The Annual Craft Fest

Join us for the 8th Annual Unglued: Craft Fest Feb 23 + 24, 2018!

In the dead of winter we’ll be at the beautiful Plains Art Museum both Friday and Saturday with over 70 crazy talented makers, artists, and crafters!  You’ll get connected to creativity, get to support all kinds of small and inspiring businesses, and get out of the house to make things, eat and drink things, and have one helluva weekend in Fargo.  Keep updated with the latest Craft Fest news on our Facebook event and meet some of our upcoming Fest makers on our Facebook and Instagram stories!  Scroll down to find our super full and amazing schedule for 2018!   SCROLL DOWN FOR OUR SCHEDULE AND CLICK HERE TO PRINT OUR SURVIVAL GUIDE (print it double sided for best use!).

Check out our current line-up of carefully curated vendors HERE!  We have vendors representing from the Fargo-Moorhead area to Iowa, South Dakota, Minnesota, and beyond in North Dakota.  You’ll enjoy free workshops, craft beer gardens, a young maker’s market, and more!

Our vendors set up shop both Friday night and Saturday day!  You can beat the crowd and come hang for a party night with our vendors during our Fri, Feb 23 5-9pm Craft Preview Party (buy tickets HERE!) or join us Sat, Feb 24 9am-4pm for The Main Event – see the difference between the 2 days below – a whole lotta people join us for BOTH DAYS!!

Schedule of Events for Sat, Feb 24, 2018:

(print our Survival Guide with the whole schedule and vendor map HERE!  we recommend printing it double sided for best use.)

Workshops:

Please note: our FREE 2018 workshops (unless otherwise noted!) are on a first-come first-serve basis and usually max around 15-20 participants.  You are welcome to claim a seat up to 20 min in advance – and if a workshop fills you are welcome to watch!  You’ll find an Unglued volunteer in the area to help answer any questions, too, and to check the kids workshops in and out and take parent’s phone numbers!

All Day (or most of the day!) Drop-in Creative Opportunities:

9am-4pm: Drop in Make & Take with Artist Nichole Rae in the Art Lounge (2nd floor of the main museum building near booth 32) – Join Artist Nichole Rae any time during the Fest day to create + collage an inspirational affirmation tag using a variety of creative supplies.  Free workshop thanks to the sponsorship of Creative Plains Foundation, drop-in any time.

9am-4pm:  Watercolor Painting Lounge in the Crafty Beer Garden Lounge (Center for Creativity Building) – We basically found some of the best watercolor resist painting sheets ever and now you can grab a beer, hot dog, and fresh flowers and find a moment of zen by watercoloring, too.  Free!

9am-3pm:  Family Room in Studio 3 (Center for Creativity Building)Take a break from Unglued Craft Fest shopping and chill out in the Family Room. Visitors can explore art in a relaxing environment with coloring, books, and art activities.  Free thanks to the Plains Art Museum!

Scheduled/Drop-in Workshops

9am-11am:  Screen Print a Tote Bag (drop-in) in the Print Studio (3rd floor main museum building near booth 33) – Swing on up to Hannaher’s Inc. Print Studio on the 3rd floor of the main museum building and sling some ink! Participants pay $5 to pull their own limited edition, Fest poster-inspired tote bag. No previous experience with screen printing required; totes available to the first 50 makers for $5/each to print between 9am-11am.

9:30-10:30am: Crafty Lounge Hour Craft Beer Garden Crafty Lounge (Center for Creativity Building) – Stop by beginning at 9:30am to get craftin’ with our Unglued crew to start your Fest morning off right!  The first 30 people to come find us will get to pot a cute AF succulent.  And start your morning off even more right by grabbing a pint of beer in the nearby Craft Beer Garden to continue on!  Crafty Lounge Time is where you can drop in for a special project during the Fest near the Craft Beer Garden, follow our simple written instruction to DIY, and take home something awesome!  While supplies last!  Free!

9:30am:  Kids’ Abstract Painting with Make Room – Studio 2 (Center for Creativity Building) – Express yourself through color and brush strokes!  Kids in grades 2nd-6th will greet their inner artist during this beginner-friendly painting workshop.  Artists will learn to mix custom paint colors and experiment with different brushes and application techniques to create a masterpiece!  Parents are asked to not stay during the class to allow kids to have less distraction and will pick up kids at 10:30am!  Free workshop thanks to the sponsorship of Make Room!

