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 Festival's high standards and independent, professional jury attract artisans from all over the United States to exhibit each year. Artists from the greater Monroe County area usually are well represented. The Festival committee emphasizes the arts focus of the event, and invites non-profit arts groups from the area to have booths promoting their community and area activities and opportunities.

The Festival is planned and administered by a cooperative committee of local artists, many of whom have been involved with the event over a number of years. Thanks to the enthusiastic response of the public, the Labor Day weekend event now attracts visitors from all over Indiana, and the Midwest. The crowd estimate is over 40,000 during the two day period.

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.

Mission Statement

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.