The 7th annual Unglued: Craft Fest is coming to downtown Fargo on Feb 24 and 25, 2017 at the beautiful Plains Art Museum! Here you’ll find a peek at our schedule, but you’ll ultimately find day-to-day updates on our Facebook Event Page for the Fest – you’ll find more schedule details with our super awesome free workshops for kids and adults and more below!
The line-up of our incredibly talented makers, artists, and crafters are HERE including bonus features with our Young Maker’s Market and Craft Beer Garden! Print our SURVIVAL GUIDE for a handy pocket guide of our Saturday event schedule with workshops, music, and more + our vendor map HERE (print 2 sided and then fold into a quarter pager! these will be available at the Fest info booths, too!).
Saturday, February 25, 2017 is our Craft Fest day with FREE admission from 9am-4pm. You can join us also for our Craft Gala on Friday, February 24 from 5pm-9pm for an evening of more relaxed shopping & live jazz. Gala Tickets are $25/advance and $35 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, appetizer and dessert bites, live jazz, and free printmaking for the first 200 people to the Print Studio + a more laid back shopping environment to get to meet the makers at! Grab your Gala tickets HERE!
Need help deciding which day to come to? Peek above to see what you can experience during the Gala vs the Fest! (But really, we sure think you’d really love both days!).
Schedule of Events for Sat, Feb 25, 2017:
Please note: our FREE workshops are on a first-come first-serve basis and usually max around 15-20 participants. For our FREE workshops you are welcome to claim a seat up to 20 min in advance – and if a workshop fills you are welcome to watch! There are 2 opportunities below that do have a small fee – the tote bag screen printing from 9am-11am and the Make Room workshops.
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, drop-in any time.
9am-4pm: Pop Art Coloring Lounge in the Craft Beer Garden – We basically found the coolest coloring sheets and now you can grab a beer, hot dog, and fresh flowers and color a taco while you are at it. Free.
9am-3pm: Family Room in Studio 3 (Center for Creativity) – 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.
9am-4pm: Make Room in Dawson Room (3rd floor of the main museum near booth 70) – Stop by the Make Room vendor booth that will take over a larger space on Saturday in the Dawson Room. You’ll be able to sign up for workshop times throughout the day and purchase DIY kits to create with.
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 $6 to pull their own limited edition, Beyoncé-inspired “I came to slay” screen printed tote. What would Beyoncé do? She’d screen print a tote! No previous experience with screen printing required; totes available to the first 50 customers for $6/each to print.
10am: Monsters with Modern Textiles in Studio 1 (Center for Creativity) – Create your very own softy squishy monster with the amazing Modern Textiles crew. Supplies sponsored by Modern Textiles. Kids ages 6 and up, approx 1 hour. **Parent will need to stay with kids 6-8yo to assist** FREE.
10am: Uff Da Mini Cross Stitch with Nordic Needle in Studio 2 (Center for Creativity) – Join the talented instructors from Nordic Needle to learn the basics of cross stitch while using just the most epic midwestern phrase ever – Uff Da. If you don’t finish your piece during the 1 hour workshop you’ll be able to finish at home and frame the piece with the supplies you’ll receive. Supplies are sponsored by Nordic Needle. Teens/adults, approximately 1 hour. FREE.
12pm: Felt Embroidered Succulents with Modern Textiles in Studio 2 (Center for Creativity) – Use felt applique and simple embroidery stitches to create fun succulent art to hang on your wall with the Modern Textiles crew. Supplies sponsored by Modern Textiles. Teens/adults, approximately 1 hour. FREE.
12pm-2pm: Wheel Throwing Experience (drop-in) in Studio 4 (Center for Creativity) – 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. Supplies sponsored by the Center for Creativity. Each experience will last approximately 3-5 minutes. FREE.
