- Where is this event being held?
Craft Bar Happy Weekend is being held at the inside at the Columbia Museum of Art, in downtown Columbia, SC.
The Museum is located at 1515 Main Street, on the corner of Main and Hampton. For a map, click here
- Is there a cost to attend?
- There is a cost for Friday night, but Saturday is free admission all day, though access to the galleries require normal admission prices.
- When is this event being held?
Craft Bar Happy Weekend will be held June 8th from 10:00AM to 2:00PM
The night before, Friday, June 7st from 6:00PM to 10:00PM the ticketed event kicks off the weekend of craft.
- What is the difference between Craft Bar Happy Hour
and Craft Bar Happy Weekend?
Craft Bar Happy Hour (CBHH) is a bimonthly program created at the Museum in 2011. The success of this series inspired the creation of Craft Bar Happy Weekend (CBHW) in 2012. Coming back for the second year, CBHW offers a relaxed, unstructured crafting and shopping atmosphere, scrumptious food, soothing drinks and musical performances. It is a special ticketed event (from 6:00PM to 10:00PM) which gives audience members a first look at the crafts on display for the weekend. Tickets are $10 for non-members or $6 for members, $4 for students and free for children under 10. Tickets go on sale the month prior to the event. Come and enjoy as we kick off Saturday’s big event!
June 8 is an all day open market event inspired by the original program. Local food vendors, DJs, activities, workshops and classes go on from 10AM to 2PM all day on June 8th. The Museum’s galleries will also be open during regular hours (regular admission fees for the galleries are required, though Craft Bar Happy Weekend is free and open to the public.) Craft Bar Happy Weekend aims to connect artisans with shoppers and crafting enthusiasts of all ages and to promote individual creativity and a handmade culture.
- Who is the event for?
- Craft Bar Happy Weekend is for independent artisans as well as the public. Craft Bar Happy Weekend promotes and features the best handmade goods regionally and locally. All crafters and artisans are encouraged to submit their work for consideration; the public is encouraged and invited to attend the weekend’s open market to shop and enjoy all that Craft Bar Happy Weekend has to offer.
- What can I expect to see?
At Craft Bar Happy Weekend, you'll find the best handcrafted goods in the following categories:
- 2D Fine Art (prints and originals)
- 3D Fine Art (ceramic, glass, wood, metal)
- Fiber Art (felted, knitted, crocheted, woven)
- Wearable (jewelry, clothing, purses, hair accessories)
- Paper Art (stationary, handmade books, paper crafts)
- All Else (toys, pet accessories, home goods, garden).
There will also be DJs, workshops, classes, activities and a selection of local food on site, so come ready to have a good time!
- How many booths will there be?
- There is room for about 40 booths at the fair – all placed throughout the Museum.
- The Waiting List
- After all accepted artists have been chosen a waiting list will be compiled by the jury. In the event of a cancelation, a vendor from the waiting list from the same category will be notified. They will have a specified amount of time to confirm their space and pay the exhibition fee. After the noted time, if a confirmation and payment had payment has not been received, the space will be offered to another vendor.
- Where can I park?
- On Street Parking
Metered parking is available on all of the surrounding streets, and is free on Saturdays and Sundays. Parking meters accept coins, parking tokens and Smart Cards. Parking tokens and Smart Cards are available for purchase at the Museum admissions desk.CMA Garage (City Center Garage)
Located at 1227 Taylor Street, this garage features a beautified pedestrian path to Main street. Parking is free on Saturdays and Sundays.
For information on other area parking, including garages, visit the City of Columbia’s parking website here.
- Is the Columbia Museum of Art handicap accessible?
- Yes! And has an elevator inside.
- Are credit cards accepted?
- Most vendors will have the ability to accept credit cards. However to have the best shopping experience please be prepared to pay cash for most of your purchase's. ATM's are available within a short walking distance of the Museum.
- Can I volunteer?
- Volunteers are necessary to make this event possible. Please contact us at email@example.com to find out more.
- Who is hosting the event?
- Craft Bar Happy Weekend is put on by the team at the Columbia Museum of Art and with the help of our community partners and volunteers. The Museum celebrates outstanding artistic creativity through its collection, exhibitions and programs, interacting in ways that engage the mind and enrich the spirit. As South Carolina's foremost international art museum, Craft Bar Happy Weekend aims to connect the public with the work of living artists and crafters by way of informing and inspiring our community and elevating the quality of life for all.
