As its first in-person event in nearly two years, the 13th Annual Craft Lake City DIY Fest faced a lot of challenges. Still, through it all, the spirit of creativity persevered—and we’d even say successfully, too!
This was only the second year the festival took place at the Utah State Fairpark, and with it saw numerous changes, the biggest of them being an entire outdoor section of artisans. A new partnership with Pasifika Enriching Arts of Utah (PEAU) brought beautiful craftsmanship, tasty food and lively music to the fairgrounds in celebration of Utah’s Pacific Island Heritage Month. From street performers roaming the crowds, the barking of dogs from the Best Friends Save Them All Dog Park and the delicious smells wafting from various food trucks, the 2021 DIY Fest was a playground for the senses.
As always, the local talent of both artisans and bands blew us all away. Viral indie music sensation Ritt Momney kicked off the Festival Friday night, signing autographs in our Harmons VIP Lounge and rocking out on our SLUG Mag Stage. Artisans, many of them vending at their first festival ever, made record sales and enjoyed the palpable creative energy in the Makers, Dreamers and Google Fiber STEM buildings. Hopefully, we’ll be seeing many of the same artisans at the upcoming Holiday Market in Ogden!
If you’re like us and already counting down the days until next year, don’t worry: While we can’t make next August come any faster, we can definitely reminisce, and what better way to do that than an extensive photo gallery? Thankfully, our team of talented photographers can help the spirit of the 2021 DIY Festival live on forever, especially if you weren’t able to make it out. Plus, you can even learn more about the people behind the photos with our August 2021 issue of SLUG.