2017 Washington Folk Festival

Saturday, June 3 & Sunday, June 4, 2017


Crafter Application


The Washington Folk Festival, held at Glen Echo Park, Maryland, and sponsored by the Folklore Society of Greater Washington, is now in its 36th year. 

We are looking for a few new crafters  

Between 5,000 (in a very rainy year) and 11,000 people usually attend over the weekend.  Over 400 volunteers present seven stages of folk music and dance.  Food will be on sale.  Crafts generally have sold well.  

Jurying:             This is a juried show.  If you are a new applicant, you may send an application at any time.  However, you MUST provide photos of your work and your booth before your application can be considered. E-mail or mail photos or samples of your work to the show coordinators for jurying.  You may contact them by phone at 301-946-2161, or use webmail on the Festival Web Site to contact Rita Ferrara and Bill Day, WFF Crafts Co-Chairs.   DO NOT SEND A CHECK WITH YOUR APPLICATION.

Criteria:              Local crafters are preferred. Please note.  We do NOT accept vendors by application date or postmark.  We focus on presenting a high quality show with a wide variety of choices.  Preference is given to traditional crafts, hand made by the seller.  Organizations may apply if all work shown is made by their members.  Crafts will be selected based on the following criteria:  Workmanship, design and originality; hand made or traditional crafts; moderate prices; items related to folk music, dance and storytelling; items we think will appeal to Festival audiences; crafts that add variety and balance.   Since there is space for less than 30 crafters, we try to avoid duplication of crafts and products whenever possible. 

Cost:                   Cost per booth is $140 plus a 6% commission on sales. 2' x 8' tables can be rented for $10 apiece.  A few larger booths may be available.

Crafts area:    Crafts are located in the Bumper Car Pavilion.  It has a wooden roof and floor, electricity for all booth spaces, and clear tarp sides that can be zipped up in case of weather and is closed overnight.   

To see the layout of the Crafts area, click here 

Booths:              Spaces are roughly 7.5 by 11 feet, or 7 by 12 feet,  Note -- booths along the railing need to leave a space at the back for the tarp to be lowered. Outer corners vary slightly.  All spaces have electricity (maximum 300 watts).  Booth backdrops are optional since there is a white panel behind the center booths, and a white railing behind the outside ones.  Set-up is Saturday morning from 8 to 11, take-down is Sunday evening.   The crafts are open from noon 6 pm each day.   

Amenities:      Each person manning the booth will be given a meal ticket each day for a free lunch in the Performers Area, and a ticket for a free carousel ride.  But the best amenities are the all-day music, the Festival atmosphere, and the smiles on the faces of the customers as they enjoy this lively, colorful Festival. 

How to Apply:    

New Craft Vendors:  

If you have not been juried, you must e-mail or mail photos of your work and your booth setup to the show coordinators for jurying.  You may also send an application.  SEND NO MONEY unless and until  you are notified of acceptance in the show.  You may contact the show coordinators (Rita Ferrara and Bill Day) at 301-946-2161, or use the webmail on the Festival Web Site.    

All applying vendors:

Download the application, general information and directions from the link above. Keep the General Information and Directions!.  You will need them later.  Fill out and mail the application to the address shown.

Maryland Sales Tax:

You must have a temporary or permanent Maryland sales tax ID .  We submit a report to the Maryland Comptroller that allows them to contact people who need a temporary ID. PLEASE DO NOT APPLY FOR A TEMPORARY ID UNTIL THEY CONTACT YOU.  

For more information about the Festival, visit www.fsgw.org and click on Washington Folk Festival in the left hand column under Summer Activities.