Announcing Handmade Arcade 2016 Vendor List!

Handmade Arcade 2016 is beyond thrilled to be welcoming 41 new vendors, 100+ returning vendors, student makers and new sponsors to our marketplace.

View, share and start planning your shopping day with this impressive list of talented artists, designers and makers from near & far. See you on Saturday, December 3rd!

Congratulations to HANDMADE ARCADE’s 2016 VENDORS!


Two favorites collide in Crafting and Drinking

Handmade Arcade is excited to partner with Wigle Whiskey and Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse for a FREE Demo Series.

Join us each Wednesday in September at the Wigle Distillery (2401 Smallman Street) for a night of Crafting and Drinking from 5 – 8 P.M. 

Admission and crafts are FREE. Your first cocktail is complimentary from Wigle Whiskey.

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CALLING ALL CRAFTERS, ARTISTS and MAKERS in the 412 and beyond!

headiner_fewdaysleftAPPLY NOW to be a Handmade Arcade vendor at our next big event on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. 

Applications close at midnight on Friday, September 2, 2016.
Accepted applicants will be notified in early October.
Pittsburgh’s first and largest independent craft fair, Handmade Arcade draws more than 8,500 attendees in ONE DAY.

We encourage new and returning vendors to apply to be a part of one of Pittsburgh’s most highly anticipated events.


APPLY NOW to be a Hands-on Handmade participant.

Join our growing group of innovative craft artists, arts organizations, and demonstrators at Hands-on Handmade, featuring two-hour, half-day and daylong activities for all ages.

Deadline for submissions is Friday, October 21, 2016. Accepted applicants will be notified at the end of October. 

Come craft with us this fall at the following local community-based events and festivals:

Crafts and Drafts Record Hop
East End Brewing
Saturday, September 3, 12-5 PM
FREE and family friendly

Crafting and Drinking
Presented by Wigle Whiskey, Handmade Arcade and Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse 
Wigle Distillery, 2401 Smallman Street
Every Wednesday in September, 5-8 PM
FREE demo series
First cocktail is complimentary.

  • September 7: Puppets and Palomas
  • September 4: Robots and Rum
  • September 21: Googly-Eyes and Gimlets
  • September 28: Mobiles and Manhattans

This event coincides with Pittsburgh’s Re:New Festival.

And also don’t miss:
Reclaim! 2016 Fall Edition

Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse
Saturday, September 17, 11 AM- 6 PM

This event coincides with Pittsburgh’s Re:New Festival.


Handmade Arcade 2016 applications ARE LIVE! Apply now to be a part of Pittsburgh’s most anticipated craft event of the year. Visit our online application at

$10 non-refundable application fee due immediately
$225 vendor fee for accepted vendors due by Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Applications close at midnight Friday, September 2, 2016. Accepted applicants will be notified in early October.


Wow, what a day!

JOEYKENNEDY-HDMA-2015-0176With more attendees, local and regional support and press coverage than ever—as well as a record number of vendor applications—Handmade Arcade 2015 was our biggest and best show to date.

We want to express heartfelt and massive thanks to ALL—vendors, sponsors, shoppers, volunteers, DJs, Hands-on Handmade artists, media, bloggers, photographers—who helped to make the day so magical!

The official Handmade Arcade images are now online for you to view. Take
some time to revisit one amazing day!

We are in still a daze from both exhaustion and inspiration, but we invite you all to visit our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds to see new photos and videos documenting the magnificent day, and please keep sharing your own memories using #handmadearcade2015 and @handmadearcade.

tmt_withcipDidn’t get a chance to attend Handmade Arcade or forgot to pick up a copy of our
new coloring book at the Welcome Tent? 

Buy yours online today for $10!
(includes shipping and handling)

Whether you’re looking for some crafty stocking stuffers, need a one-of-a-kind find for that creative cousin or co-worker in your life—or you have not even made a dent in your gift list yet—we suggest you purchase a copy of Things Making Things: A DIY Coloring Book today!

All proceeds from the sale of Things Making Things will support Handmade Arcade’s educational and outreach activities, including Hands-on Handmade, DIY Days Workshops, outreach events, youth scholarships and more.



Thank you Pittsburgh!

With more shoppers, local support and press coverage than ever, Handmade Arcade 2015 was our biggest and best show to date. Thank you to ALL – vendors, sponsors, shoppers, volunteers, DJs, Hands-on Handmade demonstrators and organizers – who made the day magical! See you next year on Saturday, December 3. 


Super panoramic view taken by David L. Lawrence Convention Center staff from the Hall C balcony at Handmade Arcade! ♥

HANDMADE ARCADE 2015 is here!

What you need to know to make your shopping day a success!

Directions and Parking:

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.

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Don’t forget to pick up your copy 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.
$10 each. 

Custom Screen-printed 2015 String Art Design

  • Tote-bags featuring our 2015 String Art Poster Design for $15 each.
  •  Limited number of screen-printed posters signed and numbered by the artist will be available for $20 each.

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.


Spotlight on artist Kara Reid: creating the event artwork & identity for HA:2015

posterartLast Winter, Pittsburgh-based artist and designer Kara Reid was selected to create the marketing materials and branding for this year’s 2015 Handmade Arcade. 900 nails and many yards of string later, Reid designed and hand-constructed two custom-made string and stencil painted art pieces. Her inventive and eye-catching concept radiates around and showcases Handmade Arcade’s signature “Scissor Girl” logo.

“I definitely wanted to do something that conveyed the innovative spirit of all these crafters,” says Reid, sharing her vision.

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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. Inside the creative pages of this 28-page book, you will meet imaginative creatures who are all crafting,making and designing things—from robots screen-printing to spiders painting—and ready for you to turn into artworks of your very own.

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