Downtown Bethlehem Fine Art and Craft Show 2018

53rd Annual Downtown Fine Art & Craft Show


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The Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission is pleased to announce their 53rd Annual Bethlehem Fine Art and Craft Show. Held over Mother’s Day Weekend, the sidewalk art show along Main Street in Historic
Bethlehem is a celebration of the finest local and regional artists. Over 80 juried artists and craft
artisans participate each year in this two-day outdoor Fine Art Show.
Judging takes place on Saturday, and our judge will be tasked to visit each booth and select the Best of Show, Second Prize, Third Prize, and Best Display. Prizes totaling over $1300 are awarded to the artists Saturday evening at a reception sponsored by the Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission.
One of the delightful elements of the event each year is the Artist In Residence. Be sure to stop by the Artist in Residence tent to chat with and/or observe the artist at work!
We invite families to take part in our Children’s Art Activities. Join in on fun interactive art projects, or make mom a handmade gift or card! Located on The Historic Smithy grounds at the bottom of Main Street across from the Moravian Book Shop!
To complement the festivities, local musicians perform along the Show route. Enjoy acoustic tunes as you peruse the artist stalls along the way.
Please join us on Saturday, May 12th from 10am to 5pm and Sunday, May 13th from 11am to 5pm. In addition to this diverse art show, Bethlehem boasts great restaurants, shops, hotels, and a rich history.
It’s a perfect opportunity for the whole family to enjoy a wonderful experience in Historic Downtown Bethlehem. AND there is no admission fee! 
The Fine Art & Craft Show is sponsored and organized by all volunteer Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission. For more information on the Show, the Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission and other upcoming BFAC events, visit our site.



To apply to the 2018 show…
All applications must be submitted online through [click >> >>] 

All works must be original and created by the artist.  Objects made from commercial kits or commercially available plans are not acceptable.  The majority of the exhibited works must be originals and not commercially reproduced prints.  Artists may show work only in the category for which they were juried and accepted.  Images submitted for jurying must be representative of the works on display at the show.

This is a juried show, and submissions are evaluated each year based on creativity, originality, technique and presentation. Acceptance into a previous show does not guarantee acceptance into the current show.

$20 non-refundable application fee due with application.
$130 booth fee due upon acceptance.

No refunds given for cancellation after acceptance.

Each year the Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission selects a judge to review the displayed works on Saturday afternoon and selects the prize winners. The judge will be a professional artist, art instructor or curator known and respected in the region. Awards are determined at the discretion of the judge and not by category/media.

The awards are as follows:

  • Best of Show $600 
  • Second Prize $400 
  • Third Prize $250 
  • Best Display $100

Application deadline:   2/25/18
Artists notified of acceptance:  3/10/18
Booth payment due:  3/18/18


Food and drink can be purchased from the many restaurants downtown.
Port-a-potties are provided.
Each artist will receive one parking pass good for the weekend in one of the downtown garages.
A limited number of volunteer booth-sitters is available.

The show street(s) will be closed to traffic starting at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Artists may begin setting up at this time. Please unload and the move your vehicle to an approved parking spot before you set up. The show opens at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday and 11:00 a.m. on Sunday. Setup must be completed before the start of the show each day.  Teardown begins after 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. For safety reasons, vehicles are not permitted at your tent before 5:00 p.m. either day.  

You are fully responsible for your own exhibit and should have someone with your exhibit at all times.  (A limited number of art show volunteers is available to tent-sit for you on request.)  Please remove valuables overnight; even though the area is patrolled by the police, they can’t be everywhere. The Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission, the Show Committee, and the City of Bethlehem are not responsible for any loss, theft or damage.