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december art, craft and design events in cincinnati

Even though the holiday Crafty Supermarket has come to a close, there are still plenty of ways to buy handmade! Here’s our big monthly list of things to do in Cincinnati in December. (And check out our list of Midwest craft shows to visit if you’re on the road this month!)

Attention crafters and makers: Applications will open in January for our spring show on April 29, 2017, at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center.

thank you cincinnati

Holy tired Batman! We are still recovering from an awesome show but we wanted to say THANK YOU to everyone who made our holiday edition of Crafty Supermarket a success. Here goes!

  • First thanks to so many shoppers who braved the cold and followed us to a new location! We saw so many familiar faces and met many new fans. We’d love to know how you liked the new venue — if you can spare a minute, please fill out our shopper survey!
  • Thanks you to our 130 indie craft vendors. The talent packed in that room was so inspiring! We had many local favorites and lots of out of town vendors who made the trip to our awesome city. Thanks for choosing us!
  • To our trusty DJ Ben Davis who always plays just the right tunes for shopping, we love you.
  • We totes loved our new tote designed by Jodi Lynn’s Emporium of Doodles and carefully printed by one of our AWESOME sponsors DIY Printing.  Thank you both for being rad.
  • We couldn’t survive without our food vendors! Thanks to Dojo Gelato, Macaron Bar, Frittle Candy, La Terza Coffee, Red Sesame Korean BBQ, Street Chef Brigade, Fireside Pizza, and Best Thing Smokin’.
  • Thank you to our sponsors for supporting this show and believing in the maker movement. All of our sponsors are pretty amazing businesses who help make our city great! Thanks for what you do and for helping us do our thang.
  • We also had tons of help from our volunteers. Thank you for carrying, shopping, refilling water bottles, relieving vendors, eating, dancing, and smiling! We couldn’t do this without you. Special thanks to Kate, Lauren, and Stephanie who were there with us all day.
  • Thanks to UC Rec Center for taking a chance on our crazy show!
  • Last of all let’s all give a special thanks to Grace Dobush (AKA Gayle) for all of the blood, sweat, and tears that she’s poured into Crafty Supermarket over the past 7 years. She is the best partner in crime and things are not going to be the same without her but I (Chris) will do the best I can to carry on this awesome torch. There will definitely be typos in future programs without her watchful eye, very awkward television appearances and more! Grace is moving to Germany in March so if you see her around town, give her a hug, wish her well but also make her feel guilty as hell. :) Here’s a picture of us at dinner after the show feeling delirious.


Don’t forget to mark your calendars for April 29, 2017! We’ll be back at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center for our spring show just in time for Mother’s Day shopping. Vendor applications will open mid-January so stay tuned. Sign up for our mailing list if you want regular updates. We won’t spam you, promise!

Here are some favorite photos we found out there in the internets:

#makersgonnamake! We are getting all set up for our show at @uccampusrec — it opens at 11! #cincinnati

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Look who we found!! #santaclaus #craftysupermarket @alexandkora

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Aaah! #krampus !! @cincymuseum

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When #krampus photobombs your wholesome #santa photo 🎄👹#craftysupermarket #craftysupermarketholidayshow

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today’s the big show!

You’ve been waiting, and Crafty Supermarket’s big holiday craft show is finally here! We’ve got 130 crafters, artists and designers selling their stuff, plus a live DJ, delicious local food inside and outside, and hands-on craft activities. We’ll see you uptown at the University of Cincinnati’s Rec Center — bring your friends, your family and your walking shoes!

Make a whole day of it — Corryville and University Heights have lots of delicious restaurants. Check out our insider guide for shoppers to see directions to our venue, parking info and other important details.



What: Crafty Supermarket’s Holiday Show (here’s the Facebook event)
When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016
Where: UC Rec Center, 2820 Bearcat Way, Cincinnati, OH 45221
Cost: Free to the public!

Things to make and do at our big show!

At our big craft show this weekend, we’re going to have 130 vendors from around the country and great local food, but we also have some hands-on crafting opportunities with local arts organizations!

