We'd love to have you join us as a vendor at our next First Friday!
The deadline to register as a vendor for October 2023 First Friday is Monday, October 2 at 5 p.m. All other months registration will be temporarily closed from October 2 through October 9. Thank you!
Becoming a First Friday Vendor
- Vendor opportunities exist for home based businesses, crafters, artists, organizations, clubs, entertainers and more. Non-profit spaces include schools, churches, government entities and other agencies who are able to provide 501(c)(3) non-profit status, if asked.
- All vendors wishing to set up in the downtown during First Friday MUST register here.
- Registration for First Friday vendor spaces are renewed on a month-to-month basis. If you are not paid for the entire year, you need to register for a space each month. Registration opens on the website the Tuesday following the previous month’s First Friday.
- First Friday is a rain or shine event. In the case of inclement weather please come to this page for instructions. If we are under a severe weather warning we will wait out the warning and allow set up following any bad weather. You may email with questions regarding weather concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Main Street Delaware has no exclusivity terms to accepting vendors; if your company does, it needs to be worked out among your local sales groups.
- First Friday registration closes the Monday prior to the event, and re-opens for the next month the following Monday.
- When you register as a vendor, you will receive an email the Wednesday prior to the event including set up details and vendor placement.
About Your Vendor Space
- Vendor spaces are 8′ on sidewalk November through April and 10’x10′ tent spaces in the street April through December.
- Set up begins at 5 p.m. and ends at 5:45 p.m. Spaces must be left as they were found, clean and free of trash.
- No electricity will be provided. Cords may NOT be run from businesses across sidewalks.
- Vendors are NOT permitted to park on street, rear parking lots are available.
- Currently we do not allow food trucks, trailers, generators, etc. Electricity is NOT provided and can not be accessed.
- Remember when you set up to make it clear what you are promoting or selling by using nice, branded items like tents, tablecloths, signage or other promotional materials. Also, please feel free to have fun and play along with the First Friday monthly themes as you set up your booth.
- Monthly rates for all First Friday vendors are $40 for non-profits and $80 for businesses.
- Annual rates for First Friday vendors are $400 for non-profits and $800 for businesses (includes two free months).
- Registration will close the Monday before each respective First Friday at 5 p.m. and re-open the following Monday after First Friday.
- After paying online, you will receive a booth assignment email up to two days prior to the event.
- Registrations must be received and paid before the deadline. Late fees may apply.
- Registrations will be open until we are full or one week prior to an event.
- We are no longer accepting payment the night of the event.
- Vendor fees are NOT REFUNDABLE.
Cottage Food Rules
- Under the Cottage Food Rules, vendors can sell certain types of foods without obtaining a temporary food license from the Health District.
- Cottage foods are foods produced in a a person’d home and do note require temperature control when stored or displayed for sale. The list of approved cottage foods are as follows; non-potentially hazardous bakery products, jams, jellies, candy, fruit butters, granola, granola bars, granola dipped in candy, popcorn, flavored popcorn, kettle corn, popcorn balls, caramel corn, (unfilled) baked donuts, waffle cones, pizzelles, dry cereal and nut snack mixes with seasonings, roasted coffee (whole beans or ground), dry baking mixes in a jar, dry herbs, dry herb blends, dry seasoning blends, and dry tea blends.
- All cottage foods are required to have proper labeling information about the ingredients of the food and where it was produced. The label must include the name and address of the producer, the common name of the food being sold, the ingredients (including sub-ingredients) in descending order by predominance of weight, the net weight or volume, declaration of know common allergies, such as wheat, eggs, milk, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, and fish, and the statement in at least ten-point font “this product is home produced”.
- There are foods that you absolutely cannot sell at this type of event, including but not limited to; home-caned products like pickles, sauerkraut, salsa, eggs, beets, vegetables, mustard, etc., meats or eggs that have not been inspected, home-produced beef jerky, home-produced pasta. These types of food, in particular, can cause serious illness if handled improperly. They may only be produced in a licensed and inspected facility.