Stand Out From the Crowd with “The Cricket”: Meet Our New, Clear Ticket and Credential Product

Stand Out From the Crowd with The Cricket Meet Our New, Clear Ticket and Credential ProductIf you regularly organize events, you probably get bored with looking at the same kinds of tickets all the time. Even if you try to order custom tickets or use a new design, it doesn’t always make it into the kind of keepsake that gets guests thinking about their memories of your event and how much they enjoyed themselves. If you’re looking for a truly unique ticketing product that will take your event to the next level in professionalism and great design, Worldwide Ticketcraft has just the thing available! It’s called The Cricket, which is essentially an oversized ticket printed on a clear plastic. With a single glance, these new clear tickets grab attention like no other admissions product.

Most tickets are fairly impersonal, and produced at the lowest cost available, with simple text for the event details, and a plain background. Paper or cardstock tickets and credential badges are also not the most durable, often requiring laminating or plastic sleeves if they will be used over multiple days. The Cricket is different; these durable plastic creations have a multitude of features which make them stand apart from a traditional ticket, including:

  • Full color printing on clear plastic. These tickets are vibrant like no other admissions product, with high quality, colorful inks that really “pop”!
  • Personalized for each patron. Each ticket or credentials badge is individually printed, so the customization options are endless.
  • White ink for opacity and variable information. For contrast against the clear background, and effective visual communication, white ink can be used in addition to black and colors.  
  • 20 and 30 mil thickness options. Choose your durability depending on your needs.
  • Any shape or size. However you want to design your ticket or other admissions and events product, you have complete flexibility with The Cricket. Let your imagination run wild!
  • Slot punch for attaching lanyards. Make badges simple to design with this optional feature.

Worldwide Ticketcraft has developed and tested the clear ticket to meet the highest quality standards. Your guests will be impressed by these gorgeous tickets and events products—designed for multiple uses, The Cricket can meet the needs of any venue for admission, ID verification, or special access. Each printed item can be personalized for individual patrons to include a barcode, consecutive number, name, date, or whatever other information you require. Thanks to this unlimited customizability, The Cricket goes beyond just ticketing. Here are a few other options for this revolutionary admissions product:

  • Backstage Pass
  • Membership Pass
  • Commemorative Ticket
  • Sideline Pass
  • Suite Holder Badge
  • Parking Hang Tag
  • Opening Day or Night Admission
  • Oversize specialty ticket
  • Whatever else you can dream up!

Not only does this give you the freedom to design just about anything for your upcoming event, it also makes for a great souvenir for guests to hold onto. Unlike a paper ticket stub, your attendees will want to keep their beautiful clear ticket or badge. When they look at it, they’ll appreciate the effort put into designing a beautiful and functional ticket. The memories of your event will remain strong in their minds, and that’s one of the best ways to attract repeat patrons to your events in future! When you’re ready to make the leap to the next big advance in admissions products, learn more about The Cricket and request a quote here.

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7 Easy Steps to Make your Chinese Raffle a Hit!

Chinese Raffle TicketsChinese Raffles are a terrific way to fundraise for your charity, school, club, church, or community organization. When you know how to run one of these raffles, you have the potential to raise a lot of money for your cause. They’re one of the most dynamic ways to organize a raffle, and they’re a lot of fun for participants. More fun can equal more lucrative fundraising results, which creates a definite win:win situation for organizers and participants alike.

What is a Chinese Raffle?

Many people also refer to this type of raffle as a Chinese auction, basket auction, penny (or nickel, or quarter) auction. It’s a fundraising event in which participants purchase small tickets that they can submit to win a variety of prizes.

How does a Chinese Raffle work?

The basic concept has two parts: the “auction” phase and the “raffle” phase. The raffle organizers seek out donations for prizes for the auction. At the time of the event, the prizes are put on display on tables for guests to peruse. In front of each prize is a designated basket, bowl, box, or some sort of vessel to hold the tickets for each prize.