  • ArtWorks: This arts organization (celebrating its 21st birthday this week!) will have button-making and coloring books.
  • Cincinnati Art Museum: They’ll be selling memberships at the show — and tickets to the new Van Gogh exhibit will be in the 100 swag bags we give out at the beginning of the show!
  • Contemporary Arts Center: The education department of the CAC always surprises us with hands-on activities such as jaunty hats and giftable goodies!
  • Enjoy the Arts: They will be offering Pictures with Krampus, tying to their upcoming event with the Cincinnati Museum Center on Dec. 8, “A Krampus Carol.”
  • Ensemble Theater: Members of the character crew will be joining us at Crafty Supermarket!
  • Kneel to No One: Artists Jaimie Filer and Anthony Tank Mansfield are going to be creating two massive drawings throughout the day of the show, and they will raffle them off to lucky shoppers!
  • Main Library MakerSpace: These fantastic makers will be bringing a button maker and other crafty supplies!

Jaimie Filer and Anthony Tank Mansfield

What to eat at our holiday show

Shopping really works up an appetite, so we’ve got a variety of great food vendors at our holiday show coming up on Saturday, Nov. 19. We’ve got sweet and savory, familiar favorites and new flavors! Plus, the cafeterias at the Rec Center and elsewhere on UC’s campus will be open, so you can grab a snack or a soda there as well. You can see directions to campus and a map here.

Outdoor food trucks

These food trucks will be outside on the circle near the Rec Center:

best thing smokin

Best Thing Smokin: Fish, chicken and delicious sides from this new-to-us food truck!

fireside pizza

Fireside Pizza Wagon: We have loved this brick oven pizza even before they opened their great restaurant in Walnut Hills! They’re firing up the mobile oven for us on Nov. 19.


Red Sesame Korean BBQ/Taco: The flavors of Korean food goes so well with the portable taco format! There are always new flavors to try!


Street Chef Brigade: Street food with an attitude! The menu changes daily, but you can expect it to be hearty and comforting!

Indoor food vendors

These folks selling ready-to-eat treats will be in the gymnasium with all our craft vendors:


Dojo Gelato: Delicious gelato in limited edition flavors! They’re now expanding from their home in Findlay Market to Northside!


La Terza Artisan Coffee Roasterie: Excellent espresso and coffee drinks to help keep your energy up!


Macaron Bar: Colorful almond cookies in flavors you wouldn’t believe! This shop started in OTR and now has outposts in Hyde Park and Kenwood!

chako bread and cake

Chako Bakery: Delicious little cakes to give and to eat yourself!


Chocolats Latour: Delicious handcrafted chocolates — soon with a bricks-and-mortar store in Northside!


Detroit Jam Co.: Surprising jams with a little less sugar and a lot more flavor than store-bought!


Frittle Candy: These are “updated grandma candies,” such as frittle, which is delicious like peanut brittle!


Grateful Grahams: Sweet small-batch eats with heart!

mixology marmalades

Mixology Marmalades: Spreadable goodness with a kick!

tea dude

Tea Dude: Home brews that are great for gifting!

essential shopper guide to crafty supermarket!

Our big craft show is coming up on Saturday, Nov. 19 — so soon! The most important thing to know about Crafty Supermarket this year is that our holiday show is at a new location this year and happening the weekend before Thanksgiving. Because Music Hall is under renovation, we’re taking over the University of Cincinnati Rec Center’s six-court gymnasium. Here’s all the info you need to know to have a great day of shopping!


What: Crafty Supermarket’s Holiday Show (here’s the Facebook event)
When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016
Where: UC Rec Center, 2820 Bearcat Way, Cincinnati, OH 45221
Cost: Free to the public!

Parking and directions

The UC Rec Center is right next to Nippert Stadium and the Student Life Center in the heart of the University of Cincinnati campus in Corryville. Here is a Google Map. The gymnasium is on the lower level; there is elevator access to the gymnasium.

There are many public transportation options to get to our show. Metro bus lines that have stops by the University of Cincinnati include 17, 19, 24, 31, 46, 51 and 78. There are also multiple RedBike locations around campus.

There are many parking garages on the UC campus, and while we don’t have direct influence on their prices or policies, it’s likely that there will be flat day-rate parking for campus garages. (Day rates on campus are often $5 or $10.) All campus garages are ADA accessible, as is the Rec Center. We definitely encourage you to carpool with friends to save money and ease congestion!

