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today is the big day!

You’ve been waiting, and the day of Crafty Supermarket’s big holiday craft show is finally here! We’ve got 90 handmade vendors setting up their wares, plus a live DJ, a cash bar, delicious local food inside and outside, and hands-on craft activities with Kiki Magazine. We’ll see you downtown at Music Hall — bring all your friends, and wear your shopping shoes! Make a whole day of it — there are so many things to do in Over-the-Rhine since it’s Small Business Saturday! If you’re new to the show, check out our insider guide for shoppers, which includes directions to our venue, parking info and other important details.

Essential Info

What: Crafty Supermarket’s Holiday Show
When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015
Where: Music Hall Ballroom at 1241 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45202
Cost: Free to the public!

make something cool at our holiday show!

The awesome folks at Kiki Magazine are creating a room of craft activities at our big holiday show next Saturday, Nov. 28! Kiki is a locally produced independent magazine for girls who love life, appreciate creativity, and recognize good ideas. When you come into the Music Hall Ballroom, the Kiki craft room will be towards the corner to your right. There you’ll find:

A free make-and-take activity: You can create your own puzzle piece earrings. Keep them for yourself or give them as a gift!


Ever want to be on the cover of a magazine? You can get your picture taken in a giant Kiki cover! They will have a professional photographer there to take photos who can email the photos to you after the event. You’re also welcome to take photos with your phone!


You’ll also find handmade crafts for sale that have been featured in Kiki magazine, as well as handy maker kits that make great gifts — they contain everything you need to make LED greeting cards and a DIY runway skirt inspired by Michael Kors.


essential info for shoppers

Are you ready for the big Crafty Supermarket holiday craft show? We sure are, and so are our 90 makers! Here’s all the info you need to have a successful day out, including insider info, a parking map and detailed directions to Music Hall.


What: Crafty Supermarket’s Holiday Show
When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015
Where: Music Hall Ballroom at 1241 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45202
Cost: Free to the public!


The Music Hall Ballroom at 1241 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45202, on the southern end of Music Hall, right across the street from Washington Park in Over-the-Rhine. Many buses stop within a few blocks of Music Hall — plan your trip at Go Metro.

Here are detailed Google Maps directions to Music Hall:


Music Hall is right next to Washington Park in Over-the-Rhine, with plenty of parking nearby. The garage across Central Parkway has an elevated covered walkway that will take you straight into the ballroom. (It is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp from the street.) There’s also easily accessed parking under Washington Park — from there you’ll go across Elm Street and take the stairs or the wheelchair-accessible freight elevator up to the Ballroom. Both entrances will be open to the show!

music hall parking map

Insider advice

  • Want one of our 100 swag bags? Arrive early! By the time the show starts at 11 a.m., we usually have a good line going. The swag bags will be available from the Elm Street entrance. (The Central Parkway walkway entrance will also be open but won’t have swag.)
  • If you arrive at the Music Hall Ballroom before the show opens at 11 a.m., please wait in line. We can’t allow shoppers in the venue until the show officially starts for everyone’s safety!
  • Many of our vendors accept credit cards, but not all of them do, so we recommend bringing cash to the show. There are ATMs in Washington Park across the street if you need one.
  • We love pets, but the only animals allowed inside the show are service animals.
  • Ben Davis of Bad Veins will be spinning tunes all day as our in-house DJ.
  • If you prefer to leisurely peruse all our vendors’ wares, come in the afternoon! Things will slow down after 4 p.m., and our vendors are well-stocked so you don’t have to worry about missing the good stuff!
  • In terms of food at the show, we’ll have food trucks outside and some food vendors inside, plus a cash bar.
  • Nov. 29 is Small Business Saturday, and all of your favorite OTR shops will be open! You can easily spend a whole day in the neighborhood. The OTR Chamber has a great map you can explore here!

awesome eats at our holiday craft show

Shopping can really work up an appetite, so we are bringing in a bunch of great food vendors to our big holiday show on Nov. 28! We've got sweet and savory, familiar favorites and new eats! Plus, the bar at the Music Hall Ballroom will be open all day so you can grab a mimosa or a locally brewed beer or a soda!

