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Four days of hands-on food + craft workshops+ creative business classes in Ventura, CA - March 26-29, 2015
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craftcation conference general faq

Where should I stay?

Most workshops and events are at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The beachfront Crowne Plaza Hotel offers two restaurants, ocean view bar/lounge, room service, outdoor pool, fitness facility, wireless internet and oceanfront patio. Craftcation also utilizes Ventura’s historic downtown buildings and businesses as well as the beach for special events like networking meet & greets, cocktail socials, a pop-up shop, opening celebration, yoga and food and art tours.

The Crowne Plaza Hotel 450 East Harbor Blvd. * Ventura, Ca 93001
Note: Rooms sell out fast. Book early!

Click here for the Craftcation group rate for your room at the Crowne Plaza hotel!

What is included in my registration fee?

  • Lunch (Friday & Saturday)
  • All events and activities Wednesday through Sunday (including workshops, lectures, panels, special events and workshops (some craft/food workshops require pre-registration as space is limited in hands-on workshops)
  • Entrance to special events like our opening celebration (includes dinner) and keynote address, happy hour networking social and dance party.
  • Networking with fellow makers and craft industry professionals
  • Welcome gift bag chock full of amazing goodies from our sponsors

Can I attend for one day only?

We don’t offer one-day tickets. Craftcation is not only about taking workshops but also about building your community and making lasting connections with your fellow makers, bloggers and entrepreneurs which is difficult to do in one day. We want attendees to take advantage of everything Craftcation has to offer.

When can I register for hands-on workshops?

We send out an email to all registered attendees with an access code to register for hands-on workshops about six weeks before the conference. The hands-on workshops have limited space and we encourage you to register for them as soon as you get the email.

When does registration close?

There are only a certain number of tickets available and once they’re gone, registration closes. Registration begins in the fall. Click here to join our mailing list and be notified when we release tickets.

How do I get to Ventura?

We highly recommend traveling by train. If you fly into LAX (the most cost-effective nearby airport) you can take the shuttle to Union Station (downtown LA) and then hop on an Amtrak train, which will drop you off a few blocks from the hotel.

By air: LAX (Los Angeles International Airport) is the most cost-effective nearby airport. It is about 70 miles south of Ventura, but there is no need to rent a car. You can take the flyaway shuttle for $7 from LAX to Union Station, and then hop on Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner train for about $20. This will drop you off a few blocks from the hotel.

Burbank “Bob Hope” Airport is a little more expensive to fly into and is slightly closer. There is also no need to take a shuttle from the airport to the train. Burbank Airport is a stop on Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner train route.

By train: We highly recommend traveling by train if you haven’t noticed! Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner train runs from San Diego through Los Angeles, and continues north. The Amtrak stop in Ventura is only a few blocks from the hotel. The trains also have wi-fi for internet access while you travel!

Ditch your car and take the train for the green, hassle-free choice, and immerse yourself in the panoramic views of the ocean on your trip. (Most trains have bike racks too!)

By car: Ventura is right off the 101 freeway, follow it and exit on California St. and turn left on California St. and right on East Harbor Blvd. The Crowne Plaza will be at 450 East Harbor Blvd.

How do I get around town in Ventura?

There is no need for a car once you arrive in Ventura. All of our events are walkable from the Crowne Plaza Hotel and are centered in the downtown area, which has tons of restaurants, bars and shops. The hotel also offers bike rentals.

What should I do during my free time?

Although we have a full schedule of events for all days of Craftcation, if you find yourself with some extra time don’t worry! Your event program will have a list of awesome places for you to check out. Did we mention the awesome thrift stores Ventura is famous for? Of course, there’s always the beach, just steps from the hotel and the hotel pool. You can also hop on the Downtown Trolley! It provides FREE rides back and forth from downtown to the Harbor.

I’m on a budget. How should I plan my trip?

Don’t fret. We know how important it is to make your money last when you’re a maker or creative entrepreneur. We even did a post about tips for making the most of your money! We encourage carpooling and room sharing. Please go to our Facebook page to connect with fellow Craftcation attendees about sharing rooms or rides.

What should I bring?

Anything you need for a weekend of business & craft workshops and fun. Here are some suggestions…

Clothing: Comfy clothes for hanging out, walking shoes, bathing suit & nighttime attire. Bring clothes that make you comfy and happy. We encourage attire for our Saturday night dance party that fits the theme, BUT costumes are not required! Relax and feel free to wear a muumuu or your pajamas if you want!

Business tools: Business cards, samples of what you make, your laptop, journal, notebook, camera, sketchbook or other creative supplies.

Do you accommodate disabled persons?

Yes, we make it a priority to ensure the comfort and access of all attendees. Please contact us if you have special needs for the event.

Oh no! I already registered, but found out I can’t make it to the conference. can I get a refund?

Craftcation does not accept cancellations or refunds. If you find out you can’t make it, try posting on our Facebook page. Maybe you can find someone who will buy your ticket! Once you sell your ticket please email us at with the name and email address of the person who bought it.