Salt Lake City’s celebration of do-it-yourself artisans, Craft Lake City, will feel bigger when the festival has its 11th annual run this Friday through Sunday.
After 10 years at the Gallivan Center in downtown Salt Lake City, the event is moving to its new digs at the Utah State Fairpark, 155 N. 1000 West, on the city’s west side.
Founder Angela H. Brown said in May that the change of venue “allows for future festival growth and the ability to offer indoor and outdoor festival programming.” And on a hot August weekend, the ability to dash into an air-conditioned building will be appreciated by the thousands of attendees expected for the event.
The festival runs Friday from 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 7 p.m. Paid parking is available at the Fairpark, but attendees are encouraged to take TRAX to the Fairpark stop on North Temple. Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective is also offering a free bike valet.
Here’s what what to expect at Craft Lake City:
• Booths with more than 200 artisans who create jewelry, artwork, clothing, accessories, candles, housewares, ceramics, home decor, toiletries and more.
• More than 30 food vendors, with both products to take home and dishes prepared on site — including such Utah food trucks as Smoke-A-Billy BBQ and Raclette Machine.
• A Kid Row, Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m., with artisans 14 and under selling their wares.
• DIY engineers in the Google Fiber Stem Building, in the Fairpark’s Bonneville Building, displaying interactive science projects, inventions, incubator concepts, virtual-reality experiences, 3-D printing and other technology projects.
• Two performance stages, with more than 50 music and dance acts.
• A VIP lounge, providing front-row seats to performances, along with food, wine, cocktails, mocktails and local craft beers.
• Workshops that teach patrons to decorate cookies, taste coffees, and make tie-dye, paper poppies, soap, incense, llama pins, wall hangings and embroidery. (Workshop fees range from $40 to $45, registration is required at craftlakecity.com/workshops.)
Tickets are $5 per day in advance and $7 on the day of the event. A three-day pass is $10. A VIP ticket, which grants access to the VIP lounge, is $35 per day. Tickets are available online at 24Tix.com.
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