Strange Folk Festival To Fill Union Station With 200 Makers and 25 Food Trucks

By Klara Kobylinski
In Style

For a truly awe-inducing conglomerate of small local businesses, venture to St. Louis Union Station on the last weekend of September for the Strange Folk Festival. Occurring annually for more than 10 years, this quirky expo has expanded to welcome more than 40,000 people to celebrate the cultural scene of St. Louis and to support its local makers.

Photo courtesy of Strange Folk Festival

Photo courtesy of Strange Folk Festival

In the past, Strange Folk has spread its wares throughout local parks, but is exploring a new venue for 2015. All three floors of Union Station will be filled with 200-plus makers and 25 food trucks will line the parking lot.

A highlight of the festival is sure to be the performance and retail space of Cranky Yellow, where artist Andy J will sell his designs and vintage clothes. Cranky Yellow is a platform for the quirky and bizarre in the art and design world, offering artistic objects through its website and exhibitions. From beautiful illustrations to hand-tailored menswear, make a note to linger at this booth.

This year’s Strange Folk Festival will also feature live music from several local bands, atmospheric art installations and DIY projects spaced throughout the building. There’s no shortage of fun for the kids, either; their entertainment includes The Hunt for Craft October, a craft supply scavenger hunt and Fort Featherbottom, a play structure.

Free admission to Strange Folk is made possible using crowdfunding and pay-as-you-wish tickets. However, several deals offer additional perks: for $10, you get 10 percent off a purchase from any vendor and after spending $100, you receive locally harvested organic seeds by Quixlan Seed Co and a children’s book by a local illustrator. Strange Folk also offers extensive festival-specific merchandise for those wishing to support its continuation for years to come, including a drawing by Jeffrey Johnson of Red Herring Illustration, tote bags and shirts.

To show your support for local artists and independent makers, head to Strange Folk Fest on Sept. 26 from 10am-8pm and Sept. 27 from 10am-5pm. For more information, visit Strange Folk Festival.

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