Art Expo

Our Hecho-A-Mano Art Expo is juried. Vendors must re-apply each year. In juried shows, a review panel scores and selects vendors from the applications submitted. We review vendors to ensure that our Arts and Crafts Expo is high in quality and originality, has a variety of arts and crafts products and that vendors’ products conform to our Made-by-Hand guidelines. If you sell pre-packaged edible items (candy, baked goods, candied apples, jerky, etc.), you may apply here. Food products must meet all qualifications required by the Health Department. Vendors selling edible items are checked on-site.


FOOD TRUCKS or FOOD BOOTHS: If you are cooking onsite, Do Not apply here. Please Contact Belinda Edwards at (361)947-6895 to apply to be a food vendor.

Key Application

Vendor Application Deadline: September 10th

Notice of Acceptance/Denial via email: September 20th

Deadline to Pay Booth Fee: October 1st

Vendor Meeting at K Space Contemporary: October 15th, 10 am.



FINE ART: sculpture, ceramics, paintings, drawing, mixed media, collage, printmaking (limited editions), photography, etc.

CRAFTS: jewelry, sewing, knitting, hand-embellished items (like re-decorated bottles, glasses, boxes, hats, canvas totes, shoes, ornaments, etc.), masks, hair bows/barretts/headbands, floral halos, tutu’s, tile/mosaics, woodworking, candles, skin-care products, etc.

2. FACE PAINTING – If you are face painting AND selling crafts, select “Face Painting” as your category.


EDIBLES: pre-packaged candies, cake-pops, caramel apples, popcorn balls, canned items, etc. All food items must meet Health Department regulations and pass Health Department check on-site. (Nueces Co. Health Department (361) 826-7200.) Food Trucks – Do not apply here.

ACTIVITY: games and other types of activities for which you charge a fee.

4. DIA FEST PARTNER Partners are Sponsors, School or College-affiliated group/clubs, unpaid festival performers, or organizations/non-profits that provide a free Kids Corner Activity. We exchange a booth space for your service at the event. Partners are not required to pay application or booth fees, because they provide a service for the event. Partners must be invited to participate. Select this category only if you are invited/pre-approved by DDLM Fest Organizers.

What You Need to Apply:

1. A photo of your booth set up

2. Two photos of works in progress

3. Three to twenty-two photos of your arts and crafts (A total of 25 images) All products must conform to the Hecho-A-Mano Guidelines.

4. State of Texas Sales Tax and Use Permit. Vendors are responsible for collecting and remitting sales tax (8.25 percent) to Texas State Comptroller. Your permit number is requested in the application and must be displayed in your booth. Services like hair styling and face painting do not require a Sales Tax permit. Fill in the blank with “NONE”. If unsure, contact Texas State Comptroller.

5. Description of work. (260 characters): List all of the products that you plan to sell in your vending booth

6. Statement Specific to Entry (480 characters): Describe how you create your arts & crafts from the initial design process to completion.

Tips for Completing Your Online Application Form:

Application Fee $10: Must Be submitted upon application

Booth Fee:

Upon Approval, booth fees due October 1st

$ 125 Single Booth 10’x10’/8’x12’ (K Space Members $100)

$ 250 Double Booth 10’x20’/8’x24’ (K Space Members $200)


LATE FEES – If paid after the October 1st deadline, Booth Fees double

$ 250 Single Booth 10’x10’/8’x12’ (K Space Members $200)

$ 500 Double Booth 10’x20’/8’x24’ (K Space Members $400)

Vending Rules and Information:


Items in your booth must conform to our Hecho-a-Mano / Made-by Hand Guidelines.


1. EXHIBIT SPACES are on the street or sidewalk. Single Spaces are 10’x10’ or 12’x 8′, Double Spaces are 10’x20’ or 8’x 24’.


2. BRING YOUR OWN: tables, chairs, display equipment, battery-operated lighting, tent / tent weights, and change. Staking into the pavement is not permitted.

3. BEHAVIOR: Be respectful to festival volunteers and organizers. We are here to help and want you to have a good experience. Vendors who are disrespectful to volunteers & organizers will not be invited back to the Dia de los Muertos Festival.


4. The ARTIST/CRAFTER, who made the works being sold in the booth, must be present throughout the festival excepting short breaks.


5. LIGHT: Bring your own battery-operated lights for your booth. Street lighting is provided by tower lights. Vendors are NOT allowed to plug into tower lights; the tower lights will go out, then, no one has light. Fire-based lighting (candles, gas lanterns) and loud, noisy generators are not permitted.


6. FESTIVAL CANCELATION: If the festival is canceled, postponed or partially impaired, no refunds will be issued, nor shall K Space Contemporary, Axis Tattoo or the Dia de los Muertos Festival be held liable. There is no rain date scheduled at this time.


7. LOCATION: Booth location is assigned and determined by organizers according to the items you are selling. When possible, returning artists are placed in the same area as the previous year.


8. SET UP TIME: 10am to 2pm. Event begins at 3pm. Details and schedule for setup will be posted on this website and emailed to vendors 2 weeks before the event. Vendors are scheduled at specific times so they can unload near their space.


9. COVID19 SAFETY: We recommend that all vendors practice social distancing, wear masks, and keep hand sanitizer available for themselves and customers’ use.


10. BOOTH BREAKDOWN may begin at 11:00 pm. However, vehicles are not permitted to drive into the festival area until streets are cleared after midnight.


11. CLEAN UP AFTER YOURSELF! Do not leave anything behind: tables, chairs, boxes, food, bottles, trash, etc. Leave your space as clean or cleaner than you found it.


12. PARKING: Furman Parking Garage on Mesquite Street inside festival grounds is available for free parking for our vendors.


13. BREAKING RULES: Vendors who violate or ignore the above rules will not be invited back to the Corpus Christi Dia de los Muertos Festival.


14. SPREAD THE WORD! We encourage participating artists to invite their patrons and customers and share event social media posts.


15. COSTUME! Everyone is encouraged to dress up in the spirit of Dia de los Muertos! Have Fun!

Previous Applicants: Log into the entry form with your Email address and Password. Reset your password if you’ve forgotten it. If you applied anytime from 2014 to 2019, your profile/images are saved in the system and may be re-used.

New Applicants: Create a FREE account with your email address and password Click “Add File” to upload each photo. Allow time for each photo to upload. Make sure you can see ALL of your uploaded images on your screen before clicking the PayPal button or “Complete Entry”

Photo Tips:

-Show only 1-2 best examples of items that you make multiples of.

-Use plain, one-color backgrounds free of clutter

-Use good lighting – point a lamp at your items

-Submit clear, sharp images Include no more than 6 different items in one photo.

-Photos of piles of prints or lots of jewelry on stands do not show items clearly.

-Do not submit photo collages.

-Photo Size: For best results, submit photos no smaller than 1800 pixels on the longest side with file resolution at 72 dpi. The maximum file size is 5 MB.

-You can resize your photos in Preview or use Adobe’s Free Image Resizer.

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