2016 Crosby Festival of the Arts (Artist Information)

Northwest Ohio’s premier fine arts festival takes place the last full weekend of June every year at TBG and features the work of more than 200 artists from across the country.

Support for the Crosby Festival of the Arts is provided by the Ohio Arts Council.


Crosby Festival of the Arts is a highly recognized fine art show. Since 1965, Crosby Festival has been held at Toledo Botanical Garden (formerly Crosby Gardens), set amidst the beauty of gardens and nature. Now celebrating its 51st year, this festival is heralded as Ohio’s oldest outdoor juried art festival and as THE fine art festival in Northwest Ohio. As the only show of its size and caliber in our region, participating artists are received enthusiastically by over 20,000 visitors and 700+ preview party guests each year.

General Information

Crosby Festival of the Arts (CFA) is a two day art show taking place Saturday & Sunday.  A Preview Party is held on Friday evening, so that Festival patrons can be the first to see and purchase art, while enjoying heavy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and live music.  The 51st Annual Crosby Festival of the Arts dates are as follows:

  • Preview Party: Friday, June 24, 2016 (6pm – 10pm)
  • General Show: Saturday, June 25, 2016 (10am – 6pm) and Sunday, June 26, 2016 (10am – 4pm)

Show Awards

All participating artists are eligible for medium and overall show awards. A panel of judges will evaluate artists’ work throughout the show and then award one overall, best of show award; and awards for each medium. Three awards (cash prize) will be given in each medium (1st, 2nd, and 3rd).

All winners are automatically exempted into the following year’s show, but must still put in their application for the Festival staff’s planning purposes.

The Festival staff then views the show as a whole to be sure it is balanced and representative of all mediums. Up to 5% of participants may be at the discretion of the Festival staff.

Approximately 220 artists are chosen to participate in the Festival including award winners from the previous year who are automatically invited to return.


Key Dates & Deadlines

Notification of Invitation to Artists: March 18, 2016

Artist deadline to accept invitation and pay booth fee: May 13, 2016

Cancellation Deadlines: May 20, 2016
80% refund; less $20 processing fee
There will be no refund after May 20.


Booth Information

CFA is an outdoor art festival surrounded by the beauty of Toledo Botanical Garden, which certainly beats hot asphalt! This also means that we are at the mercy of Mother Nature. The weather in late June in our region is unpredictable, so our best advice: be ready for anything. This also means we cannot guarantee that your booth space will be on completely level ground.

Below is the listing of prices broken down by booth size.

  • 10′ x 10′ Standard Booth $250
  • 10′ x 10′ Corner Booth $400
  • 10′ x 20′ Double Booth $500
  • 10′ x 20′ Double Corner Booth $650

Booth spaces: Once accepted into the show, you will receive notification on how to select your booth spaces. Please note that we try to accommodate all artist requests for specific spaces and areas, and typically work on a first requested, first served basis. However, Festival staff reserve the right to place artists where needed in order to maintain a balanced show.

Electricity is only available on a limited basis and for a $100 fee.  Another option is a personal generator that meets the following specifications: operate between 53 and 59 decibels (no more than 60 decibels – the Honda EU2000-I generator is a good example of the standard, super-quiet generator allowed). If there are complaints of noise, smell, location of generator, etc. the Festival staff reserve the right to tell the artist to turn off, not use, or move the generator.