Let Them Eat Art
Friday, July 13 from 6 PM to 11 PM
Historic Downtown Maplewood
2018 brings the 13th Annual Let Them Eat Art on Friday the 13th! This is Maplewood's whimsical tribute to Bastille Day held each year the second Friday evening of July. The event features live art demonstrations by regional artists, live music, and food & drink by Maplewood's award-winning food purveyors. Let Them Eat Art is not an art fair; it's a celebration of making art and enjoying art in the shops and on the streets of Historic Downtown Maplewood.
2018 Call for Artists
A call for artists is now open through February 13!
If you are interested in participating, we are looking for artists to design a special work of art for our very special 13th Annual Event on Friday the 13th! We feel the stars have aligned and there is nothing to fear. Artists register and submit proposals online through February 13, 2018.
What's the deal?
Let Them Eat Art is NOT an art fair, it's a celebration of the arts. Artists and musicians showcase and demonstrate their work and engage the public. If you are an artist who just wants to have a booth and stand around all night, this isn't the event for you. If you are an artist who loves to show people how you create works of art, then this is the place for you!
We will create an online gallery of the works prior to the event. Artists bring their work to display and sell at the event. Participating artists also offer demonstrations of their work during the event. More details are on the registration page, register here.
Have more questions about the call for artists? Artists can contact Felecia Allman, Let Them Eat Art Artist Coordinator:
Contact the Artist Coordinator.
If you have general questions about Let Them Eat Art, please contact the Event Director, Rachelle L'Ecuyer. Contact the Let Them Eat Art Event Director.
Stay tuned for all of the information about our 2018 event! We will begin posting information in the spring!
Here's a LOOK BACK at what did last year at Let Them Eat Art:
This year's Let Them Eat Artists are coming to the event with their visually stunning artist designed umbrellas. The umbrellas will be offered for sale by the artists and will be on display at the event. Here is the directory. A number of our businesses host their own artists. Here is a directory. Many of the artists come to Let Them Eat Art to show off their talents and share their stories with guests, we hope you take the time to engage with them.
2017 Entertainers (Includes a List of Kids' Activities)
Live music, hoop dancing, belly dancing, face painting, a juggler, a top spinner and more! There are more than 25 entertainers at Let Them Eat Art. Here is a directory.
2017 Food & Drink
Food & Drink Guide This is an interactive Google map, you can save it to your phone and use it while you are at the event. There are over 30 food purveyors, all in the heart of Historic Downtown Maplewood.
Please note: no outside coolers are permitted at the event. Food & Drink are available for sale.
2017 Merchant Open Houses & ActivitiesMore than 25 open houses and activities in your favorite Maplewood shops. Knifemaking demonstrations, artist demonstrations, live music, specials,
Merchant Open House & Activity Guide.
Things to know before you arrive in Maplewood:
Street ClosuresSutton Blvd. will be closed between Manchester and Hazel starting at 4 PM. Sutton will be closed very briefly between Railroad Street and Saratoga Lanes starting at 6:30 PM for the parade. This will only take about 10 minutes, we thank you in advance for your patience.
The south parking lane of the 7300 block of Manchester will be closed for the duration of the event starting at 5 PM.
Marietta will be closed at the western end of the block just after the western driveway of the parking lot. This will begin at 4 PM and stay in effect for the duration of the event.
Parking is on street and at designated Event Parking lots. Look for the Event Parking signs throughout Historic Downtown Maplewood. All of our parking is free. Lots include:
1. Citizens National Bank Parking Lot, northeast corner of Manchester and Oakview Terrace.
2. Crossroads Presbyterian Church Lot, 2640 Oakview Terrace (just north of Manchester).
3. Dobbs Tire, 7447 Manchester.
4. Jay B. Smith Funeral Home Parking Lot, 7456 Manchester.
5. 7415 Manchester (rear lot) enter at Margarette and Manchester.
6. People’s Health Center, 7200 Manchester.
7. Bellevue Parking Lot, northwest corner of Bellevue and Manchester.
8. Immaculate Conception Church Lot, 2934 Marshall just two blocks south of Manchester.
9. 7300 Manchester, Marietta Parking Lot (rear lot), take Manchester south at Marshall and turn west onto Marietta.
10. 7300 Manchester, Shop n' Save
***Please do not park in private or unmarked lots, we cannot help you if you park illegally!!!***
Portable toilets are located at 7195 Manchester and 7300 Manchester. There is a public restroom in Sutton Loop Park at 2801 Sutton.
Schedule of 2017 Music
Main Stage PerformersThe Sutton Main Stage is at 2731 Sutton
- The Gene Dobbs Bradford Blues Experience, 7 PM to 9 PM
- Jeremiah Johnson Band, 9:30 PM to 11:30 PM
Sutton Loop Park Stage
Elliot Ranney, 6 PM to 9 PM
Citizens National Bank Stage
Saint Boogie Brass Band, 7 PM to 10 PM
Intaglia Home and Garden Stage 7195 Manchester
Kecia Davis, 6 PM to 9 PM
Contact the Let Them Eat Art Event Director