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!
[My favorite memory was the] new milestones! I can’t pick one favorite moment: beating my previous sales record, getting my first wholesale order, being featured on the Design Milk IG page (presumably due to UCU’s promotion), and of course, talking with customers who were purchasing my kits as a means of self-care or self-discovery. It was rewarding to be able to connect my months of creative work with the customers who would ultimately reap the biggest benefits.
[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.
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).
Yes! It was great to be able to take pricing info on the spot to review at the office and everyone we spoke with was very personable and enthusiastic.
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.
My best/worst moment [of the weekend] was the little girl who paid for her purchase with a few quarters and giant pile of dimes. Only bad because it was SO MANY dimes, but so sweet because she had obviously spent all this time thinking about what she wanted and counting all the money out, and she chose to support handmade, and to buy something that I made. <3 <3 <3
It was beyond amazing! I don’t think anything bad happened. The load in and out logistics were really good! I really loved that I could drive to my spot to off load and on load. That makes for a very stress free day.
I love UCU! UCU weekends are seriously my favorite weekends in Seattle. Buying handmade and local is really important to me from multiple perspectives and I really like that UCU creates a space for that to happen. It’s fantastic that UCU provides a forum for high quality crafters to present their art. It is thrilling to see our Seattle community come out in droves to buy handmade.
I’ve participated in two previous preview nights & this years was my most successful. This evening is clearly a favorite of so many shoppers, a lot of folks told me this was the only way they want to shop the event moving forward. The additional sales were 100% worth it & I’ll be planning inventory differently for upcoming years. The customer flow was nice, not too busy and with plenty of time to spend with the shoppers.
We were a first time vendor at UCU and were super impressed with its fan following, its organization and its caliber of makers. Thanks so much for having us! We enjoyed the experience immensely.