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november art, craft and design events in cincinnati

We have so many things to do in Cincinnati in November, it’s borderline ridiculous. Aside from our huge holiday craft show, there are plenty of events to keep you busy, both in town and within a few hours’ drive:

  • Clay Alliance Empty Bowls: Buy a handmade bowl to help fight childhood hunger on Sunday, Nov. 1.
  • Antique Christmas Celebration: Get into the holiday spirit at the Taft Museum on Friday, Nov. 6.
  • Autumn Air Art Fair: Including the Tiger Lily Press sale at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center on Saturday, Nov. 7.
  • The Flea Off Market: Down in Louisville, KY, this outdoor market will be hopping Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 7 and 8.
  • Art on Vine: This monthly art fair moves back indoors to Rhinegeist in OTR on Sunday, Nov. 8.
  • Bloomington Handmade Market: If you feel like taking a road trip, head to Indiana for this indie craft show Saturday, Nov. 14.
  • Craftin’ Outlaws: Columbus, Ohio’s biggest indie craft show is totally worth the drive on Saturday, Nov. 14.
  • Maker’s Mart: And if you’re up north, check out this indie craft fair in Toledo, Ohio on Saturday, Nov. 14.
  • Sunset Salons: Craft ($): We’ll be part of the panel talking about craft at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center on Wednesday, Nov. 18.
  • One Night One Craft: Handmade Holiday Ornaments ($): Get crafty at the Contemporary Arts Center on Wednesday, Nov. 18.
  • Ink Your Love ($): ArtWorks Cincinnati celebrates its city tattoo project on Friday, Nov. 20.
  • Funke Fired Arts Holiday Bazaar: Go wild with ceramics shopping in Hyde Park on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 21 and 22.
  • Crafty Supermarket: Cincinnati’s biggest indie craft event of the year is at the Music Hall Ballroom on Saturday, Nov. 28!
  • The City Flea Small Mall: Shop with your favorite local stores all in one place at the 21C Museum Hotel on Sunday, Nov. 29.

shop crafty at Rock Paper Scissors

If you’d like to get a taste of the great work you’ll see at Crafty Supermarket next month, come to Rock Paper Scissors for Final Friday this week! The show opening on Oct. 30 features Tyler Hickey and James Billiter — James is one of the holiday show vendors at Crafty Supermarket, and he’s designing our limited edition swag bags this time around!

We’re putting together a window display at RPS of some of the local vendors you’ll find at our show — come to Final Friday to check it out! (The image above is from last year’s gorgeous window display.)

Rock Paper Scissors is at the corner of 13th and Main streets in Over-the-Rhine, and the opening is from 6 to 10 p.m. this Friday. You can RSVP and get all the details on Facebook.

meet our makers!

You’ve been waiting, and here it is: Our holiday show vendor list! Our vendors represent 12 states, including locales as far away as South Carolina and Wisconsin. And a full quarter of our vendors are totally new to Crafty Supermarket, so you never know what you’ll find when you shop our show!

Here are some of the awesome makers who will be with us for the first time:

Cannonball Handmade of Cincinnati, OH:


Cincinnati Royals of Cincinnati, OH:


Liz Sabo of Lakewood, OH:


Riley Construction Toys of St. Louis, MO:


Smarty Pants Paper Co. of Knoxville, TN:


strawberryluna of Pittsburgh, PA:

strawberryluna, pittsburgh

Are you still accepting vendors?

Applications for the Crafty Supermarket holiday craft show closed Sept. 1. We get more applications for the show than we can accept, so we can’t allow any late applications out of fairness to crafters who applied before the deadline. If a spot opens up from a vendor being unable to attend the show, we select alternates from the people who applied before the deadline.

If you want to apply to be in our next show, be sure to follow us here on the website, on Facebook or via our e-newsletter. We broadcast our upcoming opportunities in all those places! Information about our 2016 spring show will be posted in January.

october art, craft and design events in cincinnati

Looking for crafty things to do in Cincinnati in October? We’ve got you covered:

  • Cincinnati Design Week: AIGA and Agar are bringing amazing designers to the Queen City the whole week of Sept. 28 to Oct. 2.
  • Essex Studios Art Walk: Explore all the artists in this studio space the evenings of Friday and Saturday, Oct. 2 and 3.
  • Bend in the River Festival ($): Explore Price Hill at this festival of art and music Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 3 and 4.
  • Art on Vine: This monthly OTR art market is downtown on Fountain Square on Sunday, Oct. 4.
  • City Flea: And the big flea is back to Washington Square Park on Saturday, Oct. 10.
  • Second Sunday on Main: Everybody’s taking it to the streets for this OTR outdoor market for its foodie finale on Sunday, Oct. 11.
  • One Night One Craft: Explore the “binge drawing” with Lindsay from Rock Paper Scissors at the Contemporary Arts Center on Wednesday, Oct. 14.

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