10am: Ceramic Beer Stein – Studio 4 (Center for Creativity Building) Create a customized beer stein for the heftiest or hoppiest of draughts. Plains Art ceramics instructors will teach handbuilding and surface decorating techniques. All participants will receive a coupon for Fargo Brewing. Must be 21+ to create. Steins will be picked up after being fired a few weeks later.  FREE thanks to the generous sponsorship of 99 Bottles.

10:30am:  KidsMonsters with Modern Textiles – Studio 1 (Center for Creativity Building)Create your very own softy squishy monster with the amazing Modern Textiles crew.  Supplies sponsored by Modern Textiles for you to get crafty with!  Kids ages 6 and up, approx 1 hour.  **Parent will need to stay with kids 6-8yo to assist**  Free thanks to the sponsorship of Modern Textiles!

11am: Abstract Painting for Adults & Teens with Make Room – Studio 2 (Center for Creativity Building) – Express yourself through color and brush strokes!  Greet your inner artist during this beginner-friendly painting workshop.  Artists will learn to mix custom paint colors and experiment with different brushes and application techniques to create a masterpiece!  Free thanks to the sponsorship of Make Room!

12pm-2pm:  Wheel Throwing Experience (drop-in) – Studio 4 (Center for Creativity Building)  Get your hands dirty in the Center for Creativity Ceramic Studio! Participants of all ages can learn how to throw on the potter’s wheel with one-on-one instruction from ceramic artists. Each experience will last approximately 3-5 minutes.  Free!

12pm: Kids’ Shrinky Dinking – Studio 1 (Center for Creativity Building) Make some magic with Shrinky Dinks! Create your own keychain, pin, or keepsake using shrinkable plastic, then watch your creation shrink down into a miniature version with intensely concentrated color.  Ages 5 and up welcome!  Free thanks to the sponsorship of the Plains Art Museum!

12:30pm:  Snarky Embroidery with Glittered Imperfection in Studio in Studio 2 (Center for Creativity Building) Stitch, please!  Embrace your inner snark and let it shine through embroidery!  You’ll learn some embroidery basics with Fest vendor Glittered Imperfection in this 1 hour workshop.  You’ll get started with the basics and take home your started project including the hoop, extra floss, and a needle to continue it on in perfect winter hobby fashion.  Workshop is for adults & teens.  Free!

1:30pm:  Mini State String Art with Ashley Rieck adult – Studio 1 (Center for Creativity Building) – Learn the ropes to help you DIY all your upcoming gifts this year in mini string art fashion.  You’ll hang with Fest vendor Ashley Rieck of Art by Ashley Rieck to hammer and string up a sweet little cute state string art (MN & ND) to get the basics down.  Workshop is for adults & teens.  Free!

2pm: Kids’ Monoprinting Workshop – Hannaher’s Print Studio (3rd floor main museum building near booth 33) Print and play! Create multi-color, multi-layer prints using the gelatin plates. Gelli plates encourage experimentation and play with colors, textures, and shapes.  Ages 5+.  Free thanks to the sponsorship of the Plains Art Museum!

2:30pm:  Hand Lettering Tips & Basics with Ashley Rieck adult – Studio 1 (Center for Creativity Building) – Your opportunity to try out some hand lettering basics is finally here!  As the Fest day winds down, take some time with Fest vendor Ashley Rieck of Art by Ashley Rieck to learn some ways to begin your hand lettering practice and take home some practice sheets.  Workshop is for adults & teens.  Free!

2:30pm-3:30pm: Crafty Lounge Hour Craft Beer Garden Craft Lounge (Center for Creativity Building) –  Come find us in the Craft Beer Garden Crafty Lounge in the Center for Creativity building for this drop-in happy hour craftin’!  You can grab a beer at the nearby Craft Beer Garden while you roll a beeswax pillar candle.  Crafty Lounge Time is where you can drop in for a special project during the Fest near the Craft Beer Garden, follow our simple written instruction to DIY, and take home something awesome!  While supplies last!  Free!

Here’s our handy crafty guide for Saturday’s creative opportunities (click to expand)!

Saturday Fest Extras:

8am: Music by Randi Kay for the swag line inside the museum!

8am-5pm: LinkFM bus running with extended hours for the Fest so you can park at the Moorhead Center Mall and get shuttled for FREE just a ½ block away from the Plains Art Museum every 15 minutes (you’ll get off outside of Bernbaum’s between 1st and 2nd Ave. N. on Roberts Street)!  See the route map HERE – pink stops will run 8am-5pm, blue stops don’t begin until 10am.

9am: Swag bags for the first 100 attendees (3 swag bags will have $25 Golden Tickets in them to spend at the booth of your choice on Fest Day!)  Be sure to check out your bag for coupons to use at the Fest!!  

