Frequently Asked Questions


Where does this event take place?

It takes place downtown San Marcos, Texas on the Hays County Courthouse lawn. 150 E. Hopkins

When is the event scheduled?

The Arts Market is scheduled on the 2nd Saturday of each month March – December from 9:00 – 4:00 * unless otherwise noted. We are very strict that you do not break down before 4:00 pm. We have informed the public that we are open until 4 pm, and we need to honor that statement.

Can anyone become a vendor at the market?

No. Art Squared is a juried arts market. Artists working in ceramics, glass, graphics/printmaking, metalwork, photography, wood, drawing,/pastels, jewelry (ornamental/costume), jewelry (precious metals), sculpture, fiber/textiles/batik, fiber (wearables), leather, painting (oil/acrylic), painting (watercolor), upcycle and recycle, and mixed media are all represented.

Where do I park?

You can park at the courthouse when you are unloading, but we ask that you move your vehicle to another spot away from the courthouse during the event. This will help to open up parking spaces for visitors. After the event you can move back to load. Unfortunately, parking is on a "first come basis" downtown. For now, Art Squared Arts Market does not have a designated parking area for vendors.
*See Market Director for parking assistance.*

Can I apply to be a vendor at any time during the months of March-December?

Yes. You just need to meet the deadline date to submit your application. Once approved, you can sign up for one event or multiple dates at once. All vendors are required to exhibit atleast once before they are given the option to reserve multiple dates. Vendor fees must be received by the event date.

What if I have to cancel?

You must notify us by email prior to the event that you will not exhibit as planned. NO SHOWS are highly discouraged. A $20.00 NO SHOW fee will be required in order to participate in future events. All vendor fees are nonrefundable. The only exception is when Art Squared officially cancels due to inclement weather. In this scenario you will be provided a credit towards a future event.

Do I need to complete an application each time I want to exhibit?

Once you are approved your images and information are kept on file. You only need to apply one time. Should you wish to participate in future market events you simply register for that market and pay the booth fee.

I'm a vendor - How do I sign up?

Please visit our apply page.

What is the cost?

The cost for a vendor space is $25.00 or $20.00, if you are a member of the San Marcos Art League. SMAL annual membership is $25.00.( There is also a $10.00 application fee for all NEW vendors. You can mail in your check payable to the San Marcos Art League; Attn. Art Squared; P.O. Box 260; San Marcos, TX 78667 or via our mobile app.

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How do I pay?

You may pay through this website or via our mobile app. You may also mail in your check payable to the San Marcos Art League; Attn. Art Squared; P.O. Box 260; San Marcos, TX 78667. Payments must be received by the Wednesday prior to the event date. A $25.00 late fee will be added to payments made on day of event.

I would like to share a booth with someone. Can I do that?

Yes. Up to two artists may share a booth. Both vendors must go through the application process as individual artists. Once each artist is approved based on their own merit, the booth fee for each artist is $15 for SMAL members, or $20 for non-SMAL members.

Why do I need to fill out an application?

All artists need to complete the application process. What we need is product category, name, complete address including city and zip code, phone, your product description, booth request, and signature, as well as checking that you have read and agree to the rules and regulations of Art Squared Arts Market. There is a $10.00 application fee for all new applicants. Payment may be made online or via the mobile app, or can be mailed to San Marcos Art League, Attn. Art Squared, P.O. Box 260, San Marcos, TX 78667.

I'm a Vendor - can I just show up the day of the event?

No. Unfortunately, you will be turned away. All artists MUST complete an application, pay the $10 application fee, and go through the jury process. Once approved, the vendor must pay for their space no later than the Wednesday prior to the event.

Do I need a table/chairs?

Yes. Art Squared will NOT have table/chairs available. Additionally, we encourage all vendors to have a white tent. All spaces should be well kept and look presentable for the public. Please see rules and regulations for more information. All tables must have a table covering that reaches to the ground.  This hides your storage items and projects a professional appearance.

Do you provide electricity?

No. There are limited number of outlets on-site, but we cannot guarantee they will work or that they will be available.

Will there be food available?

Yes. A few food vendors are usually on site. You are also encouraged to eat at some of the local restaurants within walking distance of the courthouse. There are many eateries to choose from.

What happens if there is inclement weather?

The Art Squared Planning Committee values your time, effort and work as an artist. We want to be sure that your experience with the Market is a positive one and that you know we have your best interest at heart. We will cancel the market in the event of dangerous weather conditions. Decision to do so will be made by 6:00 p.m. the Friday before the event. An email will go out to all participating vendors and also posted on all social media outlets. In this scenario, all vendor fees will be credited towards a future event.

Can I bring my dog?

Having pets in vendor tents is discouraged. However, if your pet is well-behaved, you may bring it as long as it is leashed or otherwise constrained at all times.  Your pet’s behavior is your responsibility. If there is an altercation between your pet and a customer’s pet, you will be asked not to bring your pet in the future.

Can I have any spot I choose?

Currently the Arts Market is on a "first come" basis. You can set up as early as 7:00 but no later than 9:00. We will do our best to accommodate your needs, however, the market director reserves the right to place vendors around the square to maximize exposure and to minimize similar vendors from being too close to one another.

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