Overview

The 6th Annual Welcome to Fairyville event alights on the Nickel Plate Arts campus April 18-21, 2018, with most events free. See the most whimsical abodes during the Fairy Home Show, create fancy fairy crafts, attend a Fairy Tea Party and more.

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2018 Details

Overview: Welcome to Fairyville (April 18-21)

The 6th Annual Welcome to Fairyville event alights on the Nickel Plate Arts campus April 18-21, with most events free. Adults get in on the merriment during Fairy Friday (April 20) with a reception complete with live entertainment, storytelling fairies, fairy house awards, and more shenanigans. Kids and adults can submit a fairy house (applications due April 11) to be featured in our Fairy Home Show and then view & vote for these miniature abodes along the outdoor Fairyville Trail (during Fairy Friday and Sprite Saturday). Reserve your toadstools in our popular Fairy Tea Party series, create fancy fairy crafts, and much, much more! The fairies are back and they’re smaller than ever. Don’t miss Welcome to Fairyville at Nickel Plate Arts!

Free to attend; $5 crafts & $10 tea parties (pre-registration required for tea parties)

To learn more about each day’s events, please see below for a full rundown of whimsical fairy events and sign up for our regular newsletter.

If you are interested in volunteering, setting up a booth, or being a fairy/entertainer, please contact Rachael.

2018 Fairy Trail Map

Here are the electronic versions of our Fairy Home Tour Map!  New this year, Noblesville Merchants are welcoming our fairy friends by placing fair doors on some of their businesses. Keep an eye out for these mini-entrances so that you’ll know where fairies like to shop!

Fairy Doors are on display Wednesday-Saturday.  The Fairy Home Tour will be on display at Nickel Plate Arts Wednesday-Friday at 5 p.m. and along the trail displayed on the map from Friday at 5 p.m. through Saturday at 5 p.m.

You can pick up a map at our main headquarters at 107 S. 8th and don’t forget to vote for your favorite! Winners will be selected by 8:30 p.m. on Fairy Friday.

2018 Map - Fairy Doors are out now (houses won't be out until 5 pm on Friday)
2018 Listing - Fairy Doors are out now (houses won't be out on the trail until 5 pm Friday)
Winged Weekdays (April 18-20, 12-5 p.m.)

Home tour on the Nickel Plate Arts campus (free) and Fairy Crafts ($5 each)

Fairy Tea Parties at 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.  ($10, $5 for members)

To sign up for a Tea Party, click here.

Fairy Friday (April 20, 6-9 p.m.)

The Fairy Trail kicks off with this fun-filled, fanciful, fairy-friendly event!  Walk the trail to find all the fairy homes and vote on your favorites – the awards ceremony will take place around 8:30 p.m.  Live performances and Fairy crafts ($5 each).

NEW THIS YEAR: Join author Sarah E. Morin and illustrator Taylor Lucas as they launch their new fairy tale picture book, “Rapunzel the Hairbrained.” Learn how to put your own unique twist on fairy tale plots and character design.

ALSO: April Showcase Artist Aili McGill will be here during Fairy Friday on April 20th and on Saturday, April 21st, helping with Fairy-themed fun! Her new book The Owl and the Pussycat Went To Sea, along with prints, orginal art, stickers and more will be for sale throughout our Fairyville event.

ALSO: Comic book all-star Stuart Sayger will show you how to draw various comic book characters and will have prints, comic books and more for sale. Fear not, superheroes are just as welcome in Fairyville as fairies, sprites, gnomes, leprechauns, toads, mice, unicorns . . .

Sprite Saturday (April 21, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.)

Get in on even more fancy fairy crafts ($5 each), fairy-themed face painting by Fabulously Fun Company, Fairy Tea Parties, the Fairyville Trail and more!

Saturday’s one-hour Tea Parties start at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. ($5 for NPArts members/$10 for non-members). Reserve your toadstool now before the spots fill up!

ALSO: April Showcase Artist Aili McGill will be on Saturday, April 21st, helping with Fairy-themed fun! Her new book The Owl and the Pussycat Went To Sea, along with prints, orginal art, stickers and more will be for sale throughout our Fairyville event.

ALSO (times TBD): Comic book all-star Stuart Sayger will show you how to draw various comic book characters and will have prints, comic books and more for sale. Fear not, superheroes are just as welcome in Fairyville as fairies, sprites, gnomes, leprechauns, toads, mice, unicorns . . .

Fairy Tea Parties - Fixing Fractured Fairytales (April 18-21)

Fairies love fairy tales! Gather around with your fairy friends at our tea party as we listen to the queen tell fairy tales. But oh no! Someone has messed up the endings of our favorite fairy tales. Can you and the fairies use your storytelling magic to straighten them out?

Interact with real life fairies, make a craft, and enjoy a selection of light snacks, tea and juices. No specific attire is required, but wings, sparkles and fairy finery are ALWAYS welcome! Reserve your toadstools soon – these popular tea parties fill up quickly! Each tea party is one-hour long and includes snacks and drinks. Receive a discount on Queen Sarah’s newest twisted fairy tale book, “Rapunzel the Hairbrained.”  

