Info for Artists

Thank you for your interest in Red Hot Art & Music Festival 2015!

About Red Hot Art & Music Festival 2015

Saturday July 25, 11am to 7pm

Sunday July 26, 11am to 5pm

Red Hot Art & Music Festival is a two-day grassroots festival featuring quality local art and music in a vibrant urban setting. Red Hot is presented by the Stevens Square Community Organization (SSCO), one of the longest running neighborhood organizations in the Twin Cities. Now in its 14th year, Red Hot expects 3000 to 5000 attendees over the last weekend in July.

2015 sponsors include:  Pet Doctors Animal Clinic, MPLS Instrument Company, The Nicollet, Boiler Room Coffee, MPLS Park and Recreation Board, and Stevens Square Community Organization.

Location:  Stevens Square Park, Minneapolis (1801 Stevens Avenue South, 55403)

Located in the heart of the Stevens Square-Loring Heights neighborhood, Stevens Square Park is just south of the Convention Center and downtown Minneapolis. The size of a full city block, the park features large shady trees, a newly-renovated playground area, and is near the bustling intersection of Nicollet and Franklin avenues.

Music/Performance Schedule

Red Hot features about 20 musical acts/cultural performers, starting roughly every hour on the stage in the northeast corner of the park. A full schedule of performers will be available closer to the event.

Artist Responsibilities

Red Hot features Minnesota artists, with a large percentage of exhibitors living in and around Stevens Square and South Minneapolis. All artwork is original art conceived and executed by the artist(s).


All artists are responsible for collecting and paying taxes on items sold. For information regarding taxes, please refer to

Event Hours

Saturday July 25, 11 to 7; Sunday July 26, 11 to 5

All artists participate in both days of the festival, and their booths must be in operation for the duration of Red Hot. Booths must be set up by the open of Red Hot each day (11am Saturday and Sunday) and remain open until the event close (7pm Saturday; 5pm Sunday). Artists who set up late or leave early will not be considered for future festivals.

Exhibiting your work

Artists may exhibit their work in an individual or shared booth space, or they may apply for a space within Red Hot Community Tents. Please note: the application for 2015 is now closed. 

Individual/Shared Booth Space

Artists may apply for a booth space, and exhibit within that space as an individual or share that space with other artists (four artists maximum per booth). The booth space is 10’ by 10.’ All artists and vendors are responsible for their own tents, tables, chairs, and setup/teardown equipment as well as display materials. Artists are responsible for collection of all payments and fees for their own sales.

Booth spaces within the park are assigned; a maximum of one tent per assigned area. No extra space will be available. No electricity or outlets are provided. Booths must be weighed down/secured in the event of wind or other inclement weather conditions, and artists are responsible for securing all display materials within their booths. Red Hot assumes no responsibility for damage or loss to any art or property during the event. The Booth Space fee is $125 for the weekend.

Community Tents

Red Hot provides space for twenty artists in three Community Tents. These shared spaces allow emerging artists the opportunity to participate in an art fair in a low-cost manner. Each artist has an approximate 5’ by 5′ space within which to display their art. Spaces within the Community Tent are assigned. No extra space will be available.

All artists in the Community Tents are required to provide their own display table (not larger than 5’ by 3’) and chair. Artists supply their own display materials and are responsible for securing their items in the event of inclement weather. There are no means of hanging art from the tent itself—all displays must be self-supporting. Artists within the Community Tents are responsible for the collection of all payments and fees for their own sales. Please note:  the Community Tents have tops but do not have walls. Please plan accordingly. Red Hot assumes no responsibility for damage or loss to any art or property during the event. The fee for the Community Tent is $40 for the weekend.

Park Map

The map of assigned spaces, for all booths and community tent participants, will be available July 15.

Day of Event Information and Procedures

Day of Event Check-in

Event check-in begins at 8am Saturday; there is no check-in Sunday. A copy of the map of booth/community tent assignments will be available at the top of the park (in the middle where the paths cross) near the Stevens Square Community Organization (SSCO) tent. All booth spaces will be marked and assigned in advance.

All individual/shared booths will check in with Artist Coordinator Karin Knudsen, on-site starting at 8am Saturday. Please meet her near the SSCO booth at the top of the park (in the middle where the paths cross). Please note:  this is a tentative location. Follow the signage on the day of event.

Community Tent artist will check in with a volunteer from the Stevens Square Community Organization. Please meet her in the Community Tent section of the park (on the north side) near the basketball courts. She will confirm your location within the Community Tents. Please note:  this is a tentative location. Follow the signage on the day of event.

Artist Check-in and On-site Contact

Karin Knudsen

Artist Coordinator, Red Hot Art & Music Festival 2015


Artists:  Please direct any additional day of event questions, comments or concerns regarding your artist space to the Artist Coordinator.

Musician/Performance and Other Vendor Check-in Contact

John Louis

Event & Music Coordinator, Red Hot Art & Music Festival 2015

Community Organizer, Stevens Square Community Organization


All performers and other vendors will check-in with Festival Coordinator John Louis. Please follow the check-instructions as per your performance contract and festival communications.

Vendor Loading/Unloading

Please arrive early to ensure that your tent is fully set-up by the 11am festival open. All artists and vendors are responsible for their own set-up. The park will open at 7am both days, with artist check-in beginning at 8am Saturday and no check-in on Sunday.

