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!
The Summer Urban Craft Uprising Show is just AMAZING! Thank you so much for putting this on every year! My friend and I have only been to it twice and have enjoyed it both times. Now, we want to come every year. Thanks again!
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!
[My favorite moment was] realizing that I have a product that people want. I had customers tell me they came to the show for me. That’s insane! I also heard many customers say they were only buying local handmade this year. The talent of artists at this show is above and beyond. It warms my heart to be around so many creative amazing people.
I look forward to this show every year to find gifts for myself and for others. It’s so different from other craft shows in that the quality of goods, at nearly every booth, is high. These aren’t hobby crafters–these are true makers and artisans and craftspeople. Also, so many of the goods are truly unique and not what you’d find elsewhere.
I just wanted to take a moment to again personally thank you for all of your hard work in putting this show together! I had such a wonderful time and was amazed at how organized and seamless everything ran. From the loading/unloading to the volunteers, the customers who attended seemed like loyal show goer’s and the caliber of talented and unique vendors I was honored to be a part of. My social media #’s jumped noticeably as compared to other shows I’ve done and I had repeat customers coming back both days to purchase more goodies. Traveling 12 hours to attend this event, I truly could not have hoped for a better experience. I definitely felt the appreciation you have for your vendors and because of that this show has jumped to my #1 event to try and be a part of in the future. Thank you for allowing me to a part of an event that helped inspire me to keep striving and working hard.
The tent/lights/holiday decor was really nice!! I appreciated not having to deal with that myself, and it made the show look uniform and very festive!
I always find something unique and interesting. They [Urban Craft Uprising] have pop-up markets at various locations throughout the year as well as a very small shop on 3rd Ave. The shop is great for picking up a quirky little gift or something fun for yourself when you need one, but the real gems are the pop-ups. They have a few artists who are pretty much always there, but there are a lot of rotations in and out as well. You can find everything from wooden coasters to kids books, soap to jewelry, bags made of old sails and rubber tires, funky screen-printed shirts, garden fancies…you never know what uniquely fantastic thing you will pick up that you never knew you needed.
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.
We found a number of new products and also placed reorders with companies we currently carry. Everyone was friendly and it was nice to see good quality lines.