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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-detroit

Aromaholic of Detroit, MI

champaign-paper

Champaign Paper of Beach City, OH

ck tc ceramics

CK TC Ceramics of Cincinnati, OH

coldgold

Cold Gold of Knoxville, TN

fresh_camp

Fresh Camp of Cleveland, OH

fieldwork ceramics

Fieldwork Ceramics of Philadelphia, PA

happygreyskies

Happy Grey Skies of Traverse City, MI

heartellpress

Heartell Press of Brooklyn, NY

rheinoceramics

Rheino Ceramics of Cincinnati, OH

questionable press

Questionable Press of Lancaster, OH

sartarelli_tessuti

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.

october calendar of craft, art and design events in cincinnati

As the weather turns chilly, you might be tempted to move indoors for the rest of the year. But there are way too many things to do in Cincinnati this October to give in to hibernation just yet! These are the best art, craft and design events going on in the Queen City this month:

  • Bend in the River Art + Music Festival: Celebrate the art and music of Lower Price Hill on Saturday, Oct. 1.
  • FotoFocus: Celebrate photography all month around Cincinnati with this biennial exhibition from Oct. 1 to 31.
  • Art on Vine: This monthly art show takes over Fountain Square on Sunday, Oct. 2.
  • Hyde Park Art Show: The 50th anniversary of this neighborhood art show is Sunday, Oct. 2.
  • ArtWorks Big Pitch ($): Eight local projects compete for $20,000 in funding at Rhinegeist on Thursday, Oct. 6.
  • Drink and Draw: It’s Inktober at the Contemporary Art Museum on Thursday, Oct. 6.
  • Old Kentucky Makers Market: Enjoy live music, food and makers in Bellevue on Friday, Oct. 7.
  • Harvest the Arts: The city of Newport hosts an arts and crafts festival on Saturday, Oct. 8.
  • Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire ($): Celebrate all things creative and DIY at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 8 and 9.
  • Second Sunday on Main: The last monthly Main Street market of the summer is Sunday, Oct. 9.
  • The City Flea: Shop the big flea in Over-the-Rhine’s beautiful Washington Park on Saturday, Oct. 15.
  • CAC Makerspace: Learn all about photo hacks you can do yourself at the Contemporary Arts Center on Wednesday, Oct. 19.
  • Midwest Craft Con Party: This creative conference for makers happens in February but you can hang out with conners for a crafternoon at the Hoop and Needle in Northside on Saturday, Oct. 22!
  • GUTS: Join AIGA Cincinnati in this creative pumpkin carving contest to raise money for the Make A Wish Foundation on Saturday, Oct. 22.

And remember, our big holiday craft show is coming up on Saturday, Nov. 19 — this year at the University of Cincinnati Campus Rec Center! 

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