Maker FAQ

Where will the Market be held?

The Market will be held on the sidewalk of 2 blocks of Nicollet Avenue: IDS Center (between 7th & 8th Sts.) and Gaviidae Common (between 6th & 7th Sts.).

Where will my booth be?

You are assigned a block, but your specific booth location will be determined upon arrival. We will have Makers park and unload in each booth space consecutively based on order of arrival. These 2 blocks are permanently marked for Farmers Market use with lines defining the borders of each booth space.

How much space will I get?

Booth spaces are 10'x10' with some wiggle room on either side.

Do I need to bring a tent? What about a table and chairs?

You are required to provide your own tent (10'x10' square is recommended, any color) and a minimum of 10 pound weights per tent leg as well as anything else you’ll need for your booth set up. There will be "Nicollet" chairs randomly dispersed along the sidewalk, which you are free to use if you wish.

I don’t have a tent or weights, what should I get?

For just starting out we suggest a tent like this one and weights like these. If you decide to get serious about doing outdoor shows you can upgrade to a heavier duty tent like this one . Tents can be any color.

How does unloading & loading work downtown? I have a lot of stuff!

We have gotten special permission from Metro Transit for our artists to drive onto Nicollet (normally a bus only street) for unloading and loading. However, there are very specific instructions that we must follow. We are ONLY allowed on Nicollet from 9:30-10:15am and from 2:30-3pm, and cars must not be left alone.

Because it is only a 4-hour long event, consider not bringing your full display. Many makers have found that it works better to streamline their booth for this show.

Where do I park? Do I have to pay?

You can park on the street in a meter, or in a nearby ramp. Yes, you will have to pay for parking, this was a consideration that was taken when deciding on a low booth fee. Their rates are: 0-1 hour: $8, 1-2 hours: $10, 2-3 hours: $12, 3-12 hours: $13. There is an underground parking ramp beneath Gaviidae Common that accepts reservations that some artists have had good luck using (and also has a higher vehicle height limit at 6'6"), you can find that information HERE. 

Because of the challenges with parking downtown Minneapolis, we recommend traveling with a standard height & length vehicle and not using trailers. If you need to utilize a larger vehicle, please be extra sure to plan your parking in advance (ie check parking ramp height restrictions and measure the height of your vehicle).

What if I have other questions?

Please send us an e-mail and we would be happy to answer any questions you may have.