How to Fest
There’s no wrong way to do the DIY Fest, but with 15 years of experience, we have a few tips and tricks to make the most of your experience. Plan ahead to make the most of your weekend at the DIY Fest!
GENERAL ADMISSION – SINGLE DAY TICKET FRIDAY ONLY
$13 in Advance (ends August 10th at 11:59pm)
Kids 12+ Under FREE
Friday Ticket includes Headliner perforances from Warpaint, Courtney Marie Andrews, and Gable Price & Friends
GENERAL ADMISSION – SINGLE DAY TICKET SATURDAY OR SUNDAY ONLY
$7 in Advance (ends August 11th at 11:59pm)
Kids 12+ Under FREE
DOG ADMISSION: SINGLE DAY TICKET
$5 in Advance (ends August 11th at 11:59pm)
Responsible dog owners are allowed to bring their well-behaved dogs to the DIY Festival by purchasing this admission ticket. All dogs must have current rabies vaccinations and sign Craft Lake City’s Dog Owner Liability Release Form in advance. Dogs must be leashed at all times. No retractable leashes. Dogs may not be left unattended or left in cars on premise. Visit Bleu’s Backyard Dog Park Presented By Mark Miller Subaru with your furry friend to hydrate, play responsibly and allow your dog to relieve themselves.
Elevate your Friday night DIY Festival experience by upgrading to the VIP Lounge Sponsored by Utah’s Own! VIP ticket holders (Friday Only) receive shaded seat access with priority view of the stage for Friday’s headliner performances, two complimentary tickets for beer or craft cocktails from Utah distilleries and breweries, and craft food bites from 15 local craft food purveyors hand-selected by Utah’s Own.. Tickets are limited, so be sure to purchase them in advance!
The Festival Entrance is from the North side of the Fairpark, 2nd N and 1000 W, from the Main Parking Lot. There will be no access from the South Gate Entrance off of North Temple.
GETTING TO THE DIY FEST:
We encourage you to take advantage of Salt Lake City’s public transit via TRAX or bus, or to consider walking, biking, using rideshare services or carpooling. Onsite parking is available for $7.
The Utah State Fairpark is located at the Fairpark stop on the TRAX Green Line. Please be prepared to walk from the TRAX stop on North Temple around to the North Gate Entrance (from the Main Parking lot). The Fairpark Entrance Gates on North Temple will NOT be open.
Ride your bike to the Festival and drop it off with our Bike Valet. Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective provides a FREE Bike Valet at the DIY Festival, but donations to the Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective are encouraged. The Bike Valet is located at the North Entrance. The Bike Valet closes promptly at 9:30 P.M. on Friday, 7:30 P.M. Saturday and at 5:30 P.M. on Sunday. All bikes must be picked up by then.
The Utah State Fairpark manages two paid parking lots for $7 parking per day.
Lot B is located directly across the street from the Fairpark on North Temple and 1200 West. If you choose to park in Lot B, please note that there will be no access from the South Gate Entrance off of North Temple.
Lot C is the Fairpark’s main parking lot accessible from 200 North and 1000 West. This is the best lot for handicap parking. If you choose to park in Lot C you may access the DIY Festival through our North Gate Entrance.
Off-street neighborhood parking is available for free but may require walking several blocks depending on availability.
What to Expect
The 15th Annual Craft Lake City DIY Festival Presented by Harmons is Utah’s largest local-centric art, music, science and technology festival. Over 350 local artisans, vintage vendors, foodies, youth entrepreneurs, & STEM exhibitors will be showcased both indoors and outdoors. In addition to our exhibitors, the Festival features over 50 performers including bands, dance groups, multicultural performances, street performers and buskers.
With so much to do and see, and with our changing lineup of exhibitors, performers, food vendors, and programming eat day, we recommend coming on more than one day!
SUNDAY ONLY OFFERINGS:
Come back on Sunday to shop from 50 Sunday-only exhibitors and each lunch from a new lineup of Festival Food vendors.
While many vendors take credit cards, some are cash only. Multiple ATMs are available on-site.
Experience live screen printing at the Offside Print and Apparel booth! Watch printers put five designs on blank tote bags. Bags are FREE to Festival attendees (while supplies last). Designs were selected from 2023 DIY Festival artisans. As part of our Sustainability plan, vendors will not have plastic bags for purchased items. Craft Lake City encourages patrons to bring reusable bags that can be used for purchases or pick up a FREE screen printed tote from the Offside Appparel Printing booth.
Responsible dog owners are allowed to bring their well-behaved dogs to the DIY Festival by purchasing a dog ticket. Tickets are $5 in advance or $7 day-of. All dogs must have current rabies vaccinations and sign Craft Lake City’s Dog Owner Liability Release Form in advance. Dogs must be leashed at all times. No retractable leashes. Dogs may not be left unattended or left in cars on premise.
BLEU’S BACKYARD DOG PARK SPONSORED BY MARK MILLER SUBARU:
Mark Miller Subaru presents Bleu’s Backyard, hosted by Community Animal Welfare Society (CAWS). When your pup needs a break, head to Bleu’s Backyard for some hydration, shade, potty area, and resting cots. Thanks to our friends at CAWS, we’ll make sure that the water bowls are full, the fans are blowing, and the area is kept tidy for you and your pet. PLEASE NOTE: this is a resting station, not a dog park. Dogs must be always accompanied by their owners; no rough housing or group play; be respectful of other dogs and parents; and always pick up after your pet. Dog waiver must be signed in advance.
The DIY Festival makes use of both outdoor and indoor spaces at the Utah State Fairpark. Wear sun protection such as sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat, and drink plenty of water.