The Auction Phase

During the auction phase, participants purchase sheets of tickets and each ticket is used as a “bid” for a chance to win the items of their choosing. They place however many tickets they would like in the baskets that correspond with the prizes they would like to try to win. This is fun for participants because they have a lot of choice in how they can spend their tickets. Participants may increase their chance of winning by bidding more tickets on one specific item. If someone really wants to win one particular prize, they might put most or all of their tickets in that lot to try to win that prize, or they could spread their tickets out among all of the prizes.

The Raffle Phase

At the conclusion of bidding, a raffle is held to draw the winners. The raffle stage is really like a series of raffles. One winning ticket is drawn for each raffle item. The more tickets a person deposits into each basket, the higher their chance will be to win the item. Participants who bought a lot of tickets and bid on several items might win many times. It can be fun to create a ceremony for the draw and to make the announcements publicly, or you can contact the winners after the event if they’re no longer present.

Part of the draw for a Chinese Raffle is that ticket costs are quite low per ticket and, if you’ve been able to round up desirable prizes, lucky winners can get a great deal. The more desirable your prizes, the more heated the bidding will become. It’s an amusing and fruitful process!

What You Need to Run a Chinese Auction

  • Volunteers
    • To round up prizes
    • To promote the event
    • To sell tickets
    • To help set up and run the event
  • Baskets, bowls, boxes, or a similar vessel to collect the tickets for each prize
  • Raffle prizes, donated from sponsors and generous donors
  • Raffle tickets, like our 25 chip and the 20 chip DIY Chinese Auction/Raffle Tickets. Order 100 minimum tickets that can be customized with your logo or image.

Optional:

  • You can also sell tickets for an entrance fee with a door prize, particularly if your event will include other entertainment or attractions.

Step 1 – Recruit Volunteers

About 4-6 volunteers are ideal, or more if you plan to hold a very large event.

Step 2 – Seek Out Prize Donations

Have your volunteers reach out to their networks to request prizes for the auction. Prizes might come from members of the organization in question, local businesses, supporters, friends and family members. Consider offering businesses and organizations advertising space in your event program if you have one, or list their sponsorship on your website and on social media. Prizes might be physical prizes, or gift certificates for different kinds of experiences.

Popular items include spa packages, wine tours, entertainment tickets, restaurant certificates, vacation travel deals, consumer electronics items, and wine is always popular.

Also request contributions for refreshments that you can offer at your event as part of the incentive for having people attend. If you’re charging an admission price, include a snack and beverage in the cost of the ticket, or you could offer a cash snack bar. Reach out to a local caterer to see if they might discount their services or an ‘in kind’ donation of sponsorship in the form of food.

Plan to print programs for the event that include recognition and thanks to sponsors, donors, and volunteers. You can also sell advertising spots in the program, and be sure to include a list of items being auctioned to entice participants and excite them about the bidding process.

Step 3 – Promote your Event

This is, perhaps, the most important step in the process. The success of your event will depend on the number of people in attendance and the quantity of tickets that they purchase. Advertise your event on social media, on your website if you have one, on community boards, and with posters (link) in your community. Check your area for free or inexpensive event calendars that you can post in. Make sure to get your entire volunteer team on board so that they can help to promote the event with their networks and build interest and excitement for the cause.

Step 4 – Prepare the Prizes

Arrange large prizes on display alone and group smaller donations into prize baskets. Bundling items together can create additional appeal for those prizes and often raises more money than a small item would individually.

Assign a number to each prize and consider providing a sheet with a description to display with each prize. Prepare a small bowl, box, or basket to go with the prize that will hold the raffle tickets for that item and include the appropriate corresponding number. A brown paper bag can also work well.

Step 5 — Prepare the Tickets

Prepare your ticket bundles in advance and price your tickets in bundles of 25, 50, or 100 tickets. Have a cash float on hand and try to set out easy prices that will allow for quick sales.

Step 6 – Running the Event

Prepare a ticket table at the door to sell the raffle tickets.

If your event will include an admission ticket, you can sell and collect this too. If you sell an admission ticket, use the stubs to conduct a draw for a door prize.

