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.

Is Crafty ticketed? When will tickets become available?

Advanced Tickets are $6.00 for one-day admission and $10.00 for two-day admission. Day of tickets are $8.00 for one-day admission and $13.00 for two-day admission. Kids 12 years and under are free. We recommend skipping the line and pre-purchasing your tickets. Tickets are available online NOW.

When is Crafty?  

September 28th & 29th, 2019

Where is Crafty?  

Akridge Lot at Buzzard Point (1880 2nd St SW).


How do I get to Crafty?  

Take a look at our recommend transportation options HERE. Parking is limited and it will be a very busy weekend in the neighborhood, we recommend taking public transportation, ride share and carpooling.

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?

The 2019 vendor application is now closed. Please sign up for our mailing list HERE to stay up to date on future opportunities.

What if there’s inclement weather?  

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

Will there be food & drinks available?  

There will be food trucks & a beer garden onsite.

Can I bring my kids?

Sure! Crafty is a family-friendly event, and we will have kid-friendly activities. Note, kids 12 and under do not need a ticket everyone 13+ is required to have a festival pass.

Are dogs allowed?

We love dogs and there are a number of vendors with pet-centric items, but because of the crowd, for their safety and that of the other attendee and our vendors and their wares we ask you keep your 4-footed friends at home. Service Dogs Allowed.

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