Lottery

Street Artists Space Lottery Schedule (Mo-Sa, twice daily)
Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
For Downtown Spaces 9AM 9:30AM 9AM 9:30AM 9AM 9:30AM
For Wharf Spaces 9:30AM 9AM 9:30AM 9AM 9:30AM 9AM
Lottery Location Fisherman’s Wharf, Beach Street (between Larkin and Hyde) Bleacher steps of Aquatic Park

Every Monday to Saturday, two lotteries are held to assign spaces to street artists. Monday through Friday, the lottery is held at Fisherman’s Wharf on Beach Street (between Larkin and Hyde Streets). On Saturday, the lottery is held on the adjacent bleacher steps of Aquatic Park.

The first lottery for one area of spaces is held at 9:00 a.m. and the second lottery for another area of spaces is at 9:30 a.m. On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, the first lottery is for the spaces in the Downtown area, while the second lottery is for the spaces in the Wharf area. The two lotteries reverse their times on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. You must arrive at least 15 minutes early in order to fill out a lottery slip and enter the lottery.

To participate, you must show your Street Artist Certificate license to the lottery committee member or helper, who will record your name and license number on a lottery slip. The slips are placed in a container, shaken, and randomly drawn. Each slip is numbered in the order in which it is drawn, beginning with 1. The artists’ names are called in the order in which the slips are numbered, the name belonging to the lowest number called first (for example: “Mr. B. Jones – Number 1," "Ms. R. Chan – Number 2," etc.).

When you take your slip from the caller, you decide if you want to use it that day or keep it to select a space the following day. When you use your slip, your name is written next to your selected space on a list of the spaces. You then must tape your slip to the ground at your selected space before 12:00 noon. If you fail to do this, you will lose your right to the space, and it is subject to being re-lottered at 12:15 p.m.

Those who come late to the lottery must wait until all the artists who held their slips from the previous day’s lottery choose their spaces (in rank order from the lowest to the highest numbers which they received from the previous day’s lottery). A lottery is then held for the remaining spaces for that day.

Leftover Space Random Drawings are held daily to (a) assign leftover spaces that were not assigned by the main lottery; and (b) assign temporarily vacant spaces to artists wishing to sell in them until the rightful claimants of the spaces, assigned in the main lottery, arrive later in the day.

If you are unable to obtain a space in the main lottery or the Leftover Space Random Drawing, you are allowed to exercise “the buddy system” by sharing a space with an artist who has an assigned space, but only so long as neither of you sell each other’s items. Please consult with lottery committee members for further details.

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