Click on one of the boxes below or on the link to the registration form. Please see the FAQs for complete information about the event and guidelines on the kinds of art that can be in the parade and for sale at the festival.
All you need is to make or bring some art and carry it, pull it, push it, wear it, or perform it. Art is a painting, sculpture, mask, puppet, costume, dance, song, a drum beat, whatever. You can walk alone or as a group -- as a family and neighbors, as a community organization, as a school or business. The most important thing is to have fun. Children younger than 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Please use the registration form to reserve your place in the parade. The deadline for paraders to be listed in the program is September 15.
Participation in the parade is free.
The Wheaton Arts Parade & Festival is a chance for local performers, amateurs and professionals alike, to strut their stuff. Musicians, dancers, and performers can entertain while walking in the parade or on one of the festival stages. If you want to perform, just register and tell us what you would like to do. Entertainment is free to the public and performers are not paid, except for those who are paid directly by festival sponsors, but your performance is a gift to the community and will be publicized on our website and in the printed program. Performers are given a substantial discount on tented exhibit space. The deadline for performers to register is August 15.
Tented exhibit spaces (approximately 10'x10') with a table, 2 chairs and signage are available for a fee to artists, arts groups, community organizations, and sponsors to display and sell original hand made art, distribute materials, advertise upcoming events and recruit members. There is a limited number of tent spaces available. Selection of exhibitors will be guided by WAP's aim to present a diverse collection of art mediums and styles with priority for local artists.To help defray the rental costs, the festival space fee is:
* $175 for artists walking in the parade
* $225 for arts groups walking in the parade
*$225 for community groups walking in the parade
(Add $50 if not walking in the parade. 2 artists can share an exhibit space. More details are in the registration form)
The deadline to apply for exhibit space is June 30. Artists who are accepted will be notified by July 15, at which time they need to pay for their exhibit space. Due to high demand, we cannot hold unpaid tent reservations beyond July 31.
Depending on the availability of exhibit spaces, a second round of applications for exhibit space will open on July 15.
A limited number of vendors will be permitted to sell food and beverages in the Food Corner and in the 20'x30' Beer Garden Tent. There is a $300 fee for tented spaces. 2 tables, 2 chairs, signage and electrical power are included. Food vendors should register here and event organizers will contact them about their specific requirements and permits required by the county.