The Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau’s first annual Sturgis Art Festival took place on June 5, 2021! We teamed up with various arts-related organizations in Sturgis to highlight the wonderful fine arts community in the area through this new event. Our very first year was a huge success - we can't wait for 2022!
The Sturgis Art Festival takes place on the first Saturday in June annually from 10 AM to 6 PM and includes a variety of art and craft vendors selling and showing their work alongside food and drink vendors in downtown Sturgis. This venue is in the heart of our beautiful small town with a variety of year-round shops and eateries surrounding the festival booths for your browsing enjoyment. Non- art-related businesses are also welcome to participate in the event as sponsors, booths, or activity hosts! Any business can opt to include an art-themed project or team up with an artist to have a booth in keeping with the mission of the festival while promoting their business. Contact us to be added to our 2022 vendor waiting list!
This festival also takes place the weekend directly after our new rotating Sturgis ARTWALK sculpture unveilings by the Downtown Sturgis Foundation! The unveilings take place the preceding Thursday with an artist reception at Harley-Davidson Rally Point that same evening. Contact the Downtown Sturgis Foundation for details on the 2022 event and sculptures. The Chamber of Commerce hosts a booth at the festival with maps of the Sturgis ARTWALK available, including these new sculptures each year.
The Sturgis Art Festival aims to promote crafts and fine arts in the Sturgis area through art sales, exhibits, auctions, activities, and performances. If you are interested in supporting this new event by becoming a vendor, sponsor, or volunteer, please contact the Chamber office! If your organization or club would like to participate in some way or add an activity component to the festival, please contact us anytime.
Thank You, Sponsors!
Our first-ever Sturgis Art Festival would not have been possible without each of these highly generous, involved organizations in our beautiful community. Please support these businesses and thank them for everything they do!
Top Community Commitment - Thank You:
Event Commitment - Thank You:
- The Art Nest Gallery
- Black Hills Federal Credit Union
- Good Witch Cake Shop
- Jakes Collision Repair
- The Knuckle Saloon
- Meade County Senior Citizens Center
- Paula Rae Studio
- Payton Laine Designs
- Rushmore Office Supply
- Scooptown Car Wash
- Sturgis Center for the Arts
2021 Vendor FAQ's:
Q: When are vendor booth registration forms due?
A: Forms are due no later than 5pm on Friday, May 28th!
Q: What's the deal with booth insurance? Do I really need to have a certificate showing proof of insurance for a one-day event?
A: YES, a certificate is required! A certificate protects you from liability in the case of an accident within your booth area, and it can also protect you in cases of theft or damaged goods. There are very low-cost, one-time insurance certificates available if you don't already have insurance. Check with our local insurance providers, or take a look at actinsurance.com for festival options under $50!
Q: My art/craft business is not officially registered and does not have a Sales Tax ID. Can I still participate and sell my products?
A: Yes! We will provide you with a special, one-time form to record your sales and tax collected. You simply send the tax and the completed form to the Department of Revenue independently.
Q: Can I raffle off a prize or piece of artwork at my booth?
A: Yes! Make sure you submit a raffle application to the City of Sturgis to be in compliance with our local raffle ordinance. You can contact City Hall at (605) 347-4422 and speak to the Finance office. The recommended application submission date is no later than Tuesday, May 11th to be included on the May 17th Council agenda.
Q: How should I set up my booth?
A: We have a few requirements for booth setup. First, your booth space will be 10' x 10'. Please make sure your displays and tables fit within this area, unless you purchase extra space. Second, all vendors must have a booth tent to help protect yourself and your wares from the elements. The tent also lends to a festival-like atmosphere! These are available at most general goods stores, including our local ACE Hardware. For further details, please review the requirements on the Vendor Registration Form.
Q: I'm interested in having a booth, but I'm not an artist. Can I still participate?
A: Yes! You can have a booth, but you must find a way to incorporate an art or craft component. We recommend teaming up with an artist and displaying their work at your booth, hosting an art or craft competition, or providing supplies and work space for a small art project! Simply note how you will incorporate the festival theme at your booth on the registration form for committee review and approval.