What is it?
Now in its 12th year, Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair is an exhibition and sale of handmade goods from independent artists presented by the Washington City Paper. Crafty Bastards will be held outdoors on Saturday, Sept. 26 and Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015 at Union Market. Tickets sold online in advance are $5 each day (ticket price subject to change). Crafty Bastards 2014 featured 175+ vendors. Join the Crafty Bastards email list and connect with us on your favorite social network to get festival updates.
Why are we doing it?
As D.C.'s premier alternative newsweekly, City Paper promotes underground art and strives to connect the voice and vision of the indie craft community with our readers. Every fall we hold the fair which creates an experience where consumers can discover unconventional, hard-to-find arts and crafts, meet the artists, and even make something themselves.
When is this event and how do I find it?
Crafty Bastards will be held Saturday, Sept. 26 and Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. The 12th annual event will be our fourth show at Union Market, 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.
What kinds of crafts will I find?
You won't find mass-produced or imported goods here. You will find talented vendors handpicked by a select jury for their DIY chops and singular vision selling things you never knew existed and that you may never see again! There'll be surprises at every booth including unique homegoods, clothing, punk-rock baby clothes, handcrafted jewelry, plush toys, DIY kits, screen-printing, original art, locally produced food, and much more!
In 2004, City Paper held the first Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair at the Columbia Heights Community Marketplace. We featured 150 vendors, food, and bands. In 2005, Crafty Bastards moved to the Marie Reed Learning Center in Adams Morgan, and every year since has featured more than 100 indie craft vendors, tasty food vendors, generous sponsors, and fabulous prizes. The event has has grown to attract over 30,000 attendees who come for the impressive array of crafts and the all-day entertainment that over the years has included b-boy battles, workshops, fire-eaters, kid-friendly rock shows, fashion shows, belly dancers and more!
In 2008 we hosted a spring show that focused on learning, workshops, up-and-coming artists, and those newer to the indie craft scene.
In 2011, we added a special Young & Crafty section that featured young makers between the ages of 9-18 years old. That year we also introduced a Food Craft section that celebrated the burgeoning D.I.Y. food movement. The program featured a D.I.Y. Salon that hosted some of the area’s best culinary talent as they taught exciting craft food techniques, a Crafty Food Market that displayed and served great artisanal food—and the highlight, the Crafty Food Awards, which crowned the city’s best food crafters.
In 2012, we relocated to Union Market and constructed large tents covering all the vendors and most walkways. We returned to Union Market in 2013 and expanded to two days for twice the fun. 2015 will be our fourth year at Union Market and will include even more vendors, food trucks, beverages, and entertaiment.
SAVE THE DATE: Crafty Bastards 2015 is set for Saturday, Sept. 26 ad Sunday, Sept. 27. Admission is $5 each day (price subject to change). Tickets will be available online prior to the event. We can't wait to share all the surprises in store for this year— Stay tuned!
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Crafty Bastards Buzz
- BizBash, Beth Kormanack (12/10/13)
- Washington Post, Maura Judkis (9/26/13)
- Racked DC, Adele Chapin (9/26/13)
- The Huffington Post, Brandon Weatherbee (11/12/12)
- Brightest Young Things, Josh Feldman (11/12/12)
- Washingtontonian, Sarah Zlotnick (11/07/12)
- TBD, Andrew Beaujon (10/1/10)
- Washington Post, Lavanya Ramanathan (9/29/10)
- Kojo Nnamdi Show (9/27/10)
- Brightest Young Things, Dakota Fine (10/06/09)
- NPR In Other Words, Jess Gitner (October 2009)
- Washington Post, Lavanya Ramanathan (10/02/09)
- Modish, Liz Grotyohann (9/29/09)
- Make, Gareth Branwyn (10/06/08)
- Mypapercrane.com, Heidi Kenney (9/29/08)