Shopper Info

Handmade Arcade, Pittsburgh’s award-winning independent craft fair, returns on Saturday, December 5, 2015, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. 

Vendor Floor Map
What’s New? Coloring book, string art and raffles!
Local Sounds + Indie Crafts
Early Birdie Passes
Directions, Parking and Road Closures
Shopper Entrance Street Map

Vendor Floor Map:
Have you taken a look at the 2015 vendor list and their crafts yet? Do you have some vendors that you just have to visit? Do you want to know where your favorite vendor’s table is this year? Visit our vendor and sponsor FLOOR MAP

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WHAT’S NEW? Coloring book, string art and raffles!

Things Making Things: A DIY Coloring Book
TMTcoverHandmade Arcade is thrilled to announce the launch of our inaugural print publication, Things Making Things: A DIY Coloring Book, featuring original commissioned artwork by 10 Pittsburgh-based artists and Handmade Arcade vendors.

At Handmade Arcade, attendees can purchase a copy of Things Making Things: A DIY Coloring Book for $10 and collect all of the artists’ autographs on the back cover. Early Birdie pass holders will receive a copy in their goodie bags.


posterartCustom Screen-printed 2015 String Art Design

Along with the coloring book, Handmade Arcade will feature our 2015 String Art Poster Design created by local artist Kara Reid. The design will be hand screen-printed on tote bags available for $15 each. A limited number of screen-printed posters signed and numbered by the artist will be available for $20.


For the first time ever, Handmade Arcade will raffle off donated items from vendors and sponsors all day long. Items will include a gift certificate for a farm dinner as well as several happy hour tickets from Churchview Farm, several assortments of gifts from vendors, a Handmade Arcade gift basket (includes the coloring book, tote bag, t-shirt and more!), a vintage gift basket from Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer and much more! Tickets will be sold at the raffle table in the front of the room.

Local Sounds + Indie Crafts

HA_DJs_2015Handmade Arcade will feature sets by local DJs providing your shopping soundtrack throughout the day:

10 – 11:30 a.m.
David Pohl
, Things Making Things: A DIY Coloring Book artist, spinning antique and evocative 78s

11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
PANDEMIC: Pittsburgh’s own global beats guru, celebrating his 10th anniversary in the Burgh, playing an intoxicating mix of Balkan brass, Cumbia, Afrobeat, Bhangra, electro Arabic tech hop, Brazilian Baile funk, Chalga, Turkish reggaeton and more

2 – 4 p.m.
tOTAL TRASH featuring Ricky Moslen & Dan Barrett: A hearty mix of independent music spanning the 1970s—1990s and beyond, including new wave, jangle pop,
shoe gaze, post-punk, indie rock, kiwi pop and more

4 – 5:30 p.m.
The Bad Seed: garage and surf rock, experimental sounds and rare 45s

5:30 – 7 p.m.
The Garment District: psychedelia, grrrl groups, folk rock, early electronic music and 1960s—1980s pop nuggets

Early Birdie Passes:
Early Birdie Passes
 are $15 each and provide shoppers with the exclusive opportunity to shop one hour before the event opens to the public. Early Birdie shoppers will be the first to see and shop for all the unique and one-of-a-kind items at Handmade Arcade. Get yours today! Only 300 passes will be sold.

All Early Birdie pass holders will receive a crafty goodie bag with our exclusive coloring book: Things Making Things: A DIY Coloring Book, as well as coupons and other items. Passes can be purchased online or at Wildcard, located at 4209 Butler Street in Lawrencevile. (Children 12 and under are admitted free with an adult.)

Directions, Parking and Road Closures:

Directions to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center (DLCC) can found on online here. The DLCC has a large parking lot with a low daily rate of $12 for the entire day. There are no in and out privileges.

Parking: Back again this year, FREE parking downtown in all Pittsburgh Parking Authority Garages!

The three closest garages (within 2-3 blocks) of the Convention Center are:

  • Grant Transportation Center (part of Greyhound Bus station): Entrance on Penn Avenue, between 11th Street and 12th Street
  • Smithfield Liberty:  Entrances on Smithfield between Sixth Ave and Seventh Ave, or on Liberty at Ninth Street
  • Ninth and Penn: Entrance on Ninth Street, between Penn and Fort Duquesne Blvd.

Want to scout out the perfect parking spot? Download the ParkPGH app for real-time parking availability.

Scheduled Closures of Parkway East
In order to begin dismantling the Greenfield Bridge, the parkway will be closed on Saturday, December 5.

  • Eastbound closures (outbound toward Monroeville) will begin at Oakland (Exit 72A). The Bates St. outbound entrance ramp will be closed. Detours will be posted. Click here for the map of the Eastbound closures and detours.
  • Westbound closures (inbound to Downtown) will begin at Wilkinsburg (Exit 78B). The Edgewood/Swissvale and Sq. Hill/Homestead entrances to I-376 inbound will be closed. Detours will be posted. Click here for the map of the Westbound detours and closures.
  • And a note about the “Official Greenfield Bridge Detour” during those weekends: The official detour for the Greenfield Bridge — the detour to get from Greenfield to Schenley Park — uses the Parkway East.  Since the Parkway East will be closed the official Greenfield Bridge detour is changing too.  Click here for a map of this detour-of-a-detour.

Shopper Entrance Street Map:
View the shopper entrance street map. Shoppers enter at Street level on the parking garage side of the Convention Center (marked with a red start on the map). Once inside, go upstairs to Hall C.

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There are ATMs in the Convention Center and at various locations downtown. Many vendors do take credit cards, but some do not; if you can, bring both cash and your credit cards.

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Help promote Handmade Arcade! Visit our Media Image page to find various web ads and buttons to use on your social media pages.

And don’t forget social networking. If you haven’t already, like or follow our Facebook and Twitter and Instagram. And don’t forget to share your photos from Handmade Arcade using the hashtags#handmadearcade2015 and #handmadearcade