Artist Kelly Towles at his booth during last year's Crafty Bastards
The Washington City Paper's Crafty Bastards is back for a 12th year. It's both Saturday and Sunday from 10am-5pm in what is normally the parking lot in front of Union Market (1309 5th Street). For those unfamiliar with Crafty Bastards, it's a juried (meaning you only find high quality vendors) arts and crafts fair for independent artists and producers. Nothing mass produced, just labors of love and a ton of really cool stuff. You'll find screenprints, jewelry, locally made belts, toys, paintings, sculptures, cards, t-shirts, bags, dishes, and all manner of unique items that would look great in your home, or would make perfect gifts. One day tickets are currently $5 online, but you'll want a two day pass (different vendors different days) for $8.
Find your favorite vendors and plan your path using this handy map.
Haunting little felted creatures decorated vendor Licorice Tree's booth at Crafty Bastards last year
As in past years there will be bathrooms available and food and drink available for purchase. Food and drink vendors are indie too, so don't expect your typical bland fair hot dogs and crappy burgers. Crafty Bastards wants none of it. Scroll down closer to the bottom of the Crafty Bastards page to see food and drink vendors. Also, they'll have a New Belgium beer garden.