La Quinta Arts Festival ® Participation

Artist Participation

La Quinta Arts Festival ® 
March 7-10, 2019

Ranked #1 Fine Art Festival and #1 Fine Craft Festival in the Nation, Art Fair SourceBook, 2019 
Ranked # 1 Fine Art and Design Show, Sunshine Artist 2018

Info For Confirmed Artists 2019

Just a short drive from legendary Palm Springs, California, La Quinta Arts Festival is held on the spectacular grounds of the La Quinta Civic Center Campus. The four-day show hosts 220 foremost contemporary artists in a picturesque 13-acre outdoor gallery with lush grass, lakes and fountains, framed by majestic mountains. 

The festival has earned respect and accolades for its ability to connect the “right buyer” with the artist. An extensive marketing campaign assures a large presence of knowledgeable, serious art patrons. In 2018, La Quinta Arts Festival art sales exceeded $3.4 million; with a per artist average of over $14,500. 

Our 2019 event will coincide with the first week of the BNP Paribas Open Tennis Tournament. Last year, over 450,000 people attended the two-week tournament, so we can expect larger crowds! The Coachella Valley will definitely be sold out for hotel accommodations. Book Early: check our 2019 La Quinta Arts Festival Artist Accommodation List

Produced by the nonprofit La Quinta Arts Foundation, proceeds from the event fund scholarships and community programs in support of its mission of Promoting and Cultivating the Arts.  To date, awarding over $1.31 million dollars to visual art college students. 

La Quinta Arts Festival requires artists pay a 20% show fee for all art sales made at, or as a result of participating in La Quinta Arts Festival. A low booth fee of $275 for a 12×12 space means minimal up-front investment to participate, and allows LQAF to be successful only when artists are successful.

Artist Applications are due September 30, 2018. Before you apply online, read the La Quinta Arts Festival Rules and Artist Information Guide

For assistance: Contact our helpline by email or call (760) 564-1244 x112. You may also contact the Artist Advisory Board for guidance from a knowledgeable peer. See below for important dates and information about Artist Participation. Follow this link for the 2019 La Quinta Arts Festival Site Map.

La Quinta Arts Festival 2019
March 7,8,9,10

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ZAPP™ Application Fee
June 1 – September 30, 2018


ZAPP™ Application Closes
September 30, 2018

Jury Notification
October 31, 2018

Artist Participation Agreement
& Standard Booth Fee Due

December 1, 2018

Cancellation Deadline

January 1, 2019

La Quinta Arts Festival Program
Ad Payment Deadline

January 5, 2019

Booth Assignments
Available Online

January 16, 2019

Event Registration & Setup
March 5 & March 6, 2019

La Quinta Arts Festival
March 7, 8, 9, 10 2019, 10am-5pm

Tear Down
March 10 & 11, 2019

How much does it cost to participate?

ZAPP™ Application Fee is $50. The application deadline is September 30, 2018. Click here for more information on ZAPP Application and our jury process. To see all acceptable media categories …Click Here

Once accepted into 2019 La Quinta Arts Festival, artists may begin paying event fees.  
View the La Quinta Arts Festival2019 La Quinta Arts Festival Site Map

Standard Booth fees are due first.  In mid-January artists pay balance based on the size of their booth, use of electricity and boxed lunch orders.  You may also purchase an Ad in La Quinta Arts Festival Program.

LQAF partners with Authorize.Net to assure you of secure payment.

  • The Standard Booth Fee – $275
  • The Large Booth Fee – $600
  • The X-Large Booth Fee – $800
  • The Booth Electric Fee – $150 

City permit ranges from $20 to $79, according to size of vehicle.

La Quinta Arts Festival requires artists pay a 20% show fee for all art sales made at, or as a result of participating in La Quinta Arts Festival.  A low booth fee of $275 for a 12×12 space means minimal up-front investment to participate, and allows LQAF to be successful only when artists are successful.

What are the rules to participate?

To see the La Quinta Arts Festival rules  …Click Here 

Read through the Artist Information Guide

What is the process for setup and breakdown?

Artist Load In:
All large work must be set up on Tuesday, March 5, 2019. Artist must complete all booth set-ups by Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at the destignated time. Artist will be assigned a set-up date. Please do not assume that Artist will be permitted to set up on the day prior to the Festival. Gates open to the public on Thursday, March 7, 2019. Artist may complete finishing touches to Artist’s booth and bring in fragile art before the Festival opens. Artist may not set-up Artist’s entire booth display on the date the Festival opens. Your registration & set up date will be emailed with your confirmation of acceptance. Artist agrees to comply with the Load In and Set Up schedule in Artist Information Guide.  

View Exhibition Canopy Staking and Display Requirements in Artist Information Guide

Artist Presence: Artist agrees to be present and in Artist’s booth all posted hours of the Festival. Festival hours are 10am to 5pm. Artist must present photo identification at check-in. 

