- FREE ADMISSION from 11 A.M. to 7 P.M.
- A limited number of $10 Early Birdie tickets are for sale online NOW. Get them now before they are gone! Visit eventbrite.com to purchase.
- Complete HA:17 VENDOR LIST (170+ vendors)
- Free, all-ages HANDS-ON HANDMADE Activity Area with 17 make-and-take projects (Sponsored by The Artsmiths of Pittsburgh)
- 66 First-time vendors
- Craft Corridor with 19 emerging vendors (Sponsored by NEXTpittsburgh)
- Largest event to date
- Youth Maker Alley featuring eight scholarship tables awarded to local youth makers
- Live streaming with Work Hard Pittsburgh
- Raffles featuring limited-edition products by HA vendors
- HUGE thanks to our 2017 SPONSORS
NEW! Purchase a blank t-shirt at the Welcome Tent for $10 then head over to Hands-on Handmade Activity Area, choose from one of three designs and screen-print your very own t-shirt. T-shirts donated by Commonwealth Press.
Handmade Arcade is moving fast into the future, “Craft On” with us!
Start with “Make,” then add a word from the list to create your custom shirt.
Create a custom layered look. Start with the stamps then add to it!
Handmade Arcade limited-edition Grapefruit Soap by Hip Modern Soap
Available for purchase at Welcome Table for $3 each or 2 for $5
Gifted to Early Birdie $15 ticket holders in Swag Bags (sold out)
Purchase affordable frames of various sizes and learn to frame 2D artworks on-site at Handmade Arcade! Join Tom Cascone from Lawrenceville-based FrameHouse Gallery to learn the basics of framing and matting artwork you have purchased at Handmade Arcade. Presented by the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council and Tom Casone from FrameHouse Gallery
Tom — who has worked in the professional framing business for 45 years — will teach Handmade Arcade attendees the basics of glass cutting, proportioning and color selection, the dos and don’ts of mounting artwork, how to make frames from common materials found at a lumber yard, and how to assemble and finish a framing project. Tom will be on hand to answer questions attendees may have about picture framing.
DJ Mary Mack: 11 A.M. – 2 P.M.
A member of Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, Mary uses printmaking as a catalyst for social change, working in tandem with grassroots groups working for social and environmental justice and equity, as well as serious fun. At Handmade Arcade, you can find her squirrel hankies in the Craft-o-Tron Machine! As DJ Mary Mack, she strives to make safe(r) spaces on dance floors for embodying a body politic with pleasure. She co-founded the popular monthly queer dance party Operation Sappho (2006-2013) and Chick Pea radio show (1997-2012) on WRCT. Mary plays a mix of post-punk, new wave and no wave, indie dance music, and ’90s throwbacks, always with a girl to the front sensibility.
DJ Pandemic: 2 – 5 P.M.
Pittsburgh’s own global dancehall guru, celebrating his 11th anniversary in the Burgh, will play an intoxicating mix of Balkan brass, Cumbia, Afrobeat, Bhangra, electro Arabic tech-hop, Brazilian Baile funk, Chalga, Turkish reggaeton and so much more.
DJ set by The Garment District: 5 – 7 P.M.
Into your ears: Handmade Arcade co-coordinator Jennifer Baron, founder of the Pittsburgh-based band The Garment District and long-time member of Brooklyn’s The Ladybug Transistor, will wrap up the day with a mix of her own original recordings, along with plenty of 1960s psychedelia, garage rock, 1980s pop, grrrl groups, folk rock, soundtracks, Library music, outsider sounds, and early electronic grooves.
FREE PARKING in all downtown Pittsburgh Parking Authority Garages for the holidays! Download the ParkPGH app for real-time parking availability. (Does not include Convention Center parking garage.)
The three closet garages to the Convention Center are:
Grant Street Transportation Center, 55 11th St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Ninth and Penn Garage, 136 9th St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Smithfield Liberty Garage, 629 Smithfield St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Visit the David L. Lawrence Convention Center website for directions. The David L. Lawrence Convention Center is located at 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.