- Who can participate as a vendor?
- Independent artisans who design or make high-quality handmade goods. Craft Bar Happy Weekend focuses on handmade items- sellers of antiques or consignment goods will not be accepted as vendors for this event.
- What types of crafts will you accept?
- For a list of categories, click here. A jury will review all applications submitted by the deadline to ensure that Craft Bar Happy Weekend features the best work, in each category. Because we receive many more applications than we can accept– the fair is juried by our committee. Everyone's complete applicplete application will be reviewed before the final vendors are chosen. Artists will be chosen according to the criteria listed here.
- What if I’ve just started my business?
- No problem! At Craft Bar Happy Weekend the most important factor is the quality of your work, not how long you have been creating it.
- How much does it cost to exhibit?
- Both full-size (6 ft. table) and half-size (3 ft. table) booths are available for an exhibition fee of $80 and $45, respectively.
- How do I send in payment?
Applications for Craft Bar Happy Weekend run from January 11 – March 23. You must submit an online application and a $20 non refundable application fee via Google Checkout by midnight on March 23 in order to be considered for a spot in the fair. We only review paid applications so please remember to submit payment.
Upon acceptance to Craft Bar Happy Weekend, we will email you instructions on how to pay for your desired booth fee.
- What is the money from my exhibition fee used for?
The Columbia Museum of Art is a 501(c) non-profit. Your exhibition fee pays for half, or the entirety of a booth space for the day, for all published materials, facility work, table rentals, as well providing the activities and workshops for the public that will continue throughout Saturday’s event. Wireless internet and easy access to electricity are included for all participants, as well as admission to the galleries. Artists will also receive a logo + link to your website on our 'artists' page.
Vendors are responsible for supplying their own display items. Tables and chairs are provided.
- Can I share a booth with another business?
- Because we offer half-size booths, we do not permit sharing. We will curate booth pairings from our pool of accepted half booth applicants. We will not accept requests for shared booth partners
- Can I apply for two booth spaces?
- Unfortunately, because we receive more applications than we can accommodate, we have to limit one booth per business.
- Do I need to bring my own table?
- NNo. All artisans that participate in Craft Bar Happy Weekend will be assigned a table to use during that weekend; however you are required to bring their own table linens. The tables will be set and arranged before Friday night’s event. Floor-length linens are essential for hiding extra inventory and clutter.
- What if something happens and I can’t make it?
Will I get my money back?
Once accepted into the fair, you have until April 26 to cancel and still receive a full refund. If you have to cancel after this date you will receive a 50% refund up until May 24 - two weeks before the fair. No refunds will be offered if a cancellation is made within two weeks of the fair. Once you cancel, you forfeit your spot in the fair and you are not permitted to sell or trade your space. We have a long waiting list and reserve the right to fill spots as we see fit.
We keep a $20 jurying fee per application to cover the administrative costs associated with curating each event. Applications require web updates, data entry, spending the proper amount of time and consideration when reviewing each and every application.
- When and how will I know if I’m accepted?
- You’ll be notified by email on April 1 as to whether or not you've been accepted into the fair. If you haven’t received anything from us by the end of the day on April 1, please check your SPAM filter or email us.
- Will I get time to set-up or tear down?
- Due to the limited loading space at the Columbia Museum of Art, we suggest you come early. Display set-up begins at 3:00PM. on Friday June 7th . Please have your display assembled and ready for visitors by 6:00 p.m. when the Museum opens to the public for Friday’s ticketed event. On Saturday, June 8, the Museum opens to the public at 10:00 AM. Craft Bar Happy Weekend ends at 2:00PM. Display breakdown must be completed no later than 3:30 p.m.
- What does the space look like?
- Photos of the Museum can be viewed here.
- What about collecting sales tax or needing a business license?
- The state of South Carolina requires all vendors to have a state tax ID number and requires vendors to collect sales tax. Staff on site will not be collecting tax at the event. We suggest that sales tax be include it in your retail price. If you operate a full-time business, you should already have the necessary license. If that is not the case, you can obtain aobtain a special retail license specifically for selling at craft shows for $20 here. You must bring a copy of your SC retail license, whether permanent or temporary. It is possible for the Department of Revenue to come and check licenses on site.
By attending or participating in Craft Bar Happy Weekend there is a potential your work or your person will be photographed. By attending the event you allow your work and your image to be reproduced in photographs that will belong to the Columbia Museum of Art.