The Freewheeling Philosophy
To create vibrant shopping experiences that connect engaged consumers with the stories & inspiration behind their goods. Our markets reflect the creativity of the modern craft community. We strive to keep our events relevant to both established & emerging artisans, focusing on the highest quality goods & branding.
Through cultivating community we are building an influential presence for the indie-craft movement in Ottawa.
A Freewheeling Craft Fair is a thoughtfully curated showcase of the very best emerging & established artisans from our local maker community. We pull together engaging event experiences, offering thematic retail pop-ups featuring the opportunity for consumers to meet the makers & learn the stories inspiring their goods.
It all culminates in a festive celebration of creativity, inspired surroundings, interactive experiences, maker goods, artisanal food & drinks, and good times.
We look for new ways to elevate the market experience, making it a lively atmosphere for consumers, and fostering the entrepreneurial spirit to inspire makers to push their creative boundaries.
Since hosting our first Craft Fair in October 2015, we have been invited to be the official event partner of the creative space “Makerspace North”. We will be hosting a series of thematic modern craft fairs to showcase local talent, and to welcome the Ottawa community into the Makerspace collaborative workspace.
2017 MARKET DATES
Big Love Craft Market // Saturday, February 11 2017
Spring Craft Market // Saturday, April 29 2017
CRAFTFEST // Canada 150 craft celebration June 11-25 (@ ZIBI, Albert Island)
Fall For Craft Market // Saturday, October 14 2017
Christmas Celebration Craft Market // Saturday, November 25th 2017
** All events will be hosted at the Makerspace North warehouse & collaborative workspace (unless otherwise indicated).
2017 SPEAKER SERIES dates released soon
We want to connect you with the stories behind the goods, and to dive deeper into the industries that the makers work in. As consumers, 2017 is all about making conscious decisions about where we spend our money and the brands that we choose to support.
Are you a maker + have an uber cool idea for a talk? Talk to us, and lets see if we can get it rolling.