Salem Arts Festival Accepting Work for Consideration Through April 8

Salem Arts Festival Logo Updated 2015SALEM – The 2016 Salem Arts Festival has announced an invitation to local artists to submit their work for festival participation consideration. The deadline for submission is set for April 8th, 2016. The 8th annual festival will take place from June 3-5, 2016 with thousands are expected to attend.


“Salem is busting at the seams with visual artists, musicians, poets, dancers, and creative individuals from all walks of life,” said Kylie Sullivan of Salem Main Streets, organizer of the Salem Arts Festival. “We want our festival to reflect the diversity of artists and artistic organizations in our community.  We’re especially committed to having increased community involvement and representation every year.”


This free, family-friendly festival which lights up Salem’s downtown corridor with an art show, street fair, and live performances. Last year’s festival welcomed over 5,000 visitors. All events take place in downtown Salem, within walking distance of public transportation.


The 2016 festival will consist of:

  • a gallery of juried artists’ work in Old Town Hall
  • outdoor stage venues for performance and dance at Derby Square and Artists’ Row
  • a juried street fair on Essex Street Pedestrian Mall and Derby Square
  • this year’s collaborative public arts project – “Move With Me”


Artists selected for the Old Town Hall gallery will have an opportunity to sell their work at (with 20% of proceeds going to Salem Arts Festival).  All performers are given a small honorarium.


Applications should be completed and submitted by April 8th via the Salem Arts Festival website. While the festival prefers electronic applications, applicants are welcome to pick up and drop off hard-copies of the form at Salem Arts Festival/Salem Main Streets, 265 Essex St., Salem, MA 01970.


SAF Fashion Show


Join the Salem Arts Festival for an evening of fashion, fun, dancing, and MORE in support of one of Salem’s greatest festivals! This year’s fundraiser is on a Friday night, featuring fabulous fashions from local boutiques, including Addicted Fashions, The Boutique, Lifebridge’s Second Chance Thrift Shop,Modern Millie Vintage & Consignments, Ocean Chic Boutique & Waterbar,RJ Coins and Jewelry, and more.


Hosted by local comedian and Salem Comedy and Spirits Festival founderMark Scalia. Dance the night away with DJ Noel Snow, with additional performers to be announced. Food, drink, and a great raffle will make the evening complete! Tickets are $25 w/cash bar or $40 for VIP tickets that include an assigned seat on the catwalk and one free drink. Tickets can be purchased online, by calling (978) 744-0004, or in person at 265 Essex Street, Salem, MA via Kylie Sullivan at Salem Main Streets.


The Salem Arts Festival is organized by Salem Main Streets and a collaboration of Salem organizations and volunteers, including Creative Salem, Salem Arts Association, Salem State University’s Center for Creative and Performing Arts, and the Peabody Essex Museum.  This program is supported in part by a grant from the Salem Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.


For more information, please see or contact Kylie Sullivan at or (978)744-0004 (x15).

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