What is Crafty?

Now in our 16th year, Crafty Arts & Makers Festival 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?  

September 28th & 29th, 2019

Where is Crafty?  

Akridge Lot at Buzzard Point


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 applicants undergo a competitive jury process and only the top candidates make the cut.

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?

Apply HERE. We are accepting applications for the 2019 Festival until 11:59pm Friday, August 2nd

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 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.

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

Crafty 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?

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.

What if there’s inclement weather?  

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

Can I bring my kids?

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

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