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Festival of the Arts

With Festival of the Arts, the possibilities are endless! Girl Scouts get up to three arts experiences during this day-long event that has been held for over 40 years. The Festival is a fun and engaging event for Girls Scouts of all levels to explore and includes nearly every genre of arts including dance, drama, visual arts, and more! Workshops provide a hands-on experience for creative discovery. Festival of the Arts is held on Saturday, November 9 at unique locations throughout Metro Louisville and Southern Indiana.

The Festival of the Arts brochure is now available!

Important Dates

2019 Important Dates


The cost is $15 per Girl Scout and $15 per adult. For Girl Scouts, this fee includes admission to three programs: Workshop, Event, and a Performance, Exhibit, or Tour (PET), as well as a commemorative Festival of the Arts patch. Adults can attend Events and PETs and will receive a commemorative patch; however, they may not participate in workshops due to extremely limited space. The Festival of the Arts is ONLY open to registered Girl Scouts and their adult volunteer chaperones. Tagalongs are not permitted to participate in Festival of the Arts.

How to Get Started

Read the brochure thoroughly and learn what is available for your troop’s grade level. Take time with your troop to determine what program options they would like to attend – try something new and different! Determine confirmed numbers of ALL adults and girls who will be attending before registering your troop for the Festival of the Arts.

Each program identifies grade levels that are allowed for attendance. Discuss with your troop what all of you would like to attend. In choosing, be flexible and select alternative choices. One purpose of the Festival is to introduce new art forms to girls –so try something new and plan for variety!

You may attend a total of three programs during the day.

  •  No more than ONE program in the Events category
  • No more than ONE program in the Workshop category
  •  All three programs may be in the Performances, Exhibits and Tours (PETs) category

You do not have to fill all three time periods. Please be sure to note how many programs you want to attend. Programs are located throughout Metro Louisville and Southern Indiana, so be aware of your travel times. Please note that all times listed are Eastern. For location and parking information, check out the Travel Tips document below.   

Festival of the Arts T-Shirts are available to purchase, so be sure to collect everyone’s T-Shirt sizes. Youth sizes (YS-YXL) are $10 each and adult sizes (S-3XL) are $12 each. This year’s shirts are soft, Bella Canvas cotton unisex sizes. Enter the number needed per size and the cost will be calculated with your registration.

How to Register

Beginning August 15, log into MyGS to register. You will be directed to a JotForm website, where you will make your program selections, list the number of patches you need, order t-shirts, and indicate if you are participating in the New! optional lunch session. If you want to add even more to your Festival experience, see the Lunch Celebration Session. The lunch session performance will begin at 12:30 p.m. Lunch will be served from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Please fill out this form as thoroughly as possible. Register everyone in your troop at the same time! If you have other information to share, please indicate on the registration form.

Payment and Cancellation/Refund Policy

After completing the registration form, pay with a debit or credit card. You may also pay by cash, check, or Kentuckiana Credits at your nearest Girl Scout shop. Complete, print, and submit the Activity Registration Form with payment to your local Girl Scout Shop prior to the registration deadline.

You may apply for a refund ONLY if you meet ALL the following conditions:

  • Selected 5 programs from the Performances, Exhibits and Tours (PETs) category.
  • Selected 5 workshops from your program level category.
  • Your troop was not placed in any of your selections.

If your troop was not given any of their original choices, you will be contacted and offered alternative choices. If these alternatives are not satisfactory, you may ask for a refund at that time.

Out-of-Town Troops

Free camping is available at Camp Shantituck and the Louisville PLC Troop House on the nights of November 8 and 9. If you are coming from out of town and would like to take advantage of this opportunity or would like more information, click here:

Festival of the Arts Evaluation

Your input is important! The artists, performers, workshop leaders, and Festival Committee want your troop’s feedback on the program: what did you like and how we can make next year’s FOA even better? After the Festival, check your email inbox for the evaluation link – it may be completed on your phone or computer. Be sure to get your Girl Scouts’ input for this evaluation. Every troop that submits the evaluation by December 1, 2019 will be entered into a drawing for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd scheduling pick for Festival of the Arts 2020!

Contact the Festival of the Arts Desk:
Call 888-771-5170