The Northwest’s most unusual art, craft and culture festival will be coming to the Lynnwood Convention Center on Sunday, Sept. 22.
Oddmall: Emporium of the Weird will be open to the public 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free.
The festival will feature over 150 local vendors selling unusual, one-of-a-kind items. Artists include driftwood sculpture maker Daniel Medina, Seattle mural artist Ryan Henry Ward, Pandora from Delightfully Deviant, Frankensocks creators Sockpals, and Sugar Skull artist Mallory Milke.
Whether you’re looking for jewelry, fine art or unique clothing, if it’s unusual, they have you covered. Many of the artists are displaying at a show for the first time.
There will be two entertainment stages featuring mentalist Joe Black from America’s Got Talent, blue grass band Pickled Okra, sideshow circus troupe Wreckless Freeks and belly dancers.
Wreckless Freeks and Friends will perform sideshow acts that tax the human body to its extreme limits using knowledge of physics, anatomy, and Mind over Matter.
There will also be a costume contest at 4:30 p.m. and the opportunity for couples to get married in the Oddest wedding in the Northwest.
“My favorite part of the event is seeing the looks on people’s faces when they walk into the Emporium of the Weird and see all the truly unique item and entertainment we are presenting them,” said event organizer David Hopp.
Oddmall: Emporium of the Weird has been running twice a year in Akron, Ohio since 2009, attracting hundreds of unique artists and thousands of visitors to the area. This is Oddmall’s Northwest debut. Oddmall will also be featuring a Food Truck Food Court.
An abundance of original artwork, jewelry, sculpture, furniture, plush animals, toys, games, clothing, and other wonders will be featured. Despite its name, not everything at Oddmall is odd. Plenty of more mundane items can be found nestled among the curiosities, but these only make the strange stuff stranger by comparison.
Oddmall was founded in 2009 by illustrator, author, and game designer Andy Hopp and a team of hardworking volunteers.
“Our goal is to introduce the people of Seattle to the amazing variety of artistic and creative talent that lurks within their midst,” Hopp says. “I am continually overwhelmed and humbled by the fantastic imaginations and incredible ingenuity I encounter at every Oddmall. Seattle has some ridiculously talented people and I’m honored to have the opportunity to show them off.”