Allow attendees plenty of time to buy their tickets, evaluate the prizes, and place their bids. Depending on the nature of your event, you might allow an hour, or the bidding might go on all day if the raffle is part of a larger festival.

Step 7 – Award the Prizes

When the time comes to conduct the draw, shake up the tickets in each basket, box, or bag and draw one ticket out of each. If you plan to conduct live announcements, this can be a very exciting and fun time for attendees to witness the draw and cheer on the winners. If you’re also awarding door prizes, pause part way through the Chinese Raffle to draw for the door prize, then resume drawing the prizes.

Follow these 7 steps for your next Chinese raffle and your fundraiser is sure to be a success. The more prizes that you’re able to collect, and the more people that you have in attendance creates a recipe for financial success for your cause. Best of luck, and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Showing Veterans Our Appreciation with Veteran Event Tickets

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There is a very worthy movement continuing to sweep our nation, and that is the appreciation of our veterans. It’s not a new movement, but the ways in which we recognize our veterans is growing. Appreciation can come in many different forms, and for event organizers, offering veteran tickets for your next event is worth consideration.

Take VetTix (link) , the Veteran Tickets Foundation. Their program has been created to provide free and discounted tickets to those currently serving and to veterans of all branches of the US military.

It’s all about giving something back to these brave people who have given something so important to us. The program makes tickets available not only to veterans but also to family members of troops killed in action. There are veteran tickets that are offered for large events like concerts, performing arts, and sporting events, and also for smaller events like family activities.

If you’re an event organizer, consider offering some form of veteran tickets. You could offer a discount to veterans, but what a wonderful gesture it would be to create a pool of tickets available free of charge to our veterans and their families. If you have extra tickets or seats available anyways, then why not fill those seats with veterans? Not only would such a donation be noble and generous of you, but your other patrons will appreciate that you’re making such a worthwhile gesture.

At the time of this article, 1,582,566 event tickets have been given out by the Veteran Ticket Foundation to our military, veterans, and their families in all 50 States and Washington, DC to our Military, Veterans and their families.

Offering veteran tickets really adds a lot of value to these people’s lives. The burdens of war carry both physical and mental weight that can stay with veterans for their entire lives. By donating tickets, we’re giving veterans a way to strengthen their family bonds and also an encouraging way for them to stay engaged with their community. Attending events provides a form of entertainment for them that can go a long way to reduce the stress of a very intense livelihood. It’s a wonderful gift.

If you’re an event organizer, consider donating event tickets to the Foundation. It’s a wonderful way to acknowledge our veterans.

How the Experience of Attending Live Events is Changing

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Event Marketers: The Experience of Attending Live Events is Changing. Are You Changing Too?

The excitement and thrill of attending a live event certainly isn’t a new concept. The earliest amphitheaters were those of ancient Rome, built in the 1st century BC. However, trends change. Where once the masses converged to watch chariot races, now audiences congregate to sing along with Taylor Swift. Over the course of more than two thousand years, it’s natural that the subject matter would have changed so dramatically, but until recently, the experience of attending an event hadn’t actually altered all that much.

Enter the internet and the new “social age” of connectivity. Everything is changing.

Much like in olden days, people still have performers or teams that they seek out, root for, and celebrate. Where once it may have been a gladiator, now it might be a favorite baseball team, but it’s the way that people now source their events and tickets that’s changing so dramatically.

Millennials and the “New” Consumer

The millennials, defined as people born between 1977 and 2000, make up 25-33% of the US population, are really shaking up the industry. Brands need to understand millennials and work to create an experience with them rather than just trying to sell to them. It’s a shift that’s completely reshaping the event and ticketing industry.

There are evolving implications as to how the behavior of this large segment of the consumer population is transforming the experience of live events, both before the event takes place, during the event itself, and also after attending the event.

How do Millennials Choose? 

The way that people shop around for events has created a new, more competitive world in the ticket market. When choosing what event to attend, it’s not only about “who’s playing”. Millennials want to check the ‘buzz’ and will read reviews, articles, blog posts, related hashtags on Twitter and other platforms to gauge public opinion.

