Please refer to the following frequently asked questions for troubleshooting issues and further information about this year's event. If your question is still unresolved, please contact us at festifallart@townofchapelhill.org.

 


General Information


Q: Where is Festifall located?

Festifall takes place on West Franklin Street in downtown Chapel Hill, NC. The Festifall site extends from Church Street to Graham Street and is anchored by stages on either end. Please visit the MAP & PARKING tab at the bottom of the page for an interactive map and more information about parking options.

Q: What types of vendors will be included?

Festifall accepts applications from skilled artists, nonprofit and community groups, Town of Chapel Hill departments and entertainers including musicians, dance groups, singers and other performers. Applications for Festifall 2018 have closed, so be sure to check back on this site in early 2019 for next year's application cycle!

Q: Will food be available at the event?

Festifall is held in the heart of downtown Chapel Hill with many local restaurants and taverns lining the sidewalks of West Franklin Street. Featuring a variety of cuisines and spirits, these merchants will welcome you to sit down, relax and try the local fare. In addition, there will be a food truck court located along the main event route that will feature some of the area's most popular food trucks. 

Q: Can I bring my dog?

Unfortunately for literally everyone, pets are not permitted at Festifall. Per Town policy: "No person, except those persons requiring the use of an assistance animal, may bring any animal onto public sidewalks and streets which have been closed for the purpose of holding street fairs, races, or other community events. All animals are subject to the town animal control ordinance." But tell your dogs we love them, please.


Vendor Information


Q: How are artists chosen for Festifall?

Each year, artists from around the country apply online and are chosen by a select jury of former Festifall exhibiting artists and area arts professionals. Artists are evaluated within the category in which they apply based on the quality, uniqueness and skill level of their work. Artists who have been denied acceptance in the past should not feel discouraged from applying again, as we are always searching for new and unique work. Whereas in the past we may have had an overabundance of one particular medium and had to limit the number of artists from that medium, this year may yield an entirely different set of applicants and selections.  

Q: How much does it cost to apply? Is the application fee refundable?

For artists and food vendors, the application fee is $25.00. This administrative application fee is not refundable; however, after vendors are approved this fee will be automatically subtracted from their booth fees. 

Q: What is the booth fee for approved vendors? Are booth fees refundable?

  • Artists: $125 for new and/or nonresident artists, $100.00 for returning artists. (New and/or nonresident artists will pay their $25 application fee and a $100 booth fee, which will cover their total fee of $125. Returning artists will pay their $25 application fee and an $85 booth fee.)
  • Nonprofits and Community Groups: $100.00 for groups within Chapel Hill and Orange County, $120.00 for nonresident groups. 
  • Food Vendors: $200.00 for all food vendors.
  • Town Departments: Free (Town of Chapel Hill departments only).
  • Entertainers: Free. Entertainers may receive payment for their performances, which will be negotiated at the time of booking. 

Booth fees are only refundable with a 60-day cancellation notice. 

Q: What discounts are available to artists? 

Approved artists returning to Festifall will receive a $15.00 discount on their booth rental fee. This discount will be automatically applied at the link you are given to pay your total booth fee; you do not need to do anything to receive the discount.


Application Information


Q: I am trying to access either a Food, Nonprofit or Town Department application but keep receiving an error message when I visit the page. How do I access my application?  

It is normal to receive this error message when using the WebTrac online database. Simply click "OK" to dismiss this notification, then search "Festifall" in the Keyword Search bar at the top left of the page. You will then be redirected and can access any of these three applications by scrolling down to the bottom of the page.

Q: When I click on the "Artist" link on the application page, it just takes me to a blank application. How do I upload my photos and submit my application?

To apply as an artist with Festifall, we ask artists to create an EntryThingy account online where they can upload photos, descriptions and information. To access this, use the "ENTRYTHINGY" link located below the "Artist" link on the application page. 

If you would like to submit a paper application along with a personal check for your $25.00 application fee, you may print the blank form under the "Artist" link and use it to apply. Please make your check out to the Town of Chapel Hill, and mail it with your completed application and a disk or USB file containing your 4-6 artwork photos plus one booth/display photo to our address at 200 Plant Rd., Chapel Hill, NC 27514.

Q; Why is my EntryThingy application still showing as "Not Submitted" even after I have uploaded my artist photos and paid my application fee?

Our office approves all submissions manually to ensure they are complete before entering the jury phase. Once your application is fully complete, it may take up to two days to show as submitted in the online database. If your account is missing photos or application fees, you will receive notifications by email to the address you registered with on EntryThingy.

Q: When will artists be notified about their application acceptance?

Artists and vendors should expect to hear from our offices about their acceptance starting the week of June 15th.