Mission of the Fourth Street Festival
The Fourth Street Festival of the Arts and Fine Crafts strives to create an atmosphere of appreciation for art as well as an opportunity for artists to showcase their work by presenting a high quality event. We provide an educational environment to create connections with art and artists. Fourth Street prides itself on being admission free and welcoming to all.
More About the Festival
The annual Labor Day Weekend show, occurring when students and their visiting families return to Indiana University, is organized by local artists and hosts over 100 artisans from across the country who offer their work to the public. Exhibitors especially enjoy the show’s size, setting, modest entry fees, night-before setup and security, drive-up-to booths for unloading, performing arts stage, generous prizes, and fantastic awards dinner. We like to think of the show as run by artists, for artists.
The 4th Street festival was started in 1977. It was born out of a discussion between potters Carolyn Mullet and Marcia Cmack after attending a crafts marketing conference on art fairs. At that time, Bloomington was well known for having many established local artists and craftspeople. An interested group met in March of 1977. The goal was to provide high quality work to the Bloomington audience. Labor Day weekend saw 55 exhibitors setting up on a beautiful Saturday morning.