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Creative Spirit Market
Hosted by Little River Arts Council & DeSoto State Park
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, as well as interactive kid's art area. 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 10th-11th 2018 (Second weekend of November)
Times: 10:00 am-3:00 pm each day
Location: DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama. Country Store/Picnic Area on County Road 89
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. We are inviting artists, musicians, craftsmen, and makers to join us for this fun event!
Limitied artist spots available, artist entry form deadline November 1, 2018.
Only complete applications will be considered by the council. This application will be considered complete when the following are received by November 1, 2018, by email or postal mail.
Photo of artist (if possible)
Below are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the Creative Spirit Market.
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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 interactive kid's art area. 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 Little River Arts Council & DeSoto State Park.
What are the dates of the Creative Spirit Market?
November 10-11, 2018. Veteran's Day Weekend
Where is the market held?
In scenic DeSoto State Park on Lookout Mountain, in Fort Payne, Alabama. The 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! Artist entry form coming soon
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/Country Store area. There is a mix of shade & sunny areas. The terrain around the picnic area is relatively flat, but there are roots & rocks in 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 kid corner. There is a playground in the picnic area, and there will be moonbounces, facepainting, and create-your-own-art stations(for kids AND adults!)
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 almost 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.
Can I volunteer to help at the market?
Absolutely! We would love to have help. Contact LRAC here
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.