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Crafty Bastards Moving to Union Market

Crafty Bastards Moving to Union Market

Crafty Bastards, the massive indie arts fair that Washington City Paper has sponsored since 2004, will have a new home this year: Union Market.

The fair, which had set up for the last seven years at the Marie Reed Learning Center in Adams Morgan, will take place Nov. 10 at the new venue. Union Market, opening this weekend, will primarily host artisan food vendors; last year, the market hired chef Richie Brandenburg away from José Andrés' ThinkFoodGroup to run its operations.

"Their philosophy of embracing artisanal products and individual business owners lines up with what we've been doing with Crafty Bastards for the last eight years—connecting shoppers with makers and deepening their understanding of how things are made," says festival director Sara Dick.

For the first time, attending will require a ticket. Beginning later this month, $10 tickets will be sold on, as well as a limited number of $25 VIP tickets that get you into the fair early—before everyone else has a chance to buy up the handmade, indie crafts you want.

Vendor applications are being accepted online now.

Read a City Paper press release about the fair below:


(Washington, D.C.) Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair returns to Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, for another handmade shopping extravaganza!

Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair is an exhibition and sale of handmade arts and crafts from independent artists presented by Washington City Paper. The ninth annual event will be Crafty Bastards’ first indoor show at an exciting new location— Union Market, the new year-round indoor market featuring 40 local artisans opening Sept. 8, 2102 with designs to be D.C.’s culinary epicenter. Union Market is located at 1309 5th Street NE in Washington, D.C., and accessible via the NoMa-Gallaudet University/New York Ave. station on Metro's Red line.

Craft vendor applications are being accepted at now through Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012. To be considered for booth space, applicants must submit five images of their work, an artist statement, and $10 non-refundable application fee before the deadline. Completed applications will be reviewed by the Crafty Bastards jury and applicants will be notified of their status by Friday, Sept. 28, 2012. See the vendor application page for more info.

For those seeking a one-of-a-kind shopping experience, Crafty Bastards Arts and Crafts Fair is not to be missed. In past years, Crafty Bastards has hosted a wide array of interesting and unique items including handmade hats, handspun yarn, bracelets made from camera parts, sculptures made from Monopoly game pieces, monster plushies, eco-friendly goods, pottery, clothing, and much, much more!

Crafty Bastards at Union Market will have ticketed admission. Tickets are $10 and will be available for purchase Sept. 28, 2012, at A limited number of VIP tickets will be offered for $25, providing early shopping access before the doors open for general admission. Join the Crafty Bastards email list to be notified when tickets go on sale.

EVENT: 9th Annual Crafty Bastards Arts and Crafts Fair

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

WHERE: Union Market (309 5th Street NE, Washington, D.C.)

WHAT: 100 vendors


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  • spottieottie

    Ticketed admission?? BOOOOOOO.

  • Bryant

    Yeah. Moving it out of NW is bad enough, but charging people ten bucks just to get in is a lousy move.

  • Eastern Market

    I like that it's moved closer to my neighborhood. It's not like Adams Morgan is that easy to get to either. I also like that it's later in the Fall-- there are just too many festivals to go to in September/early October and it's easy to get festival fatigue. By then we'll all be thinking about Christmas gifts and will be more motivated to buy crafted items. But I'm not thrilled about the entrance fee either. Especially since I always end up spending a lot there to begin with.

  • Jane

    I always combined a trip to the Book Festival and Crafty Bastards and a family visit. I'll miss Crafty Bastards. Sounds like the new CB won't be at all like the original. Too bad, it was a great experience.

  • Adams Morganite

    I would have happily traveled to Union Market for the fair, but 10 dollars to get in? VIP TICKETS FOR A CRAFT FAIR? Give me a break. Clearly, someone new is running the show. I have been every year for the past five years, but not this year.

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