Artist Load out: Loud out begins in Sunday evening, March 10, after Artists have checked-out with Finance. Do not plan to remove large art in the dark, as it is dangerous to you and others.  Only Labor For Hire available for Sunday evening load out.  Monday, March 11 – Volunteers with flatbed golf carts will be available to assist load out at no charge.  Labor for Hire is also available. You can sign up for both of these services in advance on the Wellness Center Patio. The fence will be taken down and our security terminates at 12:00 Noon so all artists must be off the Festival site by early afternoon.

Festival Booth Rentals

Bright Event Rentals welcomes artists to complete the fillable PDF reservation form for rental items most frequently requested for La Quinta Arts Festival. Click here for the reservation form, and email completed form to or

To order any of the items listed or other items from their website,, contact Sharon Wyler or or at 760.343.5110. They require a 100% payment by credit card when the order is placed to reserve the equipment. The credit card also acts as a security deposit. You are free to make changes to your order (increase or decrease) up to Friday 02/22/19 provided the equipment is available.

Delivery Information

  • Delivery Schedule: Tuesday (03/05/2019) and Wednesday (03/06/2019). Pick-up on Monday (03/11/2019).
  • DELIVERY CHARGES: Delivery charge of $85.00 includes delivery and pick-up. Any additional deliveries will be charged at $65. Special delivery items will be assessed case by case.
  • The canopy, sidewall and lattice prices include set-up.
  • To guarantee proper set up of your booth, please provide a layout
  • Customers are responsible for all equipment until items are picked up by Bright Event Rentals

Unfortunately, no company offers Pro Panels here in the Coachella Valley. 

2019 Festival Artist Accommodation List

Please consider making a hotel booking that will allow you to cancel without penalties just in case you are not invited or if you decide not to participate. The reason for the urgency is that in 2019, our event will coincide with the first week of the BNP Tennis Tournament. Last year, over 450,000 people attended the two-week tournament, so we can expect larger crowds! 

The good news is that this tournament could bring tennis patrons right down the street to also attend La Quinta Arts Festival. However the bad news is that the Coachella Valley will definitely be sold out for hotel accommodations. Don’t Delay!

Book Early: Check our 2019 La Quinta Arts Festival Artist Accommodation List, which includes Hotel and Resort information, Condo Rentals, RV Parking information, Campground information and Home Hosting option. 

How can I gain added exposure leading up to and during the La Quinta Arts Festival?

  • Consider purchasing an ad in the official La Quinta Arts Festival 2019 Program 
    It’s an ideal way for art patrons to quickly discover you and look for your booth at festival! A total of 16,000 high gloss programs are distributed at the event, and to local hotels and businesses throughout the Valley. Additionally, the program has a post-festival shelf life as patrons tend to keep them as souvenirs.  Click here for the program ad spec sheet.  Pay for your ad by December 30 and receive a 10% discount.
  • Take advantage of a great marketing offer from Southwest Art Magazine 
    Southwest Art Magazine reaches over 100,000 art collectors per issue, and is the highest circulating magazine focused on contemporary representational art today. California has more Southwest Art subscribers than any other state. Be part of our La Quinta Arts Festival special section. It’s uniformly presented with an image of your work and your contact information in the March 2019 issue (which reaches subscribers in mid-February). Ad reservations are due January 14, 2019. Click here for details of marketing offer. 
  • Join the Artist Galleries and reach thousands of visitors – year round!
    Artist Members who participate in La Quinta Arts Festival are linked to their respective Artist Gallery via the Festival 2019 Participating Artists webpage. For a $100 annual fee, your personalized Artist Gallery will feature up to twelve images of your artwork, your artist bio, a link to your website and more. 
  • Request Complimentary Rack Cards to mail out to your favorite patrons 
    Remember to include the mailing address where you would like the cards to be sent, and we will get them out to you in January.  Mail them to your patrons in a #10 business size envelope and you can include your own promotional collateral and alert them of your booth number. 

For more information and to take advantage of these artist marketing opportunitiescontact our helpline by email. 


“LQAF reigns supreme in sales and one of the only shows we have done in 20+ years that consistently puts the artists first. This staff works creatively and brilliantly on marketing to maintain excitement & buying energy with a highly qualified fine art audience. Staff & Volunteers continue to do a great job with artist amenities, layout, parking and overall show ambiance that allows patrons an amazing experience. This show has gained such national recognition among collectors, we gained two new patrons that flew in just for this show from Georgia!” — Sculptor

“This is a fantastic show, best attendance and very high quality buyers come to this show! This show is worth traveling to participate in. ” — Painter



“Still my best show and still #1. The show attracts A LOT of patrons, all knowledgeable and willing to buy a new piece of art. The organization of the show is flawless. They take great care of the artists. The award winner reception is impressive. Again my best show by far.” — Jewelry artist 


“My best show of the year! They bring the right buyers and do a great job promoting the show.” — Glass artist