Garvin Gate Blues Festival
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Rated one of the top free blues festivals in the USA, this autumn tradition draws tens of thousands of visitors to Old Louisville for the music, food and drinks, and to purchase unique handcrafted items directly from the artists who created them.
Held the weekend after the annual Saint James Court Art Show, this event began in 1988, and continues to grow and expand. The festival’s crafts area is set among a block of 1880s-90s Victorian homes on the quiet tree-lined Garvin Place, with vendors selling everything from jewelry, clothing, paintings, ceramics, art, and a host of artisan oddities. Our booths are open late, which helps make this festival a very unique Old Louisville event.
The festival takes place this year on Friday, October 13, from 6:30 - 11:15 pm, and Saturday, October 14, 2 - 11:15 pm. Vendors are asked to be present during all hours of the festival. All applications must be received between April 1 and September 1.
With space for only fifty or so booths, our jury process is simple: first-come, first-served, after the application has been approved. Our artists are important to us and to the music lovers who embrace the arts culture.
Vendors who would like to apply for an opportunity to have a 10’ x 10’ space must provide the required information in the application form first. A $40 booth fee covers the Louisville Metro vendor permit fee and electricity for each booth. A tent/canopy is suggested, but not required. Private, free, off-street parking is available nearby to the artists on a first-come basis. Food vendors and groups with political or religious agendas will not be accepted.
Applications may be downloaded, printed, filled-in, and delivered to:
Garvin Gate Blues Festival
1202 S 6th St.
Louisville, KY 40203
Our 2016 Garvin Gate Blues Festival Vendors
Moon Magic Metalworks/Moon Magic Creations
Bonie Bolen Muralist
Starvin Artist - David Green
Gay Goblets - Debbie Stevens
Designs by DJ -- Suitable Pet Retreats - Debbie Stevens
Top This Hat - Ginny Collins & Debbie Hess
Health Daddy Wow - Frank Stoner
Desert Mountain Adventures - Peggy Maguire & Tammy Rowland
The Courier-Journal - Corrie Riethmiller
Mixed Metaphors - Judith Tingley
New Beginnings Family Services - Kimula Valentine Jackson, MSHS
It Works - Taylor Warner
Green Remedy - Chad Wilson
Logan’s Roadhouse - Jenna Brigham
Gyenyame of Louisville - Lisa Uthman
Shannon Creation Station - Shannon Lovaas
Design Web Louisville - Jael Harrington
Charmels Shesocrafty - Charmel Kelley
Bohemian Monkey - Rose Flowers
Skeletons In My Closet - Dusty June
Donna Chancellor Paintings
Daniel Horton - Daniel Horton
Brown Suga Accessories - Tracy Hayes
Silky’s Designs - Sharon Smith
International Art Ware - Rekia
One of a Chime Designs by E - Eileen O’Connor-Keene
Garvin Gate Neighborhood Association - Chris Bosson
Kentuckiana Blues Society - Mark Sneed
Hypnotiq Persona - Denisha Vaughn
Gye Nyame of Louisville - Owen Sitgrave
RecycBling Designs - Nevina Harrell
Goma Trading - Lonnie Barrett
Scarves and Wearables - Gwen Murphy
The Garvin Gate Blues Festival is run by volunteers and the Garvin Gate Neighborhood Association. Proceeds from the festival help to preserve and improve our Old Louisville neighborhood and benefits the quality of life in Metro Louisville.
Our food and drink booths are managed by Adam Nugent with Festival Cuisine & Spirits. Food vendors interested in being a part of the festival must apply online. Supporting our food and drink vendors helps to pay for this free event. Unauthorized vendors setting up within the festival area will be asked to leave.
Thank you for your support!