Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce - Event Information

Event Name:Frost Van den Boom PA Bloomin' Arts Festival
Event Type(s):Member Event

The Frost Van den Boom, PA Bloomin' Arts Festival is a juried Fine Arts festival and is Bartow's premier event of the year.  It is held on the first full weekend each March.  Originally called the Spring Art Festival, it has evolved into one of the top festivals in Central Florida and features artists from all across the country.

The festival is a collaboration of the Bartow Art Guild, Bartow Chamber of Commerce, and Main Street Bartow.  Event Co-Chairs, Michel Githens and Lara Fredericksen, coordinate an all volunteer staff and workers consisting of members from all areas of the community.  These are dedicated, hard working volunteers and truly the backbone of the event.

The festival events include:

  • Over 100 artists
  • Car Show (Saturday Only)
  • RV Show (Sunday)
  • Quilt show
  • Flower Show
  • Student Art Show
  • Bicycle Race
  • Huge Kids Activities Tent
  • Entertainment On the Green
  • Sunday afternoon Free Concert
  • Original Artwork Raffle (Bartow Art Guild tent)
  • Food Trucks
  • Caricature Artists
Event Date:3/2/2019
Event Time:9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Eastern
Location:Downtown Bartow
, FL
Contact Person:David Harrell
(phone: 863-534-1877)

The festival takes place along several blocks of beautiful, historic downtown Bartow and local businesses and restaurants are open to welcome festival goers.

Artist applications are accepted on  Applications are open from September through January.


Event Summary
46 Years of Being Central Florida’s Favorite Fine Art and Fine Craft Show. Saturday & Sunday March 3rd and 4th, 2018. Additional free attractions draw the crowds. This is a juried show with awards of over $12,000.

Held in Historic downtown Bartow, Florida. In addition to juried artists, we also have student art tent, a quilt show in the Polk History Center, flower show, car show, bicycle race, kids activities tent and live music.

our event is growing every year, and 2017 was another great success.

General Information
46 Years of Being Central Florida’s Favorite Fine Art and Fine Craft Show. Saturday & Sunday March 3 and 4, 2018. This is a juried show with awards over $12,000.

Scenic downtown Bartow closes the streets for this festival. The beautiful silver dome of the old courthouse (now museum) is the backdrop for the art show. Surrounding free attractions (antique car show, Bloomin’ Bike Ride, flower show, quilt show, student art show, kids art/face painting tent, Sunday afternoon Free Concert, and food trucks) add to the festivities. Public admission and parking is free.

Over $12,000 in awards are available in judging and purchase awards. Patrons from all over central Florida come to enjoy the artists exhibits of various mediums including painting, glass, sculpture, jewelry, leather, mixed media, photography,  wood, ceramics, fiber, and fine crafts.

Sponsor: Frost Van den Boom, PA
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