The 6th annual Unglued: Craft Fest is coming to downtown Fargo on Feb 26 and 27, 2016 at the beautiful Plains Art Museum! Watch here for coming updates and more event info – and also on our Fargo Facebook Page!
Check out our FAQ’s below if you have questions as a vendor or a shopper. Waaaay below this you’ll find info from last year’s Fest if you want to get an idea of our typical schedule of events, but be sure to watch for updated info there after January 1, 2016!
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. Email ungluedcraftfest [at] gmail [dot] com for more information.
Check out our amazing SPONSORS HERE!
You can also see our vendors from the last 3 years HERE!
Last year’s awesome sponsors:
Applications for our 2016 Fest on February 26 & 27, 2016 are OPEN NOW! The fest is juried and vendors will be notified before January 1, 2016 of acceptance for a booth space. Thanks so much for your interest and applying!! Read on for some frequently asked questions!
What is Unglued: Craft Fest?
Going on our 6th year as an annual craft fest, Unglued: Craft Fest is an inspired day of creative fun and celebration – and taking care of that cabin fever in February! 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, live music, free gallery admission, and more fun in the great dead of winter!
When is the next Unglued: Craft Fest?
February 26 & 27, 2016 at the Plains Art Museum downtown Fargo! Saturday is totally free to attend. Friday is a ticketed event to allow for a more laid back shopping environment and includes all kinds of goodness to make the night completely awesome! See more HERE and below!
What’s with the 2 days?
We take our feedback from crafters and shoppers very seriously as we strive make each fest better than the last. We have been getting feedback from both sides for first 3 years on continuing this as a 2 day fest. 3 years ago we started going with two days for the Fest which included a Friday night Craft Gala and we will continue that into this coming year! The Gala includes fancy early shopping, a drink ticket, Unglued cash, appetizers, and more and runs from 5pm-9pm! Fest day Saturday will be from 9am-4pm and will remain totally free with swag bags, Golden Tickets, music, free workshops, and more. Info will continue to be released as we get closer to the fest.
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 5 Golden Tickets hidden throughout them! If you receive one you are able to spend $25 in Unglued cash at the booth of your choice that day! Throughout the day there will be some pretty amazing musicians, craft workshops, and fun that you should also check out! We’ll keep updating this info with new things for 2016 after the new year!
Is this going to be awesome?
YES. It’ll be our Sixth 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
Booth spaces are 6’x8′ and are $75. Set up will be Fri Feb 20, 2015 11am-4:30pm. You will receive an arrival time based on which floor your booth is with this unique 3-floor event! Electricity will not be available. Wifi is, but it’s function during the fest cannot be guaranteed. Doors will open again for crafters on Saturday morning at 7:30am to prep for the day. Crafters will need to be fully ready to go again on Saturday by 8:45am.
Vendors are responsible for their own tables and display items. The museum does have a limited amount of 6′ & 8′ tables so be sure to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to reserve one upon acceptance! With the historic museum comes a few special considerations with space so we will host a vendor meet up a couple weeks prior on a Saturday morning. This will be an opportunity to check out your specific booth space & meet other vendors!
You cannot plan to hang anything on the walls. Helium balloons are not allowed and will set off sprinklers!!
How do I get in?
Applications are open November 1 – December 5, 2015. There are between 55 – 65 maker booths available and last year we had close to 200 applicants! The fest is juried by a group of local business and gallery owners, avid etsy 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 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 before January 1, 2016 if you are 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!
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. Also, we love and support the fairs going on before Christmas and wanted to offer a sweet, indie fair when not a whole lot are happening to keep the creative community rolling and connected!
In 2012 we had 3,500 attendees and many came back throughout the day for our various free workshops and great live music. In 2013 we started a Craft Gala night to ease some of the pressure off of such a crazy Saturday and between Friday night and Saturday we had over 4,000 attendees. This last year in 2015 we had over 5,000 attendees on a freezing cold but awesome day! Be sure to make a day of it and watch for more info soon!
