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Help out at our big holiday craft show!

Crafty Supermarket’s holiday show is huge: More than 100 handmade vendors will come from all around the Midwest to show their best work to thousands of shoppers. To help us make the craft show the best it can be, we enlist volunteers and work with sponsors — and here’s how you can get involved:

Volunteering

At our big holiday show on Nov. 19 at the UC Rec Center, we have a couple of opportunities for people to help out. (And when you assist us for a couple hours, you’ll get one of our famous swag bags!) Volunteers help us out in one of four areas: helping shoppers know where everything is, assisting vendors who need a break, helping load in at the beginning of the day and cleaning up at the end of the day. You can learn more and submit your info here. We’ll get back to you a few weeks before the show with the schedule. (Note that we sometimes get more volunteer applications than we can take, but we’ll get back to you either way!)

Partnerships

We work with all kinds of local organizations who love handmade and want to help spread the word. From arts nonprofits and landmark institutions to DIY shops and enterprises, if you support the maker movement, we’d love to work with you! Learn more about partnership opportunities here and don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have an idea of how we can work together!

holiday show applications are now closed!

Applications for the Crafty Supermarket holiday craft show are now closed! We will let everyone who applied know about their acceptance status by Sept. 15.

Accepted crafters will have until Oct. 1 to pay their table fee. If you don’t pay your table fee by Oct. 1, we’ll offer the space to another crafter who applied before the deadline.

I missed the deadline! Can I still apply?

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 2017 spring show will be posted in January.

september calendar of craft, art and design events in cincinnati

Who likes to get crafty? We like to get crafty! Our big list of things to do in Cincinnati for September has 10 great reasons to get out of the house this month.

  • Art on Vine: This monthly art show takes over Fountain Square on Sunday, Sept. 4.
  • Hamilton Flea: This northern suburb hosts an urban market of its own on Saturday, Sept. 10.
  • Westwood Art Show: The West Side of Cincinnati is getting artsy with this annual street fair on Saturday, Sept. 10!
  • Bellevue Art in the Park: As is the town of Bellevue, KY, on Saturday, Sept. 10.
  • Second Sunday on Main: Shop with vendors and retailers monthly on Main Street in Over-the-Rhine on Sunday, Sept. 11.
  • Cincinnati Design Week: AIGA Cincinnati is hosting talks and meetups all over the city from Thursday, Sept. 15 to Saturday, Sept. 30.
  • The City Flea: Shop the big flea in Over-the-Rhine’s beautiful Washington Park on Saturday, Sept. 17.
  • Life’s a Pitch: Check out the business ideas from the latest class of MORTAR graduates in OTR on Thursday, Sept. 22.
  • OFFF Cincinnati: This global creative conference comes to the Contemporary Arts Center on Saturday, Sept. 24.
  • The OFF Market: Shop the day away in Oakley Square on Saturday, Sept. 24.
  • Bend in the River Art + Music Festival: Celebrate the art and music of Lower Price Hill on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.

august calendar of craft, art and design events in cincinnati

Who’s ready to get crafty? The craft, design and creative entrepreneurship scene is growing every month in Cincinnati, and these are the best things to do in the Queen City for August:

  • Life’s a Pitch: Check out the business ideas from the latest class of MORTAR graduates in Walnut Hills on Tuesday, August 2.
  • Drink and Draw: And stitch and sip with the Hoop and Needle at the Contemporary Arts Center on Thursday, August 4.
  • Northside Summer Market: It’s a big garage sale and art fair combined into one big neighborhood festival on Saturday, August 6!
  • Art on Vine: This monthly art show takes over Fountain Square on Sunday, August 7.
  • Big Art Party: The Evendale Cultural Arts Center is hosting a big interactive arts festival on Friday, August 12.
  • Hamilton Flea: This northern suburb hosts an urban market of its own on Saturday, August 13.
  • Second Sunday on Main: Shop with vendors and retailers monthly on Main Street in Over-the-Rhine on Sunday, August 14.
  • The City Flea: Shop the big flea and a new kids market in Over-the-Rhine’s beautiful Washington Park on Saturday, August 20.
  • Art After Dark: Enjoy a beer at the Cincinnati Art Museum the evening of Friday, August 26.
  • The OFF Market: Shop the day away in Oakley Square on Saturday, August 27.
  • Cincy Summer Streets: Northside is taking it to the streets on Sunday, August 28.

 

call for vendors: apply for our big holiday show!

Calling all crafters! Applications for Crafty Supermarket’s 2016 holiday craft show are open from July 15 to Sept. 1! Applications for the Crafty Supermarket holiday craft show are now closed! We will let everyone who applied know about their acceptance status by Sept. 15.

