Kane
Written and produced by Brett Johnston
Music by Trak Masta Tom and Brett Johnston


  1. I would like to have the contact information for the Jewelry booth 12. After getting home there were some pieces I wished I had bought. I think the artist was Diane Kramer-Thaemert.

    Ellen Evett

  2. What are the dates for Artfest in 2016. We live in NM now and are trying to plan a trip home around Artfest.

  3. Hello,

    My name is Jeremy Williams and I am a woodturner from Shelbyville, IL. I am interested in applying to Artfest on Walnut for 2016. If you could provide any pertinent information I would appreciate it.

  4. Hello,
    The Child Advocacy Center is interested in signing up for ArtsFest 2016. It may be way early, but wanted to get the ball rolling. What do I need to do to start? Thanks!

  5. I would just like to take this opportunity to introduce ourselves to the community. My wife Janine and I are opening a Painting with a Twist Studio in Springfield. We hope to be open Feb. 2016. We will be looking at hiring some local artists to join us.

    We would also like to team up with local non-profits for fundraising for the local community every month.

    Please visit the web site to see what we are all about

    We look forward to being a part of the community.

    Thank you

    Janine and Tom

  6. Hello, I’m a food vendor looking for an application for your art fest. I am from Joplin and currently do their third Thursdays every month along with several other events. So if you could please email me the information I would appreciate it. Thank You.

  7. was looking to enter our name in for a food vendor however I could not find the app anywhere?? can you please help??

  8. Hi,
    I was wanting to check to see if you were still looking for food vendors for Art Fest. I have a food truck and would like to bring it. We take food and put our own twist on it. I would appreciate any information that you could give me and would love to be a part of Art Fest.

    Thank you,

  9. Hello I’m a professional arts and crafts vendor. I’m looking for some shows in May and I see you have one? I sell traditional Celtic and Americana music performed on the hammered dulcimer and other acoustic instruments. These recordings are produced recorded and engineered my me, and are of the highest quality I have 7 recordings of Americana, Sea Shanty, Christmas, Celtic and Americana as well as a CD of Irish pub songs. Come visit my website and hear some of my music. I did a show many years ago, ” Whoa Nellie Days” I think it was called, and had a lotta fun there. Would like to come back to Springfield and show off a bit for your folks !! Might you have a category for music vendors? Thanks in advance for a prompt response Ger

  10. I was haven’t been to this festival in a number of years and I was wondering if you allow vendors from Direct Sales companies or not? If you would please let me know so I know if I can proceed with an application or not. Thank you so much for your help with this.
    Kasha Oetinger
    Willa Beauty Consultant & National Recruiter

  11. I would be interested in showing at your fair. Please advise if you have a cancellation.

  12. Hey Guys I realize that this might be a bit late for 2016, but I would like some information and an application for food vendors for the event. I own The Paddy Wagon Grill (food truck), and we would like to be involved in as many local events as possible throughout the year. If all of your spots are already full, I completely understand and we can then focus on next year! Thanks for any information that you can pass along, Mark.

  13. Hi, I am looking for an application to be able in entertain at ArtsFest if anyone has any info please let me know thank you.

  14. I’m a local Fine Art photographer and have been interested in being in this show. I just found the website and saw your deadline was a couple weeks ago. I was wondering if you by chance had any space left.

  15. Jennifer, I’m sorry but we have completed jurying for this year’s festival. If you would like to be added to our mailing list for upcoming years, please call 417-831-6200 and we can take care of that for you.

  16. Thank you for the message. We are currently working on food vendors for this year’s event. We will email you an application.

  17. Thank you for the message. We have completed jurying for this year’s festival and do have a waiting list of artists who would like to participate as well. We appreciate your interest and hope you will apply in the future!

  18. Thanks for your interest in Artsfest. We will email you a non-profit application form.

  19. May 7-8, 2016 — We hope you can join us!

  20. Hi Ellen, I will email you her information. She will be participating in the 2016 Artsfest on Walnut Street as well.

  21. Is it too late to be in the hanging space for Ozarks Gallery reserved for new artist? I’m so slow, next year on the booth.

  22. Hi Lea – no, we are still accepting applications for those artists. I will email you an application. Thanks for the message!

  23. Hi, we are interested in providing kettle corn for Artfest. We cook onsite a variety of unique and delicious flavors. Please let us know. We are a big fan and would love to be a food vendor. Thank you

  24. Hi Gerry – thanks for your interest in Artsfest. We actually have a kettle corn provider already signed up to participate in our festival. Thank you for contacting us though.

  25. Could your send me prices on getting a food vendor in to the art fest
    please and thank you

  26. Are you still accepting applications for the 2016 event? I sell handmade men’s soap and body products and would love to participate.

  27. Hi Carla – we are not, I’m sorry. Artsfest is a juried art show, so applications were due a couple of months ago.

  28. Hi Tana – we have all of our food vendors for this year’s festival booked already. Thanks for your interest tho.

  29. Hi
    I am selling Dipping Dots Ice Cream.Any available booth for me?


  30. Hi Omer – thank you for your interest in Artsfest. We actually have all of our food vendors covered for this year. Appreciate you thinking of us thought!

  31. I am interested in a booth this year. I am a jewelry designer. You can see some of my jewelry on my facebook business page.

  32. Hello, Unfortunately, Artsfest is a juried art show. So artists applied several months ago, were scored by a panel of judges, and then the top 140 were invited to participate in the show. I could add you to the artist mailing list for next year if you’d like?

  33. Please add me to the artist mailing list for the 2017 show. I am a photographer with prints available. I am interested in submitting works for next year.

  34. Happy to do so — please just email us your full mailing address and we’ll get you added.