31st Annual Carmel Art Festival May 17-19, 2024
Carmel-by-the-Sea Plein Air Painting Competition & Art Sale
Venue is Devendorf Park
Plus Sculpture-In-The-Park, Quick Draw, Kids Make Art Day, Live Music
Carmel-by-the-Sea, California 93921
A non-profit 501c3 organization/FREE public event
May 17-19, 2024
Carmel Art Festival

31st Annual Carmel Art Festival May 17-19, 2024

Join us at the 2024 Carmel Art Festival, one of the most prestigious plein-air events in the country recognized for its high caliber of artists it attracts each year. All art is painted during two days prior to the festival by our 60 juried artists, who can be seen painting all over Monterey County including Big Sur’s dramatic cliffs, Pebble Beach’s unsurpassed 17 Mile Drive along the ocean, Lover’s Point in Pacific Grove and the quaint artist colony of Carmel-by-the-Sea, where the event is held in Devendorf park.

Friday, May 17, 2024

The festival starts officially at 10am in Devendorf Park when artists start bringing in their 2 exhibition paintings. By 3pm all art will be up, and judging begins. Buyers love to watch the new art coming in and start picking their favorites. At 4pm, the “Buy Now” sales start, although we ask that the paintings stay up until after the Awards Ceremony between 5:30 and 6:00pm

The VIP official opening event starts at 6:00 to 9:00pm with live music, wine from local vineyards and small plates of food from local restaurants. To participate, there is a $40 fee which includes a commemorative wine glass for you to take home.

Saturday, May 18, 2024

Throughout the day starting at 9am, besides the sale of newly painted art, the sales tent is open and there are historic items for sale such as posters and tee shirts from years past. Live music starts at 11am. Other events, including some children will like, are scheduled throughout the afternoon.

Sunday, May 19, 2024

From 9am to 11am, all artists will participate in a Quick Draw competition. For 2 hours, our artists will paint nearby. People love to watch the artists who don’t mind answering questions about the process.

11am – 12 Noon. Artists will bring their paintings to Devendorf Park to be judged and an auction is set up. Here is a good opportunity to purchase a painting that you might have watched the artist paint.

12 Noon – 3pm. Live music and continuing art sale in Devendorf Park. Close at 3pm.

2024 List of plein air artists, click here.

Carmel Art Festival

Artists who want to apply for the Carmel Art Festival in 2025:
For 2024, participating artists in the May 17-19, 2024, event have already been chosen. On September 1, 2024, we will be announcing the application process for May 16-18, Art Festival 2025. So be sure you are on our mailing list (sign up at bottom of page). Even if you think you are already on our list, better try to sign up again in case we have an old email address.

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Carmel Art Festival
Festival Organizer: Hella Rothwell - Direct 831-626-4000
Mailing Address: Carmel Art Festival
P.O. Box 7191
Carmel, CA 93921

Email Contact:carmelartfest@gmail.com



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