26th Annual Durango Autumn Arts Festival

September 19-20, 2020













September 19-20, 2020
East Second Ave
Downtown Durango

To Volunteer:
email Selena


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 complimentary coffee and donuts on Saturday morning during set up; friendly booth sitters; indoor restrooms; and access to drinking water among other amenities.


The Durango Arts Center produces a full-color digital Festival Guide that includes a map with booth locations and an exhibitor list as well as a photo gallery of selected exhibitors’ work.  The event and Festival Guide are advertised at sponsor locations (restaurants, hotels, downtown businesses) 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.


With concern for the safety of our Durango Autumn Arts Festival attendees, the following adjustments have been made to the event:

  • To avoid clustered gatherings, there will be no indoor live entertainment, food court, or artist dinner.
  • Patrons are encouraged to enjoy food from downtown restaurants.
  • Social distancing measures will be maintained outside, and the art booths will be set up normally for the enjoyment and safe shopping experience of our patrons.

Thank you.

The Durango Arts Center is excited to celebrate its 26th year of presenting fine art and fine craft by makers from around the country.  This festival takes place amidst the fall colors on quaint Second Avenue in historic downtown Durango, Colorado. The wide avenue, lined with restaurants and a variety of shops, is one block from Main Avenue, 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 the last several years this festival has welcomed an average of 6,500 visitors.  Artists and craftspeople report the show is well organized and offers great hospitality and friendly, steady crowds.

Nestled in the foothills of the San Juan Mountains in La Plata County, the area is home to a population of nearly 54,000 permanent and part-time residents.  Durango, located only 40 miles from Mesa Verde National Park, a United Nations World Heritage Site, is a destination for arts and culture enthusiasts with a rich history in Native American, Hispanic, and Western pioneering cultures. Historic Durango draws visitors from around the world to ride its famous narrow-gauge train, raft the wild Animas River that runs through it, and hike and bike its pristine mountain trails.


Participation is limited to 90 exhibitors. One artist/craftsperson per booth, unless more than one artist/craftsperson is collaborating on work. All work submitted must be original fine art or fine craft in concept and design and executed by the exhibitor present at the festival. Work displayed at the festival must be of the same type, quality, and materials as depicted in the images submitted for jury. All reproductions must be signed and numbered, except for note cards.  See Rules/Regulations for additional details.


A non-refundable application fee of $40 is due for each category entered; i.e., fiber is $40 and jewelry is $40, totaling an $80 application fee.

No application will be considered without application fee payment.


Jurors are selected based on a high level of involvement in their field, knowledge of fine art and fine craft, and their professional reputations.

  • Application Deadline:  June 30, 2020

  • Jury Process: July 1 – July 9, 2020

  • Artists Invitations Sent: July 10, 2020

  • Artists Accept/Decline Invitation: July 24, 2020

  • Artists’ Booth Fees Due By:  July 31, 2020

  • Cancellation Deadline to Receive Refund:  August 14, 2020

List of 2019 winners:

Best of Show / Fine Art: Greg Davis

Best of Show / Fine Craft: Ester Smith

Best of Show / Best Booth: Carla McBride

First Place: Brian Heritage

Second Place: Craig Terry

Third Place: Jeff Pedersen

Honorable Mention: Kevin Eslinger

Click for our application below for complete festival information and opportunity to submit for consideration of a booth space!

The Durango Autumn Arts Festival is presented by First Southwest Bank of Durango.



Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Non-refundable 2020 Durango Autumn Arts Festival Jury Fee): $40.00

You can submit up to 2 applications for this show.


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 2021; mention in Festival Guide; Ribbon

· Best of Show / Fine Craft – $500 Cash Award + automatic entry & waived application fee in 2021; mention in Festival Guide; Ribbon

· Best of Show / Best Booth – automatic entry & waived application & fee booth fees for 2021; mention in Festival Guide; Ribbon

· First Place – Ribbon & mention in 2021 Festival Guide

· Second Place – Ribbon & mention in 2021 Festival Guide

· Third Place – Ribbon & mention in 2021 Festival Guide

· Honorable Mention – Ribbon & mention in 2021 Festival Guide


Booth Fees & Payment
10′ x 10′ – $350 (every booth has a corner orientation)
10′ x 20′ – $700 (limited number available)

Booth fees are due in full by Friday, July 31, 2020.  Booth invitations and payments are non-transferable and non-refundable after the cancellation deadline of August 14, 2020.