Thanks for your interest in the 2018 Arts in Bloom. Our deadline for artist submissions was October 15; please check back in May of 2018 for information on submitting an application to the 2019 show.
Show dates: April 13-15, 2018
- Jury Fee: $25
- Booth Fee: $300
- Double Booth Fee: $600
- Corner booth Fee: $400
- Deadline for applications: Oct. 15, 2017
- Jury Notification: The week of October 23rd
- Acceptance Deadline: Jan. 15, 2018
- 2017 attendance: 33,000
Online Sign-up, Convenient Dates, Beautiful Setting
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Our 2018 dates, April 13-15, route nicely in between other well-known Texas art festivals: Deep Ellum Arts Festival (Dallas), The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival (north Houston), and The Main Street Ft. Worth Arts Festival.
Produced and sponsored by McKinney Main Street, Arts In Bloom takes place in Historic Downtown McKinney and features 150 juried artists set up on the tree-lined streets surrounding the McKinney Performing Arts Center. A nationally recognized participant in the Main Street Program, downtown McKinney offers a unique and beautiful setting of restored, turn-of-the-century buildings that now feature cafes, offices, bars, boutiques, galleries and restaurants. During the event the streets of downtown come alive with fascinating sights and sounds as fine artists, dancers, performance artists, musicians, Texas wineries, and food vendors take part in the three-day celebration.
To get an idea of Arts in Bloom and our downtown setting, please preview this short, two-minute video that highlights the 2017 festival!
Artist hours of exhibition: 5-9 p.m. on Friday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, and Sunday 12-5 p.m. (Note: the event itself doesn't close until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Artists are invited to remain open as they wish during those later hours).
Drawing High-end Visitors to a Thriving Arts Scene
McKinney’s visual arts scene includes artists offering their creations in such a wide range of media, there truly is something to appeal to every taste. Visual arts can be found in art galleries, working studios and even in various businesses throughout the city.
It’s this vibrant scene that sets McKinney apart from other metroplex cities that host art festivals- we are truly a community that supports the arts and it is our desire to build an arts festival that reflects that.
Special Perks for Our Artists
- An air-conditioned hospitality center
- Booth sitting
- Free basic electric (with additional electric available for a nominal fee)
- 24-hour security
Arts in Bloom also features an attractive component that allows us to expand our audience and appeal – a Texas wine tasting experience. In 2017, we hosted 14 wineries from across North Texas and offered wine tasting packages to our discerning guests – this added feature targets the “art and wine” crowd and offers another element to make this a truly unique event. Arts in Bloom produces a robust and comprehensive marketing campaign that specifically targets a high-end demographic.
The Perfect Getaway Destination with a Comfortable, Small-town Feel
Located just 30 miles north of Dallas and included in the DFW Metroplex (six million residents), McKinney offers visitors the perfect getaway destination with its tree-lined streets, historic downtown and tight-knit community giving this fast-growing city a friendly, small-town feel despite the city's population which was 180,000 in January 2018.
Home to one of the state’s largest historic districts, McKinney’s charm and comfortable pace is quite different from the DFW urban sprawl, prompting Money Magazine to select McKinney as is #1 Best Place to Live in America in 2014 (up from the #2 spot in 2012, #5 in 2010 and #14 in 2008).
McKinney also received accolades for being the #17 Best Destination on Texas Highways Magazine's Top 40 Texas Destinations list, as voted by their readers, in 2014. Learn more about McKinney's accomplishments.