This demographic equates value with experience. They are invested in shopping around to compare prices to get the best value for the experience. They are less loyal to individual brands and ticket sources and are more driven by price and value comparison. To establish loyalty, marketers need to continue to offer the most proven value to their customers.

How do Millennials Experience?

These days, attending an event and enjoying it in the moment isn’t enough. Technology is changing the way that people experience live events. Social media tools and apps are being used to heighten and amplify those live moments in new ways. From selfies on Instagram, to live tweeting, to the new Periscope live video streaming app, millennials exalt in sharing the experience as it unfolds. After the event, that experience is further augmented by additional social media status updates, blogging, and online reviewing.

Live events create experiences that shape some of our fondest memories. The new evolution of consumers want to capture and amplify those experiences. Recognizing that this new behavior has and is continuing to change the industry is an important shift that event marketers need to recognize. The influence of millennials is reshaping the overall consumer market into a new type of audience. Successful event marketers are investigating ways to adapt alongside these new audiences. What new marketing channels work, and what old techniques should be set aside? Have you witnessed any new, clever marketing ideas that are incorporating the changes in the industry?

Deciding Between Tickets vs. Wristbands for your Event

Deciding Between Tickets vs. Wristbands for your Event

When you plan an event there are a lot of decisions to be made. One of the top priorities should be how to best manage the ticketing and admission process. To ensure that the operations run smoothly first you want to decide if your event will require tickets, wristbands, or a combination of both. So you ask yourself; How will tickets and/or wristbands work best for your event?

The use of tickets and wristbands can be different or similar depending on the type of event you are organizing. Let’s start with discovering the options available.

General Admission Event
When it comes to general admission tickets and wristbands, guests are admitted when they present their ticket and then choose any seat at their leisure. General admission wristbands can also be used for non-seated events like a lawn concert or dance performance.

Reserved Seating Event
Some venues have seats with assigned numbers that are also clearly marked on the ticket. When you receive a reserved ticket for admission it is your guide to finding a match of the same section, row and seat as listed on your ticket. Some venues prefer wristbands to signify particular admission or access to a portion of your event. For example, a blue wristband might signify VIP status so that someone can gain access to a special VIP room, backstage, access to a buffet, or a late night party after the show.

How to Choose
In many cases, you might choose to have tickets AND wristbands as they serve different purposes for the same event. Attendees purchase tickets in advance, then upon arrival trade their ticket for a wristband to confirm their entry to parts (or all) of your event.

Consider the type of event that you’re running. Many events for sports (like high school football, soccer games, baseball, etc.) and performances (dance, symphonic band, chorus, theater) concerts, and many conferences are general admission events where first come is first served when it comes to seating. However, there might be a pre-show or post-show event in another area where guests would need to have a wristband for admission.

While deciding on tickets and wristbands, here are five questions to ask yourself to determine whether tickets or wristbands will work best for your situation.

How to Market your Event and Sell More Tickets

How to Market your Event and Sell More Tickets Part I a

In the world of event planning, there is always something new to discover. As organizers, we grow and learn with every conference, concert, or festival that we run. Whether this is your first rodeo, or you’re a seasoned event planner, we’ve created a two-part series of points that every marketing team should remember.

Part I – Setting Up A Successful Event Marketing Campaign

  1. Branding
    Establish an identifiable look, tone, and message for your brand. Your event is special and is much more than just physical attendance; it’s all about creating an experience for your guests. Your branding needs to convey that experience and value to your potential customers. Establish the associations that you would like your audience to instantly connect with your brand. Whenever people see certain imagery, colors, hashtags, slogans, and verbiage, good branding will evoke the feelings that you want them to associate with your event. Get your branding straight right from the beginning.
  1. Visuals
    If your event features well-known artists, experts, or guests, leverage their notoriety as much as possible by using their photographs and likeness on your advertising. Create branded visual images, art, and infographics that can be used for your website, social media, your newsletter, print media, etc. Maps, transportation guides, testimonials, and schedules can all be made into attractive, branded visuals.
  1. Video
    Video is a powerful tool that gives you the chance to convey the excitement of a live event. You can use video in a number of ways:
  • Create a highlight reel from past events.
  • Share video clips of artists, performers, or speakers in action.
  • Interviews with artists, performers, or speakers.
  • Visual content to promote your unique location.
  • Video testimonial from participants.

