NIC Fest is back once again with three days of art, food, live music, and several new attractions. NIC Fest 2022 runs June 10-12 throughout the Nicolaysen Art Museum and grounds after a two-year hiatus during the pandemic.
With more than 15,000 people expected, NIC Fest offers opportunities for artists and businesses to sell and demonstrate their art and goods. The festival takes place on the first weekend of College Nationals Final Rodeo (CNFR) and brings in locals and travelers alike.
Jason Michael Carroll headlines the festival that Saturday night. Find out more about his country music hits at jasonmichaelcarroll.com The music lineup kicks off with a new Friday night Battle of the Bands competition. The crowds can keep dancing all weekend to community favorites Patti Fiasco, John Kirlin and the High Plane Drifters, and Zach Scott.
This year, other new features include a Beer Garden with local brews, including a special NIC Fest Brew (Grapefruit Shandy) by Skull Tree Brewing. The Family Fun Zone is back with activities for all ages, including sandcastles and even a display of hot air balloons outside (weather permitting) of our children’s area. We can’t believe how many amazing cars we will have for our Art on Wheels Car Show! A new NIC Fest logo to grace our festival merch features a dinosaur with a paintbrush and palette by artist Jim Kopp of Casper.
Read below to learn about all NIC Fest offers for artists and other vendors and businesses. For more NIC Fest announcements and info, go to thenic.org/nic-fest-2022 and follow the Nicolaysen Art Museum on Facebook and Instagram at @nicartmuseum on both platforms.
Opportunities for artists, bands, vendors & volunteers
Opportunities abound at Nic Fest for all kinds of artists and businesses. Spots are still available for artist’s booths, food trucks and other vendors. We’re also still accepting applications for sponsorships. The deadline is May 19th for all artist, vendor, and sponsor applications.
Artists may apply for Artist Alley booths either outside or in the museum’s large McMurry Gallery. Spaces for other businesses or organizations are available in our outdoor Community Marketplace, Family Fun Zone, or Food Truck areas. Prices for various spaces can be found at the link above.
We’re calling all bands to apply for our Battle of the Bands. Ten acts will be selected for Friday, June 10th. Each chosen band pays a $120 entry fee, and one band will take home the $1,200 as a cash prize plus a new electric guitar from Rockstar Music. Go to thenic.org/battle-of-the-bands to apply by May 18.
We’re also looking for volunteers to help throughout the three days of the festival. Apply to volunteer at the museum or online at thenic.org/volunteer
We are thankful for all our current sponsors! Without our wonderful NIC FEST Committee we could not have brought back our favorite event. Thank you, Lori Klatt, Aaron Wood, Sonya Gruner, Jim Kopp, Justin Baxter, Nicole Martinez, Bradley Lacher, Michael Bond, Andrew Schneider, and Marlene Ashbaugh.