Ridgefield First Saturdays are themed events from 9AM to 2PM on the first Saturday of each month. Each month has its own theme and schedule. Vendors are encouraged to visit the First Saturdays page for more information on each event.
Events are outside at Overlook Park (113 S Main Ave), or inside at the Ridgefield Administrative and Civic Center (RACC, 510 Pioneer Street) as indicated on each event. Customer admission is free for all events.
Download the 2020 Vendor Guidelines and Application.
Frequently Asked Questions
What events can I be a vendor at in 2020?
We will have vendors at each First Saturday event except for in January and July 2020. Please note the location, theme, and application deadline when choosing whether to submit an application for a specific month.
- February 1st – Bacon, Baseball & Bingo. Location: RACC. 9am-2pm. Application deadline: 1/22/20
- March 7th – Arts Quarter Block Party & Color Run. Location: RACC. 9am-2pm. Application deadline: 2/26/20
- April 4th – Earth Day Rally. Location: Overlook Park. 9am-2pm. Application deadline: 3/25/20
- May 2nd – May Day Spring Festival. Location: Overlook Park. 9am-2pm. Application deadline: 4/22/20
- June 6th – Big Paddle. Two locations, Overlook Park and Ridgefield Waterfront. 9am-2pm. Application deadline: 5/27/20
- August 1st – City Days. Location: Overlook Park. 9am-2pm. Application deadline: 7/22/20
- September 5th – Multicultural Festival. Location: Overlook Park. 9am-2pm. Application deadline: 8/26/20
- October 3rd – BirdFest & Bluegrass. Location: Overlook Park. 9am-2pm. Application deadline: 9/23/20
Note: Friends of the Refuge also have vendors at BirdFest. This application is only for being a First Saturday vendor at Overlook Park. Please see ridgefieldfriends.org to be a vendor with the Friends.
- November 7th – Make a Difference Day. Location: RACC. 9am-2pm. Application deadline: 10/28/20
- December 5th – Hometown Celebration. Location: Overlook Park. 9am-2pm. Application deadline: 11/25/20
How will I know if my application has been accepted?
You will receive an email response to your application within 14 days of it being received. If your application has been accepted, this response will include an invoice for the applicable vendor fee(s).
All vendors will also receive a reminder email 8 days prior to the event confirming acceptance and including any important directions and information.
How much is the Vendor Fee?
The Vendor Fee is $25 for each event.
Can I apply for multiple events on one application?
You may apply for as many events as you wish at one time as long as it is prior to the application deadline. If you are approved for all of these events, full payment will be due 30 days from approval. We can not accommodate payment plans – if you are only able to pay for one event at a time you should only apply for one at a time.
What if I am representing a non-profit?
Non-profits who provide their 501(c)(3) number on their application will not be charged a vendor fee.
What if I need to cancel my attendance for an event?
Cancellations reported to Jessica Kipp, (360) 857-5019 at least 10 days prior to the event date will receive a full refund. Vendors who cancel less than 10 days prior to the event or no show will still be responsible for vendor fees.
Selection Criteria: It is the intent to provide a mix and variety of vendors to maximize the interests of the vendors and customers. Therefore, vendors who offer duplicate products or services will be minimized. Preference will be given to vendors who fit the theme of the event, and then to regular vendors and vendors who are local to Ridgefield or close in geographic area. Vendors will be selected who offer a high-quality product, service or activity.
The City does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, disability, sexual orientation, age, nationality or other class protected by state or federal law.
Vendor Conduct: First Saturday is a community event and values varied cultures, beliefs and backgrounds of its vendors and customers. Courtesy, respect, integrity and professionalism are expected at all times and in all dealings. There is absolutely NO SMOKING allowed at Overlook Park at any time.
Vendor Fees: The vendor fee is $25 per event. If your application is approved, you will be invoiced for this vendor fee, due 30 days from the date of approval. If you apply for multiple events all fees will be due 30 days after approval. You may submit multiple applications each year, but we cannot accommodate payment plans for multiple events on one application. Non-profits who provide their 501(c)(3) number will not be charged.
Cancellation: If you need to cancel your attendance to an event, call Jessica Kipp, (360) 857-5019 at least 10 days prior to the event date for a full refund. Vendors who cancel less than 10 days prior to the event or no show will still be responsible for vendor fees.
Set-Up/Clean-Up: Vendors are expected to be completely set up and open for business no later than 8:45am and remain set-up and open until after 2pm. Set-Up will begin as early as 7:00AM the day of, unless otherwise noted. City staff will be at the event location to assist you to your spot.
Vendors are responsible for keeping their space safe, sanitary and attractive during the event and for cleaning up thoroughly afterward.
Electrical Service: There is limited electrical space at Overlook Park. Use of electricity must be requested on your application. Staff will assign an outlet to each vendor who is using electricity. Vendors must provide their own electrical cords. Acceptable extension cords will be a 2 or 3 pin plug, 10 or 12 gauge wire, and 50 feet of length or less.
Use of any outlet other than the one assigned is not allowed. If you are approved to use electricity, it will be noted on your Vendor Approval notice.
Parking: Parking is available at the schools, the gravel parking lot on N Main St across from the Sportsman’s, and on side streets. Avoid parking on South Main or in front of businesses. These spaces should be reserved for customers.
Booth Space: Spaces will be assigned with the best interest of the event in mind with consideration taken to ensure the best possible mix/variety of vendors that benefits both vendor and customer experience. Vendors will be notified of their booth space when they arrive for set-up on the day of the event.
Vendors are responsible for providing and setting up their canopy, sandbags/weights, tables, chairs, and table coverings. Overlook Park is windy, you will need sandbags or weights for your canopy.
Sales/Taxes: Vendors are responsible for their own sales transactions and currency.
Insurance: The City’s liability insurance covers the event, not individual vendors.