HA Immortalized in Gayle Forman’s latest book, LEAVE ME!

We are absolutely thrilled & floored to find out that Brooklyn-based writer Gayle Forman mentions Handmade Arcade in her brand new novel, LEAVE ME! Don’t miss her appearance at Penguin Bookshop in Sewickley on October 13th!

Endless thanks to GF for immortalizing Pittsburgh’s first & largest indie craft fair in print, and to Tara McElfresh, Hands-on Handmade Coordinator, for spotting the shout-out on page 185! Time to put on a sweater and curl up with this wonderful book on a Pittsburgh stoop.

Congratulations to all of the wildly talented makers who join us each year from all over PGH and the US & see you all on DECEMBER 3rd!



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 handmadearcade2016.artcall.org.

$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.


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! ♥

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 Day in the City of Pittsburgh

proclamationIt is official! Saturday, December 7th is Handmade Arcade day in the City of Pittsburgh per a proclamation by City Council.

Are you ready? Are you coming? Don’t miss out on this once a year shopping BONANZA!

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 7.
  • You can find parking lots using this application on the Convention Center website.
  • Entrance to Handmade Arcade is through the West Lobby (across the street from the parking garage). View the map 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.


Making news everyday! Handmade Arcade’s momentum is on the rise!

dec_newspapers“Handmade Arcade Celebrates 10 Years”
December 5 / By Liz Reid / 90.5 WESA Pittsburgh’s NPR New Station

Pittsburgh Today Live
Handmade Arcade appeared on KDKA-TV | CBS Pittsburgh on December 4th — a regular stop on our rounds leading up to the event each year — to talk about our 10th anniversary event and showcase several fabulous HA vendors on the station’s Pittsburgh Today Live program!

Downtown Holiday Markets offer Unique Local Gifts
Dec 2013 / By Stacey Federoff / Equal Magazine
We are thrilled to be featured in the December issue of Equal Magazine, a publication of the Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh!

Handmade Arcade made the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Weekend Hot List!” We sure hope we are on your must-do list for Saturday, December 7th, 2013!

Handmade Arcade made the Pittsburgh City Paper’s Short List, which includes a fab photo by Joey Kennedy of clothing designed by HA vendor Upcycled Designs, and her booth at our 2012 event!

Handmade Arcade Roundup
December 5 / Steeltown Anthem
Check out this fabulous roundup of Handmade Arcade by the excellent Pittsburgh-base design blog, Steeltown Anthem!

December 7th is Officially “Handmade Arcade Day” in Pittsburgh!

An exciting morning spent in City Council Chambers! Here is a glimpse of today’s adventures: receiving the official proclamation for December 7th to be “Handmade Arcade Day,” being serenaded by The Pittsburgh Banjo Club and being interviewed by KQV news radio! Thank you to Council member Natalia Rudiak for sponsoring the proclamation (and for her great words about Handmade Arcade!) and to all of you for your tremendous support & inspiration over the past decade! 


More Handmade Arcade Press!

“Annual Handmade Arcade entices crafters to the ‘Burgh”
December 2, By JoAnne Klimovich Harrop / Tribune-Review

Thank you so much to writer JoAnne Klimovich Harrop for her wonderful feature story on Handmade Arcade & our 10th anniversary in the TribLIVE.com – Pittsburgh’s News Source (see today’s print edition!), which includes interviews with & insights from HA vendors The Broken Plate Pendant Co., Nine & Twenty and Red Prairie Press, as well as event organizers. Be sure to check out their online slide show filled with images of some of the fabulous wares that will be for sale on December 7th!

November, 2013 / By Michelle Dickson / WHIRL Magazine

Huge thanks to WHIRL Magazine for this terrific preview of Handmade Arcade in their new issue, which features a fab photo by Joey Kennedy of strawberryluna’s colorful booth. We love what they have to say about our 10th year!

“The Handmade Arcade Giveaway”
November 25 / NakYouOut

Check out NakYouOut‘s amazing prereview of Handmade Arcade and sign up to win FREE Early Birdie passes!

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For more Handmade Arcade press coverage and our press release, visit our Press page.