Craftcation Conference General FAQ
How do I register for Craftcation?
If you’re interested in joining us for a life-changing experience of making, meeting and learning at the beach please CLICK HERE to join our mailing list and you’ll be notified when we open registration or CLICK HERE to join the Facebook event page. Craftcation 2018 registration is open now! Click here to register.
Is Craftcation the right event for me to attend?
Click here to get answers to our FAQ’s about Craftcation from prospective attendees and hear from Craftcation Alumni about how Craftcation radically altered their lives and businesses.
Where should I stay?
Click here to book your discounted room at the Ventura Beach Marriott after you register for Craftcation.
Most workshops and events are at the Ventura Beach Marriott. The hotel offers a restaurant and lounge, outdoor swimming pool, fitness center and easy access to the beach. 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.
Ventura Beach Marriott 2055 East Harbor Blvd. Ventura, Ca 93001
Currently the Ventura Marriott has rooms available for Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. You can book at the Marriott for these nights and stay somewhere else on the other nights. Or just book your whole stay at another hotel (see list below) or with Airbnb or VRBO. There are several hotels within 5 minutes of the Marriott and many attendees are staying at these other hotels (so you’ll likely run into other attendees at these hotels and if you don’t have a car, ride-sharing should be plentiful and there’s also a free downtown trolley and Lyft/taxis).
Other nearby hotels:
Four Points Sheraton: 5 minute drive from the Marriott. A bit swankier than some of the less expensive options. The Marriott has also secured discounted rates at the Sheraton. To get this rate, please call Rachel at The Sheraton at 805-658-1212 ext: 1290.
Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach: 3 minute drive from the Marriott. This was the former home of Craftcation and has been recently remodeled. We’ve arranged discounted rooms for you here, click here to get the discounted rate. It’s right on the beach and they have lots of patio seating overlooking the ocean. Walkable to downtown Ventura.
Comfort Inn Ventura Beach: 1 minute walk from the Marriott.
Wyndam Garden Ventura Pierpont Inn: 1 minute drive from the Marriott. We’ve stayed there before and we liked its quaint atmosphere, cottages and manicured grounds. It recently changed ownership and we haven’t been there since but they have great ocean views and a historical vibe.
Best Western Plus Inn of Ventura: 4 minute drive from the Marriott. This is a great old-school style motor inn that was renovated a few years ago to bring back the retro charm. Walkable to downtown Ventura.
We also have current attendees with rooms already who are looking for roommates if you’d like to share a room. Once you register, you can join our private attendee and alumni Facebook group and post about wanting a roommate or answer posts about people looking for roommates.
What is included in my registration fee?
- Lunch (Friday & Saturday)
- Dinner (Thursday)
- All events and activities Wednesday through Sunday (including workshops, lectures, panels, special events and workshops – craft workshops require pre-registration as space is limited in hands-on workshops)
- Entrance to special events like our opening celebration and keynote address, happy hour networking social and dance party.
- Networking with fellow makers and craft industry professionals
- Welcome gift bag 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.
Can my under 18 child attend Craftcation?
Topics, conversations, crafts and events at Craftcation are all geared towards adults. Having said that, we have had a few under 18 attendees in the past. Please email us to get approval before registering your under 18 child.
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?
Craftcation sells out every year! We encourage you to register as soon as we open registration to make sure you don’t miss out. 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 five minutes from the hotel. You can also click here for travel directions.
The hotel address is: Ventura Beach Marriott 2055 East Harbor Blvd. Ventura, Ca 93001
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 five minutes from the hotel.
If you fly into LAX and don’t want to rent a car or deal with taking the shuttle and the train another option is to take the Roadrunner shuttle from LAX to Ventura.
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 five minutes 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!)
Get Your Discounted Amtrak train tickets: Get 10% off your Amtrak train reservations to Ventura for Craftcation. Call: 1.800.872.7245 and use the code: X29G-978 for your discount. Please note this only good for travel to Ventura for Craftaction between 3.31.17-4.12.17 and can’t be used for online booking.
By car: Ventura is right off the 101 freeway, follow it and exit on Seward Ave and take it to East Harbor.
How do I get around town in Ventura?
Downtown Ventura which features tons of restaurants, bars and shops is a three minute drive from the hotel. If you don’t have a car you can rent a bike at the hotel or take a taxi or Uber. We also encourage ride sharing among attendees.
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 a few minutes 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 with tips for making the most of your money and another post on how to prepare for a conference! We encourage carpooling and room sharing. Please go to our Facebook event 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. Be sure to check our post on how to prepare for a conference which has a packing list download! 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 event page. Once you sell your ticket please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the name and email address of the person who bought it.