Downtown Festival & Art Show

Become a part of Gainesville’s vibrant art community by volunteering at the 37th Annual Downtown Festival & Art Show. Four-hour shifts are available on Saturday, Dec. 1, or Sunday, Dec. 2. Volunteers can provide artists a break, assist with the junior firefighting challenge or create artwork with children at the Imagination Station. Volunteers will receive a commemorative T-shirt for their hard work and dedication. Join in a tradition of artistic excellence at North Central Florida’s most beloved art festival! Applications can be downloaded at

Downtown Festival & Art Show
Gainesville’s 37th Annual Downtown Festival & Art Show, December 1-2, 2018 is an outdoor festival showcasing the art and creativity of 240 artists from around Florida and the U.S.


Contact: Sunshine Andrei, Festival Coordinator, (352) 393-8536,

What they do: The Downtown Festival & Art Show is held each fall along the streets leading from the Hippodrome State Theatre to City Hall. This year it will be Saturday, December 1st 10am-5pm and Sunday, December 2nd, 2018 10am-4pm. The festival is open to the public and free to attend. Each year 100,000 people attend the festival. In addition to the multitude of paintings (watercolors, acrylics, oils), ceramics, sculpture, photography, and jewelry, there is live, continuous entertainment by dance companies, solo musicians, and local bands. There are activities for children at the “Imagination Station” and Jr. Fire Fighting Challenge and delicious food and refreshments.

What YOU can do to help: Volunteers are needed (individuals, organizations, or businesses) in the following areas:

Booth sitting – greeting and relieving artists for breaks

Children’s Imagination Station – painting, mask design, sidewalk chalk drawing, puppets, button making, sculpting

Artist Check-in – greet artists and provide information materials

Jr. Fire Fighting Challenge – children’s obstacle course

Greeters – welcome guests to the festival, provide programs and simple directions

Survey Takers – engage guests in a brief survey on their experience at the festival

To volunteer, fill out the Volunteer Application and sign up for a shift (4 or 5-hour shifts) and indicate whether you would like to volunteer on Saturday or Sunday. Once you complete the application, mail, fax, or e-mail it in:

Sunshine Andrei
Downtown Festival & Art Show
P.O. Box 490
Gainesville, FL 32602
Fax # (352) 334-2249
E-mail: andreisv@cityofgainesville