Annual Arts and Craft Show Vendor Information


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59th Annual Spring Arts and Craft Show Application: Coming Soon! Check Back February 8th. 

What is the MSU Arts and Craft Show? 

The Annual Arts and Craft Shows are large fundraiser for the University Activities Board (UAB). All proceeds from booth fees go directly UAB. UAB’s goal is to provide opportunities for students to build connections, communities, and a sense of belong at MSU through fun and engaging events designed and implemented by our UAB Student Coordinators. Our fundraisers allow us to offer these events at low-cost, or more often free, to MSU students. Our Arts and Craft Shows are also beloved community traditions. 

  • The Spring Arts and Craft Show has 330+ artist/crafters and, in conjunction with the East Lansing Arts Festival, attracts 40,000 - 60,000 patrons.
  • The Winter Arts and Craft Show has 125+ artists/crafters and attracts between 7,000-9,000 patrons. 

Where is the Arts and Craft Show?

MSU Union - 49 Abbott, East Lansing Michigan, 48825

The Winter Arts and Craft Show is held indoors. The Spring Arts and Craft Show is held outdoors, on the MSU Union Grounds. 

When is the Arts and Craft Show? 

  • The Winter Arts and Craft Show is always held the first weekend of December.
  • The Spring Arts and Craft Show is held in late May, on the same weekend as the East Lansing Arts Festival.
    • Tentative future dates are:  
      • May 20 & 21st, 2023
      • May 18th & 19th, 2024
      • May 17th & 18th, 2025

How do I apply?

  • We only accept applications on Zapplication.
  • All communications regarding for the Arts and Craft Show will be sent via Zapplication or from 
  • Our returning vendors have priority booth placement and will receive an invitation to the show. 

Anticipated Timeline 

New Vendor Application Timeline:

Application Opens                              | February 8th

Jury: Round 1                                      | March 8th

Round 1 Acceptance Letters             | March 21st

Jury: Round 2                                      | April 5th 

Round 2 Acceptance Letters             | April 12th

Confirmation & Payment Deadline   | May 1st 

Refund Deadline                                | April 2 2023

Waitlist Acceptance                           | April 13 - May 11th  

On-Site Details Sent                           | May 8th

Returning Vendor Timeline:

Invitations Sent | February 8th

Confirmation and Payment Due | March 8th 

Refund Deadline | April 2 2023

* Invited Artists are still able to withdraw from the show and receive a refund before the October payment/refund deadline. Invited artists who do not confirm their attendance and purchase their booth before the priority deadline will be moved to the general application process. They will not retain their booth placement. 


Application/Jury Fee: $30 (Non-refundable)

Single Booth: $210

Double Booth: $480

Storage (Optional): 10 x 10 space* - $40 (non-refundable) 

* Storage will be located on the Ground Floor of the MSU Union. Each room will have several crafters assigned to the room. The rooms will be secured at all times and crafters must be listed on the access list to enter. 

Booth Size: 

Winter: Single Booth: 5 x 8, Double Booth 5 x 16

Spring: Single Booth: 10 x 10, Double Booth 10 x 20 

What Should I Expect?

Below you will find several key documents that provide additional information on what you should expect at our Arts and Craft Show. 

Please note these documents are reference materials. They may not be updated for the next show. 

Important Documents:

MSU Trademark Crafter License

Food Safety/License Verification Process 


Winter Arts and Craft Show:

2022 General Information

2022 Rules and Regulations

2022 Winter Booth Map

Spring Arts and Craft Show: 

2023 General Information

2023 Rules and Regulations

2023 Spring Booth Map *** Please note that landscaping changes can result in changes to this map.