By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Sep 15, 2021 at 2:01 PM

After taking off a year due to the pandemic, Cream City Creatives Holiday Art & Craft Fair is ready to rock local goods again. The DIY shopping event takes place for its 7th season on Sunday, Nov. 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Turner Hall Ballroom, 1040 Vel R. Phillips Ave.

The first 50 guests will receive goodie bags with items from some of the vendors including Big White Yeti Candle Co., WMSE stickers, coupons to local shops and more.

Organizers Jennifer Schmitz and Shari Solheim expect to showcase the wares of 50+ artists and makers. They are accepting applications from vendors through Thursday, Sept. 30. Go here to apply.

The art and craft fair will offer pottery, clothing, jewelry, candles, beauty products, original artwork and prints from a variety of creators of different ethnicities and based in neighborhoods throughout the city.  

The event will have an '80s music soundtrack and vibe – as opposed to Christmas music – created by Marc Solheim.

"We've learned that it's become a favorite among the shoppers and vendors," says Schmitz.

Both of the organizers worked in the DIY/craft/maker scene for more than a decade collectively. Solheim spent five years at Sparrow Collective in Bay View and Schmitz was employed by The Waxwing for seven years.

"Throughout the years we have featured some vendors that are new to the craft fair world, as well as well-known vendors that shoppers have supported over the years," says Solheim.

Numerous food vendors will also be on site and anyone interested in selling can still apply. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will also be available.

"We've grown close to many of the artists and look forward to having everyone shop with some of them again," says Solheim.

To find out more about Cream City Creatives go here.


Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.

Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.