The Faire

When: September 16 & 17, 2017

Where: Lookout Arts Quarry, Old Highway 99 North, Bellingham, WA 98229

Goals: Skillsharing is about teaching and learning all kinds of useful, handy, and practical skills. Years ago, lots of people knew how to repair and sharpen tools, make a braided rug, raise chickens, make soap, build a fence, make simple toys, and much more. The goals of the Faire are to help revive lost skills, showcase some new ones, and provide a place where all of us can come learn from folks in the community with experience in these crafts and trades. We welcome people from all walks of life – the more diversity in those who present and attend, the more we can learn from each other!

The “Barter” portion of the Faire is to allow folks to trade items (think hand crafted, home made, wild harvested, self cultivated, tools, building materials/supplies) that they have a surplus of, or do not need, for things they are in need of.

At the Faire you will find:

  • Hourly & on-going SkillShares (presentations/workshops/classes)
  • Musical performances
  • Bartering
  • Beer garden
  • Food vendors
  • Fun and welcoming people from all walks of life!

Who: The event is entirely volunteer run.

Program: The hour-by-hour program won’t be available until just before the Faire, but you can check out confirmed skillshares
here, and you can check out last year’s program here.

Music: The final music lineup is yet to be announced, but last year’s lineup included: Hot Dam Scandal, Happy Valley Sluggers, Misty Flowers, Square dance with Lisa McAvoy calling, Contra Dance with Barry Cole calling & Wild Ginger playing, Blues Dancing w/Natalia Robinson & Douglas Francisco, Little Brown Mushrooms & The SeaGoats, Coulby Styles, Stories & Songs with The Living Arrows, Karen Kunkel, Karl Kummerle, Harper Stone, African Dance & drumming, Tracy Spring, Peter Ali, Southside Jazz Band, Samba Dancing wtih Latin Tinge, Ballroom dancing with the Mighty Sandfleas, Barrel Springs

Admission: Advance online ticketing (open til the day of the Faire) is $15/day or $25 for a weekend pass. After that, it will be $20/day or $35 for a weekend pass. Folks age 16 & under are free.

Camping: Available Friday, September 15 to presenters/volunteers only, and available on Saturday, September 16th to the general public. $10/person/night. Folks ages 16 & under may camp for free, if accompanied by an adult who is purchased camping. There are a multitude of lovely wooded campsites!

Bartering: The bartering zone is within the “grounds” of the Faire, so you must pay admission to gain access, and then you are free to casually wander with a basket of your wares & barter. An additional option for $15/day, is space to set up your own table and/or canopy to barter from a convenient home base.

Frequently asked questions: We have a FAQ page found via the menu, under “The Faire”

Other notes: This is a pack it in-pack it out, no-waste event. We have a no-dog policy due to the livestock at the Faire, and also because the Lookout Arts Quarry has a no-dog policy.