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2016 Directory

Submissions to the 2016 Ohio Arts Festivals & Competitions Directory are collected September 15, 2015 until October 31, 2015. The directory will be available online in early 2016, and printed in limited quantity. If you have a question concerning your 2016 listing, or an inquiry about distribution, please call 614-728-4463.

How the Directory Is Compiled

The Ohio Arts Council sends questionnaires to the promoters of arts festivals and competitions in Ohio, seeking information about their events. Information provided by the promoters is arranged by date and location. Events are classified as juried, nonjuried, invitational, or juried invitational, according to information supplied by the promoters.

Juried - A neutral panel or juror reviews each applicant's work or slides and makes final selection decisions.

Nonjuried - All applicants are accepted until all spaces are filled, first-come first-served.

Invitational - Promoters or their staff select exhibitors from applications or by direct invitations.

Juried Invitational - All applicants, past and present, are reviewed by a neutral panel or juror, then the panel or juror makes recommendations to the promoter or chairperson who makes final selection decisions.

2015 Festivals Directory Cover

2015 Directory

Print versions of the 2015 Ohio Arts Festivals & Competitions Directory are no longer available. However, the complete version of the directory is available online by clicking the link below:

Download a PDF of the full directory here.

Festivals around our state encourage artists and craftspeople to share their creativity with hundreds of thousands of Ohioans and visitors from out of state. While the arts and crafts enrich our lives, the people who purchase those works enhance our economy. Everyone is invited to use the Ohio Arts Council's Ohio Arts Festivals & Competitions Directory to find new opportunities in the arts and crafts of Ohio.

Creative Ohioans looking for places to display and sell their work—from traditional crafts to arts on the cutting edge—will find them listed in this directory. Anyone seeking works of art and crafts of lasting value as gifts or for their own pleasure also will find these listings helpful.

The directory is published by the Ohio Arts Council and distributed in partnership with Ohio Designer Craftsmen, chambers of commerce, convention & visitors bureaus, and AAA offices around the state.

We hope you will refer frequently to the Ohio Arts Festivals & Competitions Directory as you explore the multitude of opportunities to share the arts and crafts created in Ohio—the artistic heart of our nation.

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Listings in the Ohio Arts Festivals & Competitions Directory have been compiled based on information supplied by proprietors and promoters of the individual festivals and competitions. The Ohio Arts Council cannot be held responsible for the accuracy of that information.

Information is subject to change. Prior to traveling, please confirm dates and locations of festivals by visiting festival's website or contacting them via phone.

Artists and craftspeople should be aware that a listing in this directory does not constitute an endorsement of any particular festival or competition or its promoter or proprietor. Artists and craftspeople are advised to conduct their own inquiries about any event that interests them. We have noted where vendor parking is provided free of charge. This information may not be comprehensive and does not apply to public parking fees.

This directory is copyright 2015 by the Ohio Arts Council, an agency of the State of Ohio. No part of this publication may be reproduced by any means without prior permission from the Ohio Arts Council.

This is not a listing of all Ohio arts festivals. Travelers may discover other worthwhile Ohio arts destinations and festivals by calling 1-800-BUCKEYE or by contacting local convention and visitors bureaus around the state or by visiting

Organizations or promoters who wish to list arts festivals or competitions in the 2016 Directory should email us at or call 614/728-4463.

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