Durango Autumn Arts Festival

September 16-17, 2017













September 16 & 17, 2017
Saturday & Sunday, 10AM – 5PM
East 2nd Avenue in downtown Durango


Application Opens: January 2, 2017

Deadline: May 22, 2017

What: 23rd Annual Durango Autumn Arts Festival
Where: East Second Avenue in Historic downtown Durango, Colorado
When: September 16 & 17, 2017, Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm
Booth Fees: Every booth has a corner orientation!

  • 10′ x 10′ – $325
  • 10′ x 20′ – $650 (limited number available)

Apply Now: Durango Autumn Arts Festival on Zapplication ($35 non-refundable fee per application)
Questions: Festival Director, daaf@durangoarts.org

  • Limited to 90 fine artists and fine craftspeople from around the country
  • Corner booths for everyone – booths arranged in quads along popular downtown avenue
  • Offering an artists’ welcome dinner, overnight security, booth sitters and setup/breakdown volunteer support
  • Cash awards for Best of Show Fine Arts and Best of Show Fine Craft
  • Free parking with convenient setup/breakdown
  • Juried by arts professionals in Colorado with national reputations
  • Strategic regional advertising and promotion, including a show preview in Southwest Art Magazine, make for a well attended annual event, full of shoppers and art appreciators.
  • Ranked among Top 100 Events for Sales of Fine Crafts by Greg Lawler’s Art Fair SourceBook 2016


Join us in September in beautiful, historic downtown Durango, Colorado to celebrate the 23rd annual Durango Autumn Arts Festival.  The Festival is a regional destination event, held on quaint, tree-lined Second Avenue surrounded by boutique hotels, shops, and locally-owned restaurants, with Main Avenue just one block down, known a gathering place for shoppers and the thousands of visitors that fill the town each fall.

Organized as a benefit event by and for the Durango Arts Center, the region’s premiere non-profit arts organization serving Durango and the Four Corners, the festival is a well-loved and attended community event attracting a large audience throughout the weekend.  In 2016, the Festival welcomed an estimated 7600 visitors.  Artists and craftspeople report the show is well organized and offers great hospitality and friendly, steady crowds.

AMENITIES: The Durango Autumn Arts Festival is a fine art and fine craft festival with a reputation for fine treatment of artists, ample hospitality and friendly crowds. We offer a Welcome Dinner on Friday night (September 15, 2017) during registration where we wine and dine you and your support staff; complimentary coffee and donuts on Saturday morning during set up; friendly booth sitters; indoor restrooms; and access to drinking water among other amenities.

ADVERTISING: We produce a full color Festival Guide that includes a map with booths locations and an exhibitor list as well as a photo gallery of selected exhibitors’ work, which is distributed in over 8500 copies of The Durango Herald the weekend before the festival.  The Festival Guide is available at festival sponsor locations as well as at the festival site. The festival is widely publicized on local radio stations, in regional newspapers and magazines in Colorado and New Mexico and through ads and an extended show preview (print and online) in Southwest Art Magazine.  An exhibitor catalog on the Durango Arts Center’s website previews the Festival artists and craftspeople.

AWARDS: Jurors will select award winners based on their visits to booths on Saturday morning. Awards will be announced on Saturday afternoon from the music stage.

  • Best of Show / Fine Art –  $500 Cash Award + automatic entry & waived application fee in 2018; mention in Festival Guide; Ribbon
  • Best of Show / Fine Craft – $500 Cash Award + automatic entry & waived application fee in 2018; mention in Festival Guide; Ribbon
  • Best of Show / Best Booth – automatic entry & waived application & fee booth fees for 2018; mention in Festival Guide; Ribbon
  • First Place – Ribbon & mention in 2018 Festival Guide
  • Second Place – Ribbon & mention in 2018 Festival Guide
  • Third Place – Ribbon & mention in 2018 Festival Guide
  • Honorable Mention – Ribbon & mention in 2018 Festival Guide

Review complete rules, regulations, eligibility and information about the Festival on our ZAPPLICATION page.

2016 Best of Show Award Winners

Best of Show : Fine Art

Dan McCabe
Prescott, AZ
View artist’s website

Best of Show : Fine Craft

Suzanne Williams
Wheatridge, CO
View artist’s website

Best of Show : Best Booth

Mikel Robinson
Santa Fe, NM
View artist’s website

2016 Festival Sponsors & Supporters

View 2016 Festival Artists

Presenting Sponsor:







Friends of the Festival

Thank You for Your In-Kind Contributions!

Azteca Landscape
Basin Co-Op
Basin Printing & Imaging
City of Durango
City Market
Colorado Heritage Plaza
Margie Deane Gray
Susan Smith of Balloons Galore
Target Rental
The Mayer Building
The West Building