tacoma spring fest
***now two weekends!***
Saturday, august 15th & saturday, august 29th
11am – 6pm
new information about this reschedule and COVID precautions
We have rescheduled Tacoma Spring Fest, with new safety protocols in place, for TWO separate dates: Saturday, August 15th, and Saturday, August 29th!
This year, you’ll find Tacoma Spring Fest in a new location, just outside of the soon-to-be-open year-round Point Ruston Public Market.
Corona virus safety protocols will be in place so remember social distancing, bring a mask, and be kind to your fellow shoppers, market staff, and vendors. This year has been difficult for everyone, and we are doing everything we can to help small businesses start to get back on their feet. Thankfully, outdoor public events are one of the safest ways we can do that right now, so your cooperation with the following safety protocols will be greatly appreciated:
- All vendors and shoppers must be wearing face masks
- There will be fencing around the perimeter of the event; we will be monitoring entry/exit points to ensure the event does not become too crowded, and will limit shopper entrance if we approach that threshold
- Vendor booths will be spaced 6’ apart to ensure adequate and easy distancing
- There will be sanitizing stations at the UCU Info Booth, as well as at entry/exit points
- Ample restrooms and handwashing stations will be provided
- Vendors will be encouraged to have sanitizer at their booth
- We will be encouraging vendors to sanitize frequent-touch surfaces such as tables, cash boxes, and POS screens often (the latter after each shopper use).
- There will be no sampling from food vendors, with the exception of pre-packaged samples
- Vendors will be encouraged to plan their booths with all items displayed at the front, so that shoppers will not have to walk inside the booth to shop
- UCU will hire additional staffing to ensure social distancing is maintained and respected
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.
Originally scheduled for the beginning of June, we’ve rescheduled this show for TWO different Saturdays in August! Rest assured we will be taking all possible precautions to ensure the safety of our vendors and our shoppers regarding COVID. Please see below for details.
While some vendors may be vending both days, most will be rotating out, so there will be fresh faces to see each day and we hope you’ll join us for both of these fantastic shows!
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, [depending on the county’s COVID restrictions, of course] we expect shoppers you’ll want to stay and make a day of it!
I loved this event! Thank you so much for providing parking, that really helped take off the stress of finding and paying for parking at my first event. The location was so unique and I haven’t had the opportunity to vend at an event quite like yours. I really enjoyed it and hope to be back!
UCU is the best run craft fair I have ever participated in! Thank you for all your work to make it an enjoyable, smooth and informed experience!
Everything went very smoothly. It’s exciting that this show was so well attended on its very first year! Great work!
This was SO SO SO worth it. I loved not having to fight hundreds of folks. It was a bit crowded but nothing like the usual fight just to walk through the crowd. I would pay up to $10 for a similar experience next year (smaller crowds, raffles).
The good organization, free parking, easy load in/out, and the customers were SO nice. One of the nicest crowds I’ve seen.
The quality [of products] was so high and consistent!
People were all really excited to be at preview night so they could get in before the crowds, they all were excited to share how they’ve been attending a long time and make sure to do preview night so they get the first pass at all the awesome things you guys bring to the event.
[My favorite part of the weekend was] definitely chatting with customers. So many return buyers, telling me stories about the things they’d bought from me before, folks bringing friends / family to my booth, people saying they came just to see me. Shoppers in my booth playing with my goods and smiling and laughing all weekend long. I also loved chatting/connecting with other vendors.
You guys are the best! It is the best curated craft show around, and everyone in Seattle knows it. We had great sales and a lot of fun with the customers and other vendors. Thanks again for all your hard work and we can’t wait until the winter show!!!
UCU does an exceptional job making sure that we have all of the information we need. We really appreciate it. We have done many shows and UCU shows are by far the most organized and professional that we have seen. Well done!