Morning Glory Fine Craft Fair

Wisconsin Designer Crafts Council
3900 West Brown Deer Road, Suite A PMB 130
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53209


Latest information below. Also,

maps with booth locations now available here

Hello Morning Glory Artists:

We’re anxiously awaiting your arrival in Milwaukee for the 43rd annual Morning Glory Fine Craft Fair! Following is information pertaining to your arrival, set-up and parking to make that arrival go smoothly.

Show Hours  Saturday & Sunday, August 12 and 13, 10 am to 5 pm both days

Set-Up  We offer early set-up on Friday, August 11th from noon to 7 pm. You must be off the grounds by 7 pm. Saturday set-up is from 6:30 to 9:30 am. When you arrive, please go to the Information Booth located on the Marcus grounds, along the Milwaukee Riverwalk, near the band shell. There is no check-in located at Red Arrow this year, everyone checks in on the Marcus grounds. You will receive your artist packet at the Info Booth. Refer to the maps that were emailed to you recently for additional information.

When you check in, please bring your driver’s license and a photo i.d., along with the completed Wisconsin tax form available by clicking on this button:                            The relevant tax rate for the show is 5.6%. Additional forms can be obtained at the information booth.

Unloading  Once you have checked in, there will be traffic coordinators to help direct you. Please unload your vehicle in your assigned area and then move your vehicle before you begin setting up. This system allows other artists to unload sooner.

Parking  The Marcus Center parking structure has some renovation work underway, but there is still parking available there for 100+ cars. Clearance is 7’ on the lower level. Parking is $10/day. On Saturday there is some free street parking downtown, but check the signs and meters for exactly where. On Sunday there is free street parking in most of downtown. Again, check signs and meters for possible exceptions. There is NO PARKING in the bagged meter areas reserved for unloading.

There is also parking available at the 1000 N. Water Street structure (east side of street). They are open 24/7. Overnight parking is available but read the signage as it can be expensive. Daily parking there is $10 and clearance is 7’.

There is a surface parking lot, SP+ Parking, close to the show at the southeast corner of Knapp and Water. Note that Knapp Street is named McKinley until this intersection when the name changes. Those of you with oversize vehicles or pulling a trailer, this is the best location for you. If your vehicle takes up more than one space, you must pay for as many spaces as the vehicle occupies. You may leave your vehicle/trailer overnight.

There is an additional surface lot in the northwest corner of the same intersection of Knapp and Water. Here you will find ten hour meters, 8 am to 6 pm, Monday through Saturday.

Please note: neither WDCC, nor Morning Glory, nor any of the parking facilities described above are responsible for damage or stolen items or any tickets.

Remember your booth may be on concrete or grass and there is no staking anywhere on the grounds. Please come prepared with weights for your tent.

Some additional information of interest

 ATM: There is an ATM located just inside and to the left of the front door of the Marcus. There is also an ATM at Starbucks and the Intercontinental Hotel on Kilbourn Avenue across from the show.

Awards Reception: Please join your fellow artists at 5:30 pm on Saturday for an awards reception. Light snacks and cash bar will be available on the south side of the Marcus Center, followed by the awards program at the Peck Pavilion.

Booth Sign: We require that you display the booth sign given to you at registration.

Booth Sitters: If you would like a booth sitter, please sign up at registration. Volunteers will be available between noon and 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday. If you have an emergency and need immediate assistance, please call Beth Hoffman’s cell 262-894-0038 (her number is also on the back of your name badge).

Hospitality:  A continental Grab and Go breakfast will be available 8:45-10 am on Saturday. On Sunday from 8:45-10 am there will be a hot buffet available in the Orchestra South. You will receive your meal ticket at registration and must have and be wearing your name badge to enter the hospitality area. The outside colonnade area will have ice water available all day. On Saturday only, from 6 to 11 am, Starbucks, located in Red Arrow Park just to the east of the skating rink, will be offering free coffee to artists. You must be wearing your MG name badge to receive the offer. The offer is for a 12-oz. regular coffee, not specialty coffee or other drinks. They are also offering cold ice water and access to the restrooms. Please thank Starbucks for their generosity and consider giving a tip to their hard working baristas.

Starbucks offers a variety of food throughout the weekend, light snacks to sandwiches. The Marcus Center will have Sazama’s River’s Edge Patio open throughout the weekend. They are located on the Marcus grounds near the MG Information Booth and offer a variety of grilled food, veggie wraps, soda, wine and beer. Their menu will be included in your registration packet. Also, a variety of food trucks will be parked on Water Street in front of Red Arrow Park.

Name Badges/Photo ID:  You will receive your name badge at check-in and will need to wear it for entry into the hospitality area and for the Saturday free coffee offer. Please bring your photo i.d. and your license plate number with you when you check in.

Restrooms:  Restrooms are located indoors, access through either front or rear door of the Marcus. Restrooms are also at Starbucks in Red Arrow Park.

Silent Auction:  Saturday only. Held on the stage at the Peck Pavilion. We thank you and truly appreciate your generosity in making a donation. Partial proceeds will benefit CERF+, the go-to organization for both emergency relief and risk prevention resources for artists. They do wonderful work and we are glad to support them. You’ll find info about them in your artist packet. Volunteers will be picking up your donation on Saturday morning, or you can drop it off at the Silent Auction table on the Peck Pavilion stage (Silent Auction opens to the public at 11 am, so if you choose to deliver it, we’d appreciate receiving it by 10:30 am.) THANK YOU!

Storage Items:  must be kept within your booth space. No storage allowed in the grove of trees on or the sidewalk/stairs.

Smoking:  No smoking allowed in the booths. If you must smoke, please do so away from the booths and customers. Please do not discard cigarette butts on the grounds. No smoking within 30’ of buildings.

A few reminders:

~  no early packing up on Sunday . . . the show closes at 5 pm and artists are expected to stay until that time

~  please cooperate with the tear down process . . . we ask that you pack up your artwork and tent, then get your vehicle . . . do not move your vehicle into the loading area early Sunday to hold a spot for loading . . . your fellow artists will appreciate it.

 Thank You for coming! We wish you a great show!

If an emergency arises, please call show director Beth Hoffman on her cell 262-894-0038.