9am-4pm:  Red River Market is OPEN on the 3rd floor of the main museum building opposite of the Print Studio!  6 regular market vendors will be selling everything from fresh eggs to chia balls to handmade chocolate to honey and more!

9am-4pm: Scavenger Hunt is ON! – Adventure through the entire Fest in BOTH museum buildings to find various items, locations, and events.  Grab your sheet at any info booth and turn in the main info booth once you’ve found 10 of the 15 items for a prize.  And YES this is not just limited to the kiddos – adults need to go for it, too!

9am-4pm: Young Makers’ Market OPEN – Support and shop from 5 young makers 13-years-old and younger in the Young Makers’ Market!  Drop in anytime on the 1st floor of the main museum building next to the Gift Shop (the Presentation Center).

9am-4pm: Craft Beer Garden OPEN – Enjoy the handcrafted world of craft beer and fresh flowers!  3 local breweries (Junkyard Brewing Company, The Fargo Brewing Company, and Drekker Brewing Company) along with florist Prairie Petals will be set up (and decorating!) in the Center for Creativity building plus the delish Hot Dog Peddler.

9am-3pm: Handmade Haul Giveaway!  Enter to win a HUGE HANDMADE HAUL from our makers by entering at 3 different locations you’ll find on our map!  Need not be present to win.

9am:  Mimosas available by the Cash Bar near the museum gift shop for purchase to make your morning extra classy while supplies last.  PLUS crepes by Cafe Amaury all day nearby!

9am-4pm:  All museum galleries open and free to walk through and take it all in!

10am-3pm:  Poke Bowl available in the cafe!

noon-1pm:  Music by Hot Lunch during hot lunch!

1pm-ish:  Best Booth Awards awarded to the top booth displays!

Don’t forget that you can now enjoy a FREE shuttle through the LinkFM bus to make parking way less crazy!  This will run 8am-5pm Sat, Feb 27 (with 2 buses running 8am-1pm and then 1 1pm-5pm!).  You can park at the Moorhead Center Mall (see map for where exactly – note stops 10 and 2 do not start until 10am but the bus service WILL start early this day for the Fest at 8am and service all the pink stops starting then!), wait at the pink bus shelter, and every 15 minutes get shuttled 1 block from the museum!

Plus you’ll find a free parking ramp on the corner of Roberts Street and 2nd Avenue all day just 2 blocks away from the Plains Art Museum!

 

faqs for fest website-01What is Unglued: Craft Fest?

Unglued: Craft Fest is a modern handmade craft fair showcasing the crazy awesome talent of our community and beyond in downtown Fargo, North Dakota.  Going on our 8th year as an annual craft fest on Feb 23 & 24, 2018, Unglued: Craft Fest taking care of that cabin fever in February with inspired creative fun and events!  We feature about 70 carefully curated modern handmade makers, artists, and crafters at the Plains Art Museum along with free workshops for kids and adults, craft beer garden, free museum gallery admission, and more fun in the great dead of winter.  In 2015 we were awarded ND Event of the Year by the ND Tourism Department!  Check out our 2017 Fest photo recap HERE!  Keep updated for this year’s Fest on our Facebook event

When is the next Unglued: Craft Fest?

February 23 & 24, 2018 at the Plains Art Museum downtown Fargo!  This year will kick off with our Friday evening Craft “Preview Party”!  It’ll be a ticketed event to allow for a more laid back first look shopping night and includes all kinds of goodness to make the night completely awesome with a cash bar, live DJ, $5 Unglued cash to spend at the booth of your choice, and make and takes included in admission throughout the venue!  Saturday will be “The Main Event” with free admission, a full schedule of free workshops for kids and adults, craft beer garden, scavenger hunt, and more!  

What’s with the Friday night event?

We take our feedback from crafters and shoppers very seriously as we strive make each fest better than the last.  Every year we make changes to the next Fest weekend!  Six years ago we started a Friday evening “Gala” night to allow for a more relaxed shopping night and to be able to meet and talk with the vendors more.  In 2018 this Gala evening will change to our Craft Preview Party – similar to the Gala but picture a bit more party-esque and more casual with make and takes throughout the night in admission, a live DJ, cash bar, and lower ticket price for admission!  More info can be found here after January 1 to find out ticket prices and everything this sweet night will involve as the Preview Party.  Keep in mind Saturday is FREE admission and more family friendly – and expands into the Center for Creativity, too.

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For The Shoppers

Do I need to come right away Saturday morning?

