National Folk Festival Open for Vendor Applications

By February 8, 2018News

National Folk Festival Accepting Marketplace Vendor Applications for

2018 Festival in Salisbury, MD

Salisbury, MD – The National Folk Festival, coming to Salisbury, Maryland, September 7 – 9, 2018, is now accepting Festival Marketplace vendor applications. Applications may be submitted through the festival portal on SlideRoom here.

Marketplace Vendor application deadlines are as follows:

Early Bird Application Deadline: Thursday, March 1, 2018

Final Application Deadline: Monday, April 16, 2018

The Festival Marketplace at the National Folk Festival will exclusively feature the juried, handmade creations of the finest artists and craftspeople from the State of Maryland and the Delmarva Peninsula. It will include both deeply traditional crafts and more contemporary artistic expressions.

In order to ensure quality and integrity, a committee selects vendors based on a set of criteria that includes:

·        artistry

·        craftsmanship

·        distinctiveness

·        traditionality (if applicable)

·        connection to state/regional/local traditions

·        artist’s relationship to his/her cultural/artistic community

·        presentation (booth)

The committee reviews all applications and selects vendors who best meet these criteria.

Eligible items include, but are not limited to:

·       pottery

·       jewelry

·       paintings


·        quilts

·        custom furniture

·        textile art

·        stained & blown glass

·        photography

·        woodwork


·        sculpture

·        mixed media

·        packaged made-in-Maryland/Delmarva food products

Ineligible items include, but are not limited to:

·        crafts made from store-bought kits or molds

·        commercial reproductions

·        imported finished goods

·        manufactured items that have been assembled

Additional notes for applicants:

·        Vendors offering activities or services such as face painting or photo booths will not be considered.

·        All packaged food items sold must be made in the state of Maryland or on the Delmarva Peninsula.

·        The Festival strives to present a well-rounded marketplace; therefore, we may limit multiple vendors showcasing similar items.

·        Applicants will receive notification regarding acceptance status in early Spring 2018 (no later than May 7, 2018).

·        The National Folk Festival reserves the right to deny any application without explanation.

Applicants MUST read through the Festival Marketplace Guidelines BEFORE they consider applying. The guidelines may be found and downloaded on the festival website here.


About the National Folk Festival

Since it was first presented in St. Louis in 1934, the National Folk Festival, the NCTA’s flagship event, has celebrated the roots, richness and variety of American culture. Championed in its early years by Eleanor Roosevelt, it was the first event of national stature to present the arts of many nations, races, and languages on equal footing. Learn more here

About the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA)

A leading non-profit in the field, the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA), is dedicated to the presentation and documentation of folk and traditional arts in the U.S. Stressing excellence and authenticity, the NCTA presents the nation’s finest traditional artists in major festivals, tours, concerts, workshops, demonstrations, exhibitions, media productions, school programs, cross-cultural exchanges and other activities. Learn more here.  

About the City of Salisbury, Maryland

Founded in 1732, Salisbury is the county seat of Wicomico County, a place where John Smith touched land in 1608 during his exploration of the Chesapeake Bay. Situated on Maryland’s historic Eastern Shore at the crossroads of the Delmarva Peninsula, Salisbury is now one of the region’s largest cities, and serves as the capital of the Eastern Shore, a rural area defined by its agricultural and maritime traditions, landscapes and industries. Learn more here.