June 19
Noon - 8pm

June 20
10am - 5pm

Important Dates

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Basic Info for Artists: The College Hill Arts Festival (CHAF) is held the third week-end in June

See CHAF Homepage left sidebar for exact dates this year

  • Festival hours are Friday Noon to 8 pm and Saturday  10am to  5pm.
  • Friday 11:00 to noon is special pre-opening hour for Patrons and general public opens at noon
  • Application fee: $25 per application (all categories) 
  • Separate fee for each category application
  • Booth Fee: $250 for accepted artists due mid March
  • CHAF self limits to 75 juried Artists each year 

Location: The College Hill Arts Festival (CHAF) is held at 23rd  and College St,

  • On the Univ. of Northern Iowa Campus in Cedar Falls, IA  next to Lang Hall (State of Iowa property)
  • State property rules apply: no animals, smoke & drug free area, no electrical hook-ups avail.
  • The University is in summer session during the Festival. 
  • Site is approximately 500 feet by 500 feet.

Booth size: Each booth  space is a minimum of  13’ by 13’

  • Most  spaces are larger.
  • All booth sites are singles. 
  • Mature trees scattered throughout the site provide partial shade (it is a park).
  • There are a few sidewalks (used as paved roads during set-up/break down).
  • All booths and walkways are on grass (no concrete or blacktop). 
  • Some of the site has a slight grade of 1% - 3 %. 
  • Special booth requests are at the discretion of the Festival & handled on a first come first served basis.

Set-up: Set-up starts after Artist check-in which runs 4 to 8 pm on Thursday and Friday 8 to 10 am.

  • Set-up must be  complete by 11:00 Friday morning (vehicles off the site by 10:00)
  • Breakdown begins after 5 pm on Saturday at the artists’ pace (most are gone by 7:00 pm). 
  • Festival staff is available throughout to direct on-site traffic and answer questions.

Artist support: On-site free wi-fi,

  • Unload and load out assistance available (local Scout troop) with advance notice

NOTE: Unload/load assistance  hourly expenses borne by artist.

  • Special social event on Thursday night about 8:00 just off site
  • CHAF operates an Artists’ Hospitality House (“Honors Cottage” on map)

       Artist Hospitality provides beverages and snacks both days and starts quite early

  • Overnight site security provided Thursday & Friday nights,
  • Artist Bed & Breakfast program available
  • Artist booth relief team operates during Festival hours,
  • Battery charging area is available in the food court area 
  • Artist restroom available in the Artist Hospitality House
  • Artist/Volunteers  buffet dinner `on Friday night after close
  • Artist  box lunches provided just before breakdown Saturday.
  • On site ambulance and emergency action plans in place. 
  • Periodic visible University police presence and overnight security. 
  • Plenty of designated well maintained, air-conditioned public restrooms located in the University in Lang Hall at the edge of the site  (as well as at the Artist Hospitality House)

Artist parking: There is a University parking structure within a block of the site on 23rd St.

  • Paved outside parking lots are within two blocks of the Festival site.
  • A lot for oversize vehicles is about 4 blocks from the Festival on 23rd St.
  • Artists get a parking pass for the structure or lots.