Downtown Bethlehem Fine Art and Craft Show 2018

53rd Annual Downtown Fine Art & Craft Show


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The 53rd Annual Downtown Bethlehem Fine Art and Craft Show will take place on Mother’s Day WeekendMay 12th – 13th, in historic downtown Bethlehem PA.  Bethlehem’s downtown streets are lined with upscale shops and restaurants, and the city attracts an affluent crowd of shoppers. Mother’s Day weekend in the historic downtown shopping district is especially busy with gift-buyers and art patrons. Bethlehem is well-known as a community that supports, promotes and funds the arts, and is a regional tourist destination with rich history.

The Downtown Bethlehem Fine Art and Craft Show is sponsored by the Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission, which will award over $1300 in prizes at the artists’ reception following the show on Saturday May 12th. Street music, a children’s fine art site, and an artist-in-residence add to the ambience of the weekend and bring additional buyers to the show. The Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission advertises and promotes the show through various media including newspapers and art publications, a billboard, radio spots, printed literature, online calendars and social media.

We expect to accept approximately 90 fine artists and craft artisans into the 2018 show.


10:00 – 5:00 Saturday, May 12, 2018
11:00 – 5:00 Sunday, May 13, 2018

The artists’ reception, which starts soon after 5:00 on Saturday, is a fun opportunity to meet and mingle with fellow artists and show organizers while enjoying complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres. Awards are announced at the reception.



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.