The following are some of the most common questions (and the answers to these questions) asked about the United Tiny House Association and our For-Charity Festivals. We look forward to answering any additional questions anyone might have regarding our organization, our activities, and our events.
Q: Who is behind the For-Charity Tiny LIVING Festivals?
A: The For-Charity Tiny House Festivals are the brain-child of the United Tiny House Association, and its Founders, John and Fin Kernohan. The For-Charity Tiny House Festivals are not vendor-organized events, nor are they designed to promote or advertise any certain company or product. Instead, the For-Charity Tiny House Festivals are a celebration of the tiny lifestyle movement by celebrating EVERYTHING tiny – including ALL modalities of tiny structures and tiny living.
The primary purposes of the For-Charity Tiny House Festivals are:
~ To support and encourage those currently living their tiny home dream and those who dream of someday living tiny.
~ Venues for exposing the tiny house community to many of the leaders and trailblazers within the realm of micro living.
~ Allow individuals to experience what it is really like to be inside a tiny structure.
~ Provide attendees an opportunity to view and tour ALL modalities of living tiny, whether it be tiny houses on wheels (THOWs), foundation-based tiny homes, skoolies & bus conversions, yurts, gypsy wagons, tear drops, full-time RV living, van conversions, vintage campers, and a multitude of DIY tiny structures.
~ To introduce everyone in attendance to ideas and options they might not have previously considered.
~ A source of networking and shared resources for everyone.
~ To create a financial resource for local communities and charities.
Q: Is it true United Tiny House has organized the World’s 5 largest tiny house festivals?
A: Yes, of our 13 events to date, our 2016 (1st Annual) Florida Tiny Festival, our 2017 (2nd Annual) Florida Tiny House Festival, our 2018 (3rd Annual) Florida Tiny House Festival, and our 2018 (3rd Annual) & 2019 (4th Annual) Georgia Tiny House Festivals are on record as being the five largest gatherings of tiny structures at a tiny house event in the World. This is based on attendance and total number of tiny structures at each event:
World’s Largest: 2017 (2nd Annual) Florida Tiny House Festival (116 Tiny Structures)
World’s Second Largest: 2016 (1st Annual) Florida Tiny House Festival (97 Tiny Structures)
World’s Second Largest: 2019 (4th Annual) Georgia Tiny House Festival (97 Tiny Structures)
World’s Third Largest: 2018 (3rd Annual) Georgia Tiny House Festival (92 Tiny Structures)
World’s Third Largest: 2018 (3rd Annual) Florida Tiny House Festival (92 Tiny Structures)
Q: When and where are the next For-Charity Tiny LIVING Festivals being held?
A: The next For-Charity Tiny House Festivals currently scheduled are:
Tiny LIVING Festival – California 2019 (UTHA’s 14th For-Charity Festival)
October 5-6, 2019
Parking Area across from Richmond Art Center
Corner of 25th Street & Barrett Avenue, Richmond, California 94804
Click HERE for the Tiny LIVING Festival – California 2019’s Facebook Event Page.
Kick-Off Party for the 4th Annual (2019) Florida Tiny LIVING Music Festival (UTHA’s 15th For-Charity Event)
October 18-20, 2019
Tiny House Beach Resort (aka – Tiny House Siesta)
6600 Avenue A, Sarasota, Florida 34231
Click HERE for the Kick-Off Party for the 4th Annual (2019) Florida Tiny LIVING Music Festival’s Facebook Event Page.
4th Annual (2019) Florida Tiny LIVING Music Festival (UTHA’s 16th For-Charity Festival)
November 22-24, 2019
Bill Frederick Park at Turkey Lake
3401 S. Hiawassee Road, Orlando, FL 32835
Click HERE for the 4th Annual (2019) Florida Tiny LIVING Music Festival’s Facebook Event Page.
Q: Can I, my business or my employer become a sponsor of the for-charity tiny house festivals?
A: Yes, sponsors are a welcome part of our events. In fact, because of the sponsors who bless our events, the for-charity tiny house festivals are able to be of more benefit to so many individuals, charities, non-profits, communities, and great causes. The different levels of sponsorship for each of our organization’s tiny house festivals are:
Q: What are the hours for the Tiny House Festivals?
A: Unless otherwise stated for a specific event, the hours of each of the 2019 For-Charity Tiny LIVING Festival are:
Saturday: 9AM – 6PM
Sunday: 9AM – 6PM
Q: Will there be tiny structures I can see?