The UC main campus in Corryville is easily accessible from interstates 71 and 75. When plotting your route to the show, we recommend using one of the garages as your target address; it isn’t possible to drive up directly in front of the Rec Center. The Campus Green Garage is the closest one to the Rec Center, and it’s accessible from MLK Drive. You may also be able to find metered street parking near campus. Here’s a map that shows where parking garages and RedBike stations are nearby. The blue star marks the entrance to the Rec Center:


Here’s a closer view of what campus looks like around where the entrance to the Rec Center is:

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You can find a clickable map of parking garages on UC’s campus here.

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.
  • We love pets, but only service animals are allowed inside the show.
  • If you arrive at the UC Rec Center 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 also PNC, Fifth Third and US Bank ATMs on UC’s campus.
  • 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, and most of the cafeterias on campus will be open. If you want to make a whole day of it, there are also tons of great restaurants and bars within walking distance of UC.

november calendar of craft, art and design events in cincinnati

It is Crafty Supermarket month! Our big holiday show is Saturday, Nov. 19, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the UC Rec Center, and you better not miss it! We’ve got a bigger space and 130 handmade vendors from across the eastern U.S., plus all the other stuff you love, like local food, a live DJ and crafty activities. It’s free for shoppers, as always! Here are even more things to do in Cincinnati in November:

  • Autumn Air Art FairBuy local at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center on Saturday, Nov. 5.
  • Art On Vine: This monthly art show moves indoors to Rhinegeist for the colder months on Sunday, Nov. 6.
  • Empty Bowls ($): The Clay Alliance’s annual fundraiser to fight hunger at the Bell Event Center is Sunday, Nov. 6.
  • First Batch Demo Day ($): See the latest crop of entrepreneurs — including some friends of Crafty Supermarket! — present their products at Rhinegeist on Wednesday, Nov. 9.
  • Bloomington Handmade Market: Go on a little road trip to Indiana to shop at this indie craft market on Saturday, Nov. 12.
  • Maker’s Mart: Another great option for handmade shopping is up in Toledo, OH, on Saturday, Nov. 12.
  • One Night One Craft ($): Marbleized gifts are being made at the Contemporary Arts Center on Wednesday, Nov. 16.
  • ArtWorks 21 Candles ($): This local arts nonprofit celebrates its 21st birthday with a blowout at Lunken Airport on Friday, Nov. 18.
  • Crafty Supermarket! Our big holiday show is in the heart of the University of Cincinnati’s campus from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19.
  • Queen City Clay: This studio’s holiday bazaar is Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 19 and 20.
  • Drink, Draw & Listen: Recover from Thanksgiving at the CAC for an evening of creativity and classical music on Friday, Nov. 25.
  • Winterfair: Northern Kentucky hosts a giant expo of fine art and craft Friday to Sunday, Nov. 25 to 27.
  • Crafty Mart: Didn’t get quite all your shopping done at Crafty Supermarket? Head up to Akron, OH, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 26 and 27.
  • One Night One Craft ($): Get stitchy at the CAC with the Hoop and Needle to make some embroidered gifts on Wednesday, Nov. 30.

Check out our sweet holiday show vendors!

Time to start making your shopping list: Our holiday show vendor list is live! Thanks to the extra space in the UC Rec Center’s gymnasium, we have 30 more vendors and still more elbow room for shoppers than last year! Our 130 vendors represent a dozen states, from as far away as Georgia and New York, and a third of them are totally new to Crafty Supermarket!

You can RSVP for the show here — it’s totally free for shoppers! — and invite all your friends! Here are some of the cool kids who will be selling at Crafty Supermarket for the first time on Nov. 19:


Aromaholic of Detroit, MI


Champaign Paper of Beach City, OH

ck tc ceramics

CK TC Ceramics of Cincinnati, OH


Cold Gold of Knoxville, TN


Fresh Camp of Cleveland, OH

fieldwork ceramics

Fieldwork Ceramics of Philadelphia, PA


Happy Grey Skies of Traverse City, MI


Heartell Press of Brooklyn, NY


Rheino Ceramics of Cincinnati, OH

questionable press

Questionable Press of Lancaster, OH


Sara Sartarelli | Tessuti of Cincinnati, OH

two of wands, new york

Two of Wands of New York, NY

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 2017 spring show will be posted in January.