Second Saturday is a once a month arts and music street fest to be held on 2nd Street from Cedar to Iowa and on Iowa from Mississippi Drive to 3rd Street the second Saturday of every month from May to October. It is presented by CBI Bank & Trust, The Muscatine Journal, and The Merrill Hotel & Conference Center in collaboration with downtown businesses. The event aims to promote the arts and culture in Muscatine and to support Muscatine’s downtown.

Vendors will have the opportunity to set up along 2nd Street, which will be closed for the event. Vending spaces will be located in the parking spaces, leaving the sidewalk and middle of the street open for pedestrians.

Event dates for the 2019 season are May 11, June 8, July 13, August 10, September 14, October 12.

The guidelines below, along with the application, are available for download here.

Download the 2019 season application here.

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Application: All new vendors must apply to become an approved Muscatine Second Saturday vendor. To do so, please fill out the vendor application here. Applications must be received no later than 2 weeks prior to the event. Applications can be submitted electronically to or in person or via mail to We Can Frame That, 221 East 2nd Street, Muscatine, IA 52761.

Fee: The vendor fee for Second Saturday is $15 per vendor space or $60 to register for one vendor space for all five events in the 2019 season. (This does NOT include the state’s permit fee for food vendors.) Vendor spaces are 10’ x 10’, with special consideration made for food trucks. Space is available on a first come, first served basis, dependent on approval of the vendor application.

Payment: Payment for booth space must be received no later than 1 week prior to the event. Please mail or deliver your check to We Can Frame That, 221 East 2nd St., Muscatine, IA 52761. The check must be made out to Greater Muscatine Community Foundation, with “2nd Saturday” in the memo .

Booth setup: Set up begins at 2:45 p.m. (not before) and must be completed by 3:45 p.m.  (no later). Vendors will not be permitted to begin set up after 3:30 p.m.


Vendor Categories

Food vendors: Food vendors are responsible for meeting the state’s guidelines and regulations regarding permits and licenses to serve and sell food and beverages. Food vendors will be required to submit proof of having done so, as well as proof of insurance, as part of the vendor application.

*Local downtown restaurants who would like to serve food outside of their establishments must also obtain the proper permits and adhere to the state’s guidelines and regulations. However, the vendor fee for them will be waived.

Handicraft vendors: Products must handmade or have undergone a “transformative act” (to undergo a change in form, appearance or character, become transformed). No reselling of good that have not been transformed in a meaningful way. Vendors may sell only items which have been produced by themselves or their employees. No direct sales, resale, or consignment will be allowed.

Non-profits: A non-profit vendor must be a 501(c)3 organization. Non-profit vendors may give away items or sell items if used as a fundraiser for the organization.

Non-profit vendors have the option to provide a certain number of volunteer hours throughout the Second Saturday season in exchange for free booth space. Non-profit vendors will receive a $15 credit toward the cost of their booth fee for each volunteer hour worked. Volunteer hours can be provided by one person or a number of people from the non-profit organization. Second Saturday committee members will meet with the non-profit vendor to arrange how and when the volunteer service hours can be performed. Volunteer service hours must be performed within the same season as the event during which the non-profit will have their booth.

Non-profit booth spaces are limited and assigned on a first come, first serve basis, dependent upon approval of the vendor application.

Service providers: Includes those who provide services such as massage, chiropractic evaluations, tarot card readings, etc. Service provider booth spaces are limited and assigned on a first come, first serve basis, dependent upon approval of the vendor application.

Application Process

  1. Submit the application below (or by downloading the paper form here) at least two weeks prior to the event you’re applying to be a vendor during
  2. Sign this indemnification agreement
  3. Payments accepted include cash, check or money order by mail  to We Can Frame That, 221 East 2nd St., Muscatine IA 52761. Cash or check in person is accepted at the same address on the day of the event. Vendors will not be allowed to set up if payment is not received prior to their doing so.
  4. All vendor applications will be reviewed by the Second Saturday Committee.
  5. All vendors will receive a notification from the Second Saturday Committee once the application has been reviewed and approved, wait-listed or declined.
  6. Vendors are approved based on the Second Saturday vendor rules, product diversity and quality of the product, previous commitment, attendance, conduct and space availability.

general event rules

  1. Vendors may not begin selling before the event begins at 4 p.m. and must stop when the event ends at 8 p.m. Vendors will have until 9 p.m. (no later) for tear down. Early tear down is not allowed.
  2. Vendors are responsible for removing all waste, rubbish, recyclables , or trash that they generate during the course of selling at Second Saturday. Trash or residue from the vendor’s product may not be placed in any storm sewer or in the city trash barrels or trash dumpsters. Any charges incurred by the City of Muscatine that occur as a result of vending (grease, food stains, etc.) will be the responsibility of the vendor.
  3. All permits necessary to sell must be on display at all times. It is the responsibility of the vendor to obtain and provide to the Second Saturday Committee proof of all license and permits required for the sale of the vendor’s products at the market. Questions about permits and licenses should be directed to Courtney Thomas at the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals, 515-802-2984,
  4. Vendors will furnish their own equipment necessary for their participation in Second Saturday.
  5. Vendors attending Second Saturday should determine whether sales at Second Saturday are subject to sales tax. Second Saturday cannot give tax advice or legal advice. Questions about sales tax should be directed to the Iowa Department of Revenue at or 515-281-3114.
  6. No space heaters allowed.
  7. No pets allowed. Only service animals are permitted.
  8. No smoking allowed.
  9. Electricity is available on a first come, first serve basis. The Second Saturday Committee does not guarantee electricity to any vendor. Vendors who need to have electricity to legally operate their businesses need to provide a generator, extension cord, and mats to cover any of the cord that lies in an area utilized by Second Saturday customers. Generators must be quiet and not emit offensive fumes.
  10. Late arrival participation will be contingent upon the discretion of the Second Saturday Committee and upon available space. Vendors who arrive late must park outside of the designated Second Saturday area and carry their product to their booth space.
  11. Vendors are responsible for weighting and/or tying down their tents and umbrellas with at least 20 lbs. of weight on each tent leg to sufficiently eliminate wind disruption and danger. Vendors are liable for any damage occurring from their personal property. No tents with sidewalls will be allowed.

Vendors who fail to abide by the rules of Second Saturday may be subject to expulsion from the event.

Download the 2018 season application here!

These guidelines may be subject to change. Notice will be given if significant changes are made.