We are accepting applications to Ballyhoo 2023!


Juried Fine Arts
$4,000 in Awards!

Location:    20115 State Park Rd. Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Lake Shelby Picnic Area of Gulf State Park

Festival Dates & Times:
• March 4 – 5, 2023
Saturday • 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday • 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 pm
**Setup (artists booths): Friday, March 3, 2023, 9am – 8pm
**Deadline to Apply: Dec 31, 2022

Acceptance Notification: Beginning January 15, 2023 via email.
Artists will begin to receive acceptance or rejection letters starting Jan 15.
Letters are sent in the order they are received.

Booth Space: 12′ x 12′; Tent Size 1O’ x 1O’

Festival Fees:

  • Jury Fee: $25.00 (non-refundable)
  • Single Booth Fee: $200.00
  • Double Booth Fee: $375.00
  • Late fee, after December 31, 2021: $55.00 (non-refundable)
    Includes Jury Fee of $25.00
  • County Business License (see below)

Artists must have a Baldwin County Business License and will conduct their own sales. Each artist will receive a tax package at check-in and turn in City taxes to GCAA at the end of the festival day. *Please obtain the county license by January 31.
• The Baldwin County contact: Crystal Rice, 25-943-5061 crice@baldwincountyal.gov.

We Love Our Artists!

As a thank you to our participating artists, there will be a refreshment tent located in the Artists Hospitality Tent.
Breakfast will be served, first come first served. Drinks, Provided by Acme Oyster House and Buffalo Rock, and snacks will be available all day free of charge.

1. Setup will be from 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. on the FRIDAY, before the festival. Your art can remain packed In boxes inside your tent or it can be set up as it would be for display.
Ballyhoo will provide a uniformed security guard for the Festival site overnight from 8:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m both Friday and Saturday.

2. We Do Not allow large storage containers in back of the tents. However, your vehicles will be close by for additional storage.

3. ALL TENTS MUST BE WEIGHTED DOWN TO ALLOW FOR THE POSSIBILITY OF WIND. The island can get very windy, we are just across the street from the beach.
*It is not the responsibility of the Ballyhoo Festival or volunteers to provide tent weights or weather proof your booth. Please come prepared.

4. The Festival will begin at 9:00 a.m. and judging will begin at 10:00 a.m.

5. Ballyhoo Festival will be over at 5:00 p.m on Sunday. Artists are required to stay until the show closes. Early breakdown with eliminate any future acceptance to the festival.

6. ALL VEHICLES MUST BE OFF THE FESTIVAL GROUNDS AND IN THE DESIGNATED PARKING AREA BY 8:30AM SATURDAY AND SUNDAY. This is for your safety and the safety of our patrons. Not following this rule will automatically result in dismissal from the festival by Park Rangers and no refunds will be given.

7. The Golden Rule – Be Nice! We can solve anything together. Ballyhoo Festival is run by volunteers from the Gulf Shores Community and is a non-profit event of the Gulf Coast Arts Alliance (GCAA). We value our volunteers and artists!

If accepted, you will receive an email with more information.

For additional information, email ballyhoofestival@gmail.com