Keep in mind who your target audience is and be consistent with your branding when creating the videos. The video should convey your message, and the value and benefits of attending the event. Post the video(s) on both YouTube and Vimeo and share them on social media, in your newsletters, and on your website.

  1. Testimonials
    Use testimonials from past participants as well as from presenters and performers. These provide trustworthy and credible sources of information for your consumers.
  1. Competitive Pricing
    In addition to offering early bird pricing, have different pricing tiers so that there is an option to fit into everyone’s budget. Create both affordable and more elite options; VIP tickets with special incentives could appeal to a higher ticket bracket while less expensive, general admission tickets are appealing to the more general public. You might also offer student and senior discounts.

You can also create different types of passes for people who are not able to attend your entire event. Passes might include full passes for an entire weekend, or a la carte tickets for individual sessions, or single day passes.

Discount group tickets can also be great idea. One of the best ways to do so is to contact the sponsors for your event and offer group passes for their companies.

  1. Create Urgency
    Create a sense of urgency so that people buy tickets now, not later. People’s calendars fill up and you need to claim your place in their calendars immediately. Creating early bird tickets, promotional codes, and other early incentives helps to get the ticket-sale ball rolling early.
  1. Loyalty Rewards
    If your event is annual, consider rewarding last year’s attendees by offering them an incentive. This could come in the form of a discount, an upgrade, or first access. People who have attended before could be your biggest supporters and it’s worth investing in their continued participation by sweetening their participation with promotional codes and perks.
  1. Get Traditional
    Don’t forget about traditional promotional channels like print advertising, or even radio and television. In this digital and social media age, it’s easy to neglect the value of paper promotions. However, posts, flyers, sending invitations by snail mail, creating event postcards, and rack cards are still a very valuable part of your marketing campaign. Depending on the size and scope of your event, you might also like to take out advertising space in targeted newspapers or magazines, or place airtime on radio or television.
  1. Include Your Event Sponsors in the Marketing Process
    Tag your sponsors and give them proper shout outs whenever possible, and get them on board to help create excitement about the event. Stay communicative with them so that they feel invested in the event not only from the perspective of continued sponsorship in future years, but also so that they feel invested in the marketing success of the event.

Get in touch with industry organizations to help promote your event. Consider offering free tickets to strategic guests and ask them to blog or get social about the event.

All of these set-up steps are vital to event marketing. However, there is a glaringly obvious section missing from today’s blog post and that is cyber marketing. Social media and online promotions are such a vital part of event marketing that we’re devoting an entire second blog post to the topic. Check back next week for Part II of our How to Market your Event and Sell More Tickets – Cyber Marketing.

 

 

The Event Organizers Checklist: 16 Steps to Make Your Next Event a Success

Event Checklist

Planning is the most important part of running any event. This is a quick checklist to refer to when you’re planning and organizing your next festival, workshop, sports rally, club meeting, or any type of event big or small. While every event obviously varies in scope and size, this checklist can be scaled based on your needs. A two-hour book club party is going to be scaled much differently than a four-day jazz festival. However, the core planning principles remain the same. Refer to these 16 steps to make your next event a success!

