Do applicants need to be from Utah?

All applicants accepted to participate in the Craft Lake City DIY Festival must be based in Utah.

Applications for artisans, DIY engineers, craft foodies, vintage and stage performers for the 9th annual Craft Lake City DIY Festival are due April 17, 2017. An official announcement for all categories will be made Monday, May 15, 2017, and a full list of exhibitors will be posted on our website.

Do accepted applicants need to participate in all three days of the Craft Lake City DIY Fest?

Accepted artisans may choose to participate all three days of the festival, Friday/Saturday only, or Sunday only. Artisans selected their preference during the application process.

Who is eligible to participate as a vendor at the DIY Festival?

The DIY Festival is open to all makers, creators, and tinkerers who currently reside and operate in Utah. All creations must be original, handcrafted work unique to the artisan.

How do you define your categories?

The Craft Lake City DIY Festival has three areas for different types of exhibition: Artisans, STEM Exhibitors, and Stage Performers.

  • Artisan/Plaza Exhibitors: An artisan is defined as someone who creates handmade art or crafts, food items, or body care products. Categories include 3D, 2D, Craft Food, Fiber, House/Home, Jewelry, Photography, and Skincare. Nonprofit Organizations and Vintage vendors are also included on the plaza.  All items sold must be handmade. Exhibitor Fee: 10’X10′ Booth: $300, 6’X3′ Table: $200 (fee includes rental and setup of 10’X10′ booth or 6’X3′ table for all three festival days.)
  • DIY Engineer: Housed in our Google Fiber STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) building, DIY engineers exhibit their own designs, create interactive displays, and educate the general public about the exciting projects made with STEM principles . Past exhibitions have included robots, circuit-bending light displays, 3D printing, drones, computer animation, Google glasses and more. DIY engineers are encouraged to prototype inventions and/or sell their wares to attendees.  Exhibitor Fee:  6’X3′ Table: $50 (fee includes rental and set up 6’X3′ table for all three festival days.)
  • Performer: Craft Lake City programs two stages throughout festival hours. Musicians, dance troupes and performance artists are encouraged to apply. All performers are paid.

What space options do I have for vending and exhibition?

  • 6’ x 3’ table space: Suggested for emerging artisans and DIY engineers with a limited inventory. Table spaces work well for artisans who make very small items or for DIY engineers who don’t necessarily have items for sale, but want to get their projects seen. Vendors are not allowed to share tables. Many tables are placed in “shaded areas”; however, they are not guaranteed to provide shade. Applicants with shade concerns should be ready and able to provide their own shade umbrellas. Most DIY engineer tables will be located inside Google’s STEM building and the surrounding area.
  • 10’ x 10’ booth space: Intended for applicants with a substantial amount of inventory. The 10’x10’ tent covering (walls not included) is set up in advance and will be ready for CLC DIY Fest exhibitors to merchandise upon arrival. Tables and chairs may be rented from CLC for an additional charge. High traffic or “special placement” booth locations are also available for an additional fee. Electricity is available for an additional fee.
  • Booth Sharing Policy: Shared booth is $450 ($300 plus an additional fee of $150 to share a booth). Both artisans interested in sharing a booth must apply and both artisans must be accepted in order to share a booth at the Craft Lake City DIY Festival. On the application, both artisans must state with whom they would like to share a booth.

Why do DIY engineers pay a lower fee compared to artisans?

DIY engineers exhibit inside Google’s STEM Building at 6’x3’ tables. Participants in this category are generally showcasing their ideas while simultaneously educating the public. Most do not profit monetarily from their exhibitions.

Are nonprofit, vintage, craft foodie exhibitors, and DIY engineers judged?

Yes. These categories are reviewed with the same judging guidelines as other exhibiting categories.

When will I know if I am accepted?

Artisans will be notified by email of their application status on Monday, May 15.

Vendor booth, table, and fee payments are due on or before June 15, 2017. Late payments will be accepted (with an added $50 fee) through June 22, 2017. If we do not receive your payment by June 22, 2017, you forfeit your spot and we will reassign it to another exhibitor from the waiting list. Applicants must be prepared to pay participation fees in full by this date. No exceptions.

What does it mean that the festival is juried? How do you make your decisions?

Because we receive many more applications than we can accept, and to keep the items offered at the festival of high quality, the festival is juried. Our jurors review all complete applications anonymously and then make their choices based on several factors:

  • If you are a Utah resident
  • How your items fit in with our vision of Craft Lake City DIY Festival.
  • Uniqueness of product.
  • The quality, innovation, and uniqueness of your wares.
  • The overall cohesiveness and consistency of your work.
  • How your items are represented in your photos/website.
  • Our need to diversify the crafts available at the DIY Festival.
  • Affordable price points that will appeal to festival attendees.
  • The quality of your photographs conveying your products.You have worked hard to create unique and handcrafted items. Take time to submit professional grade photographs of your work. Pictures of your work account for 80% of the judging process. Check out past photos to get an idea of what we’re looking for!

What if I have to cancel once I’m accepted?

Any cancellations will need to be received by June 15, 2017. If you cancel after this date, you forfeit your spot in the festival, and you are not permitted to sell, trade or sublease your space. We have a long waiting list of exhibitors wishing to participate and reserve the right to fill spots as we see fit. There will be no refunds on fees paid whether you cancel before or after June 15, 2017. When you pay your invoice, please make sure you are able to participate.

If accepted, what does my booth fee cover?

* If you chose the 6’x3’ table area, your fee includes a 6’x3’ table. CLC recommends bringing your own shade umbrella. Chairs are NOT included unless you rented and paid for them through Craft Lake City. A shade umbrella is not a tent.

* If you chose the 10’x10’ booth, your fee includes a 10’x10’ tent covering.
 Walls, chairs and tables are NOT included unless you rented and paid for them through Craft Lake City.

* Additional tables and chairs may be rented and reserved for you at an additional cost.
 (The cost reflects both days of the event).

Do I need to worry about taxes?

Yes, you are responsible for registering your small business with the IRS and collecting sales tax for the items you’re selling. When tax time comes around, you’ll have to pay income tax on all the items you sold and pay the sales tax to the state of Utah. It is your responsibility to make sure you fill out and mail in the correct sales tax forms to the State and IRS.

We recommend that you call the Utah State Tax Commission with any questions:

Special Events Unit-Utah State Tax Commission: 
210 N. 1950 W. Salt Lake City, Utah 84134–801.297.6303–800.662.4335 ext. 6303–specialevent@utah.gov–tax.utah.gov

With the DIY Festival now being a three-day event, will I need to load and unload each day?

Exhibitors will be given times for load-in before the festival. Each day you are welcome to leave your goods overnight, as there will not be any on-site storage. Extra security will be present through the night. Volunteers will be readily available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday to help with load in and out.