Festival Info

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Festival Info 2018-02-08T14:29:03+00:00

The 43rd Annual Mainsail Art Festival will take place on April 21-22, 2018 in Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg, Florida

Everyone is invited to the Mainsail Art Festival at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg, Florida.

As a premier cultural event on St. Petersburg's outdoor calendar, over 100,000 visitors from near and far come to enjoy and purchase quality art and enjoy top name entertainment. The Mainsail committee of hard-working volunteers produces this annual fine arts festival exhibiting artists competing for $60,000 in prize money.

2018 Show Judge: Holly Koons

Holly Koons is the executive director of the Arlington Arts Center, where she oversees the administration, development, and creative strategy of this non-profit organization dedicated to contemporary visual arts. Prior to assuming her current position in 2016, she amassed twenty years of experience in non-profit visual arts curation and management. From 1996 - 2011, Koons worked at the Telfair Museums in Savannah, Georgia, where she served as the Director of Collections and Exhibitions, overseeing a permanent collection of over 5,000 objects and an ambitious schedule of twelve to fourteen annual exhibitions. Pi votal accomplishments included the publication of the museum's first collection catalogue and the organization of its first internationally-traveling exhibition, Dutch Utopia. After relocating to northern Virginia in 2011, Koons served as the part-time curator at the Greater Reston Arts Center, eventually assuming the dual position of director/curator. In this capacity, she organized numerous exhibitions of contemporary art and brought nationally-recognized artists to the Center, including Patrick Dougherty, Renee Stout, Radcliffe Bailey, and Joyce J. Scott.

Born in the Distri ct of Columbia but raised in the Atlanta, Georgia area, Koons holds a BA in art history and English from the University of Georgia, and a MA in art history from the University of Notre Dame. She and her two children currently reside in Oakton in Fairfax County, Virginia.

Map & Booth Numbers

Please click the map below for a larger PDF.

2017 Sponsors

Please NO coolers allowed in the park. Paid parking available at Mid-Core/Sundial and South Core garages and Beach Drive lots. Free event shuttles from 1st St. & Central and from Pier’s Dolphin Lot to Vinoy Park (Sat. 8:30-6:30; Sun. 9:30-5:30). More info at stpetetrolley.com


DMG School Project Landmark Engineering and Survey Mahaffey Apartment Company McShane Communications Raymond James & Associates, Inc. Wells, Houser, & Schatzel, P. A.


The Birchwood The Gallery Great Bay Distributors Harvey's 4th Street Grill New City Signs The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club West Coast Graphics

Purchase Awards

ARTicles Gallery by Leslie Curran Chloe Firebaugh Douglas C. Buchan Memorial Englander & Fischer LLP Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc. Mahaffey Apartment Company Monika & Fred MacFawn New City Signs by Mike & Joyce Grega Sally & William Snyder SHAPIRO’S Gallery Vickstrom Engineering Services, Inc. Wells, Houser & Schatzel, P. A.

Mainsail Art Festival was, once again, named by Sunshine Artist as one of the “100 Best Fine Art & Design Shows” in the nation.


  • 250+ Juried Fine Art & Craft Exhibitors
  • Ceramics, Digital Art, Fibers, Glass, Graphics, Jewelry, Metal, Mixed Media, Oil/Acrylic, Photography, Sculpture, Watercolor and Wood
  • $60,000 in Cash Awards, including $10,000 Best of Show and a Purchase Award program
  • Ranked by Sunshine Artist Magazine among the “100 Best” Fine Art Events in the U.S.


  • Live music entertainment
  • Young at ARt Student Show & Awards
  • Free admission
  • Kids Create art activity tent
  • Culinary Arts food court
  • Volunteers needed

Artists: Starting Oct. 1, artists must apply online at www.zapplication.org.

  • Applications Available online: October 1
  • Application Deadline: Saturday, December 1
  • Fees: $35 Jury Fee; $325 Entry Fee


Free admittance to the festival
For the safety of your pet and other festival patrons, please consider allowing your dog to stay at home during the festival.
No, the festival does not permit coolers to be brought into the park.
Yes, there will be a variety of food items and beverages for purchase.
Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This event was designed to provide equal opportunity for enjoyment by all participants.  If you would like to request any particular aids or services pursuant to disability laws, please contact the event planner at 727-892-5885 or City of St. Petersburg Community Affairs Division at 727-893-7345 or727-892-5259 TDD/TTY