Red River Revel Arts Festival Event Summary
The Red River Revel Arts Festival (the Revel, known by locals) is an eight-day annual festival of food, culture, art and music held at Festival Plaza in Shreveport, Louisiana every October. Located downtown on the banks of the Red River, Festival Plaza stretches a three-block corridor from Market Street to the river. The festival features over 100 visual artists, four performance stages, 24 food booths, a children’s arts education area, and three arts education programs.
2017 Red River Revel:
Saturday, September 30 – Saturday, October 7
11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sunday – Wednesday
11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Thursday, Friday & both Saturdays
*Preview Party – Friday, September 29, 2017 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
The eight-day, outdoor arts festival features:
- Local, Regional, & National Artists
- Tents with Sides Provided
- All Corner Booths
- Options to stay four (4) or eight (8) days
- Designated Artist Parking
- 24-hour security
- Hospitality & Free WIFI
$7,000 in cash awards
Direct sales and no commission
Ranked In Top 100 Fine Arts Festivals in the United States (Sunshine Artist Magazine)
Ranked In Top 100 Events in North America (The American Bus Association)
Ranked In Top 20 Events in the Southeast (Southeast Tourism Society)
‘The Times’ Best of NWLA Reader’s Choice Award for “Best Local Festival.”
For 2016/2017, the Revel was the award winner for Area Events/Tourist Attractions by LocalsLoveUS.
Applications for this year’s Revel will be accepted and processed through the Red River Revel webpage beginning February 1, 2017. Application Deadline is March 31, 2017; accepted artists will be notified by email. An alternate List will be developed based on jury scores; artists will be notified through email if a booth space becomes available.
A $30 nonrefundable application fee must be paid online.
First Half (September 30 – October 3) – $500 (individual)
Second Half (October 4 – October 7) – $500 (individual)
Full Week (September 30 – October 7) – $800 (individual)
– $1600 (double booth; full week only)
*Booth assignments are at the discretion of the Red River Revel Arts Festival and are not interchangeable.
Size: Exhibition booths are 10′ x 10′ or 10′ by 20′ (under one 20’ x 20’ tent). Each booth has a 10′ by 10′ corner space with 7’6″ clearance; sidewalls are provided. Storage and displays must not extend beyond the rented booth space.
Tables: Upon request, the Revel will provide one 8′ table for artists with three-dimensional work.
Lighting/Electricity: Electricity will be provided in each tent space. Clip-on lights may be rented for $10 each (limit 2 per artist). Quad boxes to be shared by all four booths are located at the center pole of each 20′ x 20′ tent. Each booth space has access to a 20 amp outlet. Artist supplies extension cords.
Security: The Red River Revel will provide 24-Hour security, but cannot assume liability for damage, loss or theft.
Weather: The Red River Revel is an outdoor festival and is held rain or shine.
Setup & Breakdown:
For full week and first-half week artists, check-in and load-in will begin Thursday, September 28 from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Check-in will reopen Friday, September 29 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Artists must be completely set up by 5 p.m. Friday, September 29. There is no set-up allowed during the Preview Party (Friday, September 29) or during festival hours.
For second-half week artists, check-in is Tuesday, October 3, 2017 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Artists may begin set-up once their assigned booth is vacant. Artists must be completely set-up by 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 4, 2017.
Check-in will not take place before or after designated hours.
Artists may drive onsite for loading in and out during designated setup and breakdown times only. Vehicles will need to be offsite 30 minutes prior to festival opening each day. Any vehicle entering the festival site must have proof of valid automobile insurance. Artists may begin to breakdown their booths at the close of the festival, Saturday, October 7, 2017. Artists will not be able to access the site by vehicle until the site is cleared of patrons.