May 24, 2014

The 2nd Annual Redlands Festival of Arts

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The 2nd Annual Redlands Festival of Arts Redlands Festival of Arts

Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 24 - 25, 2014

Our first festival in 2013 was a great success, attracting over 150 exhibiting artists and more than 7000 art lovers. We expect a large increase for 2014. The Redlands Festival of Arts will include both visual and performing arts.

The visual arts will include a juried art show with $6,000 in prizes and a variety of both two-dimensional and three-dimensional works. The Festival will also feature a Kids' Zone with art activities, a special exhibit of historical art, a museum of President Abraham Lincoln history and artifacts, and a Wine & Beer Garden / Food Truck Midway.

Admission to all events is free.

The Festival is sponsored by the Redlands Festival of Arts Committee in cooperation with the Redlands Art Association. Redlands Festival of Arts is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization formed to promote the visual and performing arts in the region. It manages the annual Festival. The Redlands Festival of Arts includes a juried art show, formal and informal live performing arts and local artist's presentations in addition to other Festival activities. Community booths of arts-related organizations and activities are also welcome.

Mission Statement: Redlands Festival of Arts has been created as a non-profit services organization whose mission is to provide access to a broad spectrum of arts experiences and to support arts education in the City of Redlands. 

Festival Events

Festival hours

The festival will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 24th, and Sunday, May 25th.


Smiley Park in Redlands, California. The park surrounds the A.K. Smiley Public Library, 125 W. Vine St., Redlands, the Redlands Bowl and the Police Annex (Old City Hall), located across Vine Street from the Library.

Artist booths

Booths of more than 150 artists from the Redlands area and from throughout California and neighboring states will be featured. Artists will exhibit their work and offer it for sale. Many of the artists will be competing for more than $6,000 in prizes in a juried art competition. For artists only: Artists should access for more information and application instructions Booth setup will take place on Friday, May 23rd.

Kid’s Zone

Children of all ages may attend art activities in the Children’s Garden of the Smiley Public Library with access through the gate to the park. Kid’s Zone will be offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and and Sunday. Children must be accompanied by one parent. Kids and their parent my come and go at any time during Kid’s Zone hours. All necessary art materials will be provided by the Festival.

Historical Art Show

The A.K. Smiley Public Library will stage an exhibit of historical artwork in the Assembly Room of the library during Festival hours. The artwork will depict scenes of Redlands and the Southern California area. Many of the pieces have been stored in library archives and have never been exhibited before. The Assembly Room may be accessed through a library door facing the park.

Lincoln Shrine

Exhibits at the Lincoln Memorial Shrine will be open during festival hours. The Shrine houses the largest collection of President Abraham Lincoln artifacts and memorabilia west of the Mississippi River. The Shrine is located in a separate building in Smiley Park behind the main library building.

Wine & Beer Garden / Food Truck Midway

Local beers and wines will be featured in a Wine & Beer Garden in a fenced area near the Lincoln Memorial Shrine. The hospitality area will also include within the fenced area a Food Truck Midway with offerings ranging from hamburgers and pizza to lobster and sushi. Patrons 21 years of age and older will receive a wristband upon entering the fenced area allowing them to purchase and consume wine and beer. Patrons without a wrist band (under 21 years of age) may not purchase, consume or even hold alcoholic beverages. There will be no charge to enter the Wine & Beer Garden / Food Truck Midway.

Festival Central

A festival information booth and operations center will be located at the southeast corner of the library.

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536 W. 11th Street
San Bernardino, CA 92410

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