A: Yes, most definitely! We ALWAYS have both privately-owned tiny structures and vendor-provided tiny structures, which includes THOWs, skoolies, gypsy wagons/vardos, tear drops, van conversions, yurts, and more. Both groups of tiny structures are available for attendees to look at, view inside, and ask questions about. (Tiny structures will be available for viewing during all three days of this year’s event at the discretion of their owners.) The complete list of all the incredible tiny structures participating in our Tiny House Festivals can be found by following the Tiny Houses link for each Tiny LIVING Festival.
Q: How many tiny structures are at your events?
A: It completely depends on the event. Some of our events have over ninety (90) and one hundred (100) tiny structures, and some of our events have had 20-40 (twenty-to-forty) and 50-60 (fifty-to-sixty) tiny structures. Also, we report before-hand and leading into an event how many tiny structures (THOWs, skoolies, gypsy wagons/vardos, tear drops, van conversions, yurts, and more) are registered attend and participate at our events. Additionally, the United Tiny House Association is not responsible if any tiny structures registered for an event either cancels their participation, does not arrive at the event, and/or are late in arriving at an event.
Q: Do I have to buy a ticket to attend the 2019 Tiny LIVING Festivals?
A: Admission tickets are available both on-line and at the gate. Discount tickets for Saturday & Sunday are available online through the links found here HERE for a limited time prior to each event. (Note: Sometimes a separate parking fee is charged by the venue location operator.)
The following are eligible for FREE admission throughout the entire weekend at the Tiny LIVING Festivals:
~ Children ages 12 and under.
~ Active, Retired & Discharged Military with Valid Photo ID Card.
~ Active, Retired & Discharged “Badged” Law Enforcement with Valid Photo ID Card.
~ Active, Retired & Discharged Fire Fighters & On-Scene Emergency Responders with Valid Photo ID Card.
Q: Will there be a cut-off for how many people can attend the Tiny LIVING Festivals?
A: Attendance caps depend on the venue for each of our Tiny LIVING Festivals. Please keep in mind pre-purchasing on-line for Saturday and Sunday guarantees access and participation at the event – plus there is a discount for a limited time prior to each event for online ticket purchases.
Q: Can I purchase my tickets for Saturday and/or Sunday on-site at the Tiny LIVING Festivals instead of pre-purchasing on-line beforehand?
A: Yes, admission tickets are ALWAYS available for purchase at the gate. Please keep in mind pre-purchasing on-line helps guarantee your attendance in case of an unlikely sellout. Also, the admission line for per-purchase on-line ticket sales typically moves much quicker at the gate. Additionally, and unless otherwise started, 1-day admission (not including on-site camping when available) is $10.00 at the gate on Friday and $20.00 at the gate on Saturday & Sunday. Discount tickets for Saturday & Sunday are available online through our ticket store for a limited time prior to each event. (Note: Sometimes a separate parking fee is charged by the venue location operator.)
Q: What type of tickets are available and what do they cost?
A: There are different ticket levels – and each have their own associated prices. Unless otherwise started, admission prices (not including on-site camping when available) are: 1-Day admission for Saturday & Sunday is $20.00 at the gate. Discount tickets for Saturday & Sunday are available online through our ticket store for a limited time prior to each event. A complete description of discounted online tickets and their prices can be found HERE. (Note: Sometimes a separate parking fee is charged by the venue location operator.)
Q: Can I stay over-night at the Tiny LIVING Festivals?
A: Depending on the venue location, on-site camping (both primitive and/or sites with RV/camper hook-ups with water/power) is usually available. All on-site camping reservations can ONLY be made on-line though our web site. Additionally, a list of campgrounds and hotels located in the area of our Tiny LIVING Festivals can be found on the Accommodations Page for each of our Tiny LIVING Festivals.
If you are the owner of a tiny home and would like to stay on-site during the event, registration forms are available HERE to attend and participate for FREE.
Q: Are pets allowed?
A: Unless otherwise stated, well-behaved pets are allowed and welcome at the Tiny LIVING Festivals as long as they are on a leash at all times (or in a kennel, pen or stroller) and they are cleaned up after. Also, exhibitors reserve the right to not allow pets in their areas. (Note: Free roaming/non-leashed/non-contained pets are not allowed at our events due to the rules & regulations of the venues, and for the safety of attendees and their pets.)
Q: Are the for-charity tiny house festival children-friendly?
A: Absolutely! Children are welcome with open arms to the Tiny LIVING Festivals. In fact, we have a FREE children’s area known as “Teenies’ Tiny Wonderland” where there are crafts & activities. Also, children who are ages 12 and under get in for FREE throughout the entire weekend.
Q: Who will be presenting and speaking at the Tiny LIVING Festivals?
A: The Tiny LIVING Festivals offer some of main movers and shakers in the tiny house movement, as well as individuals with incredible stories and personal insights of living tiny and owning a tiny home. You can see experts, experienced tiny home dwellers, and everyone else who will be presenting at the Tiny LIVING Festivals on the Speakers Page for each of our Tiny LIVING Festivals.
