38th Annual Washington Folk Festival

Saturday, June 2 & Sunday, June 3, 2018


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  

The Washington Folk Festival offers a unique opportunity.  Over 400 volunteers present seven stages of folk music and dance.  Food is available for sale.

Attendance at the Festival is about 10,000 people for the two days.   

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 the application and 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. Work must be hand made by the vendor.  No buy-sell.  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.  Traditional hand made crafts are especially welcome.  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:    

To apply, e-mail (preferred) or mail the application (see link above) and photos of your work and your booth setup to the show coordinators for jurying. 

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 address shown under “Crafts” on the Festival Web Site.    

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.washingtonfolkfestival.com.