Join the Handmade Arcade family: Become a Sponsor Today!


Your sponsorship helps Handmade Arcade support sustainable, creative commerce in Pittsburgh by connecting creators and consumers through making, sharing and learning.

Sponsors are crucial to the success of Handmade Arcade. They allow us to: 

Present an annual award-winning marketplace that inspires all people to be creative.

Offer FREE admission to ALL.

Significantly support expansion, innovation and growth within Pittsburgh’s arts, craft, maker and small business communities.

Present a FREE Hands-on Handmade Activity Area.

Create new vendor opportunities such as the Craft Corridor and Youth Maker Scholarship Program.

The September 29th sponsorship deadline is fast approaching. Don’t miss your chance to connect with 10,000+ attendees, 200+ participants and 20,000+ social media followers! Sponsor Today!

sponsorship of Handmade Arcade provides valuable recognition, such as a presence at one of the leading events held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, robust social media reach and high-visibility brand and product exposure to our loyal audiences.


Handmade Arcade is MORE than just one of the region’s most anticipated annual craft and art events.

Find out more.


Handmade Arcade is committed to showcasing local, regional and national artists who excel in areas of design, innovation and creativity.

Handmade Arcade continues to expand its audiences and reach, has won numerous awards and has established a high-visibility following in the region’s arts, cultural and maker communities.

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Handmade Arcade celebrates its 14th anniversary on December 8, 2018, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

STAY TUNED FOR DETAILS about our exclusive Friday night benefit, THE CUTTING EDGE OF CRAFT: A FUNDRAISER FOR HANDMADE ARCADE, on December 7!

APPLICATIONS to Handmade Arcade are OPEN!


The crafty countdown is ON … HANDMADE ARCADE is calling all crafters, designers, makers and DIY artists. 

Apply today to be a part of Pittsburgh’s first and largest independent craft fair, one of the city’s most anticipated annual events, held this year on Saturday, December 8.

Vendor applications are open now through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, August 12, 2018.

Application Options:

We have some exciting new surprises in store for HA:18.

Keep up with all of our announcements and details by visiting our website and Facebook page, and following us on Instagram and Twitter.

Here’s a sneak peek:

  • Handmade Arcade is hosting its first-ever Friday-night fundraiser before our big event. The Cutting Edge: A Fundraiser for Handmade Arcade will take place on Friday, December 7, 2018, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., inside our event space at the convention center. This exciting opportunity will allow participating vendors to load-in early on Friday afternoon, sell their wares at no extra charge during our benefit, and mingle with HA shoppers, organizers, supporters and sponsors.
  • The event is returning to the upper-level floor of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Hall B offers natural light, expanded space, and access to a spacious lobby and balcony with river and city views.

Handmade Arcade 2017 was a record-breaking year. We:

  • Welcomed 10,000+ attendees
  • Hosted 172 exceptional vendors
  • Offered 17 Hands-on Handmade Activities for all ages
  • Piloted a new Youth Maker Scholarship Program mentoring seven high school students
  • Launched a Craft Corridor track for emerging artists
  • Sold-out of Early Birdie Passes earlier than ever before
  • Finalized our nonprofit status
  • Exceeded 10,000 followers on Facebook and 5,000 followers on Instagram
  • Participated in community outreach events
  • … and more!

We hope that you all have a sunny, happy and very crafty summer!
– Handmade Arcade Planning Committee

Handmade Arcade 2015, Hall C
photo by Joey Kennedy

Handmade Arcade is Recruiting Board Members


Join us for a meet-and-greet on Wednesday, June 20
Starting at 6 until 8 p.m. at Artists Image Resource (AIR)
518 Foreland St., Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Please RSVP for this event

Handmade Arcade, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, seeks committed and enthusiastic individuals to join our board of directors.

We need YOU to craft our future. 

Handmade Arcade, founded in 2004, provides craft artists working outside mainstream and fine arts sectors with opportunities to sell products, build community, network and share their artistic practice at an award-winning marketplace. A pioneer in Pittsburgh’s maker movement, HA also implements educational outreach programs that bridge the gap between consumers and creators while increasing awareness about handmade, locally produced craft goods and processes.

For more information about Handmade Arcade, visit the at About Us page on at

Handmade Arcade celebrates the cutting edge of craft by connecting creators and consumers through making, sharing and learning.

Handmade Arcade:

  • Inspires creativity and experimentation through the process of making things.
  • Supports creative commerce for local crafters and small business owners.
  • Honors the intersection of tradition and innovation.
  • Provides an alternative marketplace to mainstream retail.
  • Is for everyone.

If you are interested but unable to attend, please email us at