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

Two fantastic ways to participate in Pittsburgh’s largest independent craft fair!


Applications are now open for Handmade Arcade’s 2018

Hands-on Handmade Activity Area
Saturday, December 8, 2018

  • Do you love sharing your passion for crafting, making, designing and dreaming with the public?
  • Have a crafty skill or creative project to share with others?

Get crafty, be a maker and celebrate D.I.Y. culture at Pittsburgh’s first and largest independent craft fair!

Handmade Arcade is now seeking craft-based artists, makers, arts groups, collectives and educators to lead interactive and innovative projects for the public on Saturday, December 8, 2018, as part of our dynamic Hands-on Handmade Activity Area (HOHA).

Free to all, HOHA is designed to connect creators and consumers, engage attendees and vendors in a shared creative process, increase awareness about handmade locally produced goods, and encourage everyone to make things by hand.

Learn more and apply here today!

Notification of acceptance for Hands-on Handmade will be rolling until all spots are filled. Please note: vendor applications for Handmade Arcade 2018 will open in June.


  • Are you a craft-based artist, maker or designer aged 16 to 18 — or do you know someone who is?
  • Want to sell your original products at Pittsburgh’s largest independent craft fair?
  • Excited to share your new product lines with the public?
  • Looking for new opportunities to develop your ideas and business plan and gain exposure?

The Handmade Arcade Youth Scholarship Program returns in 2018 to empower craft-based artists, makers and entrepreneurs ages 16 to 18! This unique program provides free vendor space for a limited number of youth to share and sell original products in Handmade Arcade’s Youth Maker Alley on Saturday, December 8, 2018, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. From the application process to product development to being showcased at one of the country’s leading maker events, participants will learn the value of enterprise, innovation, collaboration and making things by hand.

Support for HA Youth Makers includes: sessions and mentoring with Handmade Arcade, an invitation to join HA’s Vendor Facebook Group, press coverage and more!