Can I apply for a larger space?
It may be possible, but not very likely with the amount of applicants we get. Please indicate in the last question/”other” section – and please explain why. We cannot guarantee this depending on the number of accepted applicants. If your request is accepted, you will need to pay an additional booth fee.
Can I share a booth space?
Yes, but read on! All vendors wanting to share a space must apply together and will be judged on their collective merit. Include on your application photos and descriptions for each individual artist and clearly indicate your intention to share. This can be a great way to test your ideas and work together when you’re not quite ready for a whole space. Each application can have a max of 10 photos.
Do I need to collect sales tax?
Yes, but you can include this with your prices and please don’t freak out. It’s not too scary! You are responsible for collecting sales tax appropriately and submitting it. We are required by ND law to submit all of our vendors names following the fest. Please visit www.nd.gov/tax/salesanduse for further information.
The forms you need are here [click here]:
- One Time Remittance Form – If you literally are selling at this ONE event – including online – this year this is filled out following the event and one check is sent to the state.
- ND Sales and Use Tax Permit – If you plan on selling more than once this year, this is filled out prior. It’s free and takes about 2 weeks to receive. If you live out of state you also need to fill this out. There are probably items on this permit that you’ll find confusing and may not pertain to you, so CALL the number below and they are really, really helpful.
If you have any questions, the ND Sales Tax Office is super helpful. Call them directly at 701.328.1246
This is my first event! Help!
Get as prepared as you can now. Plan on making more merchandise than you think you’ll need.
- Consider accepting credit cards! Be aware wifi is available at the museum, but with a large amount of vendors potentially using it it cannot be guaranteed. And bring change. Be careful if you intend to accept checks.
- Plan your display ahead of time, be creative – you don’t just have to use a table – get vertical! Check out some links below of examples of table displays from other indie craft fairs.
- Bring a booth buddy! You will at some point need to eat and walk away most likely
- Some items to remember – order books/receipts, bags, calculator, tissue paper, business cards.
- Have a wide range of prices to offer.
- Promote yourself with signage, items in our free swag bags, having a website/blog/etsy.
- Have a good time! If you are approachable, people will stop by.
Check out photos on these websites from previous indie craft fairs for inspiration on displays!:
- Flickr’s Indie Craft Fair Guide photos
- Indie Craft Show DIY Displays Archive
- Renegade Craft Fair Photos
- A Great Flickr Called “Show Me Your Booths”
Below is information from last year’s Unglued: Craft Fest if you’d like to check out the shin-dig previously! Updated info for attendees, schedule, vendor list, and more will be available here after January 1, 2016! Until then if you have any questions please email us at email@example.com – we’d love to hear from you!
Join us for the Fifth Annual Unglued: Craft Fest Feb 20 and 21, 2015! Featuring over 70 local and regional makers, artists, and crafters Unglued: Craft Fest features traditional crafting techniques with a fresh, new flare and lots of midwest love! Also included are free workshops for kids and adults, live music, and a gala night for relaxed, fancy shopping. More below!
VIEW AND PRINT YOUR SURVIVAL GUIDE HERE for Feb 21! This includes our vendor map & schedule of events + more!
The line-up of our incredibly talented makers, artists, and crafters are HERE including bonus features in our Vintage Wanderlust Room, 3 local coffee roasters, Artisan Food Row, and Drekker Brewing Company!
Saturday, February 21, 2015 is our Craft Fest day with FREE admission from 9am-4pm. You can join us also for our Craft Gala on Friday, February 20 from 5pm-9pm for an evening of more relaxed shopping & live jazz. Gala Tickets are $17/advance and $20 day of/at door and will also include $5 Unglued Cash that can be spent at the booth of your choice on Friday only AND includes a drink ticket, appetizers by Mosaic, and live jazz in a laid back shopping environment! Grab your Gala tickets HERE!