Traffic around Stevens Square Park flows counter-clockwise due to the one-way streets surrounding the park. 19th Street is a one-way heading east, 2nd Avenue is a one-way heading north, 18th Street is a one-way heading west, and Stevens Avenue is a one-way heading south. Artists and vendors may park and unload using any of the streets surrounding the park before moving their vehicle to a more permanent parking location within the neighborhood. Follow the neighborhood parking restrictions closely. Please be mindful of neighborhood residents, and other artists/vendors as you are loading and unloading.


The Stevens Square neighborhood is one of the most densely populated in the Twin Cities, so parking is limited around Stevens Square Park. As a courtesy to the other participants in Red Hot, please park, unload your vehicle, and then move your vehicle to another location for the day. This will free up loading and unloading space around the park for other vendors, and enable parking for event attendees.

Additional day of event parking can be found at Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Avenue South, and directly south of the Loring-Nicollet building (the location of SSCO office) at 1925 Nicollet Avenue South.

Additional Event Information


Red Hot/Stevens Square Community Organization will provide overnight security in the park on Saturday starting at 7pm through Sunday at 6am. Please be aware Stevens Square Park will remain open until 10pm on Saturday.

Vendors are welcome to leave their tent and structure up overnight on Saturday. Please take all art and other valuables with you. Any items or property left at Stevens Square Park are the sole responsibility of the artist. The Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board, Red Hot Art and Music Festival, and Stevens Square Community Organization cannot provide a guarantee against theft, property damage, or inclement weather.

New in 2015: Juried Prize

The Stevens Square Community Organization is proud to announce the creation of three Juried prizes for participating Red Hot artists. Each prize will have a monetary value, to be determined at the discretion of  the Stevens Square Community Organization and the participating jurors.

The Red Hot prizes will be determined by a Jury of three volunteers; this panel will not include Red Hot staff. Jurors will be selected in advance of the festival, and will be announced following the judging. Judging will take place on Saturday shortly after 11am. Only booths that are fully set up by festival open (11 am Saturday) will be eligible for the prizes. Red Hot artists are automatically eligible for the Juried awards once they have fully set up their booths/community tent spaces. Artists need do nothing else to enter.

Prizes will be awarded for:  Best Overall Booth (design and display, quality of art), Best Individual Work/Piece of Art (individual award, given to one piece of art); and, the Stevens Square Neighborhood Award (art or artist that best embodies the spirit of Red Hot Art & Music).

Jurors vote on Saturday. The value of the prizes, the participating jurors, and the winners will be announced Sunday afternoon during Red Hot.

Stevens Square Community Organization

The Stevens Square Community Organization (SCCO) operates on behalf of the Stevens Square-Loring Heights neighborhood. The smallest neighborhood in Minneapolis (only .4 sq miles), Square-Loring Heights is bordered by Lyndale to the west, Franklin on the south, I-35 to the east, and I-94 to the north. SSCO coordinates and funds the annual Red Hot Art & Music Festival, Cinema and Civics (summer music and movies in the park), and coordinates the neighborhood safety, event and development committees advocating on behalf of neighborhood stakeholders. The Stevens Square Community Organization office is housed in the Loring-Nicollet Building at 1925 Nicollet Avenue. The office hours are Monday through Friday, 10am to 4pm. SSCO staff members are Executive Director Steven Gallagher, Safety Coordinator Dave Delvoye, and Community Organizer John Louis.

The Stevens Square Community Organization will operate a booth during Red Hot near the top of the park (in the middle, where the paths cross). Please stop by the SSCO booth for any in-event concerns, comments or questions. Maps of the assigned booth spaces, the music and performance schedule, and other festival information will be available.  The SSCO booth will also serve as the Red Hot Lost and Found, and a first aid station.

Volunteers from the Stevens Square Community Organization can provide short breaks for all artists/vendors who need to leave their booth for a few moments. The volunteers will not be responsible for collecting payments or fees. Please contact the SSCO booth during the event.

Social Media

If you haven’t already, please LIKE the Red Hot Art Facebook Page and JOIN the Red Hot Art Facebook Group, and start promoting yourself and the festival. Find us on Twitter: @RedHotArtFest

Nearby Amenities

The Stevens Square-Loring Heights neighborhood is conveniently situated near the intersection of Nicollet and Franklin.

Nearby amenities include:

Wells Fargo ATM:  Franklin Ave and Nicollet Ave, just south of Starbucks
Ace Hardware:  18th and Nicollet Ave
CVS:  Franklin Ave and Nicollet Ave
BP gas station:  Franklin Ave and Third Ave
coffee shop:  The Boiler Room (locally owned!), 18th and Third Ave
coffee shop:  The Nicollet (locally owned!), Franklin Ave and Nicollet Ave

Neighborhood access/Mass transit

Metro Transit bus lines that serve the Stevens Square neighborhood:

Routes 18 and 17 run north/south on Nicollet Ave

Route 11 runs north/south on Third Ave

Route 2 runs east/west on Franklin Ave

Nice Ride station:

There is a Nice Ride station in front of Plymouth Church at 1900 Nicollet Avenue South.

Red Hot is easily accessible via I-94 and I-35. Please see the transportation directions, or search directions to Stevens Square Park: 1801 Stevens Avenue, Minneapolis MN 55403.

Thank you!

Red Hot Art & Music Festival is made possible through many hours of work by volunteers and SSCO staff, and through the financial support of grants and our generous supporters and sponsors. Thank you to everyone involved.

On behalf of Red Hot staff and the Stevens Square Community Organization, we look forward to seeing you at Red Hot Art & Music Festival 2015. If you have any additional questions, please contact Red Hot staff. We are proud and excited to feature great local art and music, and look forward to a successful event!