Creative Spirit Market
Events In & Around DeSoto State Park: www.alapark.com/parks/desoto-state-park/desoto-events
8th Annual Creative Spirit Market
Hosted by DeSoto State Park & Little River Arts Council
Adding a new twist to a typical art fair, this event is designed as an open air showcase, with artist demonstrations, locally & regionally created fine & folk art, premium hand-crafted goods, & live acoustic music. Shoppers can browse and watch artists in their creative process, listen to music, plus purchase goods from fine and folk artists such as painters, potters, quilters, weavers & basket makers, fabric spinners, culinary artists and craftsmen. Some unique and one-of-a-kind gifts will be available for purchase. Stop by and get some early gift-shopping in!
Dates: November 11 & 12, 2023 (Second weekend of November)
Times: 10:00 am-3:00 pm each day
The market is held near DeSoto State Park’s picnic area across from the Country Store on County Road 89. If the weather is chilly, market-goers can enjoy a blazing fire in the stone fireplace in the CCC pavilion. Bring your own camp chair to hang out a while and listen to the music. Dogs on a leash are allowed in the park.
There is limited parking in the picnic area, the tennis court area, and in front of the Country Store. If parking anywhere in the picnic area, a $2 per vehicle fee applies. There is no fee to attend the open-air market. Rain or shine event. Call 256.997.5025 or email for more details.
Call 256.997.5025 or email for more details.
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Calling all Makers!
This is a perfect opportunity for artists to exhibit and sell their original works of art locally! It’s time to show and sell the work that you’ve made this year, and what better place to do it than at Creative Spirit Market. No elaborate setup needed, all we ask is that you made your wares yourself!
We are inviting artists, musicians, craftsmen, and makers to join us for this fun event!
Limited artist spots available, artist entry form deadline November 8, 2023
Below are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the Creative Spirit Market.If you do not find an answer to your question, please click here to submit your question.
What is the Creative Spirit Market?
Adding a new twist to a typical art fair, the Creative Spirit Market is designed as an open air showcase, with artist demonstrations, locally & regionally created fine & folk art, premium hand-crafted goods, live acoustic music, as well as 'take & make' kid's art. Shoppers can browse and watch artists in their creative process, listen to music, plus purchase goods from fine and folk artists such as painters, potters, quilters, weavers & basket makers, fabric spinners, culinary artists and craftsmen. This event is hosted by DeSoto State Park & Little River Arts Council.
What are the dates of the Creative Spirit Market?
November 11-12, 2023. Veteran's Day Weekend
Where is the market held?
In scenic DeSoto State Park on Lookout Mountain, in Fort Payne, Alabama. The outdoor market will be held in the Country Store/Picnic Area on County Road 89.
What are the hours of the market?
10:00 am-3:00pm on both days
How much is it to attend the market?
This year the market is completely free to attend. If parking in the picnic area, a $2.00 per vehicle fee applies.
Are you looking for artists & craftsmen for the Creative Spirit Market?
Absolutely! We are looking for artists, craftsmen, and other creative people that want to show off their creative spirit! Demonstrators are more than welcome, that want to show the process of how they make their art so that visitors have a better understanding of the time and effort that is put in to it . Artist entry info
Do I need to bring cash?
YES! Many artists take cash or cards. DeSoto State Park will only take cash payment via honor boxes for parking.
What if it rains? Do we cancel the event?
Creative Spirit Market takes place rain or shine but we prefer shine!
Is this an indoor or outdoor Festival? What is the terrain like?
The Creative Spirit Market is a primarily outdoor event, located in the DeSoto State Park Picnic Area area. There is a mix of shade & sunny areas. The terrain around the picnic area is relatively flat, but there are roots & rocks/uneven surfaces in several areas. There is some handicapped- accessible areas, such as the CCC Pavilion and Country Store.
Is this a family-friendly event?
Absolutely! There is something for everyone, whether it be the shopping, live music, or visiting the food vendors. Very casual event, bring a hammock or a camp chair and relax in the park, bring a picnic, play some ball....
Will there be live music?
Yes! There will be different performance artists playing every hour, between the hours of 10:00 noon & 3:00-both Saturday & Sunday
Located in the picnic area, bring a comfortable camp chair!
Are pets allowed at the market?
Dogs are allowed in the park, on a leash at all times. Please pick up after your pet.
Are there accommodations nearby?
Yes! There are cabins, chalets, motel rooms, improved campsites for RVs/tents, and primitive camping area all located in DeSoto State Park. Nearby towns such as Fort Payne & Mentone have many lodging options. It is recommended that reservations be made as early as possible, as most lodging in the area fills up every weekend in the Fall.
Where is parking for the market?
There is limited parking in the picnic area, the tennis court area, and in front of the Country Store. If parking anywhere in the picnic area, a $2.00 per vehicle fee applies.
Do you have handicap parking?
Yes, but it is on a first come – first serve basis.
How can I become a Food Vendor at the market?
In order for any food to be sold, you must contact DeSoto State Park & apply: email us . This event only takes select food vendors.