Ends on March 11, 2019



The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts is seeks food vendors to participate in the 2019 festival season, including Artscape, Baltimore Book Festival, and Light City. 

Artscape is the largest free arts festival in the country, bringing 350,000+ attendees to Baltimore’s cultural, arts and entertainment district over three days.

Light City 2018 attracted more than 442,500 nighttime visitors, generated $33.5 million in economic impact and created one billion media impressions for Baltimore 


Only vendors in good standing with BOPA will be accepted. 


This form is the only method of application. Applying does not grant acceptance. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed nor considered. Applications will not be accepted nor reviewed 


Grilling/ Frying Vendors: 10x10: $3200, 10x20: $5000

Cooking Vendors (use of griddle): 10x10: $2400

Non-Cooking Vendors (juices, salads, etc.) 10x10: $2000

Desserts/ Snacks: 10x10: $1000, Cart: $800 

Food Truck: $2500

Note: Vendors may partcipate in ONLY Baltimore Book Festival (11.1- 11.3) if they are a self contained unit. Vendors interested in a tent/booth at Light City MUST participate in all 10 days (11.1- 11.10). 


Vendors must keep their space open and staffed, for all festival hours of operation. 

Vendors are required to set-up and breakdown their booth/area in the festival-designated time frames. 

Vendors must pay a separate $250 clean-up deposit. This deposit is refundable and will be refunded pending the condition of your space upon departure. 

Vendors who have not paid the required booth/space fee prior to the festival will not be permitted to set-up and participate during the festival.

Vendors may only sell approved non-alcoholic beverages. No glass bottles, disposable plastic straws, or Styrofoam cups. 

No Styrofoam serving containers allowed. Serving containers must be recyclable or compostable. 

Stand-alone/pop-up tents are prohibited and unauthorized/unapproved use of any festival space is prohibited. Vendor set-up is confined to the purchased tent/location footprint. Storage areas located behind or outside the tent footprint is prohibited. 

Amplified sound and/or sound systems in your booth is prohibited. 

Bring a heavy-duty outdoor extension cord of at least 25 feet, in order to access electricity for your booth. The festival will not have extension cords to borrow, rent or purchase.

Lighting: BOPA provides 1-2 lights per tent only. You will need to plug the lights into the electrical box behind your tent and then turn them on. You may want to bring supplementary lighting for your display. 

Signage: BOPA provides an individual sign for each vendor. You may bring signage and other printed collateral material, but it may not be on the outside of your tent.

Wi-Fi internet will not be available in your space to collect payments. Please use another method of collecting payments that does not require Wi-Fi access.

Vendors may not re-sell, share with an unaccepted exhibitor or sublet any portion of their space – unless approved by the festival director. This includes media partners, corporate sponsors, and any/all third-parties. Violations will result in expulsion from the festival, with no refund.

Vendors violating the rules of this show or who fail to cooperate with the Festival Staff will not be permitted to open for business. 

By submitting an application, you agree to and accept all festival terms and conditions. 


1. The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, Inc. (BOPA) and the Baltimore Festival of the Arts, Inc. (BFAI) reserves the right to determine and assign the Vendors onsite tent/exhibit location. Our goal is to create a successful experience for all of our participants. However, due to the large-scale nature of the festival’s logistics, BOPA will not honor Vendors requests to change or move its tent/exhibit location at any time. 

2. This application, when properly executed, shall constitute a valid and binding agreement between the Vendor and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, Inc. (BOPA). BOPA reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to reject any application, or to limit participation in BOPA Festivals. 

3. The terms, conditions and directions of the Vendor Guidelines, as amended from time to time by BOPA, shall be provided to Vendors no less than seven days prior to the festivals' start dates. The guidelines shall be considered a part of this agreement. Vendor is responsible for reviewing the Guidelines carefully and be familiar with its terms and conditions therein. 

4. The Vendor contact listed on the application portion of this agreement shall be authorized to make all decisions regarding exhibiting at BOPA Festivals. 

5. If Vendor is selling, Vendor shall pay all sales or other taxes, fees and assessments required by any applicable federal, state or local law in connection with Vendor’s participation in BOPA Festivals. Vendor shall hold BFAI and BOPA harmless for any taxes (including fees and penalties, if any) required to be paid in connection with the Vendor’s activities under this contract. Vendor shall provide BOPA with all requested documentation to evidence Vendor’s compliance with tax laws and rules. 

6. Once Vendor is accepted, invoiced and paid for the festival; full or partial refunds will not be issued if the Vendor cancels their space for any reason. 

7. BOPA Festivals takes place rain or shine, however in the case of dangerously inclement weather, BOPA reserves the right to close or suspend the event. The event will re-open when deemed to be safe by the Baltimore City Fire Department. Full or partial refunds will not be issued. 

