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Get Your Craft On: Craft Lake City Returns to Downtown SLC this Saturday, August 13

It’s only Monday, but we’re already looking forward to the weekend–this Saturday, August 13, the third annual Craft Lake City returns to The Gallivan Center in downtown Salt Lake City, and you better believe we’ll be there!

If you’re a fan of one-of-a-kind finds, handmade goods, and the work of local artists, you can get your fix of all things crafty at this annual event featuring the talents of more than 180 Utah artists. And for all you brides-to-be, Craft Lake City offers a goldmine of creative ideas and resources for the big day.

Let’s get one thing straight: These aren’t your grandma’s crafts we’re talking about here, and the outdoor art festival will not resemble a scrapbook convention. “Our alternative goods will redefine the meaning of the word ‘craft’ for a lot of Utahns,” says Angela Brown, Craft Lake City director, and editor and publisher of SLC’s SLUG Magazine.

At Craft Lake City, you can spend the afternoon browsing fancy and funky jewelry, hip clothing, sweets treats, contemporary silk-screened posters and other cool paper goods, while sipping a cold brew and listening to the tunes of local bands like the Red Bennies and Joshua Payne Orchestra.

With weddings in mind, I asked Craft Lake City’s Anna West–a local crafter herself–to give us the scoop on which artists brides and grooms should keep an eye out for at the festival. (Anna should know–she crocheted her own wedding dress!) Check out her suggestions and a few of our picks below.

For custom wedding invitations and other paper goods:

Travis Bone, Furturtle Show Prints – local illustrator and print maker

Nic Annette Miller, Friends Make Prints – specializes in all forms of printmaking: letterpress, screenprint, woodcut

Colt Bowden, The Voila! Press – letterpress art, prints, hand-painted goods

Eva Jorgensen, Sycamore Street Press – cards, art prints, and more printed on a vintage letterpress with sustainable inks and papers

For homemade sweets:

AJ Wentworth, The Chocolate Conspiracy – organic chocolate bars and confections

Leo Diaz, Geeky Cookies – custom cookies

For jewelry, accessories, and housewares:

Megan Silva, Birdie Designs – one-of-a-kind hair accessories and handbags

Megan House, My Sister Rachel – metal and precious/semiprecious gemstone jewelry

Aaron Basil Nelson – wood/metal housewares

Debbie Thompson, Tom Design – bright, bold vintage jewelry and accessories

These artists are just the tip of the Craft Lake City-iceberg. I’ll have a closer look at a few of these artists and their homespun goods–all prime for weddings–coming up later this week!

In the meantime, clear your weekend schedule and mark your calendar for Craft Lake City this Saturday, August 13 at The Gallivan Center from 2 p.m. – 9 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.