47th Annual Red River Revel Arts Festival Call for Artists: Visual, Music & Performing Artists Submissions

Special to The Banner News

Applications are now open for the 47th Annual Red River Revel Arts Festival to visual, music, and performing artists. Since 1976, the annual Red River Revel Arts Festival has offered a vast experience through art activities, entertainment, food, and cultural traditions. The nine-day festival, held at Festival Plaza in Shreveport, LA, attracts approximately 60,000 people each year and features visual artists, two performance stages, food booths, and a children's arts education area. The festival dates are Sat., Sept. 30 – Sun., Oct. 8, 2023.

Visual Artists: All artworks must be original, designed, and produced by the exhibiting artist. No commercial reproductions will be allowed. Artists may only exhibit and sell work in the media category for which they were accepted. Categories include: Ceramics/Pottery, Computer & Generated Art, Drawing, Fiber, Glass, Graphics & Printmaking, Jewelry, Metal, Mixed Media, Oil & Acrylics, Photography, Sculpture, Watercolor, and Wood. Applications are facilitated by Zapplication. To find the application and full list of rules and regulations, please visit redriverrevel.com.

Revel 47 is a juried show, and all submissions are evaluated on a rolling jury. All submissions made before May 1 will be juried and the first-round notifications will be given by May 26. Applications close on July 15, and final notifications will be given by July 21. Booth placement priority is based on when the booth fees are paid and historical participation. There is a non-refundable fee of $40 to apply.

Music and Performing Artists: Bands, musical performers, dance groups, theatre companies, folklife artists, and filmmakers are encouraged to apply to perform or show at the Red River Revel. Bands and Musical performers must select "Musician/Band" when applying and must submit a music sample to be considered. All types of performances and genres will be considered. Once applied, you may be contacted for booking or additional information. All applicants will be notified by May 26 if they are invited to perform or not. Applications are available only online at redriverrevel.com.


Red River Revel is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving the region around Shreveport, Louisiana with cultural programming in the areas of "Art, Music, Food." Program events include Shreveport Farmers' Market, CORK: A Red River Revel Wine Event, Shreveport BREW, and the Red River Revel Arts Festival. Created in 1976, the Red River Revel is a 9-day annual arts festival bringing together visual, musical, and performing artists, along with the regional community for a celebration of the arts. The Red River Revel is a community partner with local nonprofits, over 20 of which serve food and raise funds using the unique blend of culturally inspired flavors of the area and beyond. Each year during the festival, thousands of area 4th-grade students spend the school day at the Red River Revel learning about and participating in arts education programs. Local, regional, and national musical acts perform on two stages in Shreveport's Festival Plaza during the event. Approximately 100,000 visitors from all over the country visit the Red River Revel Arts Festival each year. This "Celebration of the Arts" encompasses quality in visual and performing arts, seminars, workshops, children's arts education, and a variety of creative experiences. In addition to the festival, the organization manages the 13-week Shreveport Farmers' Market, held weekly on Saturdays during the Summer. The Red River Revel also produces CORK: A Red River Revel Wine Event, an annual celebration of wine and food, which serves as a fundraising event held at Festival Plaza each Spring. Finally, the Red River Revel partners with Downtown Shreveport Unlimited (organizer of Mudbug Madness) to host Shreveport BREW, a beer and food celebration and fundraising event held at Festival Plaza each Fall. The 47th Annual Red River Revel Arts Festival is scheduled for Sept. 30 – Oct. 8, 2023. For more information, visit https://redriverrevel.com or follow the Revel on Facebook and Instagram at @RedRiverRevel.