Become a Sponsor


$75 Paintbrush: Event Fan
$250 Pin Cushion: Event Friend
$500 Scissors: Event Partner
$1,000 Hot Glue Gun: Event Sponsor (No longer available)
$2,500 Zipper: Craft Corridor Naming Sponsor (No longer available)
$2,500 Hand Saw: Youth Maker Alley Naming Sponsor (No longer available)
$3,000 Sewing Machine: Early Birdie Shopping Hour Naming Sponsor (No longer available)
$5,000 Paint Palette: Hands-on Handmade Activity Area (HOHA)
Naming Sponsor  (No longer available)

Download the 2018 Handmade Arcade Sponsorship Package (.PDF)

QUICK STATS from Handmade Arcade 2017 
QUICK STATS Social Media, email and online

WHY SPONSOR?  Handmade Arcade (HA) is MORE than just one of the region’s most anticipated annual craft and art events. HA works year-round to continue a tradition of excellence.

HA is:

  • A showcase for craft-based artists and designers to sell, share and promote handmade goods
  • Significantly supports expansion and growth within Pittsburgh’s arts, craft and small business communities
  • An award-winning marketplace that inspires people to be creative
  • One of the most well-respected independent craft fairs in the country among vendors, attendees, organizers and media outlets
  • Shapes and guides Pittsburgh’sindependent craft community and maker movement
  • A bridge between creators and consumers

Committed to showcasing local, regional, national and international
artists who excel in areas of design, innovation and creativity, HA:

  • Recruits both new and returning vendors, and reaches out to
    under-served audiences
  • Showcases 180+ innovative craft-based artists and designers
  • Features arts groups, nonprofits and individual artists in its popular
    Hands-on Handmade activity area
  • Creates new opportunities with the “Craft Corridor” which features
    never-before-seen emerging artists
  • Pursues partnerships with organizations that promote youth and minority entrepreneurs
  • Supports Youth Makers with a scholarship program
  • Maintains a highly visible identity and brand, while also supporting other area arts and nonprofit organizations
  • Participates in the national craft movement

TAX DEDUCTIBLE as charitable contributions
Handmade Arcade is a 501(c)(3)nonprofit organization.

Sponsorships and in-kind donations over $250 to Handmade Arcade are tax deductible as charitable contributions. If you are interested in finding out more about a tax-deductible contribution, contact Tricia Brancolini-Foley at

QUICK STATS from Handmade Arcade 2017:

  • $400,000+ in vendor sales (up from $275,000 in 2016)
  • 10,000+ attendees who support HA’s buy local/buy handmade ethos
  • 187 small, independent art, craft and maker businesses selling wares
  • 66 first-time vendors
  • 17 nonprofits, arts groups & artists sharing their craft in the Hands-on Handmade activity area
  • 8 youth maker scholarships awarded
  • 8 hours of shopping (11 a.m. — 7 p.m. )
  • 3 middle and high school entrepreneur groups both demonstrating in the Hands-on Handmade activity area and selling in the marketplace
  • 1 sold-out hour of Early Birdie shopping  (10 — 11 a.m. / 400+ shoppers)
  • 1 venue centrally located in Downtown Pittsburgh
  • FREE admission

QUICK STATS Social Media, email and online
Handmade Arcade has a significant and growing social media presence!

  • 10,00+ Facebook followers
  • 5,400+ Instagram followers
  • 5,300+ Twitter followers
  • 5,000+ Email subscribers


  • The Good Trade national list of “Shop Small This Holiday Season At These Local Maker’s Markets” 2017
  • Expedia list of “The Best American Towns for Holiday Shopping” 11/17
  • Thrillist as a premier Pittsburgh event in “The Next Portland: 4 Cities All the Cool Kids Are Moving To,” 11/9/15 (reposted on The Huffington Post, 11/12/15)
  • BuzzFeed as one of the “35 Indie Craft Fairs Every Creative Person Needs To Visit,” 11/6/14
  • Condé Nast Traveler, “Confluence of Cool,” 12/14
  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Weekend Magazine Front Cover Articles in 2016 and 2015
  • KDKA-TV Pittsburgh Today Live interviews Handmade Arcade annually


Pittsburgh Business Times Largest Area Public Show 2011—2015

The People’s Choice Award for Best Arts Event from the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council (2007 and 2009)

HA reaches far beyond the greater Pittsburgh region. Vendors and attendees come from near and far including: New York, Illinois, Massachusetts, Vermont, Washington DC, West Virginia, Connecticut, Tennessee, Canada, Oregon, Japan and more.

Handmade Arcade receives significant press coverage via print, television, radio and digital media. Each year, more than one million people in the Pittsburgh region and beyond are made aware of HA’s unique marketplace.

For complete press coverage of HA:2017, visit HANDMADEARCADE.COM/PRESS

Handmade Arcade is grateful for the generosity and support of our sponsors. Thank you. View our list of past sponsors.