Submissions for the 2019 Downtown Festival are closed. Please check back in the fall of 2019 for 2020 Festival submissions.
Lively one-day Neighborhood Festivals take place each year just prior to the International Festival of Arts & Ideas in downtown New Haven. Community Steering Committees, local arts and business partners, and Festival staff and volunteers host local talent, family activities, and vendors in New Haven’s historic and culturally rich neighborhoods.
Submissions for the 2019 Neighborhood Festivals are closed. Please check back for 2020 Festival submissions.
Arts & Ideas accepts intern applications year-round, welcoming high school students to gain real-world work experience working with a fast-paced, multi-faceted arts organization.
For two weeks each June and throughout the year, 300+ volunteers from greater New Haven bring the Festival to life. With more than 80% of our events being free, we rely on the passionate and committed support of our community members. Volunteer today!
The International Festival of Arts and Ideas’ Fellowship Program offers qualified New Haven public school sophomores and juniors a unique, fully-funded opportunity to learn about the arts. The Fellowship Program is a semester-long college-level course designed to develop students’ skills in communication and critical thinking by immersing them in all aspects of the Festival: performances, lectures, community engagement, production, and management.
The Festival seeks licensed food and non food (pedlar/hawker) vendors for our Neighborhood Festivals, weekend activities and Headline Concerts, and NEW THIS YEAR our Friday night concerts. We will select a roster of vendors to provide a diversity of choices and serve a broad range of tastes.
Food and craft vendor applications are closed. Please check back for 2020 Festival applications.
Unlike some county fairs or festivals, we don’t offer booths or other tables for organizations to distribute literature to our audiences, but here are other opportunities to consider:
Volunteers are the lifeblood of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas. For two weeks in June and throughout the year, over 300 volunteers from the greater New Haven region and beyond bring the Festival to life. As 85% of our events are free to the public, we rely on the passion, commitment, and support of community members to help us.