About the Forsythia Festival
About the Festival
Kick off spring with the Forsythia Festival, held annually the second weekend in March in downtown Forsyth. This free, family-fun event features a two-day arts-and-crafts show, children’s fair, a 5K and one-mile fun run, sporting tournaments, live entertainment, and much more. Enjoy mouth-watering foods, fine arts and crafts, and a fun time for the whole family. Join us Saturday night for FaithFest, our faith-based singing competition celebrating music, faith, and our community. Celebrate the whole week with community events and a beauty pageant.
The Forsythia Festival takes place in the streets around the historic downtown square of the City of Forsyth, Georgia. From I-75, take exit 187 and turn towards the downtown historic district. The Festival is located 1 hour south of Atlanta via Interstate-75.
The Forsythia Festival is the second weekend in March: Saturday 10AM–6PM and Sunday 11AM–5PM.
Entrance into the Forsythia Arts and Crafts Festival is Free. There are Festival associated events that do have admission costs. Additionally, Kids Korner, which is located within the Festival footprint, has cost(s) associated with participation.
No sales or political activity may be conducted by walking around the event site. No soliciting permitted on the grounds. Political candidates who wish to attract voters may walk around the site wearing “tasteful” t-shirts or badges proclaiming their cause or candidate but may not accost people to elicit votes or support. Appropriateness of shirts and badges will be at the sole discretion of the event management. While Forsythia Festival certainly supports local non-profit agencies and many committee members personally support various local causes, the organization does not provide booth space to promote any of those
groups and allows only higher level sponsors the opportunity to promote their product or cause on site.
Unless otherwise pre-authorized, the Forsythia Festival does not permit, within the Festival boundaries, any distribution of printed materials. NO sampling, hawking, panhandling or soliciting without the express
written consent from Festival Management.
The Forsythia Festival has a no pet policy; however, serviceanimals are welcome (and appropriate paper work should be on hand)
The Forsythia Festival, in any form, reserves the exclusive right to the use of its name, logo and symbol thereof.
Festival Security and Safety
Festival security will be provided during the entire festival by the Forsyth Police Department, Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, the Forsyth Fire Department and EMS. In the event of an emergency, dial 911 and the appropriate entity will be dispatched. If a child or parent goes missing, direct the individuals to the Forsyth Police Department booth in front of City Hall.
DISCLAIMER: The Forsythia Festival and the City of Forsyth Police Department takes normal precautions to safeguard equipment and property. Given the nature of this festival, however, the Forsythia Festival and the Forsyth Police Department assume no responsibility for any lost, damaged or stolen items. Please take
appropriate precautions including, but not limited to taking valuables home after the festival each night.
Lost and Found
Articles found by participants should be turned in immediately to the Information Booth or Hospitality Suite. If lost articles are not claimed during the Festival, they will be taken to the Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce and held for 30 days.
The Forsythia Festival’s policy is such that no vendor may sell the exact same product. Because artistic license applies, the festival reserves the right to have more than one vendor selling a similar product (such as jewelry, paintings, etc.), as long as the products are diverse enough.
The Forsythia Festival is limited to 100 vendors, 20 food vendors, and 15 kids corner vendors. Vendors are accepted based on their merit to the festival, pricing, and originality.
We look for the highest quality work and strive to have a variety of media, styles, and price points represented at the festival. All work must be original, produced by the exhibitor, and for sale. We jury monthly until each category is filled. We create a waiting list if a particular category fills. For example, jewelry is by far the most popular category. We frequently fill all our spots for jewelers well before the show itself is full. We then create a waiting list from accepted applicants. If an artisan in the filled category cancels, then we fill their spot from the waiting list.
All media must be handmade and original. Flea-market items, manufactured items, and handmade imports will not be accepted. Commercial crafts or crafts originating from kits are not acceptable. All exhibited work must be similar to the photographs submitted and will be verified by the festival representatives, who reserve the right to require vendors to remove any item or items that do not meet these requirements or any item not approved upon acceptance. The committee reserves the right to reject any application for any reason.
The Forsythia Festival committee plans and coordinates the annual festival. The committee is wholly comprised of volunteers who work year-round supporting the festival. The executive festival staff is always looking for people who would like to volunteer. For more information about volunteering, please contact the Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce at 478-994-9239.