2019 ARts vendor guidelines 

Thank you for your interest in participating as an Art Vendor along the SeaFeast Wharf! We are excited for our 4th annual Celebration of the Salish Sea on September 21 and 22, 2019. New this year, the SeaFeast team will be managing the Arts Vendors. We welcome local and visiting artists to use this annual gathering as a venue to share their work with our curious, engaged attendees. Please review these guidelines thoroughly and submit your application here. Please contact us with any questions at info@bellinghamseafeast.com

Important Dates
Friday, June 14th   Application deadline

Friday, June 21st: Acceptance notifications sent by this date

Friday, July 5th: Booth fees due

Saturday, September 21st & Sunday, September 22nd: 4th Annual Bellingham SeaFeast

Booth Fee

$150 for 10x10 booth

Note: Both days are included in above fees. Bellingham SeaFeast does not take a percentage of your booth sales. Once accepted, you will be invoiced the flat rate by Bellingham SeaFeast. Sharing of booths is allowed for an additional $25; in the case of sharing a booth, both artists must abide by the following guidelines.


Bellingham SeaFeast invites Pacific Northwest artists of all mediums to participate in the celebration of our maritime culture. Poets, writers, and filmmakers are encouraged to participate as part of the FisherPoets-on-Bellingham-Bay programming. Musicians are encouraged to apply for a main stage slot or participate as FisherPoets. Makers of artisan food and beauty products should apply as Commercial Vendors.

Visual artists of various mediums (2-D, glass, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, wood, fiber art, metal, mixed media) are invited to apply for a spot in our juried Arts Booths on SeaFeast Wharf on Saturday, September 21 from 10am - 6pm and Sunday, September 22 from 10am - 4pm.

We will:

  • emphasize high quality arts and crafts

  • prioritize selections of work inspired by or related to the ocean, maritime, or waterfront culture

Applications must include photos or images of work to be complete.


Arts Vendors booths will be open both days of the festival, and participating artists must be prepared to vend both days Saturday, September 21 and Sunday, September 22. Artists able to participate both days will be given priority. Saturday’s festival will be open from 10am to 8pm; booths are expected to remain open until 6pm on Saturday. The festival does not take place in a fully lit area; closure times are dictated by sunset (around 7pm). The main-stage music and beer garden will close at 8pm on Saturday and 4pm on Sunday.

NO vehicles and trailers will be allowed in the vendor area after 9:30 a.m. each morning and until 6:10 pm Saturday and 4:10 pm Sunday. Therefore, late arrivals must walk in with supplies. If you choose to close prior to the end time, you may not bring your vehicle into the SeaFeast Wharf area until official load out time begins.  

All booths, vehicles, and vendor debris must be removed from the Festival grounds by 7pm, Sunday, September 22. If booth area is left unclean, the vendor will be charged a $100 Booth Clean-Up Fee.

Bellingham SeaFeast 2019 anticipates upwards of 10,000 + attendees over the two days. Please plan to accommodate up to 8,000 attendees each day. 

Parking specifics will be mailed/emailed in the Confirmation Packet.  

Booth structure and contents, including inventory, are your sole responsibility. Bellingham SeaFeast, City of Bellingham, Port of Bellingham, and Whatcom County assume no responsibility for injury to persons, or loss or damage to any property of the Vendor, including theft, accident, or acts of God.

Bellingham SeaFeast does not take a commission for this festival.  


Vendors must be present and their booths open for business throughout the entirety of the festival.

Booths may only display work in the categories in which they are accepted. (2-D, glass, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, wood, fiber art, metal, mixed media).

 All work displayed must be of the quality submitted for jurying. Bellingham SeaFeast reserves the right to require removal of items that are not of the quality and/or category approved.

All work must be hand-made. The vendor must have direct, hands on involvement over the creative and production processes

Vendors may not exhibit the work of other artists. Collaborating artists may submit one application and pay for one booth only if they collaborate on every piece of work, or if each artists work is represented equally in the booth space. Booths may be shared between two artists with small volumes of work for an additional fee of $25.

All vendors must provide their own:

  • Tent (10x10): “Pop-up” style or similar, in good condition. Absolutely no tarps or makeshift tents.

  • Tent anchors (two cinder blocks or water weights): Anchoring your tent is absolutely essential and required due to possible wind in the harbor.

  • Bellingham SeaFeast requires no less than two cinderblocks (or water weight equivalent) on each corner, attached with two zipties each or sturdy chord. No staking is allowed. Cinder blocks are not provided by Bellingham SeaFeast. Never tie two tents together. Keep at least 1 foot between each tent.

  • Tables, chairs, dollies, etc. to set up/tear down and display goods.

Tents may not be set up the night before the festival due to the possibility of overnight destructive wind. Set-up begins at 6am and closes (no cars through SeaFeast Wharf) at 9:30am. You may leave your tent frame at your booth overnight, but the cloth material must be removed so as not to act as a sail.

Bellingham SeaFeast provides overnight security, but we do not recommend leaving anything of value overnight. Please leave nothing more than a tent frame and folded table. Booth structure and contents, including inventory, are your sole responsibility. Bellingham SeaFeast 2019, City of Bellingham, Whatcom County, and Port of Bellingham assume no responsibility for injury to persons, or loss or damage to any property of the Vendor, including theft, accident, or acts of God. 

No alcoholic beverages, loud music, televisions, or hawking within or in the vicinity of your booth.

Bellingham SeaFeast reserves the right to restrict any activities that interfere with public access, attendee safety and enjoyment, and/or event programming.

You may not advertise outside of your booth space, including use of rovers, flyers, or sandwich boards. We ask that vendors stay within their booth space – no side awnings, walkways, etc.

Handwritten signs are not allowed.

Only the Booth Name, as stated on the application, is allowed on booth signage. 

Each vendor is responsible for collecting, reporting, and paying state sales tax to the State of Washington under Sales Tax Code #1714.

“Towards Zero Waste”:

Bellingham SeaFeast is a “Towards Zero Waste” (TZW) Event, meaning we strive to send 0% of event supplies to landfills following the event. Please review the TZW protocol included in the application, and contact Mark Peterson at Sustainable Connections with any questions.

Ready to apply? Submit your application here. Scroll to the bottom of the page.

If you have any outstanding questions, please do not hesitate to contact our team at info@bellinghamseafeast.com. We will do our best to respond in a timely manner. Thank you for considering being a vendor at our fourth annual Bellingham SeaFeast! Sea you in September!