What is Bears Picnic Market?
Bears Picnic Market is part flea market, part craft fair, part festival bringing together entrepreneurs who specialize in art, design, food, drink, beauty and vintage. It offers our guests the opportunity to interact directly with the people who create or source the items they wish to purchase. Our POP UPs and workshops offer immersive experiences within the market.
What can I do at Bears Picnic Market?
Pretty much anything you'd like (except get naked. We know it's Woodstock but it isn't WOODSTOCK!)
You can shop til your hearts content at the market. You can learn a new skill at one of our workshops. You can marinate your senses at one of our focused POP UP Sundays. You can dance to live music and enjoy a cocktail in the sunshine on the patio of Commune Saloon. You can enjoy a local craft beer and beat the heat in the lounge of the legendary Bearsville Theater during our Sunday Sessions. You can grab a bite to eat from a food truck or at one of the amazing restaurants located on the property.
Who are your vendors?
Our vendors are amazing individuals who have decided to be masters of their own design. They come from anywhere in the country but most are regional if not local. They are a beautiful mix of treasurer hunters, hand crafters, emerging designers and craft food and drink purveyors. And they change Sunday to Sunday, you never know who you'll find! Make sure to grab the business information of any vendor you love or visit our past vendor list to find them again! Visit our Sunday schedule to see who will be at BPM on any given Sunday.
who can attend Bears Picnic Market?
Anyone can visit Bears Picnic Market! Consider us a Sanctuary Market. We are family friendly and have a handicap accessible restroom. The parking is right on property and close to all areas. There are plenty of indoor and outdoor seating areas and refreshments. The market stalls are located on a flat grassy area. Dogs are allowed on the property but we ask that they be crowd capable, kid friendly, on leash and NEVER left in a vehicle.
Bears Picnic Market is curated and produced by husband and wife team, Martin Mills and Erin Cadigan. They are escapees from Brooklyn, NY and own The White Dove Rockotel at the west end of Woodstock. In addition to being hoteliers they have a constantly rotating schedule of projects on deck at any given moment. Martin spends his time booking music for various in town venues, concocts grand schemes like BPM and is the social media guru for Bearsville Theater and the hotel. Erin is a working illustrator, fashion designer and consultant. She likes to use her position of treasurer on the Friends of the Woodstock Library board to throw creative events like Mardi Gras Woodstock. The two are extremely social and can be spotted about town in the company of their two small minions. Erin and Martin partner with John Kirpatrick, owner/operator of the Bearsville complex to bring you Bears Picnic Market.
Who is running this show?
Bears Picnic Market is located on the famous Bearsville complex. It's street address is 291 Tinker St. (also known as route 212) Woodstock, NY, 12498. The stalls are arranged on the large back lawn behind the theater and around the bluestone patio of Commune Saloon. Workshops are held on the back porch of the theater. Sunday Sessions are held in the lounge of the theater. POP UPs take place inside the theater.
Where is the market located?
How close is it to the Woodstock Village Green?
Bears Picnic Market is held on the Bearsville property located approximately 2 miles down Rt. 212 from the Trailways drop-off at Woodstock Village green.
How can I get to Bears Picnic Market?
Bearsville is easiest to reach by car and ample parking is located right on the BPM property. From the North take NY Thruway to exit 20. Left after toll booths and right onto RT 212 west. From the South NY Thruway to Exit 19. Take 28 west to 375 N to Rt 212 West. From Phoenicia and the mountains take 28 E. Left on Winne Rd. Follow to Wittenburg/Rt 212. If you are taking the Trailways NY bus, Bearsville is a flag stop (ask the driver to be let off). You can easily ride a bike or walk but the traffic is fast and the shoulders almost non existent.
When does Bears Picnic Market take place?
Who can apply to vend at Bears Picnic Market?
We accept applications from companies or individuals who create their own product by hand or individuals who design their product and have it Made in the USA. We also accept second hand, vintage and antique dealers. We do not at this time accept franchise representatives of large companies or import/export dealers. The categories we support are farm to table, craft food and drink, small batch beauty and wellness, second hand/vintage, art, clothing/textile, jewelry, home goods. Market vendors, workshops and pop ups are separate applications.
When do you stop accepting applications for the season?
This is our first season and so as long as you can access the application on the website, we are still accepting submissions. Next season may be different.
Where can I find the applications and more information?
How do you know if you've been accepted?
As with most things in life, we will reach out to you. If you don't hear from us, we can't host your product this season. Don't be discouraged though! Apply again next season as we are always want to mix it up. Please do not send in multiple applications per season, this will not be good for anyone. Hopefully as the market grows so will our staff and communication capabilities and will will send out both acceptance and rejection emails.
What is the process for accepting vendors?
At this point we are a small staff of two looking for excellent products. You apply, we look over your application and we make a decision. We sometimes reach out to people directly because we want them to show at our market. What exactly are our qualifications for this? We are both life long vintagephiles and art lovers and have attended hundreds of flea markets and art markets world wide. Erin has a BFA with a post graduate degree in fashion design. She has been a working creative since her early twenties and has taught at a university level. And she has been a vendor at markets and poster shows through out the US. Martin has produced and promoted multiple events and concerts. But perhaps our most qualifying qualification is that we love small businesses and want to see them succeed.