This Weekend's Craft Events — Sept 16-18

Posted by on Sep 12, 2011

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While we can't write about every craft fair and marketplace happening across the country (or the world), we do like to highlight a handful of notable ones each week. If you'd like more people to know about your craft show or event, list it on our Craft Map and we'll gladly consider it for coverage. You can also email us at

The East

Make Magazine's Maker Faire: New York
Sept 17-18, (Sat)10-7, (Sun) 10-6

A bit like Comic Con for mad scientists, this unique craft festival, hosted by Make Magazine, celebrates the inner MacGyver in all of us. Touted as the world's largest DIY craft fair, it features home decor, fashion and evil robots bent on human destruction! Except, uh, only two of those things are true.

New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th Street, Queens, NY 11368, 707-827-7074,, Maker Faire

design sponge book tour craft event
Design*Sponge Book Tour: Washington DC
Sept 17-18, hours vary

Grace Bonney, D*S founder, will sign her new book Design*Sponge at Home at two events around the capitol. Choose from a signing party at Anthropologie in Georgetown (the party favor is a wax seal stamp you make yourself), or try out the Politics and Prose, a breakfast and crafting event. While space is (very!) limited, know that the tour is heading to NYC, Boston and Philly, where tickets may still be available.

(Sat) Anthropologie, 3222 M St. NW, Washington DC & (Sun) 5015 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20008,, Design*Sponge

The South

feature poster of the atlanta arts festival
Atlanta Arts Festival
Sept 17-18, (Sat)10-7, (Sun) 10-6

Celebrate oncoming Autumn with this fall-inspired art festival in downtown Atlanta. Free to the public, this juried art show features a Demonstration Station where crafters can learn how to make marble paper via shaving cream and watercolors. After taking an artsy-smartsy stroll, head over to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens for one last taste of summer.

Piedmont Park, 1071 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, Fulton, GA 30309, 770-941-9660,, Atlanta Arts Festival

The Midwest

stage of diy street fair craft event
DIY Street Fair
Sept 16-18, (Fri) 5pm-2 am, (Sat & Sun) 11 am-2 am

Buy one, get one free! The city of Ferndale, Michigan, is hosting two (actually, two and a half) arts and crafts events this weekend: the DIY Street Fair (our fav), the Funky Ferndale Art Fest (a classic), and The Live Green Show (for the do-goody-two-shoes in all of us). And in true Michigan style, there will be lots and lots of beer. Guess that probably explains the 2 am closing hour: ”You don't have to DIY here, but you can't DIY-it here!”

SouthEast quadrant of Nine Mile Road and Woodward Avenue, Ferndale, MI,, DIY Street Fair
loretta paganini school of cooking craft event
Teen Cooking Class
Sept 17, 10 am

It's 10 am on a Saturday. Do you know where your teen is? If they're not face first in a pile of pillow water, hopefully your homegrown Acne Farm is at this cooking class, designed especially for teens. Future foodies will learn how to make homemade ravioli, fettuccine and even cherry almond biscotti.
8700 Mayfield Rd Chesterland, OH 44026, 440-729-1110,, The Loretta Paganini School of Cooking

The West

pug in costume at bark in the park contest
Bark in the Park
Sept 17, 10-5

While this is a festival that celebrates dogs more than crafts, we couldn't resist the star of this event — the Canine Costume Contest. For Fido fashionistas out there, what an awesome way to show off your favorite fabric crafts — while also embarrassing your dog at the same time. What could get any better?

William Street Park, Corner of William and S. Sixteenth Streets Downtown San Jose, San Jose, CA, 408.793.5125,, Bark in the Park
vintage swimwear
The Vintage Fashion Expo
Sept 17-18, (Sat) 10:30-6, (Sun) 11-5

With a little shopping, a little networking and lots of vintage fashion, this San Francisco craft event showcases over 75 vintage dealers selling fashion from the 1950s through the 1980s. There is even an Early Buy option on Saturday where shoppers get to raid the stalls 90 minutes before regular admission ticket-holders are allowed to enter. The early bird gets the Schiaparelli.

Concourse Exhibition Center, 635 8th Street, San Francisco, CA, 415-468-7482,, Vintage Fashion Expo


craftfest event poster
Sept 17-18, All day

Shopping for PJ's in your PJ's — either that's the ultimate lazy Saturday morning, or it's just the ultimate in laziness. Whatever your take, Creative Connections is hosting an online craft fair, open to the general public. Crafters can browse virtual stalls and stores from their homes. Showering is optional.

Online,, Creative Connections

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