What is it?
Now in its 11th year, Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair is an exhibition and sale of handmade alternative arts and crafts from independent artists presented by the Washington City Paper. Crafty Bastards was held outdoors on Saturday, Sept. 27 and Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014 at Union Market. Admission is $5 each day (ticket price subject to change). Crafty Bastards 2014 featured 170+ 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 was held Saturday, September 27 and Sunday, September 28, 2014 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. The eleventh annual event was our third 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 reconstructed clothing, punk-rock baby clothes, handcrafted jewelry, whimsical and demented plush toys, handspun yarn, screen-printing, avant-garde art 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 fabulous 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. 2014 was our third year at Union Market and we added even more vendors, food trucks, and beverages.
The next festival will be in 2015. Admission is $5 each day (price subject to change). Tickets will be available online prior to the event. Our 12th year running, we will present another exciting display of creative talent, entertainment, and fun for all! Stay tuned for more 2015 festival details!
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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)
- Eat Drink Better, Becky Striepe (8/16/11)
- Try Handmade, Valerie Williams (10/6/10)
- 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)