What is Crafty Bastards?

Now in our 15th year, Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair is an exhibition and sale of unique goods from independent artists presented by Washington City Paper. As D.C.'s premier alternative newsweekly, Washington 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, designer goods, and meet the artists/makers/creatives.

When is Crafty Bastards?  

Saturday, October 27th and Sunday, October 28th, 2018 10am-5pm both days.

Where will Crafty Bastards take place?

Crafty Bastards will take place on Lot A at The Yards Park adjacent to the baseball stadium (between First Street and New Jersey Avenue along M Street SE, Washington DC 20003.


What kinds of items will I find?  

Handmade clothing and accessories, punk-rock baby clothes, handcrafted jewelry, wooden and plush toys, craft supplies, DIY kits, screen-printing, unique homegoods, pottery, furniture, original art, locally produce food and beverages, and so much more! Crafty Bastards applicants undergo a competitive jury process and only the top candidates make the cut.

Will Crafty Bastards - Washington, D.C. be under a tent this year?

The outdoor fair will be held under its signature tents this year. Each vendor will have the opportunity to create their own pop-up shop to showcase and sell their work to attendees.

I would like to be a vendor. Am I eligible?  

We are on the lookout for artisans, creatives, designers, and small business owners pushing the boundaries of design and creativity. We accept all artists who sell and make their own goods. We will also review independent designers with ethically sourced or lightly manufactured goods that fit into our aesthetic and overall mission. This includes fair traders and independent designers who may outsource the production of their goods. The artist/maker/designer must be in attendance to sell their wares; artists that fail to appear in person may be ineligible for future participation.

We ultimately look for innovation, quality, branding, value, and whether the products are handmade by the artists themselves or in an ethical manner.

I would like to be a vendor. How do I apply?

Vendor applications are accepted online.

I want to be a vendor. When is the application deadline?

Our application deadline is Friday, September 14th, 2018 at 11:59 EST. All applicants will be notified by September 21st, 2018 on whether they have been accepted, waitlisted, or declined.

I want to be a vendor, but I missed the deadline! Will you add me to the waitlist?

Unfortunately, no. The waitlist is actually made up of vendors who applied prior to the deadline and have been scored through our jury. We hope you understand that is why we specify no applications are accepted after the deadline for any of our events. Adding a vendor who has not applied and been through the jury process simply isn’t fair to all of the artists who have.

I want to be a vendor. Is there an application fee? What are the booth fees?

The application fee is $25.

Vendor Space: Standard vendor booths are the following:

  • 5'(wide) x 10'(deep) / Shared Booth / Two Days: $200

  • 10'x10' / Full Booth / Two Days: $400

  • 10'x20' / Double Booth / Two Days: $800

All fees are non-refundable. We use Square to process all payments. After you submit your application, you will be prompted to pay the application fee immediately. Please note that we do not jury unpaid applications. All fees are non-refundable.

What is the jurying process?

The jury members (all from different backgrounds) evaluate applicants based on their artwork/products/collections and look for high quality and unique goods. The competition for booth space is high, so we advise that your application is strong! While we’d love for everyone to participate, we are limited by space and want to ensure a high quality, unique event.

Do you have any suggestions or advice for applicants?

You can find Crafty Bastards and general craft show application tips via the following links:

If I’m not accepted, is there a waitlist for vendors?  

Yes. We pick a small number of applicants for our waitlist. Applicants selected for the waitlist will be notified via email of any booth space that may become available.

Can I share a booth with another vendor?  

If you requested a shared booth option and would like to request a specific booth mate, let us know in the application! Kindly note: If they are not selected to participate in the Fair, we will pair you with another vendor who complements your products and aesthetic.

Do I have to do two days? Is there an option to do just one day?

Unfortunately, we ask that vendors commit to both days. If booth cost is an issue, kindly consider a shared booth option. This is a great option for vendors who have small products or limited inventory, and can use a space creatively with others. Kindly note, that if you request a specific booth mate and they are not accepted, you will be paired with another accepted participant. We will pair you with another vendor who complements your products and aesthetic.

Can I rent tables and chairs for the festival?

Once accepted to Crafty Bastards, we offer table and chair rentals. Rental orders can be placed through our acceptance guidelines packet upon acceptance.

Who will be handling the marketing for Crafty Bastards - Washington, D.C.?

We are currently working with a reputable PR agency who will be leading the marketing efforts for Crafty Bastards. In addition, we are hosted and presented by Washington City Paper, D.C.’s premier alternative newsweekly, who will be dedicating various ads promoting the festival. And lastly, we are aggressively focusing our efforts on social media to effectively promote and engage our viewers and attendees.

What do I need to know about sales tax and business regulations?

Crafty Bastards recommends that your business complies with your local tax regulations by registering your business, collecting sales tax, and reporting and remitting sales tax. While we cannot offer specific guidance about tax compliance, if you have questions we recommend you consult with an accountant or for more details.

Is there anything I am restricted from selling onsite?

Our venue does not permit sparklers, fireworks, open flame items, firearms, knives, wishing lanterns, smoke machines, or any kind of pyrotechnics inside the space. We ask that merchandise is not sexually explicit as this event is family-friendly. So if you are planning on solely selling any version of any of these items it might be best not to apply, as you will not be accepted.

I am traveling from out-of-town. Will there be any hotel deals close to the venue?

Yes! We are currently working on some vendor hotel specials. Specials will be shared through our acceptance guidelines packet upon acceptance.

When will the vendor gallery be live on the website?

All will be live by the end of September 2018.

Is Crafty Bastards ticketed? When will tickets become available?

Advanced Tickets are $6.00 for one-day admission and $10.00 for two-day admission. Tickets at the door are $8.00 for one-day admission and $12.00 for two-day admission. Kids 12 years and under are free. Tickets will become available at the end of September.

What if there’s inclement weather?  

The event will take place rain or shine. Please plan accordingly.

Can I bring my kids?

Sure! Crafty Bastards is a family-friendly event, and we will have kid-friendly activities.

Are dogs allowed?

Yes - we love dogs! Though, please be mindful of other attendees, vendors, and vendor spaces/products by keeping your dog on leash.

Will there be food available?  

There will be food trucks and local food vendors.

How can I get to Crafty Bastards?

The festival is easily accessible via Metro, highway, bus, bike, or on foot. I-295 and I-395 conveniently provide direct access to The Yards.

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