This weekend, Fort Mason will be covered in paint, glitter, crayon and so much more. Come by the coolest modern crafting event, Re: Make Festival by Brit + Co, and get ready to get your hands dirty. Now in its fourth year, the festival is the ultimate family event, as crafting booths of all types fill the waterfront hall. The best part? It’s all completely free! We’ve got the full scoop right here.
It’s Brit + Co IRL
Crafty ladies all over the world LOVE Brit + Co, the super stylish crafting site from expert DIY-er Brit Morin. Morin started the Re: Make festival four years ago with the mission of getting everyone together in real life, and providing a place to let your creativity run wild. The festival includes dozens of free crafting booths, as well as vendors, food trucks, live music performances and lots of free samples from the event’s generous sponsors.
We asked Brit why she launched Re: Make Festival in 2012 and here’s what she told us:
“I started Re:Make as a way to engage with our community, hands-on and in person. Given our mission is to help women ignite a spark of creativity into their everyday lives, it’s important that we as a digital brand also gather people together to have real life creative experiences. As a techie, I’m a firm believer that technology only helps us be more creative, but sometimes there’s just no substitute for rolling up your sleeves and doing a project together. Re:Make is a way for you to explore your inner creative side in both the analog AND digital worlds.”
Who Will Be there This Year
Pretty much everyone. Last years’s event was a serious fiesta, with about 10,000 attendees. This year they are expecting 15,000. The days events and offerings include: free DIY classes and projects, vendor booths form nearly 100 of Brit + Co’s favorite artisans, delicious bites from SF’s best food trucks, and live performances from musicians and artists. Last year, events sponsors were handing out tons of treats to festival goers, so we recommend bringing a bag—this year’s sponsors include Studio Ink, Savers, Spellbinders, Weebly, Oculus, General Assembly, Honest Tea, Michaels, Luna Bar, Ziko, Duboeuf Wines, Jo-Ann, and EyeBuyDirect.
Recommendations from the Founder
Virtual reality painting? Check! That’s the activity at this year’s festival that Morin is hoping to hit first with her own two kids, Austin and Ansel. She also has a few other not to miss events she wanted to share with us:
“While the big free festival takes place Saturday, we also have our summit event, which is always a favorite (a ticketed event on Friday, September 30th). We have incredible speakers this year, including supermodel Tyra Banks; SoulCycle CEO, Melanie Whelan; Nasty Gal’s Sophia Amoruso (the original #GIRLBOSS)… and even mega-inspirational women like Brene Brown and the CEO of the Girl Scouts! On top of those names, we’re also now inclusive of female music artists. Get excited for some live performances! Even as we’ve grown, I’m most proud that we’ve stayed true to our roots and original vision.”
“I’m always most excited to engage with our community, from our daily audience of creative women to the professional female artisans and makers we support. It reminds me of why I started Brit + Co and how powerful both creativity and community can be.”
Saturday, Oct 1
2 Marina Blvd.
San Francisco, Ca
Have you been to Re:Make Festival before? Are you planning on going this year? Tell us in the comments below!
All images courtesy of Brit + Co