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Salt Lake City
Also, the new venue (the Utah State Fairgrounds) only somewhat improves on the main problem the Gallivan Center had (too much sun, heat). Only one of the venue locations had appropriate level of cool air. I think they were complacent by not having enough water/cooling stations, but it was EXTREMELY HOT inside the buildings.
This was the first year at the Utah State Fairgrounds, so everything was very spread apart. There were three buildings with artists, and one with STEM activities (which would be great if you bring children with you!)
Most of the artists were super friendly and excited to share with you information about their art without you even having to ask. There were also some booths set up where the artists had numerous friends at their booth, or they way they were set up facing the crowd, did not seem as friendly as some of the other artist's booths. Pretty big variety of artists, including jewelry, textiles, drawings, etc…
It really seemed that almost every other stand had embroidery hoops for sale!
There was a large children's area, and plenty of different food trucks and stands around the different buildings if you end up spending several hours there and need some refreshments. I also enjoyed some of the live music that was offered at the different stages throughout the venue.
They do charge an entrance fee, which is cheaper if you purchase your tickets online beforehand. If not, the regular fee this year was $7. Regardless, not too expensive to pay for the venue to see all of these wonderful local artists in one space. The event was not too crowded so you could see most of the tables pretty easily. There was even a screenprinting company offering free tote bags with quails on them!
Next year, I would love to sign up for some of the artist-led classes that are offered, which are different for every day of the festival.
I need to do a better job at finding these awesome events.
Can't wait to attend next year too!
My favorite part about this market is that it's all and only local vendors. It's an awesome place to volunteer at to get to know people in the salt lake handmade community.
They have fun workshops during the annual DIY craft lake city festival which you can sign up for, most are put on vendors or the organizers of the whole event. Another cool thing is in addition to workshops during the three day weekend, they also have things going on through out the year which is really cool, fun, and community oriented.
I went because a friend's wife was doing a ballet performance and had come all the way to SLC from Spain so I wanted to support them…and introduce my daughter to ballet.
There were other dance performances as well, and live music to boot. Some of the radio stations were there handing things out and playing their music as well.
You can walk around to each of the booths to see some of the various artists and their homemade crafts, jewelry and artwork. It's the best way to meet a few of the local artists and see what they do.