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Set sail for the St. Johns River Festival of the Arts, returning to Downtown Sanford this April

Over 55,000 visitors of all ages are expected to take over the iconic brick streets of Downtown Sanford in April for the return of the St. Johns River Festival of the Arts.


The 11th Annual St. Johns River Festival of the Arts will take place Saturday, April 29, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday April 30, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., bringing over 150 acclaimed local, regional and national artists to the heart of Sanford.


St. Johns River Festival of the Arts Historic Downtown Sanford

The St. Johns River Festival of the Arts is an annual art festival in Historic Downtown Sanford that features excellent food, live music, Art-in-Action, sculpture, chalk art, great restaurants, quaint shops with plenty of FREE parking and FREE admission.


This premier art experience boasts of over 150 regionally and nationally accredited fine artists and craftsmen that will line Sanford’s charming brick streets with a selection of paintings, pottery, sculpture, woodworking, photography, jewelry, blown glass and much more.


St. Johns River Festival of the Arts Historic Downtown Sanford

“We’re so happy to once again create an opportunity for the community to be face-to-face with art and creativity from so many talented artists,” said Kim House, president of St. Johns River Festival of the Arts. “This event wouldn’t be possible without our sponsors and support from the city and volunteers, and we’re so grateful to everyone who makes it a success each year.”


St. Johns River Festival of the Arts Historic Downtown Sanford

The festival is free to attend with free parking, with the huge event encompassing First Street, Myrtle Avenue, Palmetto Avenue, and 2nd Street in Historic Downtown Sanford.


St. Johns River Festival of the Arts Historic Downtown Sanford

Daily Festival Features:

150+ Art Exhibitors

Live Music Entertainment

Culinary Arts Food Court

Craft Beer

Art Workshops


St. Johns River Festival of the Arts Historic Downtown Sanford

The festival will offer a variety of experiences, including live art demonstrations, and will feature a variety of art media, from painting and pottery to sculpture and jewelry.

Two fine art jurors will select the best pieces, and $15,000 in prizes will be awarded to art and craft winners.


For more information, visit www.stjohnsriverartfest.com.


St. Johns River Festival of the Arts Historic Downtown Sanford

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