12pm: Kid’s Produce Prints in Studio 1 (Center for Creativity) – Using the beautiful patterns found in fruits and vegetables, create a one-of-a-kind print using produce as a printing plate and stamp. Each participant will make an abstract print on paper with patterns and layers of color. Supplies sponsored by the Center for Creativity. Kids ages 5 and up, approx 1 hour. FREE.
1pm-2pm: Make & Take Fest Swag DIY with Unglued: Mini Banners in Pop Art Coloring Lounge (Center for Creativity) – Drop in while supplies last for this “do-it-yourself” project to make some take-home Fest swag and stay inspired this year! We’ll have instructions out on how to iron on one of these sayings and cut your own little cute plaid banner. This type of workshop will have step-by-step instructions for you to follow, but is not instructor-led. There will be a volunteer nearby to help as needed! Open to about 50 makers. FREE.
2pm: Kid’s Nature Mobiles in Studio 1 (Center for Creativity) – Create a unique mobile using natural materials such as feathers, flowers, sticks, and pinecones. Mobiles will be complete and ready to hang in the wind by the end of the workshop. Come be one with nature on this cold February day! Supplies sponsored by the Center for Creativity. Kids ages 5 and up, approx 1 hour. FREE.
2pm: Wood Carving with Jeff Knight in Studio 2 (Center for Creativity) – Learn a traditional hobby with a modern twist by carving a fishing lure with Jeff Knight! Try out the typical wood carving tools and your next new hobby. Teens/adults, approx 1 hour. FREE.
3pm-3:30pm: Make & Take Fest Swag DIY with Unglued: Mini Marbled Succulents in Pop Art Coloring Lounge (Center for Creativity) – Drop in while supplies last for this last “do-it-yourself” project to make some take-home Fest swag with a succulent! We’ll have instructions out to use marbled contact paper to cover a mini glass, succulents to pot in them, and then an Unglued Craft Fest banner you can finish off to have an adorable piece of swag. This type of workshop will have step-by-step instructions for you to follow, but is not instructor-led. There will be a volunteer nearby to help as needed! Open to about 50 makers. FREE.
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 to the Plains Art Museum every 15 minutes! 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!)
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.
9am-4pm: Young Makers’ Market OPEN – Support and shop from 8 young makers 13-years-old and younger in the Young Makers’ Market! Drop in any time 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 Hot Dog Peddler.
9am-4pm: Get your portrait sketched by Art by Kaija Lea in the Starion Financial Gallery on your way to the Center for Creativity (through the 2nd floor skywalk). $25/1 person, $40/2 people.
9am-3pm: Handmade Haul Giveaway! Enter to win a HUGE HANDMADE HAUL from our makers by entering at 2 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.
9am-4pm: All museum galleries open and free to walk through and take it all in!
10am-3pm: Museum cafe is open catered by Chef’s Dining Table with a soup and salad bar (of Barbacoa,The Boiler Room, Twist)
11am: Live music – The Shuttles
1pm-ish: Best Booth Awards awarded to the top booth displays!
2pm: Live music – The Cropdusters
(If you missed the workshop schedule please scroll up to “Schedule of Events for Saturday, Feb 25”!)
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 to the Plains Art Museum!
Please be sure to check out the Plains Art Museum parking map HERE to ease up any parking frustration on site! 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!
What is Unglued: Craft Fest?
Going on our 7th year as an annual craft fest on Feb 24 & 25, 2017, 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 24 & 25, 2017 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! More information will follow around January 1 and as we get closer to the date on the Gala and Fest schedule.
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 few years on continuing this as a 2 day fest. 5 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 typically 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 musicians, craft workshops, and fun that you should also check out… We’ll keep updating this info with new things for 2017 after the new year!
Is this going to be awesome?
YES. It’ll be our Seventh 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 are open November 1 – December 12, 2016. There are about 70 maker booths available and last year we had over double that amount in applications! 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, 2017 if you are accepted for a booth. More information is directly on the application HERE.
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 and now we get over 5,000 people coming even in the worst weather. 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!
Be sure to make a day of it and watch for more info soon!
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.