  1. Set the Date
    As early in advance as possible, set your dates.
  1. Book the Venue
    The next most important step is to book and confirm the venue.
  1. Send Out a Save the Date AnnouncementYour full promotions might not begin for a while, and you might not have any other details set yet, but as soon as you have your date confirmed and your venue booked, update your public.
  1. Layout the Event Timeline
    Depending on the lead up time to the event, determine what benchmarks should take place when. Consider all factors, like the launch of your promotional campaign and the date that ticket sales will open, based on what other events and holidays are taking place, when setting out your timeline.
  1. Build Your Team
    You may already have a core team in pace, but consider what staffing needs you’ll need based on your event scope and budget.
  1. Create a Schedule of Team Meetings Leading Up to the Event
    Depending on the size and scope of the event, meetings might take place in person or by conference call and should ramp up from monthly or bi-weekly to weekly in the time leading up to the event.
  1. Get Serious About Your Budget
    Every event is scalable. If your event is in its infancy, be conservative.
  1. Give Your Event Shape
    Determine event specific details. This will depend on the type of event that you’re holding. This is where you give your event unique personality. Let it shine! (As long as it stays in budget.)
  1. Operations & Logistics
    Now it’s all about balancing logistics with the flow of your event. What should take place when? What parts of the event will be the best attended slotted in where? Consider all aspects of the event flow before you lock in to your final schedule.
  • Organize Registration and Tickets
    What type of ticket or wristband will be most appropriate for your event? Use the wide variety of Worldwide Ticketcraft ticket options to pick the right type of tickets to suit your needs. Also, will the tickets or wristbands be enough for re-entrance, or will you need a hand stamp of some kind?
  • Determine Technical Needs
  • Determine Equipment and Supply Needs
  • Determine Administrative Needs
  • Consider All Possible On-Site Needs
  1. Return to the Budget
    Review your budget again to make sure that costs are still lining up with projections or revise the budget as needed.
  1. Launch Full Advertising Campaign and Begin Ticket Sales/Registration
    According to the timeline you originally set out.
  1. Check Up on your Event’s Health
    Check ticket sales in the weeks leading up to the event and re-scale your event if necessary. Also check-in with your team members regularly. How are they feeling? How is morale?
  1. Critical Path
    Walk the Critical Path of your event with your Team Leaders to make sure that all aspects of event flow have been considered. Create a flow chart, or a spreadsheet and break it all out.
  1. The Event Itself! Aka. Event Proper
    Follow the plan that you set out in your Critical Path and enjoy what you’ve created!
  1. Social Buzz
    Follow up with photos and conversation on social media. Better yet, have someone live Tweet and manage social media during the event. Share your success and highlights with attendees and potential future attendees.
  1. Event Post-Mortem
    After the event, conduct a post-mortem meeting as soon as possible to discuss the successful or needs-improvement aspects of the event. Create detailed notes while the event is fresh in your mind.

Once the wrap up has taken place, relax and look back at what you’ve accomplished. Feel proud of a job well done!

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions of items you would add to your own checklist, please let me know!

Ways to prepare for the Jewish High Holidays

Jewish High Holidays

The High Holidays are coming! Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is a time of celebration and Yom Kippur is, of course, the Day of Atonement. These are the High Holy Days, or the Days of Awe, that mark the dawning of fall each year. It’s a time to visit the synagogue and focus on repentance. Attending Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services and preparing to celebrate these holidays with your family is a great chance to experience connection to the community and to taste the spirituality of the season. Because so many Jews attend High Holiday services, most large synagogues require worshippers to purchase tickets for them. Some congregations have decided not to charge for tickets, because they want to be more accessible, but they still require reservations of some kind, and a few congregations treat the High Holidays like every other Jewish service and invite people to drop in. When preparing for your High Holiday services and events, Worldwide Ticketcraft offers a wide range of ticketing items to make sure that your Holy Days run as smoothly and seamlessly as possible.

Rosh Hashanah
Rosh Hashanah means literally “the head of the year.” As we approach the first of the Hebrew month of Tishri, we begin a month full of holidays. You may be thinking of preparations like baking challahs, slicing apples, or selecting your preferred jar of honey. The Rosh Hashanah New Year celebration is also a time for organizing and making sure that events go smoothly. Worldwide Ticketcraft has High Holiday Rosh Hashanah Event Tickets to ensure that your observance is organized and runs as smoothly as possible. Whether you’re in need of tickets for admission, either seated or general admission, or wristbands of children for babysitting services, we have the products you need to have a smooth and happy new year. You may also need parking passes or tickets. Worldwide Ticketcraft can take care of all your High Holiday needs so that you can focus on other aspects of the celebration.