Q: How can I be a volunteer during the For-Charity Tiny LIVING Festivals?
A: The For-Charity Tiny LIVING Festivals are greatly appreciative of the many people who volunteer their time to help make our events successful. Without offer some of main movers and shakers in the tiny house movement, as well as individuals without these dedicated individuals, the For-Charity Tiny House Festivals would be hard to accomplish. As a sign of our appreciation, anyone who volunteers during our events receives a FREE full weekend admission pass, a cool t-shirt, food & drink during their volunteer time, and we donate $10.00 per each hour of a volunteer’s time to the local charity of their choice. To sign up to be a volunteer and to identify your charity of choice, please follow the appropriate link HERE.
Q: What will be happening during the Tiny LIVING Festivals?
A: The Tiny LIVING Festivals are jam packed full of activities, speakers, entertainment, workshops, tiny home tours, and more! A complete list of the 3-day schedule and activities are posted by following the Schedule link for each Tiny LIVING Festival.
Q: What tiny house builders and vendors will be at the Tiny LIVING Festivals?
A: A complete list of all the incredible tiny house builders, organizations, and vendors who participate in our Tiny House Festivals can be found by following the Vendors link for each Tiny House Festival.
Q: I have a disability. Is there easy access for me?
A: Yes, there is a drop off area – and a disabled parking area for clearly identified vehicles.
Q: What can I bring?
A: Be sure to bring your enthusiasm and excitement. You might also want to bring either a lawn chair, sun screen, beach blanket or beach towel. Also, there will be many vendors and food concessions making their products and services available for purchase.
Q: What can’t I bring?
A: As like most other festivals and events the size of the for-charity Tiny LIVING Festivals, we require that no firearms, weapons, illegal drugs, and alcohol be brought by attendees to our Tiny LIVING Festivals. (Note: This has been required since the very first of our Tiny LIVING Festivals many years ago and we thank everyone for honoring this request.) Additionally, no coolers are allowed through the front gate. (On-site campers may have coolers and alcoholic beverages in their campsites unless announced otherwise.)
Q: What if it rains?
A: Rain or shine, our Tiny LIVING Festivals will go on. 🙂
Q: May I bring my own tiny house to the Tiny LIVING Festival?
A: Yes! Anyone who owns a tiny home, skoolie/bus conversion, vintage camper, yurt, DIY tiny home, etc., and would like to bring it to our Tiny LIVING Festival can do so and stay on-site for the entire weekend for FREE… and also receive FREE weekend passes as well as meals! All we ask in return is for you to open your tiny house to the attendees so they may view it and ask you questions about your tiny living experience. If you would like to bring your tiny home to any of our Tiny LIVING Festivals, please contact us at email@example.com or you can find the registration form HERE.
Q: I have a product or service I would like to share with the attendees of the Tiny LIVING Festivals. How can I become a vendor at one of your events?
A: Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we may provide you a Vendor Registration Form. Also, registration forms are available HERE.
Q: How can I become a speaker/presenter at one of your events?
A: Please contact us at email@example.com to request a Speakers Registration Form so you may be considered as a Speaker for one of our upcoming Tiny LIVING Festivals.
Q: If I do not register as a vendor or participant, can I still come to the Tiny LIVING Festivals to promote my business, company, tiny house event and/or hand out my business cards, flyers or brochures?
A: No! You must first obtain permission in writing from the appropriate Board Member of the United Tiny House Association. The vendors and participants who have taken the time to officially register for our Tiny LIVING Festivals have invested their time and resources in providing the attendees access to their quality products, structures, and services. Because of this, we must insist anyone who is not registered as a vendor, business, builder or home owner, not come to our Tiny LIVING Festivals with the intent to promote their business, service, product or event. At the same time, if you have a product or service that is of direct benefit to the tiny house and micro living community and you are not a registered vendor, please contact us within 2 weeks before our events so you may coordinate having your marketing materials available through our official information booth.
Q: May I copy and use any of the photos, files, documents or anything else of this web site?
A: The content of this web site is the sole property of the UNITED Tiny House Association. With the exception of third-party logos and maps/images of event venue locations, ALL content found on this web site is the sole property of the UNITED Tiny House Association (UTHA). UTHA owns ALL content found on this web site, including, but not limited to, ALL documents, files, photos, wording, verbiage, and more. No one has any right to copy, duplicate, modify, and/or use ANY content of this web site without the prior written approval of the UNITED Tiny House Association. If you find any content on this site you believe UTHA should have approval for to use on this site, please contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org and provide us the link so we may remove it or get proper permission.
