The 7th Annual Unglued: Craft Fest will take place February 24 & 25, 2017 at the historic Plains Art Museum in downtown Fargo! You’ll find more info mid-January for the Fest and Gala here and on our Facebook page – otherwise check out below for some FAQ’s and to see the greatness of last year’s fest, too!
What is Unglued: Craft Fest?
Going on our 7th 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 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. 4 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.
EVERYTHING BELOW IS FROM LAST YEAR 2016! We keep this up in case you want to get a better idea of how awesome this weekend is!
The 6th annual Unglued: Craft Fest is coming to downtown Fargo on Feb 26 and 27, 2016 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 can also click HERE to print out your FEST SURVIVAL GUIDE (designed by our bestie Kelsey Sargent!) with our vendor map, full schedule, and all the extras to be sure you can enjoy all the fun and creativity possible! (The guide applies to Saturday’s festivities mostly, but the map on page 1 is for the Gala as well!)
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!
Saturday, February 27, 2016 is our Craft Fest day with FREE admission from 9am-4pm. You can join us also for our Craft Gala on Friday, February 26 from 5pm-9pm for an evening of more relaxed shopping & live jazz. Gala Tickets are $25/advance and $30 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 26, 2016:
Please note: our FREE workshops 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! This year we are offering more options that are drop-in any time in the Center for Creativity and outside of it:
9am-4pm: Drop in Make & Take with Artist Nicole Rae in the Art Lounge (2nd floor of the main museum building) – 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.
10am: Zentangles with Nordic Needle for teens/adults in Studio 2 in the Center for Creativity – All the rage, Zentangles is an artform that utilizes repeating patterns to increase focus and creativity. Learn several surface embroidery stitches and start stitching a Zentangle design. Nordic Needle staff will guide you through the basics, providing everything you need. You’ll get take home instructions to continue your project. Free workshop sponsored by Nordic Needle. Max 20 teens/adults.
11am: Kids’ Painting with McCal Joy in Studio 1 in the Center for Creativity – Kids ages 6 and up will get to be bold and colorful with paints with local artist McCal Joy. Free workshop, kids under 7 need an adult to stay with them. All kids will need a parent to check them in and out of the workshop.
12pm: Tiny Bookbinding with Make Room for adults in Studio 2 in the Center for Creativity – Learn to hand-bind a little custom journal using vintage papers and simple tools! Free workshop, max 15 adults.
1pm: Essential Oil Diffusing Bracelet with Make Room for adults in Studio 2 in the Center for Creativity – Create a simple fabric wrap bracelet with a natural porous stone bead for diffusing essential oils throughout the day. Free workshop, max 15 adults.
1pm-4pm: Wheel Throwing with the Plains for kids and adults in Studio 4 of the Center for Creativity – Participants of all ages will have an opportunity to learn how to throw on the potter’s wheel with one-on-one instruction from PAM volunteers. Each experience will last approximately 3-5 minutes. Step-by-step instruction will be given to participants from volunteers seated beside them. The Plains recycles the used clay for the next participant to give it a shot!
1pm-4pm: Takeaway Coloring Station for everyone in Studio 4 of the Center for Creativity – Stop by to color with an original local artist-designed coloring page! This is inspired by the trend of adult coloring to ease stress and promote creative expression. In addition, a large, artist-led collaborative doodle will be available for guest participation.
1pm-3pm: Screen Printing Tote Bag or Print Paper in the Hannaher’s Print Studio on the 3rd floor of the main museum (NOT in the Center for Creativity) – Participants will have the opportunity to try their hand at screen printing an original graphic by Amanda Heidt of the Plains Art Museum! Tote bags will be $7 to print or paper will be $4 to print on. Drop-in any time 1-3pm to participate.
3pm: The Handcrafted Man with Michaela and Drekker for adults in Studio 1 of the Center for Creativity. But not just for dudes – for all the people (well, 10 people!). Learn about beer and beards in this combo workshop! You’ll get to combine your own beard oils while you also learn about Drekker’s topic of beer choice (plus a bit of beer sampling for the 21+!). This workshop is limited to the first 10 people so don’t miss out on buying your awesome beard oil from Dakotah Beard Oils on the 3rd floor of the main museum at booth 65 before the Fest ends at 4pm!! Free workshop by Michaela Pfaff and Drekker Brewing Company. Max 10 adults.
Saturday Fest Extras:
8am: Music by Randi Kay for the swag line inside the museum + Sandy’s Donuts and Twenty Below Coffee set up OUTSIDE the museum for our early attendees!
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: 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-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: Cash Bar by the Plains Art Museum near the museum gift shop opens first with mimosas for purchase to make your morning extra classy.
9am-4pm: Selfie Photo Stations Find our 3 selfie photo booths to snap your photo and #ungluedcraftfest2016 for a chance with each photo to win a $100 Unglued gift card + a dozen cupcakes from Bakeology (and just have photo funsies!). One is at the LinkFM bus shelter on the east side of the Moorhead Center Mall!
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 (of Barbacoa, The Boiler Room, Sazerac Alley) with bag lunch option! Each bag option is $9 and includes chips, bottled water, chocolate chip cookie, napkin and the sandwich. Sandwich options include (with some gluten-free options available!):
11am: Live music – The Cropdusters
1pm-ish: Best Booth Awards awarded to the top 3 booth displays!
2pm: Live music – The Shuttles
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!
You can also see our vendors from the last 3 years HERE!