tacoma spring fest
saturday, june 6th & sunday, june 7th
11am – 6pm
2019 was our first year debuting Tacoma Spring Fest, and it was a gigantic hit! We were so thrilled with the turnout, and vendors and shoppers alike adored the beautiful setting of Point Ruston for this show. With all of the amazing art museums, great restaurants, great shopping, we have truly fallen in love with this area.
We’ll be returning in 2020, making this a TWO-day event the first weekend in June! While some vendors will be vending both days, many will be rotating out, so there will be fresh faces to see each day an we hope you’ll join us for the entire weekend.
This new public mixed-use space has an amazing view of Mt. Rainier, and has many sweeping views of the water and the ridge lines, a public park right down the steps from where our vendors will be, and a long biking/walking trail spanning the waterfront. Not to mention, it’s right by a bustling movie theater, numerous bars and restaurants, and apartment buildings.
We are pleased to have the space to be able to feature 75 handmade artists and makers, of the quality fans have come to know and expect from our shows.
We hope that this event will bring more awareness to the south-enders about UCU and what we do. We’ll also have food trucks, and with the neighboring restaurants’ outdoor patios essentially serving as built-in beer gardens, we expect shoppers you’ll want to stay and make a day of it!
Beautiful setting, well organized, good audience, great sales!
[My favorite memory was] All of it! The best run event I’ve been a part of. Customers were happy, vendors were in great spirits, and the volunteers were always around when you needed them. Honored to be a part of the Winter UCU event!
The good organization, free parking, easy load in/out, and the customers were SO nice. One of the nicest crowds I’ve seen.
Preview Night was very good for sales. It never felt crowded or slow. Shoppers that came at 5 were very deliberate in purchasing while the late comers had on a good buzz, enjoyed a beer or wine and chatted up a bit more. We love Preview Night and the idea that they get “first dibs” at the show is very important.
I love Urban Craft Uprising! I am inspired and invigorated after being in the company of crafty people, both vendors and shoppers. The caliber and range of handcrafted goods here is high and I always have fun poking around.
I just wanted to thank everyone involved for putting together this great event. I had an amazing time and sold out of many items. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but now wish I would have signed up for all of your events 😊 Thank you again for all your efforts and for choosing me to participate. It’s clear that the work you all do, supports all of us artists. For that I am extremely grateful.
It was one of the best shows we have ever participated in and hands-down this is the MOST well-organized show. I love how you provide information for both the novice and expert vendor; you covered all bases and provided thorough and helpful information. It was outstanding at every moment. Having volunteers from the point of load-in and to help cover the booths during the show was so helpful. Thank you for a great show!
I’m sure you guys hear this a ton, but what an amazing show you put together year after year, it’s organized and the people that attend are amazing and so supportive of handmade, kind of like a holiday gift to vendors. I was so impressed by the variety this year and quality of everyone’s work. Sometimes at other shows, I feel like there’s a huge focus on making sure price points stay within a certain area – sometimes to the detriment of what is getting shown – and I really noticed this year that there was a huge variety in what people were making, price points, presentation, etc. but consistently it was interesting and beautiful work. I imagine that’s a hard thing to accomplish, but wow.
I really enjoyed preview night…It was steadily busy for me but not too crazy, so I could enjoy talking to customers more. It was my first holiday show with UCU and although I’ve heard how busy it is I wasn’t fully prepared for how crazy busy the rest of the weekend would be. Saturday especially was kind of a whirlwind. But I have to say that your show is so well run and the volunteers were great. I had some help from friends here and there and my daughter but not a ton. But no matter how crowded it was your volunteers were great at checking in once a while to see if I needed bathroom breaks or anything.
Because of the preview’s restricted numbers the crowds were so much better. It was so full the last time we attended we were thinking of skipping it all together this winter. but the preview night was sooooo much better.