Yom Kippur
The ten-day countdown from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur means a preparation for the Day of Atonement. As we prepare for a day of collective confession, fasting and prayer, it’s a good time to remember that Yom Kippur is a serious holiday but not a sad one. Fasting on Yom Kippur can function to help with the process of repentance, or provide a counter-irritant that distracts from how badly we feel about the sins we’re trying to overcome, setting a clean slate and a positive tone for the new year. With so much else to focus on for Yom Kippur, the last thing you want to worry about is the tickets for the High Holiday services at your synagogue.

However, Worldwide Ticketcraft offers a wide range of ticketing items to ensure that your Holy Days are well taken care of and distraction free.

Rosh Hashanah
Happy new year!
Begins sunset of Sunday, September 13, 2015
Ends nightfall of Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Fast of Gedaliah – Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Reminder: No work is permitted.

Yom Kippur
Begins sunset of Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Ends nightfall of Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Reminder: No work is permitted.

Sukkot
Begins sunset of Sunday, September 27, 2015
Ends nightfall of Sunday, October 4, 2015
Reminder: No work permitted on September 28 – 29. Work is permitted on September 30 – October 2 and October 4 with certain restrictions.
Hoshanah Rabbah – October 4, 2015

Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah
Begins sunset of Sunday, October 4, 2015
Ends nightfall of Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Reminder: No work is permitted

Chanukah
Begins sunset of Sunday, December 6, 2015
Ends nightfall of Monday, December 14, 2015
Reminder: Work permitted, except Shabbat

Fast of Tevet 10
Begins sunrise of Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Ends nightfall of Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Work permitted
What happened on 10 Tevet? . . . Why do we need the Holy Temple? . . . The positive aspects of a “siege mentality” . . . The Rebbe on the Holocaust . . .

Tu B’Shevat
Monday, January 25, 2016
Work permitted
Tu B’Shevat, the 15th of Shevat on the Jewish calendar, is the day that marks the beginning of a “new year” for trees.

Purim
Begins sunset of Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Ends nightfall of Thursday, March 24, 2016
Reminder: Work should be avoided. Consult a Rabbi if this is not possible.
Ta’anit Esther – March 23, 2016
Shushan Purim – March 25, 2016
Purim celebrates the deliverance of the Jewish people from the wicked Haman in the days of Queen Esther of Persia.

Passover
Begins sunset of Friday, April 22, 2016
Ends nightfall of Saturday, April 30, 2016
Reminder: No work permitted on April 23 – 24 and April 29 – 30. Work is permitted only on April 25 – 28 with certain restrictions.

Second Passover
Sunday, May 22, 2016
Work permitted

Lag B’Omer
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Work permitted
Sefirat HaOmer – April 23 – June 11, 2016
The birthday of Jewish mysticism . . . The spiritual significance of the bow and arrow . . . Can love be true, and can truth be loving? . . . What is Kabbalah?

Shavuot
Begins sunset of Saturday, June 11, 2016
Ends nightfall of Monday, June 13, 2016
Reminder: No work is permitted
Shavuot marks the giving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai. The Ten Commandments are read in synagogues, just as they were in the desert on Mt. Sinai over 3,300 years ago.

The Three Weeks
Saturday, July 23, 2016 through Sunday, August 14, 2016
Reminder: Work permitted, except Shabbat
Fast of the 17th of Tammuz – July 24, 2016
Fast of Tish’a B’Av – August 13 – 14, 2016
The “Three Weeks” and Tisha B’Av are designated as a time of mourning over the destruction of the Holy Temple and the galut (exile).

*All Jewish holidays begin the evening before the date specified on most calendars.

If your synagogue is holding events and needs tickets, posters, or other event printing, Worldwide Ticketcraft is proud to offer a variety of options that will suit your holiday events.