The craft show is at the University of Cincinnati’s Recreation Center from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016. (We usually do our holiday show at Music Hall in downtown Cincinnati, but it’s under renovation!) Our show features handmade goods only — no commercial products.

We expect more than 6,000 shoppers at our handmade market, and we’ll also have a live DJ, hands-on craft activities, local food and free swag bags for the first 100 shoppers!

HOW TO APPLY

Please read our Crafter FAQ before you apply.

In the online application, you’ll be asked to upload up to five images in JPG, GIF or PNG format. (The images should be at least 400×600 pixels but no bigger than 1 MB in size each.) Please name your files in this format: BusinessName1.jpgBusinessName2.jpg, and so on. (If you need help resizing your images, try a free service such as ShrinkPictures.)

There’s a nonrefundable application fee of $10. (You’ll be guided to pay via PayPal when you complete the application. If you need help, PayPal has tutorials on its website — click on the Send Money tab.) The vendor fee for our show is $150, but if you’re accepted, the application fee counts towards the table fee.

When you submit the application, you should receive a confirmation message and a confirmation email from us and be taken to PayPal to pay the application fee. If that doesn’t happen, your application might not have gone through — email us to check on it.

We will stop accepting applications at 11:59 p.m. Sept. 1. We’ll notify all crafter applicants of their acceptance status by Sept. 15. Thanks for your interest!

Click here to submit your application!

I missed the deadline! Can I still apply?

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 2017 spring show will be posted in January.

THE SHOW

What? Crafty Supermarket Holiday Show
When?
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016
Where? University of Cincinnati Rec Center, 2820 Bearcat Way, Cincinnati, OH 45219

fall + holiday 2016 midwest craft shows

For makers seeking indie craft shows to do for the rest of the year, we have created this master list of the best fall and holiday craft shows around the Midwest for September to December 2016!

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july calendar of craft, art and design events in cincinnati

Summer in the city is the best time! These are the top crafty things to do in Cincinnati for July:

  • Art on Vine: This monthly art show celebrates Independence Day at Fountain Square on Sunday, July 3.
  • Drink and Draw: Booze your own adventure with Chase Public at the Contemporary Arts Center on Thursday, July 7.
  • Hamilton Flea: This northern suburb hosts an urban market of its own on Saturday, July 9.
  • Second Sunday on Main: Shop with vendors and retailers monthly on Main Street in Over-the-Rhine on Sunday, July 10.
  • One Night One Craft ($): Make a map of your experiments at the Contemporary Arts Center on Wednesday, July 13.
  • The City Flea: Shop the big flea in Over-the-Rhine’s beautiful Washington Park on Saturday, July 16.
  • One Night One Craft ($): Turn an old shirt into mudcloth at the CAC on Wednesday, July 20.
  • The Good People Festival: Enjoy music, craft activities and artisan vendors in Covington on Sunday, July 24.
  • CAC Makerspace ($): Learn how to incorporate circuits into your sewing at the CAC on Wednesday, July 27.
  • Art After Dark: Enjoy a cocktail at the Cincinnati Art Museum the evening of Friday, June 29.
  • The OFF Market: Shop the day away in Oakley Square on Saturday, July 30.

Save the date: Applications will be posted July 15 for our big holiday show, happening this year at the University of Cincinnati Rec Center on Saturday Nov. 19!

june calendar of art, craft and design events in cincinnati

It’s festival season in Cincinnati, and how! These are the best artsy and craftsy things to do in Cincinnati for June:

  • Drink and Draw: Draw some dogs at this monthly art happening at the Contemporary Arts Center on Thursday, June 2.
  • Summerfair: This annual art festival will draw thousands of people to Coney Island Friday to Sunday, June 3 to 5.
  • Art on Vine: This monthly art show moves down to Fountain Square on Sunday, June 5.
  • Hamilton Flea: This northern suburb hosts an urban market of its own on Saturday, June 11.
  • Northside Second Saturdays: The Hoop and Needle is having its first anniversary party and a big destash sale on Saturday, June 11.
  • Summer Pottery Sale: Queen City Clay opens up their studios with this big sale on Saturday, June 11.
  • Second Sunday on Main: Shop with vendors and retailers monthly on Main Street in Over-the-Rhine on Sunday, June 12.
  • The City Flea: Shop the big flea in Washington Park in Over-the-Rhine, including a mobile art gallery by POPP=D Art on Saturday, June 18.
  • Worldwide Knit in Public Day: Get your needles and go to the Contemporary Arts Center on Saturday, June 18.
  • One Night One Craft ($): Make floral wearables at the Contemporary Arts Center on Wednesday, June 22.
  • Art After Dark: Have a few cocktails at the Cincinnati Art Museum the evening of Friday, June 24.
  • The OFF Market: Shop the day away in Oakley Square on Saturday, June 25.