400 W. Rich St., a workplace for artists in Franklinton, will host a Festivus celebration this weekend that will feature artisan goods, crafts, live music and food trucks.
“This is a neat place to pick (gifts) up,” said Chuck Willes, the arts events coordinator of the 400 W. Rich St. building.
The facility opened in 2011 and has four music studios, 16 offices for startup and nonprofit organizations and more than 100 artist studios that house more than 140 artists, performers and crafters.
The building is normally opened to public on the second Friday of each month in conjunction with Franklinton Fridays. Those Fridays are an opportunities for artists to showcase and sell their work.
“Festivus is our beefed up holiday version of that,” Willes said. “This is one of our biggest events every year.”
The building has several galleries including a space where the market will take place. There will also be a “C-Note” show where artists’ works are on sell for $100 or less.
Also, there will be raffle drawings and gift bags for the first purchasers every day.
“Literally the whole building will be jumping,” Willes said.
He said turnout could be hampered this year by the din of construction in Franklinton. Willes said he expects other businesses will have holiday-oriented activities as part of the Franklinton Fridays series to complement the event.
The 400 W. Rich St. building started the event about five years ago. It has seen steady and consistent growth and entertains about 500 to 800 people on Fridays and Saturdays, Willes said.
“We want to bump up interest during the holidays,” he said. “It’s always fun to get big events drawing. This is a prime time for boosted market every year.”
Hours of the event are 7 to 10 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.