We want everyone to be able to participate equally, so please contact us if you or your child has any food allergies. All little fairies must have a parent or guardian attend with them (parents must buy tickets, too – it’s fun for everyone!).

No specific attire is required, but wings, sparkles and fairy finery are ALWAYS welcome!

 

$10/toadstool ($5 for NPArts Members). Sign-up online by clicking here or call us: 317-452-3690. Members must call to receive discount.

2018 Fairy House Contest Rules & Registration!

Fairyville’s population is BOOMING and there’s a fairy housing shortage! Help homeless fairies by becoming a fairy architect and building the best house possible.

All you have to do is fill out the form below and submit your $20 registration fee – then you can get building!

Everyone who takes our Fairy Home Tour April 18-21 will get the chance to vote on their favorite fairy home.  Winners will receive great prizes, including craft supplies, gift certificates and even cash! Download the PDF registration form or fill out the form below. Registration fees can be paid online or by calling us: 317-452-3690.

Applications are due by April 11th and houses must be delivered to Nickel Plate Arts on April 16th.  Houses must be picked up after the contest on April 21, or April 23-25.

RULES: Houses must be:
-Bigger than a shoe box
-Small enough to be easily transported on a 2’x3’ rolling cart. Artists may install their own work, but MUST request special accommodations from Nickel Plate Arts
-Made from at least 75% natural materials
-Made from materials that can be lost, damaged, rained on or redecorated by tiny fairies. The houses will be outside unattended for at least 48 hours.
-Easy for one person to lift and move (approx. 25 pounds or less)
-Whimsical, funny, creative, and/or beautiful!

Fairyville House Contest Registration

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Once you hit the submit button below, you will be redirected to our online store to pay your registration fee ($20/fairy house). You can also pay your fee over the phone by calling us: 317-452-3690. Your application is not complete until we receive your payment. Thank you!

 

2017 Fairy House Winners

Congrats to the 2017 Fairy House Contest winners:

1st Place – Olivia Boggs and Ella Rocha, “Tiger Milly Manor”

2nd Place – Grace Carpenter & Kyle Thompson, “Pixie Hollow”

3rd Place – Kelly Kuehnert, “The Fairy Gypsy House”

Honorable Mentions:

Cindi Bee, “Fairy Starry Night”

Cynda Anspach, “The Perriwinkle Pad”

Summers Office Girls, “Summers Fairy Camp”

Paisly Deaton, Lilly Pizano, Olivia & Linda Cordial, “Woodland Retreat”

Debbie Apple, “Thimbleberry Ridge”

Check out photos of all the fairy houses on our Facebook album by clicking here!

2016 Fairy House Contest Winners

1st Place – The Woodland Escape by Samantha, Cylie, & Palmer Eicher

woodland escape

2nd Place — Fairy Fun Land by Emily Archer

fairy fun land

3rd Place — The Burrow by Deliberate Media

the burrow

Honorable Mentions (in no particular order):

Fae Haven by The Smith Family

Meladi’s Fairy House by Shandi & Meladi Bradburn

Artist Tree House by Rachel Clements

The Very Secret Garden by The Derringer Family

Horton’s Fairy House by Lori Simon

Emmy’s Fairyland by Sarah, Emmy, & Chris Buckner

Minecraft Fairy House by Leah Simon

Kid Psych Fairy Cottage by Guerin Whitcomb and Alyssa Lovett

Little House with a Fairy by Chelsea, Grant, Adrienna, Cameron, & Ellen Stuart

Fairy Villa by Alyssa & Bree Reinoso & Sam Matlock

Feather Brightrock of Gourd Glen by Renee Rule & Halie, Cooper, Emerson, Susan, Rainer, & Sophie Hesch

New for 2018!

RAPUNZEL THE HAIRBRAINED: Join author Sarah E. Morin and illustrator Taylor Lucas as they launch their new fairy tale picture book, “Rapunzel the Hairbrained.” Learn how to put your own unique twist on fairy tale plots and character design.

‘FIXING FRACTURED FAIRYTALES’ TEA PARTIES: Toadstools get reserved fast for our annual tea parties. With a new 2018 theme and the expected treats, you won’t want to miss it (April 18-21)! Reserve your spots.

‘THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT WENT TO SEA’: April Showcase Artist Aili McGill will be here during Fairy Friday on April 20th and on Sprite Saturday, April 21st, helping with fairy-themed fun! Her new book The Owl and the Pussycat Went To Sea, along with prints, orginal art, stickers and more will be for sale throughout our Fairyville event.

SPECIAL APPEARANCE BY STUART SAYGER:

The beloved illustrator of Lego’s Bionicle Comic and more will be with us during Fairy Friday from 6-9 pm and Sprite Saturday (times TBD) to show off some of his latest projects, to draw, and to celebrate all the winged wonders. And, just in case you’re wondering, Stuart will help us prove that superheroes and fairies get along just great!

Get Involved

We’re weaving together the fabric of our community. Add your thread during the 2018 Welcome to Fairyville event! Create your own fairy house to be showcased on the Fairy Trail and during the Fairy Home Show. Fairy House Applications are due on April 11 and houses are due by April 16.

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