General Information


Thank you for considering Bluestem Earth Festival! Below you will find some general information about our festival. 

  • Vendor Registration is open!  If you are a new vendor, please start here to get approval for festival participation. Returning vendors, we are reaching out to you with registration details. You can also fill out the returning vendor form and pay here! Feel free to contact us directly with any questions.
  • This year’s event is Saturday, May 16, 2020 from 10A.M. – 3P.M. at the University of St. Francis, Joliet. We prefer vendors stay for the full duration of the event (5 hours + set up/take down time).
  • An optional early set up is arranged for vendors from 1P.M. – 3P.M. the Friday prior. 2020 Date: Friday, May 15th.
    Note: Sullivan Rec Center facility is locked overnight. Outdoor vendors can drop items off inside Rec Center the day prior to the event, but will not be allowed to set up outside until the following morning.
  • Based on space availability, we place vendors both inside the University’s Pat Sullivan Rec. Center and outside in USF’s beautiful quad. Note: You will be able to choose your preferred location on our application form.
  • Our festival runs rain OR shine. Our outdoor tents have optional sides for rain and we have vendor indoor plans in case of severe weather.
  • May 2020 will be the seventh year for Bluestem Earth Festival. Our May 2019 festival welcomed around 100 exhibitors and vendors and about 1,600-1,700 guests.
  • When you submit your application, you will be notified once your application has been received. If you do not hear from us, please contact us to follow up on your application submission in case of a form submission error.
  • If you are a food vendor, please visit our Food Vendor page before submitting your application.
  • As we approach our event, we will contact you regarding parking locations, set up times, table location and address any individual questions you might have. More information will be listed on our website as well.
  • Please follow us on Facebook or Twitter and let your followers know that you will be at our event!


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