Some of my favorite vendors will be selling their wares and I look forward to finding new artists who create innovative products. I particularly enjoy glass, handbags, jewelry, bath products, and art in painting, wood, and metal – so, pretty much everything crafty! Lighting/optics, graffiti, electronics, and pet items are categories that have sparked my interest as they are genres not found at typical arts and crafts festivals, so I’ll be looking for those in particular.
Let's talk about the vibe. You want a happy beat to peruse over 200 booths of local artisans and DIY teachers/makers and musicans add distinctive sounds to the air. Local bands include Joshua Payne Orchestra, Night Sweats, SubRosa, and many more. Self-expression is a recurring theme at Craft Lake City; dance performances by Triple Moon, Hathor Dance Collective, and Municipal Ballet Co. fit the bill as well.
Plan to enjoy lunch, an afternoon snack, and/or dinner as local food purveyors will be serving up delish dishes (think Chow Truck, Lewis Bros., Submarinos, Ramblin’ Rose, The Pie Pizzeria, and more).
Bring the kids as this is a family-friendly event where children of all ages can make arts and crafts projects in the art yard from noon to 9 p.m. There are also youth booths in two categories: 5-11 year-olds and 12-17 year-olds. I’m curious to see what young minds craft!
$5 parking is available in the underground parking garage beneath Gallivan Plaza (enter driving east on 200 South), and there is a TRAX stop just steps away from the entrance.
Sponsored by SLUG magazine, Craft Lake City 2012 will happen at Gallivan Plaza (239 South State Street), from Noon-10 p.m. on Saturday, August 11. It is open to the public, and free to attend. For more information visit craftlakecity.com.