AFCI Plans Family-Friendly Festival at Bethel Woods

The Association For Creative Industries (AFCI) has announced plans for a festival/craft event to be held September 29 and 30 at Bethel Woods Center For The Arts in Bethel, New York. Called “In the MKNG,” the event will celebrate the art of making in its many forms, says AFCI. “In the MKNG will feature new products and product sales, interactive demonstrations, arts and crafts workshops, celebrity creators, charity tents, food trucks, live music, and more. It is designed to be a hands-on, family-friendly experience for anyone looking to have some creative fun.”

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The event was born from a desire to inspire creativity on a new level across people of all ages and backgrounds, explains Mark Hill, AFCI’s president & chief executive officer. “Our research shows that participation in crafting is growing and it is not exclusive to a specific gender or age. This festival will bring out the maker in all of us, encourage business for our members who provide products and services for creative consumers, and provide attendees with magical experiences that are vital to their creative expression.”

Bethel Woods Center For The Arts is located 90 miles from New York City at the site of the 1969 Woodstock festival. “Its history and close proximity to New York City’s prominent art community make Bethel Woods the perfect location for the inaugural In the MKNG creative festival,” said Andria Gibbon, CEM, vice president of events & education, AFCI.

Tickets to attend In the MKNG go on sale June 1. For information, visit or email

AFCI, formerly known as the Craft & Hobby Association, is the trade organization for the global industry of creative arts products. Its members include manufacturers, retailers, distributors, designers, educators, digital content providers, professional makers, and other creative professionals. Its 2018 trade show, Creativation, will be held January 18 through 22 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

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