Art in the Redwoods Festival 2017

Gualala Arts

Festival weekend

Hat's Off Dinner, Thursday August 10, 6 pm; Champagne Preview, Friday, August 11, 4 pm - 7 pm; Festival, Saturday August 12, 10 am-5 pm; Sunday, August 13, 10 am - 4 pm

Arts Center

Admission to the festival is $6; youth 17 and under are free.

Artists: How to Enter

The Art in the Redwoods Festival, the most popular and largest north coast art show in California, will take place on the 2nd weekend in August; the Fine Art exhibit runs through Labor Day weekend. Artists and artisans are invited to show and sell their works and to compete for generous awards, which include cash prizes and ribbons.

Entries must be postmarked by the 2nd Monday in July. The first 420 entries will be accepted; entries received after that will be put on a waiting list. You must be a member of Gualala Arts (you may join when turning in your form), and there is $10 fee for each piece with a maximum of 2 pieces per artist. The artwork must be dropped off in person on the first Sunday in August. We do not accept mailed artwork.

The outdoor artist vendor booth spaces are handled directly by Gualala Arts. The non-refundable jury fee is $10, the space fee is $150, and Gualala Arts will receive a 10% commission on sales. The application must be postmarked by March 15.

Artist Application

2017 Art in the Redwoods artist application (click here)

Booth Application

The 2017 Art in the Redwoods artist booth application form (Click Here)

A fifteen-minute booth sitting service will be available to artists who are alone. Additionally, artists with booths will receive complimentary food tickets.

For more information please call (707) 884-1138 or e-mail to

Hats Off Dinner

Top Hat Dinner

This special evening of fine food, wine and art was originally held on Friday night for many years but since its 2007 moved to Thursday and has become the opening event of the annual Festival. After being closed since August 1st to prepare the building, take in and hang the art, the Arts Center will open its doors to the public for the first time to the Hats Off Dinner guests, who will be the first people to view the fine art exhibit and purchase the art before it is judged on Friday.

Hats Off Dinner celebrants will get a sneak peek preview of the Fine Art Exhibit and have the opportunity to purchase art before it is judged, and receive VIP Festival Passes that will admit them to the Friday Champagne Preview and the Festival itself. Tickets to the Hats Off Dinner are by reservation only, and are $150 per person which includes a $100 donation and VIP Festival passes to the Champagne Preview on Friday, August 10 from 4 pm to 7 pm and the Festival itself on Saturday or Sunday. Reservations can be made by visiting the Gualala Arts Center or calling (707) 884-1138 and are recommended as it usually sells out.

Champagne Preview

Champagne Preview

The Champagne Preview is on Friday evening August 11, from 4 pm to 7 pm (admission $10). Champagne will be served until 6 pm when the judges’ award presentation and critique begins.

Outdoor artist booths will be open for a sneak preview from 4 – 6 p.m. The Fine Art exhibit sneak preview is from 4:30 – 7 pm. Award presentations and judge’s critique will take place Friday at 6 pm in the outdoor amphitheater. Artists should be present to receive awards but are not required.

Festival weekend

Art in the Redwoods Festival

Visitors enjoy lunch in the Redwood Grove during Art in the Redwoods

The Gualala Arts Redwood Grove is a great venue for community events, potlucks, ceremonies and weddings.

The Gualala Arts Redwood Grove offers great acoustics for bands and community events.

New stonework to enjoy in the Gualala Arts Redwood Grove.

More stonework images by Scott Chieffo

The Festival is open to the public on Saturday August 12, from 10 am to 5 pm and on Sunday August 13, from 10 am to 4 pm for the indoor fine art exhibition and outdoor festival activities. Admission is $6.00 for adults, and youth 17 and under are free.

More details on this event are coming soon,

in the meantime here is a link to past Art in the Redwoods festivals