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These questions and info may be updated as planning moves forward for the Spring show. Check back close to the festival weekend. Thank you!

What are the 2023 dates and hours?

40th year celebration!
Friday, April 28 (12pm – 6pm)
Saturday, April 29 (10am-6pm)
Sunday, April 30 (10am-5pm)

Saturday, April 29
Sunday, April 30
One session each day from 12pm to 3pm

Where will the festival take place this year?

Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark | 20 32nd Street North, Birmingham, Alabama, 35222

Will masks be required by visitors? 

Masks are optional. There is no current City of Birmingham mask mandate.  We continue to monitor public health guidelines.

How will admission work in 2023?

Admission will operate as usual. We recommend purchasing your tickets in advance. Gates will be open starting at Noon Friday and 10am Sat & Sun.

Where do I buy tickets in advance?

Advance tickets go on sale in April.
Get info and purchase Festival tickets here.
Get info and purchase Corks & Chefs here.

What is your ticket refund policy / donation option? 

Rain or Shine. In case of festival cancellation, full refunds will be given for advance ticket purchases. We hope you’ll also consider making a donation to the non-profit festival! Your support will go a long way in helping sustain this beloved Birmingham event and spring arts tradition, which will be celebrating its 40th year the last full weekend in April.

What is the parking plan?

Free, on site parking at the Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark and on surrounding streets. 20 32nd Street North, Birmingham, AL 35222.
If you park on an outside street, you can access the Main Festival Gate by using the entrance and open gate located directly under the 1st Avenue North viaduct adjacent to Sloss.

Will there be a drop off point for visitors and handicapped patrons?

Yes. Visitor Drop offs & Pick-ups location at Sloss – TBA
Handicapped drop offs ONLY will be located at the South Road entrance to Sloss.
All other drop offs can be made from the Sloss Parking lot.

What public health protocols are being planned for visitor and public safety?

Below are the policies and protocols being put in place. Subject to change.

Hand SANITIZER STATIONS will be strategically located throughout the site and at portalets.

Will the festival have a VIRTUAL Marketplace component this year in addition to the public festival?

Not at this time.

Will visitors be able to leave and return to the event?

Ticket Holders will be able to enter and exit at their leisure with festival armbands.

What should I bring? 

a. your creative spirit
b. credit card, cash
c. sunscreen
d. umbrella for sun protection or any intermittent spring shower
e. face mask, if desired

Will the festival, artists and exhibitors accept cash?

Yes. Artists and Exhibitors are responsible for processing their own sales. Most all have credit card processing capability.

Will there be food, drinks, and other concessions?

Yes, a selection of food trucks and other concessions are being planned for the weekend and will be located at the Visitor Center on the west end of Sloss. There will be other food moments as you make your way around the Sloss site. The festival will be providing various coca cola products and water for sale at 3 lounge or dining locations.

Can you bring in outside food & drink?

Not allowed due to vendor concessions on site.

Will Corks & Chefs be happening this year?

Yes, under the Main Casting Shed at Sloss. It’s our 26th year April 29 & 30. Tickets go on sale in April.

Will there be art workshops for kids?

Imagination Festival will be offering socially distanced art projects for children and general public on Saturday & Sunday only. Schools & students will be visiting the festival on Friday for an amazing art trip!

Are pets allowed at Sloss?

Yes, on leash. Note: pets are not allowed in Corks & Chefs.