Q: Will there be tiny homes for sale at the Tiny LIVING Festivals?
A: Yes, both privately owned and vendor owned tiny homes are for sale during our events.*
* Note: Neither the United Tiny House Association, nor any of the organizers and/or officers, are involved and/or responsible for the sale of tiny houses during our events. All sales and financial commitments are between the buyer and the seller.
Q: Why are these events called the “For-Charity Tiny LIVING Festivals”?
A: The For-Charity Tiny LIVING Festivals, organized by the United Tiny House Association, were founded by John & Fin Kernohan and the Board of the United Tiny House Association as a way to channel the popularity of tiny houses, and The Kernohans’ & their Board’s personal tiny lifestyles, as a means of philanthropy to raise funds for multiple worthwhile causes.
To date, almost $600K from the proceeds of the United Tiny House Association’s 12 for-charity Tiny LIVING Festivals have been donated and contributed to over 70 different charities, non-profits, great causes and to the local communities where these events have been held. Additionally, not a single single cent (not even to pay event expenses) from the first two Georgia Tiny House Festivals was ever retained by The Kernohans or the United Tiny House Association.
The following are just some of the organizations, causes and charities the United Tiny House Association has supported through its For-Charity Tiny LIVING Festivals:
~ Tiny House Scholarship (Founded & Endowed by the United Tiny House Association. This scholarship is awarded annually to a college-bound public, private or homeschooled student.)
~ The Exodus Road
~ Purchases Equipment, such as AEDs, for Volunteer Fire Departments
~ Raises Funds for Various Fire Departments
~ Habitat for Humanity (Multiple Local Locations in Different States)
~ All Souls Episcopal Care Center
~ Alzheimer’s Association
~ Animal Welfare Institute
~ Destiny’s Bridge
~ Eastern Florida State College Alumni Association
~ Grateful 4 Grace
~ Global Water
~ Hands On Jacksonville (Relief for Hurricanes Matthew & Irma)
~ Hastings Homebound
~ Hillsborough Community College Foundation
~ Infinite Trees Project
~ Patriot Service Dogs, Jacksonville
~ S.A.F.E. Pet Rescue
~ SCA Castlemere
~ St. Johns County Humane Society
~ St. Johns Presbyterian
~ Seamark Ranch
~ Starlight Foundation
~ Tiny House Expedition
~ Trees for the Future
~ Audubon Acres
~ Hurricane Harvey Relief
~ Cuts for Change
~ Humane Educational Society of Chattanooga
~ Epilepsy Foundation
~ Don’t Count Me Out
~ Mercy Ships
~ ALS Society
~ Sacred Selection
~ Chattanooga Humane Society
~ Chattanooga Community Kitchen
~ A Step Ahead Chattanooga
~ Funded 100% of Construction of a Tiny House for a Homeless Veteran
~ Save the Whales
~ Save the Pandas
~ Save the Tigers
~ Tiny House Build for a Displaced Hurricane Harvey Family
~ Tiny Dog House on Wheels Raffle for Dry Dog Food for Animal Shelters (The Tiny Dog House on Wheels Raffle has been done at every For-Charity Tiny House Festival since the 2016 Florida Tiny House Festival.)
~ And Many Other Charities & Great Causes
Q: I am a participant in your events, and each time my name and my company name is posted on your web site I get contacted by other tiny house events asking me to be involved in their events. Sometimes they have insinuated or implied they are somehow associated to your events. Is this true?
A: No, with the exception of the Tiny Home Show held on Hillsborough Community College’s Southside Campus in Ruskin, Florida, we are not associated or partnered with any events other than our organization’s own For-Charity Tiny LIVING Festivals, which are always listed on this page and on our Facebook’s Events Page.
As many people know, we do help and support other events in the tiny house movement, and have even created a Facebook page where tiny house events can submit their information for others to see.
Unfortunately, there have been a couple of events that have been organized by entities not related in any way to our organization, where the organizers have copied our events so much that some people have become confused as to which one is ours and which one is not. A couple of these have even gone as far as to falsely claim they are associated with our organization or that we are associated with them and their event(s).
Also, some events go through our web site and contact our vendors, speakers and the tiny homes registered for our events to participate their events, which can make it appear to the unsuspecting eye that there is a relationship between their and our events.
Additionally, there have been a couple events where the organizers have mislead people into believing their events are someone how related to our events by using our organization’s name and/or the names of some of the members of our Board.
Again, if an event is not listed on our web site’s FAQs page, then it is not one of our events.
If anyone ever has any questions in this matter, please do not hesitate to contact us. As always, we thank everyone for their support of our For-Charity Tiny LIVING Festivals.