18th Annual Bay Harbor Arts Festival

July 28, 2017 6:00 PM to July 29, 2017 6:00 PM

This year, 2017, the Bay Harbor Arts Festival is trying something new! With many developments and transformations happening throughout Bay Harbor, we are excited to showcase the present and future of the Village.

The dates and times for the 2017 show are
Friday, July 28, from 10am- 6pm
Saturday, July 29, from 10am - 6pm

Bay Harbor has added interactive elements to the festival and broadened the type of arts and crafts displayed during the festival. This year children are encouraged to make artwork in the “Make & Take Tent” at no cost.

Get your "art passport" filled out at the secret customs locations and when it's full, drop it in the box for a chance to win one of the several gifts. You may be the lucky winner of a great gift, but you have to enter to win!

We will have live music on Saturday, as well as a magician to entertain the kids. 

This show is no longer juried as a fine art competition and encourages all levels of artists and crafters to apply for a booth.

Limited Jewelry spaces remaining!

Download your 2017 Artist Application HERE.

Artist Information

The Bay Harbor Arts Festival encourages the creation of high-quality art that demonstrates creativity, innovation, and appreciation of the Visual Arts. We choose artists and artistic persons to participate in the show. The Arts Festival Committee, in turn, supports and enforces the acceptance and denial of participants. The Committee recognizes that the Arts Festival supports both professional and non-professional artist and seeks the opportunity to display a broad array of art. We also recognize that an Arts Festival creates an opportunity for you, or emerging artists and craftsmen, to merchandise your talent through events and encourage the jury to be aware of these opportunities. We strive to provide a variety of artistic media to the public and patrons; in an effort to make the Arts Festival both a high-quality art experience and a broad exposure to art.

The Bay Harbor Arts Festival will be laid-out throughout the Village, unlike any year before. We are also limiting the number of artist booths to 75 this year while the Great Lakes Center for the Arts continues to be under construction in the center of the community. This year, the event will not be juried and therefore will not award monetary prizes to the artists. 

In its 18th year, we will continue to market the event on radio, in area newspapers and publications, online on websites and social media platforms, through email marketing and more.

The dates and times for the 2017 show are
Friday, July 28, from 10am- 6pm
Saturday, July 29, from 10am - 6pm

Optional set-up for vendors on Thursday, July 27.

Where: The Village at Bay Harbor. The Bay Harbor Arts Festival is located on the south lawn panel at the Bay Harbor Lake Marina and downtown in the Village at Bay Harbor. The Village at Bay Harbor is located right off US-31.

When: Friday, July 28, 2017 from 10am- 6pm & Saturday, July 29, 2017 from 10am - 6pm
Optional set-up for vendors on Thursday, July 27, 2017, 12pm-5pm. The festival takes place RAIN or SHINE.

Media: Ceramics, drawing, fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, mixed media 2D, mixed media 3D, painting, photography, sculpture, metal and wood. 

Limited Jewelry spaces remaining!

No Application Fee
Regular Booth (10’X10’): $250; 
Corner Booth (while spaces last): $325; 
Double Booth (10’X20’): $450

Applications will be approved when your booth payment and all required application materials are received. There are 75 booth spaces available. Applications are reviewed in the order they are received and participants are accepted to participate in the event in the order by which they are approved. Bay Harbor Company reserves the right to deny applicants that do not meet the application requirements or do not support the overall level of quality and standards set forth by the event committee. A waiting list will be started after 75 approved applications.

Emerging Artists will have the opportunity to have their booth sponsored by a local business. The sponsor covers only the cost of the booth for that participant. Emerging Artists are only considered if this is their first ever art fair or art festival. Limit 5 Emerging Artist sponsorships. If you would like to be considered for an Emerging Artist Sponsorship, check the box on your application.

Eligibility: Artists in art and craft disciplines are invited to apply. Please review the Exhibition Standards to help determine the eligibility of your specific artwork.

  • Friday, June 23, 2017 Application Deadline (application must include booth payment). You should be notified of your acceptance/denial/wait-list status into the festival within 10 days of receiving your application and clearing your payment.
  • Friday, July 14, 2017 Announcement of vendors
  • Friday, July 21, 2017 Event maps & set-up will be shared
  • Thursday, July 27, 2017 Check-in & optional set-up for vendors 12pm-5pm
  • Friday, July 28, 2017 Additional check-in from 8am-10am
    Festival open from 10am- 6pm
  • Saturday, July 29, 2017 Festival open from 10am - 6pm
    Take-down & pack-up from 5:30pm-9:00pm

For more vendor information and details, please review the 2017 Artist Application.

Limited Jewelry spaces remaining!

Download your 2017 Artist Application HERE.


Find us in the Crooked Tree 2017 Art & Craft Trails Guide mobile app!
Available for Apple iPhone/iPad and Google Android devices, the Art & Craft Trails app guides users to art galleries, studios, and events in northern lower Michigan. App users can explore by county, get driving directions, and connect with artists and galleries via social media. And it's FREE!

The app is the companion to the print booklet version of the 2017 Art & Craft Trails Guide.