2016 Festival in the Park: July 15-17, 2016 

The Festival in the Park is one of the largest outdoor summer arts and music festivals in the upper Midwest. The non-profit Matthews Opera House & Arts Center sponsors this popular festival. It serves as one of the largest fundraisers for our non-profit organization. The proceeds benefit arts outreach and help produce the festival each year.

Over 25,000 people attend the festival, held every third weekend in July. The festival features over 180 fine art and craft vendors with an emphasis on handmade and original products.  

Kids’ Fun, Vendors, Live Music, Food

Over 25 food vendors serve eclectic varieties of cuisines that please any appetite. All applications are subject to a juried process to ensure quality, variety, and originality. Free live onstage entertainment from local and regional artists is available daily. Children’s activities keep the younger set of festival goers busy and happy. For those who want to sit with a cool beverage and listen to music, the “Watering Hole” never fails to please.

2016 Vendor Applications

Click to DOWNLOAD the appropriate application for your business.  All fees, deadlines, setup/break down, parking, etc., are listed in DETAIL in both applications.  Please read through thoroughly. 

ART/ CRAFT VENDORS:  2016 FIP Art/Craft Vendor Application.  

FOOD VENDORS:  2016 FIP Food Vendor Application

– locations to buy

Friday, July 15th – 4-8p (Vendor Booths open)
Our FUNDRAISING NIGHT! You can pre-purchase wristbands ($5 per person*) from:

  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Visit Spearfish
  • Bay Leaf
  • The Matthews art gallery. *Children 10 and under are FREE if with PAID adult.

Why should we pay $5 on Friday when we can get in on Sat. & Sun. for free?

  • For a very low price you are supporting the arts in Spearfish.
  • You get to PREVIEW & BUY from your favorite vendors a day ahead!
  • The Watering Hole is open and will have a great musical group performing from 5pm to 10pm. Only folks with wristbands get to see this awesome group.
  • Enjoy the festival in the COOLER evening hours!

2016 Schedule of Events

Come back in June 2016 when our schedule is all firmed up!


Any questions?  Email [email protected].