8. Under no circumstances shall BFAI or BOPA be liable for consequential, indirect, special or punitive damages of any kind in connection with its activities or omissions under this agreement regardless of whether such damages were foreseeable. 

9. Failure by Vendor to adhere to any provision of this Agreement may result in cancellation of this agreement. 

10. Vendor may not assign this agreement or trade, sell, share or otherwise transfer the advertising or exhibiting rights provided for in this agreement. 

11. Waiver of any term of this agreement or failure of BOPA to terminate this agreement on account of any breach by Vendor shall not be deemed a waiver of BOPA’s rights to subsequently enforce any term or to terminate this contract by reason of any subsequent breach by Vendor. 

12. Vendor agrees that no representations of any kind have been made to Vendor by BOPA or by any of its agents and that no understanding has been made or agreement entered into other than as set forth herein. 

13. Upon request, BOPA will provide insurance broker contact information for the event.

Liability and Insurance

1. Vendor agrees to indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Baltimore Office of Promotion and The Arts, Inc.(BOPA), the Baltimore Festival of the Arts, Inc., the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, its elected/appointed officials, employees, agents, and volunteers from any and all claims, demands, suits, and actions including attorney’s fees and court costs, connected therewith, brought against the Baltimore Office of Promotion and The Arts, Inc., the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, its elected/appointed officials, employees, agents, and volunteers arising as a result of any direct or indirect, willful, or negligent act of omission of the Vendor, its employees, agents, or volunteers, EXCEPT for activities caused by the sole negligent act or omission of BOPA, BFAI, the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, its elected/appointed officials, employees, agents, and volunteers arising out of this contract/agreement. 

2. BOPA, sponsors and the employees, representatives and agents of each shall not be liable for any claims, liabilities, costs and charges (including attorneys’ fees and costs) for injury, loss or damage to property or persons (including death) arising out of Vendor’s activities in connection with BOPA Festivals, or any breach of representation, warranty or covenant in this agreement. 

3. The Vendor is an independent contractor under this contract and has no employee, partnership, co-venture, agent or other such relationship with BOPA and BFAI. 

4. The Vendor is solely responsible for securing appropriate insurance to cover his/her operations, including storage at an on-site location if provided by BOPA Festivals, in such amounts as he/she may deem necessary. BOPA and its festivals have no responsibility for any damage or loss of property of the Vendor. Vendor is advised to carry insurance for their business. If you do not carry a business insurance policy, you are advised to consider one-day or multi-day event insurance from a qualified insurance company. Proof of insurance is required from the Vendor at check-in and should be available for inspection throughout Festival duration. 

5. The Vendor agrees to have as a minimum requirement Automobile Liability Insurance with a limit no less than $100,000.00 combined single limit each accident for use of owned, hired and non-owned vehicles used on festival site. Proof of Automobile Liability Insurance is required from the Vendor at check-in and should be available for inspection throughout Festival weekend.

Health Department 

Food sold is required to be prepared and sold within the guidelines of the Baltimore City Health Departments. Your name will be given to the Baltimore City Health Department. Health Department requirements include, but are not limited to: 1) hand wash sink with hot water 2) compartment “sink” wash area 3) food is required to be elevated at a minimum of 6” off the ground 4) temporary food permit from the Baltimore City Health Department. Vendors are required to have a Health Department Permit posted on-site in their vendor booth/space.

Fire Marshall

Vendors must comply with all Baltimore City Fire Department fire marshal rules and guidelines. All vendors cooking on premise are required to have a 2A-10BC Portable Fire Extinguisher. Deep Fryers are required to have a Class K extinguisher.


1. Should the Vendor fail to fulfill any of his/her obligations pursuant to this agreement, BOPA/BFAI may terminate this agreement upon notice to Vendor. 

2. Each provision of this agreement shall be deemed to be a separate, severable, and independently enforceable provision. The invalidity or breach of any provision shall not cause the invalidity or breach of the remaining provisions or of the agreement, which shall remain in full force and effect. 

3. This agreement shall in all respects be construed in accordance with and governed by the laws of the State of Maryland and subject to the jurisdiction of its courts. Furthermore, the parties hereto agree that any suits or actions brought by either party against the other shall be in a court of competent jurisdiction in Baltimore City. 

4. This agreement, together with any exhibits or attachments, contains the entire agreement between the parties and supersedes any other agreements or representations between them, whether oral or written. No provisions of this agreement may be amended, waived or modified except by a written agreement signed by both parties.

Submission of on-line application shall constitute agreement with all conditions in this prospectus. Questions? Contact Taylor Kleiner, Festivals Logistics and Operations Coordinator (via email or direct dial 443-263-4329).