Our schedule is below (scroll down!) – if you aren’t sure which day to come (either the Craft Gala or Craft Fest – or both!), though, check this comparison out first:
Schedule of Events for Sat, Feb 21, 2015:
Please note: our FREE workshops are on a first-come first-serve basis and usually max around 20 participants. You are welcome to claim a seat up to 30 min in advance – and if a workshop fills you are welcome to watch! If you miss out on one you’ll still have the indoor chalk fest to participate in freely throughout Saturday + enjoy our Craft Lounge!
10am – Be Crafty for Kids 5+ in Studio 1 in the Center for Creativity – Kids ages 5+ can join in to create a chalk canvas fabric wrapped banner to take home and hang to write and draw on! Parental help is needed for kids 5-6 years-old. Low temp glue guns will be used! Free workshop.
10:30am: Morning Craft Party: Beads and Breakfast in the Presentation Center on 1st floor of museum. Enjoy creating a beaded necklace perfect for your own style while enjoying Sandy’s donuts and coffee! This workshop is $12 and includes all supplies (registration online HERE). *this is the only workshop with a charge, but then you have guaranteed participation…plus it includes coffee and donuts = really awesome.
11am: Chicken Scratch Embroidery with Nordic Needle in Studio 2 in the Center for Creativity- Learn the ropes of the trendy chicken scratch embroidery using gingham squares! For beginners and beyond! Free workshop for teens and adults.
noon: Love in the Oven Food Workshop for Kids 5+ in Studio 1 in the Center for Creativity – Kids ages 5 + will get creative with fancy pants cookie decorating led by Love in the Oven’s Casey!
1pm: Summer Camp: Loom Weaving for Kids K-6 in Studio 2 in the Center for Creativity – Our Unglued Kids Camp Counselors will give kids a taste of Camp while teaching kids to weave on their own handheld loom that they will get to take home! Parents are welcome to shop and relax while they create. They will leave with a work-in-progress and supplies to keep working on it. Free workshop.
2pm: Geometric Prism Necklace with Aerow in Studio 2 in the Center for Creativity – Create a modern geometric prism necklace inspired by the art of Himmeli. You will learn a few basics of the jewelry making process while you work with glass bugle beads to create a stunning geometric necklace. Free workshop for teens and adults!
Drop-in Workshops in the Center for Creativity open all day 9am-4pm:
The Arts Partnership Indoor Chalk Fest!
Craft Lounge with Make & Take Crafts for kids and adults!
11am – Poitin
2pm – BOOTS
9am: Swag bags for the first 100 attendees (5 swag bags will have $25 Golden Tickets in them to spend at the booth of your choice on Fest Day!) + the next 50 people still get the commemorative tote!
9am-4pm: Local Coffee Roaster Extravaganza! On each level of our Craft Fest you’ll find a local coffee roaster with samples (while supplies last), coffee, and beans available!
9am-4pm: Vintage Wanderlust Room – Discover the best and most awesome vintage finds including housewares and clothing in our room on your way to the Center for Creativity through the museum 2nd floor skywalk!
9am-noon: People’s Choice Booth Award – Vote for your favorite booth design by finding tickets to vote at our info booth and at each floor off the stairwell until noon! The winning booth receives $100 cash and will be announced at 1pm!
9am-3pm: Maker Giveaways! Enter to win giveaways from our makers by entering at these locations: Info Booth on 1st floor and Center for Creativity Craft Lounge. A winner will be drawn from each location before 4pm. Need not be present to win.
11am-4pm: Drekker Brewing Company craft beer samples in the Center for Creativity!
noon – 4pm: FREE Photo Booth (in our Photo Booth room on the 1st floor in the museum near the Gift Shop)! Have your photo taken in our party photo booth to celebrate our 5th Fest year!! Photos will be available online for free a couple days after the Fest.
12:30pm – 3:30pm – Cash Bar by the Plains Art Museum near the museum gift shop!
Please be sure to check out the Plains Art Museum parking map HERE to ease up any parking frustration! There are quite a few “unknown” lots they list here that can be used on Friday night and Saturday all day. There is also a lot of street parking on nearby streets, too!