Today is the day!

HAshoppersThank you all for love and support. We can’t wait to see everyone today at HANDMADE ARCADE 2014! 

Here is some important information you may need to know: 

  • Admission is FREE!
  • The Vendors are ready for you. You can view a our Vendor Map here to find your favorite vendors or to discover new artists and crafters.
  • Directions to the David L. Convention Center (DLCC) can found on online here.
  • The DLCC has a large parking lot with a low daily of $10 for the day.
  • The garages run by the Pittsburgh Parking Authority will be FREE Saturday, December 6. For the complete list of free garages and information visit
  • Visit for real time parking garage updates!
  • Entrance to Handmade Arcade is through the West Lobby (across the street from the parking garage). View the map here.
  • INBOUND FORT PITT TUNNEL WILL BE CLOSED this weekend. Find the detour directions here. 

The Organizers of Handmade Arcade want to thank everyone in Pittsburgh and beyond for your support. We work all year long to bring you this event and seeing it come to fruition with the fanfare and excitement makes the long hours well worth it.


A look forward and back…

JOEY-KENNEDY-HMA-2013-0031Don’t miss out on this year’s fun. Mark your calendars with the following dates! 

  • Sponsorship opportunities NOW available!
  • July 16th: Applications for vendors and hands-on handmade artists open
  • September 3rd: Applications close
  • Early October: Accepted vendors and artists notified
  • DECEMBER 6, 2014: HANDMADE ARCADE at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center!

Check out our image gallery from last year’s event.
All photographs taken by the talented Joey Kennedy. 

Thank You Pittsburgh!

WHAT A DAY! A day that could not have been possible without the efforts of so many artists and makers, Hands-on Handmaders, sponsors, volunteers, Convention Center staffers, music makers and curators, entertainers, and, of course, shoppers! We are so thankful for everyone who was a part of our massive 10th show. Stay tuned for images of the days events and the announcement of HA:2014’s date!


Handmade Arcade to be featured on Creative Briefs podcast!

Submit your questions for Jessica, Al & Elizabeth today!

Creative Briefs is a podcast for designers and creatives focused on what inspires and motivates people in their fields. Hosts John DeGore & Carl Huelsman of AIGA Pittsburgh create a dialogue between creative professionals, encouraging the design community to help pick the brains of their guests using social media. Suggest topics & questions via Twitter: @CreativeBriefs.

Submit your questions here.


Join us for our next DIY Day on Sunday, November 10

DIY Days with Lynne Kropinak of Charmed by Nature

On Sunday November 10th, go on a free upcycling adventure with Canonsburg crafter, Lynne Kropinak at the Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse.

Date: Sunday, November 10, 2013
Time: 12 – 3 p.m.
Place: Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse
Sign for the FREE workshop hereThis workshop is recommended for high school students or craft artists ages 14 and up. Space is limited. 

11_10Lynne has a passion for finding beauty in unusual objects and fashioning them into art to wear. After a show -and-tell of some of her own work and describing how the necklaces were inspired and constructed, Lynne will guide you in the creation of your own show-stopper of a necklace using materials you will look at in a whole new light.

Besides making upcycled jewelry, Lynne is the mom to Tronny, the Pittsburgh Craft-O-Tron machine.