Craft Lake City carefully considers the needs of DIY Festival attendees and makes a sincere effort to accommodate everyone. All areas of the Festival are wheelchair accessible. A limited number of wheelchairs will be available for rent at the entrance. Should you require assistance or have questions, feel free to contact us a minimum of 1 week prior to the event at 801.906.8521 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
FIRST AID TENT:
Attendees in need of medical attention or those looking to find out more about their nursing programs may visit the first aid tent located north of the kids’ area, between the Guest Services and Discovery Buildings.
The DIY Festival is a smoke-free environment. Smoking is allowed only outside the Festival. You can re-enter using your hand stamp.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 11th:
Gates Open: 5 P.M.
VIP Lounge Sponsored by Utah’s Own: 5 P.M. – 10 P.M.
Vendors, STEM Exhibitors, Food & Beverage, Kids’ Area: 5 P.M. – 10 P.M.
Performances: 5 P.M – 10 P.M.
Headlining Performances: 6 P.M. – 10 P.M.
DIY Stations: 5 P.M. – 8 P.M.
Google Fiber STEM Building Rocket Launches: 7 P.M., 8 P.M., 9 P.M.
Gates Close: 10 P.M.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 12th:
Gates Open: 12 P.M.
Vendors, STEM Exhibitors, Food & Beverage, Kids’ Area: 12 P.M. – 8 P.M.
Performances: 12 P.M – 8 P.M.
Kid Row: 12 P.M. – 4 P.M.
DIY Stations: 12 P.M. – 5 P.M.
Google Fiber STEM Building Rocket Launches: 2 P.M., 4 P.M., 6 P.M., 7 P.M.
Gates Close: 8 P.M.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 13th:
Gates Open: 12 P.M.
Vendors, STEM Exhibitors, Food & Beverage, Kids’ Area: 12 P.M. – 6 P.M.
Performances: 12 P.M – 6 P.M.
DIY Stations: 12 P.M. – 5 P.M.
Google Fiber STEM Building Rocket Launches: 2 P.M., 4 P.M., 5 P.M.
Gates Close: 6 P.M.
Food & Beverage
We have a number of food options at the Annual Craft Lake City DIY Festival Presented by Harmons. All of our vendors are Utah-based businesses, but together they serve up food that takes inspiration from around the globe. This year, the DIY Festival has a rotating food truck schedule, as well as a number of awesome tent-based vendors. From crepes and frozen treats to BBQ and vegan eats, there are fun options for any appetite!
In additional to our commerical food vendors, you’ll find a a variety of Craft Foodies throughout the Festival. These vendors are serving up one-of-a-kind, limited batches of handmade food products, including pastries, honey, candies, jams and more! You can find them among artisans inside the following air-conditioned buildings: Makers and Dreamers.
The DIY Festival will feature a variety of local breweries and distilleries serving beer & spirits that may be enjoyed throughout the Festival grounds. There are also plenty of non-alcoholic options from local vendors including kombucha, fresh juices and coffee, in addition to water and Pepsi products.
Pro tip: Bring your water bottle and refill it at our free water bottle stations throughout the Festival grounds!
The 15th Annual Craft Lake City DIY Festival Presented By Harmons will feature over 50 local performers in dance, music, performance art, and multicultural groups on 2 stages – the SLUG MAG Stage and the KRCL Stage. Friday night will also feature headlining performances from Warpaint, Courtney Marie Andrews, and Gable Price & Friends.
For the Kids
LEAVE YOUR MARK PARK KIDS’ AREA PRESENTED BY MARK MILLER SUBARU:
Kids’ Area Leave Your MARK Park Presented By Mark Miller Subaru is a hands-on play area for children to learn about the power of “giving back.” Inspired by the mission of the Subaru Love Promise, the Leave Your Mark Park will invite children of all ages to participate in a variety of fun and interactive DIY crafts. Tickets may also be purchased for the bounce houses and Festival Hair booths.
GOOGLE FIBER STEM BUILDING:
DIY Engineers are housed within Google Fiber’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Building at the Fairpark and are one of the most popular attractions at our Festival. Enjoy hands-on exhibits, workshops, and talking with scientists. Tickets can be purchased for kids to build and launch a water bottle rocket.
Stop by Kid Row Sponsored By Utah Afterschool Network, Craft Lake City’s Saturday-only exhibition space specifically for youth makers ages 18 and under. Visit all of our Kid Row exhibitors and get acquainted with the next generation of artisans! Look for Kid Row in the grassy area located near the North entrance. From 12 P.M. – 4 P.M on Saturday, August 12th.
Put the D.I.Y. in the DIY Fest
At the DIY Fest, you’re bound to become inspired to be creative yourself. No matter your age, we’ve got you covered!
Throughout the Festival, you’ll have an opportunity to drop by one of our 3 DIY Stations where festival goers can sit down and complete a quick, easy, and fun craft project for free! Projects are accessible for all age groups. DIY Stations are open during peak Festival times: Friday 5 P.M. – 8 P.M.; Saturday & Sunday 12 P.M. – 5 P.M.
Go Deeper with STEM Days:
The Google Fiber STEM Building at the DIY Festival features local tinkerers, tech startups, nonprofit organizations and educational institutions. Exhibitors provide festival attendees with a unique opportunity to learn about STEM projects happening in Utah through hands-on exhibitions. Festival-goers can satisfy their curiosity by engaging with local experts on a range of science, math, technology and engineering topics. It’s fun and interesting for all ages!
Visit the Mark Miller Subaru Leave Your MARK Park Kids’ Area, where Mark Miller Subaru’s Love Promise charity partners will be providing arts and crafts activities for kids. Visit all seven activity stations for your chance to win some fun prizes.
Drop by the Google Fiber STEM Building to build and decorate your own soda bottle water rocket, then head outside to our launching pad and watch it soar into the sky! $5 (2 Tickets)