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!
[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!
[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.
Everything went very smoothly. It’s exciting that this show was so well attended on its very first year! Great work!
The entire weekend was my favorite, yes? I did have a great moment with a shopper I met at Issaquah Salmon Days. She showed up to UCU with her girlfriends, wine in hand & several shopping bags:) She came on Friday because I promised her it would be amazing & she was SO happy she did! I feel like I earned her trust at that moment & gained a longtime customer. Also, I had amazing booth neighbors! So many many great moments helping each other out & celebrating during pack up on Sunday. Every year I get to do this show I leave feeling like I’ve made new friends & expanded my community.
I’m just so happy you all decided to do this and I hope it sticks around. The price-point seemed very fair and I ended up writing 10+ orders. A great way to start the year!
We closed a quite a few orders and have a lot of leads that are working on placing an order. We are very excited about forming long term relationships with them.
I thought this show was handled really well. I loved that there was always support staff around. I had never done a show in Seattle before so I wasn’t sure what to expect or how to maneuver around the city so I brought my husband with me. Once my husband and I figured it all out we became more relaxed and were able to enjoy the day. I really love Seattle. It has a lot of good energy. I had two other people ask me about doing other shows in Seattle and I had more orders after the show. My main goal for doing these events is branding and visibility so I would say it was very successful.