No, but there will be free swag bags with coupons and samples to the first 100 attendees.  The swag bags will also have Golden Tickets hidden throughout them!  If you receive one you are able to spend Unglued cash at the booth of your choice that day!  Throughout the day there will be some pretty amazing food and drinks, craft workshops, and fun that you should also check out… 

Is this going to be awesome?

YES.  It’ll be our Eighth Annual Fest.  It’s going to be epic.

What should I bring?

A friend and cash – and a recyclable bag to carry home your treasures!

For The Crafters

How do I get in?

Applications were open November 1 – December 10, 2017 HERE.  There are about 70 maker booths available and each year we have 2-3x’s the applications come in than can fit in the Fest!  The fest is juried by a group of local business and gallery owners, avid craft fair shoppers, art teachers, graphic designers, and more.  The main categories that determine booth acceptance are innovativeness, craftsmanship, uniqueness, and ultimately the fit with Unglued’s vision of modern handmade.  Certain categories are definitely more competitive such as jewelry and hand sewn items.  We also typically do not accept finer art that is better served with our local galleries and other area fine art events.  While there is so much work we love that is submitted, unfortunately we are not able to include it all in the Fest with our space limitations and to keep a good variety for shoppers.  You will be notified on or before January 1, 2018 if you were accepted for a booth.

If you have been an Unglued: Craft Fest vendor before be sure to showcase in your application progress and growth in your work.  We absolutely love and appreciate our previous vendors, but if we have the same booths every year we will become more of a traditional fest!

Also – if you are a part of our brick and mortar shop please treat your application as the real deal – our jury will not be aware if your work is carried in our shop so be sure to showcase your best, too!  This also means being a part of our shop is not an automatic “in” for the Fest either – we massively appreciate and are stoked you have work with us – the shop wouldn’t exist without you – but this does not give you any brownie points when you apply either as the Fest is separate of our shop!

What if I don’t get in?

We do have a wait list and you will be notified if you got placed on it!  Please know that some categories are just way more competitive than others and thus in order to ensure variety and vendor success there are only so many accepted within it.  On occasion your work may be a category all on its own but fit a traditional show better than our focus on a modern style of crafting – the whole reason we started this Fest so we can support those who typically haven’t sold well at traditional shows!  

Can I share a booth?

YES!  As long as you would fit in a 6’x8’ spot and apply together on the same application.

Can I have a larger booth?

With the amount of awesome applications we receive we do not allow full double booths, however you may request a corner booth once accepted.

Will I be able to see my space ahead of time?

Yes!  Once accepted you will find out a date about 2-3 weeks prior to the Fest for our Vendor Meet-up at the Plains Art Museum!  We will show you your spot and answer questions.  If you aren’t able to make that date we can also send you a photo of the approximate space.

This is my first Fest and I’m overwhelmed!

This year we will host a first timer meet-up about a month prior with a previous vendor there to help answer questions!

I need a wall, electricity, wifi, tables, chairs, etc. for my booth!

Couple things – once accepted you will be able to request electricity and other aspects of your booth space like being against a wall.  However, it’s important to note that we are working in a unique venue with the museum and there are pillars, wall abnormalities, and also unforeseeable reasons that booths will need to move spots.  We do everything literally possible to make your experience kick ass with us, but need our vendors to be flexible in this unique situation!  You are not allowed to use the walls, windows, or pillars to display your work and will need to plan accordingly.  There is wifi but accessibility is not guaranteed with the amount of people using it at once so always have a back up plan if you need data/wifi.   The museum has chairs for everyone to use and a limited amount of tables that you can request to use for free until they are out prior to Fest day!

Why is this happening in the dead of winter?

Because it is the dead of winter!  You wouldn’t believe how many attendees are overheard saying this was a perfect time of year to get out and have something awesome going on (and look forward to!).  Our first year in 2011 pulled in over 2,000 attendees in the little Legion building and had a line wrapping around the block to get in and now we get over 5,000 people coming even in the worst weather because our community is awesome.  Also, we love and support the fairs going on before Christmas and wanted to offer a sweet, indie-esque fair when not a whole lot are happening to keep the creative community rolling and connected!

Be sure to make a day (and evening!) of it and watch for more info soon!

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Interested in helping making this event even greater? Become a sponsor! We are also looking for volunteers to make the day a seamless experience for attendees and vendors. Email ungluedcraftfest [at] gmail [dot] com for more information.

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We cannot thank our amazing 2018 sponsors enough for helping make this Fest happen each year! Please support the heck out of them!

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If your question hasn’t been answered here, give us a holla at our email ungluedcraftfest [at] gmail [at] com!