Become a VENDOR

Become a vendor

This is a great opportunity to spread information about your organization/cause, sell your product or homemade crafts, or provide services.


Show Information & Policies

Vendor space reservations cannot be processed until a completed application is received. If approved, applicants will receive an email inviting them to pay for the space to complete their reservation. No reservation is complete until payment is received. 

To aid in the success of our vendors, we limit the number of companies within each business category. Consequently, we recommend applying early to increase the chances of accepting your application in your business category. 

An approved application may be revoked in the event that the business category or entire event sells out before payment was received. A $35 penalty fee will be applied to all checks with insufficient funds and all late payments.


All outdoor vendors are required to have a tent and appropriate weights to secure it (unless special arrangements have been made in advance) and are responsible for bringing or renting their own tent, tables, and chairs for their display.

All equipment must be set up between 8AM-10AM on Friday, Sept 2nd.

Vendors are responsible for their own property and for furnishing and removing their own tents, tables, and chairs.

2 days Vendors can leave their equipment overnight at their own risk.
At no time will TATSE/CAPITAL AFROFEST and/or the City of Lansing be responsible for damage to property, rental equipment, or displays.

Booth Relocation

Capital AfroFest reserves the right to make any necessary layout changes. A vendor may be relocated to a comparable space other than previously specified if it is deemed necessary and in the best interest of the festival and/or local merchants.

Display Dimensions & Restrictions

Absolutely all displays, inventory, boxes, product, etc. must be contained within your vendor space. Easels, signs, product, etc. shall not be placed beyond the booth area, nor may awnings be extended, due to fire lane requirements and guest safety concerns. Distribution of samples and literature is strictly limited to the confines of the vendor’s booth. This is important in ensuring the safety of our guests, so repeated violations of this rule will likely result in expulsion from the event without a refund and/or denial of entry into future events.

Video & Photograph

TATSE/CAPITAL AFROFEST will be taking photographs and videos of the event for future promotional purposes. Vendors consent to have their likeness, and those of anyone working in their booth, used in those promotional efforts. Likewise, vendors may take pictures or video of their participation in the event for promotional purposes.

Conduct & Character

Vendors agree to conduct themselves in a respectful, cooperative manner, while operating their booth during ALL hours of the festival including set-up and tear-down.

In the event of an emergency, vendors may request permission from TATSE/CAPITAL AFROFEST to close early without repercussions. Any other premature exit without permission may result in being blocked from participating in any and/or all future TATSE/CAPITAL AFROFEST events. Any behavior deemed inappropriate by event organizers may result in expulsion.

Furthermore any vendor deemed to be causing a scene, lecturing, making political statements or using this event as an avenue for a radical display will be expelled.

TATSE/CAPITAL AFROFEST is a family-friendly, nonpartisan event, and does not wish to include political, radical, or vulgar content of any kind. Event organizers also reserve the right to expel any organization that interacts with guests for commercial purposes that is not a registered vendor or sponsor, and any entertainer who is not sanctioned by TATSE/CAPITAL AFROFEST.

Vendor Hours

All vendors MUST be ready to exhibit at the time the event officially opens to the public. This means all vehicles that are not part of a display must be removed from the streets at least one hour prior to the event opening.

All aisles must be clear, and all products and exhibit materials must be kept within the vendor’s rented space by the time the event opens to the public. All vendors are expected to remain open and available to guests from open to close on each day of the festival, even if no product remains.

In the event of an emergency, please contact volunteers at the Information Booth to request a schedule adjustment. Vendors may not leave tents or any other display materials unattended while the event is open to the public.

Failure to Comply

Violation of any of these rules is basis for expulsion and/or denial of vendor applications to any and/or all future TATSE/CAPITAL AFROFEST events. TATSE/CAPITAL AFROFEST may close any booth which fails to cooperate with these regulations, without a refund