So you are a creative and want to start going to events to sell your goods. Here are some tips that I use to find my events, and hopefully they can provide a starting point for you to start lining up your own.
1. The Google:
What is your specialty? Search for it. If you are a witch artist then search 'witch craft shows' Specify using your area of where you live or where you would like to attend. Add things like 'in New York' or 'in Chicago' to zone in on those areas alone. Examples: 'Anime Convention in Washington, D.C.' or 'Craft Fairs in Arizona', 'Horror Cons in Michigan', 'Art Shows in NY', 'Sci-Fi/Fantasy events in IL' or 'Pagan Events in New Jersey'. Figure out where you want to go and what type of event would best fit the items you are trying to sell.
2. The Gram:
Instagram is a great way to find events in your area. Use hashtags like #lishows #nyshows #nycalltoartists #witchartist etc to see if there are any of interest in your area. You can also check out my other post on submissions and publications using the hashtag method. Click here for the read.
3. El Fabook:
Check for events on Facebook. Check events in your area via the search bar. Once you find one there is usually a "See All Events" button that can help find more in surrounding areas.
4. The Stalker Method:
This is probably the best method I use.
Do you have a favorite artists in your area? Did you use any of the previously listed methods and find vendors/artist alley lists at specific events? Use this to your advantage. Check the websites and social media accounts of these people. Usually they will have a post or area on their page that lists all their upcoming events and shows. Use that list to see if any of those events are still looking for artists or vendors. If they are not, always save the info for next year! Research the event alittle more, if it seems like a fit for you, apply or make a list so you can apply next time around.
NOTE: Some of these events may have a mailing list. Subscribe to get up to date information on what they are doing or planning.
5. DIY Events
Thats right! Do It Yourself! You and your art friend can come together and make a collective or create your own events. What? You dont have friends? No Problem! Put out your own call to artists and have them flock to you. Curate your own crew to get the ball rolling. Get a space and make it happen. Sometimes there are event spaces that will sponsor the event so it comes as little or no cost to you.
6. Attend other events
Make friends. Sometimes they share info or you can find events that are promoting themselves there. (also part of the Stalker Method #4)
Thats about it from me. Feel free to share some of your own ideas in the comment section below or post if you find this helpful. I am working on making more of these posts to help fellow creatives so please do tell me if this was worth your time.
Take care and stay creative.
Shout out to OneMoonBird for asking how to find events. <3