What is it?
Now in its 13th year, Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair is an exhibition and sale of handmade goods from independent artists presented by the Washington City Paper. In addition to the annual fall festival, we hosted our first winter festival, Crafty Bastards Cabin Fever, at Hecht Warehouse on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016.
Crafty Bastards' annual fall festival will take place outdoors at Union Market in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, Oct. 1 and Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016.
We're hitting the road and heading to Nashville this year! We've teamed up with our friends at the Nashville Scene and will host the first Nashville edition on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016 in The Gulch neighborhood.
Tickets for the D.C. events are sold online in advance. 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 independent artists with our readers.The festival 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?
The 13th Annual Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair is will take place outdoors at Union Market in NE D.C. on Saturday, Oct. 1 and Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The 1st Nashville edition of Crafty Bastards will be held outdoors on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in The Gulch neighborhood of Nashville, Tenn.
Crafty Bastards Cabin Fever, our winter edition, was held Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 at Hecht Warehouse located at 1401 New York Avenue NE in Washington, D.C.
What kinds of crafts will I find?
You will find talented artists handpicked by a select jury for their DIY chops and singular vision. 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 was our fourth year at Union Market and included even more vendors, food trucks, beverages, and entertainment.
In 2016, we added a winter edition, Crafty Bastards Cabin Fever, which took place on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 at Hecht Warehouse in NE D.C. and featured 100+ vendors. We're also expanding to Nashville, Tenn. and will host 100 vendors at Crafty Bastards in The Gulch neighborhood on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016.
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Crafty Bastards Buzz
- Washington Business Journal, Rebecca Cooper (9/21/15)
- Metro Weekly, Troy Petenbrink (9/21/15)
- Washingtonian, Emily Codik (9/25/15)
- Girl Meets Food, Jai Williams (9/25/15)
- Brightest Young Things, The Usual Shibas (9/29/15)
- WTOP Living, Rachel Nania (9/25/15)
- Art Beat/WAMU 88.5, Lauren Landau (9/25/15)
- Great Day Washington, WUSA9-TV (9/25/15)
- The Washington Post, Margaret Ely (9/18/14)
- BizBash, Washington’s Top 100 Events 2014 (10/7/14)
- Let’s Talk Live, Newschannel 8/Kellye Lynn (9/23/14)
- Fox 5 Morning News, WTTG-TV/Annie Yu (9/27/14)
- Thrillist DC, Laura Hayes (9/24/14)
- 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)