Saturday, Sept. 27 + Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014 • 10AM - 5PM AT UNION MARKET
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What is it?
It's an exhibition and sale of handmade alternative arts and crafts from independent artists.

When is it?
Crafty Bastards was held Saturday, Sept. 27 and Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014 from 10am-5pm. The next festival will take place in 2015. Please subscribe to the email list to get event updates. 

Where is it?
Crafty Bastards 2014 was held 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?
Reconstructed clothing, punk-rock baby clothes, handcrafted jewelry, whimsical and demented plush toys, handspun yarn, screen-printing, pottery, furniture, avant-garde art and so much more!

Am I eligible?
We require that all artwork sold at the fair must be original and designed by and made by hand by the individual artist. The artist must be in attendance to sell their wares.

How do I apply?
Crafty Bastards vendor applications are accepted online. The deadline to apply for Crafty Bastards was July 6, 2014.

Application & Booth Fees:
The application fee is $20. If accepted through the jury process, 2-day craft vendors pay a $400 booth fee and 1-day craft vendors pay a $250 booth fee. Both fees are non-refundable.

When is the application deadline?
July 6, 2014. We are sorry but we cannot accept applications after this time.

What is the jurying process? The jury judges applicants based on their artwork and look for high quality, handmade, alternative items. The competition for booths is steep. In past years, we've received over 500 applications for 170 available booth spaces. While we'd love for everyone to participate, we are limited by space and want to ensure a high quality, unique event.

If I'm not accepted, is there a wait list for vendors?
Yes.  We pick a small number of applicants for our wait list.  Applicants selected for the wait list will be notified of any booth space that may open up.

Can I share a booth?
Sure, but we ask that you provide contact info and submit images of anyone's work who would be selling at the fair so they can go through the jury process and receive all fair-related communications and materials.

What if it rains?
The event will take place rain or shine.

Why is there an admission fee? The fee covers some of the costs of putting on the fair. We hope the fee will help us continue to provide a great experience for both attendees and vendors. If you want to come hang out with the Crafty crowd without buying a ticket, of course, the main hall at Union Market will be open all day with no admission charge, offering a wide selection of artisanal foods, goods, and beverages. 

Can I bring my dog? Sorry, no pets allowed.

Will there be food available? There will be food trucks and artisanal food vendors on the festival grounds and inside Union Market. Check out the awesome vendors.

Can I bring my kids?
Please do!  There is plenty for kids to look at and participate in including hands on craft projects and a special kids area. Kids under 12 get in FREE! 

Is there Parking? Parking is extemely limited. The festival is held in the parking lot in front of Union Market; cars are not allowed on the lot Friday-Monday due to festival operations. All attendees are encouraged to use alternative transportaion.  More information here.

Should I ride my bike?
We always encourage bike riding!  The fair is surrounded by a chain link fence with plenty of room to lock up and there are also limited bike racks. 

Considering using Bike Share?  The closest station is located on Gallaudet University's campus at 8th street NE and Florida Ave.

Anything else you want to know?
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