Calling all crafters, creators, and aspiring artists — this is an event you won't want to miss.
Craft Lake City is a 501(c)3 non-profit whose mission is to educate, promote and inspire local artisans while elevating the creative culture of the Utah arts community through science, technology and art. Each year Craft Lake City puts on workshops, organizes public art installations, and hosts a Business Academy to help burgeoning local makers grow their business. But their annual Craft Lake City DIY Festival is what really draws a crowd. If you've never been, this is a good year to start!
The 13th Annual Craft Lake City DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Festival presented by Harmons is coming to Salt Lake City at the Utah State Fairpark on Aug. 13–15 and ticket sales are now live. The DIY Festival is Utah's largest local-centric, three-day arts festival, with more than 300 local artisans, DIY engineers, performers, vintage vendors, and craft food creators. This year's festival includes fun, hands-on workshops hosted by passionate instructors who will help you tap into your creative side.
Maybe you'd like to learn how to brew the perfect cup of coffee, create your own therapeutic bath bombs, or master the art of natural-dyeing. Whatever your interests may be, Craft Lake City's DIY Festival workshops will enhance your creative abilities and provide you with the fulfillment of learning a new skill.
Choose from nine hands-on classes hosted by local artisans
This year, the Craft Lake City DIY Festival is proud to present nine fun, hands-on classes with local makers and artisans. These beginner-friendly workshops provide all the necessary supplies and equipment, and they include a take-home item of your own creation. You can choose from any of the following classes, but be sure to act fast — space is limited!
Botanical Burn Wands
Learn about the sacred art of smoke cleansing, clearing your home and aura, and the benefits of different herbs from Carli Miller, owner of Wild Meraki Creations. Let your creativity flow while you lean into the beauty of nature. Click here to register.
Better Brewing at Home
If you're tired of having subpar coffee every morning and don't want to shell out $5 for a perfect cup of coffee each morning, Caffe Ibis will show you how! You'll also get a 12 oz. bag to brew at home. Click here to register.
Therapy Bath Bombs
Create your own therapeutic bath bomb with the help of a Cosset Ambassador. Learn the five basic ingredients and personalize your bath bombs with your favorite fragrances and therapeutic add-ins. Click here to register.
Cactus Resin Earrings
Bianca Velasquez (also known as Tiny Messy) will guide you through the process of mixing and molding resin into wearable works of art. You'll walk away with fun, funky, colorful cactus jewelry! Click here to register.
Botanical Bundle-Dyed Silk Bandanas
If you've ever wanted to experiment with naturally-dyed cloth, this is the class for you! This workshop will help you create a beautiful, naturally-dyed silk bandana while teaching you the ins and outs of the natural dye process. Click here to register.
Forged-Metal Ginkgo Leaf Earrings
Cynthia, a Peruvian native, will teach you the ancestral Andean methodology on which she bases her metalworking process and design philosophy. Learn how to hand-forge metal onto real leaves and enjoy the unique beauty of your creation. Click here to register.
This year, Craft Lake City is also hosting its first-ever bilingual workshop, which is a Spanish/English class for the Forged-Metal Ginkgo Leaf Earrings workshop.
Hand-Bound Leather Journals
Professional bookbinder Amanda Parramoure of My Leather Legacy will teach you how to hand stitch a personalized leatherbound book. It's the perfect travel-sized journal to jot down all your creative ideas or carry with you on your adventures. Click here to register.
Did you know that there are over 800 different volatile aromatics that contribute to coffee flavor? Brandon Despain from Caffe Ibis will help you discern between floral, fruity, and earthy tones, and you'll also get a free 12 oz. bag to take home! Click here to register.
Local artist, weaver, and storyteller Sarah May will help you harness light from the sun to create photographic images from everyday objects, plants, and flowers. Click here to register.
Enjoy free access to the DIY Festival when you attend a workshop
Aside from your homemade treasure and freshly-honed crafting skills, there's an added benefit to signing up for Craft Lake City's in-person workshops. Your ticket also includes a day pass to the DIY Festival — a $7 to $13 value, depending on which day you attend.
In addition to workshops and the best Utah artisans to shop from, featured areas include Kid Row youth makers (Saturday-only), the Google Fiber STEM Building, Mark Miller Subaru Leave Your Mark Kids' Area, Best Friends Dog Park and two stages featuring 50+ Utah performers. Friday night will feature musical headliner, Ritt Momney, and Harmons VIP Lounge. Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. is Pacific Islander Heritage Day, featuring cultural booths, performances, and food celebrating Utah's vibrant Pacific Islander community. The DIY Festival is a one-of-a-kind experience that allows you to support local artists while getting in touch with your own creative side. And it's also the perfect way to end the summer with your kids (kids 12 and under are free).
Get your tickets before they sell out
Many of the DIY Festival workshop tickets are almost sold out, so now's your chance to snag one before they're gone. Don't miss the opportunity to learn a new skill from a local expert, take home a beautiful handmade project, and join in on the fun festivities. Get your DIY Festival workshop tickets today!