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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 11th & 12th 2017 (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
Fee: Event is free & open to everyone. Rain or shine. Call 256.997.5025 or email for more details.
Artists & craftsmen: Artist Entry Form (PDF)
Check out the Little River Arts Council, we would love to have you join! www.littleriverartscouncil.org
We will have a wonderful lineup of musicians that are going to be playing during the Creative Spirit Market. Check out the photos of the 2016 market here
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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 11-12, 2017
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.
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! See Little River Arts Council’s website for the artist entry form. www.littleriverartscouncil.org or you can email to recieve one
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 some 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.
Will there be live music?
Yes! There will be different performance artists playing every hour, between the hours of 12:00 noon & 3:00. Located in the picnic area, bring a comfortable camp chair! The schedule will be posted soon
Are pets allowed at the market?
Dogs are allowed in the park, on a leash at all times.
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 parking in the picnic area, the tennis court area, and in front of the Country Store.
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 . We would love to have food trucks or other vendors to come and set up!
How can I be a vendor within the market's Kid Corner?
If you have an activity that you think would be a great fit in our Kid’s Corner, please email and tell us more about what you offer as well as pictures, pricing, and previous events in which you have participated. Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov)