Saturday, July 21, 2018  10:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday, July 22, 2018  10:00am - 5:00pm

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Gateway Harbor of the Tonawanda's
Sweeney and Webster street
North Tonawanda, NY 14120

Main & Adam Streets, Tonawanda, NY

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Tonawandas Council on the Arts 
Carnegie Art Center


Dates to Remember

April 15, 2018
Deadline for receipt of entry form, fee & SASE

June 15, 2018
Notification of acceptance and space assignment
July 21, 2018    7:00am - 9:30am set up
July 21 - 2018 SHOW   10:00am - 5:00pm
July 22, 2018  SHOW  10:00am - 5:00pm
Breakdown - 5:00pm 

12 Awards

Total in Prizes $1500
Artists & Crafters Only

$300   Best of Show
$200   Most Original
$100   Fabrics
$100   Wood
$100   Jewelry
$100   Painting & Watercolor
$100   Clay & Glass
$100   Metal & Sculpture any media 
$100   Drawing & Graphics
$100   Mixed Media, Floral & Candles
$100   Photography
$100   Dolls & Toys


2018 Canal Fest Arts & Craft Show 

2018 Canal Fest of the Tonawandas
An eight day celebration of the Erie Canal which both divides, and joins the Western New York cities of Tonawanda and North Tonawanda. This family focused festival attracts nearly 300,000 visitors each year to its scores of events and attractions. One of the premier events to the Canal Fest is the Annual Arts & Crafts Show held outdoors on the closing weekend. This small town setting of the Twin Cities' quaint downtown streets, features over 350 artists and crafters, against the backdrop of the historical Erie Barge Canal.

Eligibility & Jury
This event is open to all artists and crafters 18 years or older in the U.S. and Canada. All crafts must be original. All crafts must meet guidelines set forth for each of the three zones described below, and are subject to Show Chairman’s discretion. Misrepresentation of your craft could result in relocation of your booth and/or additional fees.  Exhibiting artist must be present each day.

Artists & Crafters | $200   ---    After April 15, 2018 | $225

-Traditional hand-made crafts, original in design, sold by the artist and includes paintings and photography.

Buy & Sell Vendors | $300   ---    After April 15, 2018 | $325

 -Commercially manufactured items that are sold at retail.
Commercial Sponsors | $500   ---    After April 15, 2018 | $525
- Service related industries or mass produced products, with corporate branding.

Entry Fees
Payment in full, for each space desired, at the rates listed above must accompany all applications.
- There is a $25 non-refundable processing fee should a crafter not be accepted into the show after application is received.
- Applications
received after the April 15, 2018 are subject to a $25 late fee and will be added to all entry fees.
- Payment can be made by check, money order, or credit card.
Payments after June 1, 2018 must be in the form of a money order or be paid by credit card using the on-line registration form at
- Please make checks payable to:  CANAL FEST OF THE TONAWANDAS, INC.
- In the event of insufficient funds, you will be responsible for any
bank fees incurred by Canal Fest.

Photos & Slides
All entries must include 5 photos or slides.  Three (3) - representative of the art or craft items to be displayed, one (1) -  of the booth, and one (1) - of the artist producing his/her craft.

Once registered you will receive confirmation email and link for Uploading Images online.

Or mail photos/slides to the Carnegie Art Center, 240 Goundry St., North Tonawanda, NY 14120.  Each image should be labeled on the back with name, address and phone number.  Include a business sized self-addressed (or larger) stamped envelope for return of photos and space assignment.

Display Spaces
The show is held along the streets of the 2018 Canal Fest Campus. Please respect the businesses located on these streets. DO NOT BLOCK their doorways, or stack your inventory on the sidewalks. There are fire codes we have to adhere to and they will be enforced.

Spaces are approximately 12 ft. wide by 10 ft. deep. You must maintain a 3 foot space from your tent to the curb for water drainage in the event of rain (can be used for storage, but must be removed in the event of rain). All garbage and/or debris must be removed from your space at time of breakdown on Sunday.

Electricity is not available at the display spaces.

Parking is available, however it is not located on the festival campus.  No parking permit is required.  The parking laws in each city differ and must be obeyed.

Please be advised of the new laws of the Arts & Crafts Show.  All artists & vendors should be ready for opening at 10:00AM until the close at 5:00PM both days.  The campus will be closed to automobiles during breakdown until 5:30PM or until the area has been cleared of pedestrians.

Participation is at the artist’s risk.

ALL TENTS must be FLAME RETARDANT and display the tag showing a CPA184 Certification. All booths displaying lit candles, using hotplates or any heat generating source MUST HAVE an ABC FIRE EXTINGUISHER on-site and easily accessible.

Standard public security will be provided, however, the Carnegie Art Center, Tonawanda Council on the Arts, the Canal Fest Corporation, and the cities will not assume any responsibility for losses.

Application must be signed. By signing and submitting your application, you agree to and understand that CANAL FEST OF THE TONAWANDAS, INC is not responsible for any changes due to inclement weather.  Postponements and/or cancellations of 2018 Arts & Crafts Show due to weather conditions are beyond the control of CANAL FEST OF THE TONAWANDAS, INC.  No refunds for unused services, or allowance for the loss of enjoyment caused by weather conditions, acts of nature or other events that disrupt the Arts & Crafts Show event will be made by CANAL FEST OF THE TONAWANDAS, INC.

Submission to this festival constitutes agreement on the part of the entrant to all conditions of this prospectus.  Your contact information will be released to prospective customers and the NYS Department of Taxation.

All work must be for sale.   All exhibitors are required to have a Certificate of Authority for New York State Sales Tax, collect appropriate sales tax and have the Certificate of Authority on display during the Craft Show.   Call 518.485.2889 to obtain this form.