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

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!

April’s Final Crafty Happenings Installment


With so many events happening this April, Handmade Arcade doesn’t want you to miss a thing. We compiled a list for April 19 – 30 to keep you in the crafty loop.  Get up, get out and get creative!


Construction Junction Earth Month Celebration: Through April 28
Construction Junction continues its Earth Month Celebration with daily events to encourage reuse and sustainability in Pittsburgh. Visit for the entire calendar of events.

Join Handmade Arcade organizers for a Pop-Up Shop at Construction Junction on Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 pm. 

The HA Pop-up Shop will feature items for sale made by HA organizers such as aprons, coasters, explorations in plastic canvas and felt, accessories, t-shirts, greeting cards, collections of odds and ends and junk-inspired doo-dads and more. Stop by to shop, say hello and make a tiny flower with vintage buttons and wires. (A portion of the proceeds will be invested back into HA to support the organization’s Youth Maker Scholarship Program, Craft Corridor for emerging artists, and Hands-on Handmade Activity Area for all ages)

Pittsburgh Earth Day: April 18 – 21
From Steel to Sustainable is a citywide celebration dedicated to educating, inspiring, and celebrating sustainability in the region. Visit for a complete list of events.

FULLTIME PGH:  April 19 – 29
A 10-day citywide collection of individually planned events created by separate hosts and promoted unilaterally as a single unit — with the goal of highlighting the wide array of creative culture and entrepreneurial spirit modern Pittsburgh has to offer. Visit for a complete list of events.

JFilm Festival at SouthSide Works Cinema: April 26 – May 6
The annual JFilm Festival presents international Jewish-themed films that deepen audiences’ understanding of Jewish culture, tolerance, and our common humanity. Visit for a complete list of films at the JFilm Festival.

Art All Night Saturday: Starting on April 28 at 4 p.m. and ending on Sunday, April 29 at 2 p.m.
Free, 22-hour art festival featuring non-censored, non-juried artwork from hundreds of local artists.

PGH PHOTO FAIR: April 28 – 29
Pittsburgh’s only art fair promoting photography within the contemporary and fine art market. This year, PGH Photo Fair hosts 14 internationally known dealers and photography projects.Visit for details.


Sweetwater Center for the Arts presents SPRING LUXE
April 26, 9 a.m – 9 p.m.

Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District
April 27, 5:30 – 10 p.m.

Art for Change: The Auction to Benefit Persad Center
April 30, 6 – 11 p.m.


Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council Offers FREE Membership to Southwestern Pennsylvania Artists
Since launching the new Free Artist Membership program last week, approximately 60 new members have already joined the GPAC network. Artists may sign up to become members free of charge, and will receive member benefits such as: discounted legal and business consulting, art supplies, professional development, free networking, and more.