Philadelphia March events and updates

After being on vacation for a little over a week, I feel like I have missed a lot! I’ve been trying to get back into the swing of things and sift through all the emails from Handmade Philly and search through Facebook to locate events, workshops and craft fairs. So here is what I have compiled together for events in March as well as an updated craft fair listing. If you know of anything that I have not listed, please feel free to email me at

By Lisa Hwang, ,


FIRST FRIDAY EVENTS, Friday, March 5th

Piranha Betty’s presents artwork from David Aronson, 6pm – 12am, 2472 Frankford Ave, Fishtown, Philadelphia

Food, drinks and musical performances by Sarah Donner, Michael Batchelor, Bevan McShea and more! Artist website:

F&N Gallery presents landscape photography of Neal Jordan, 6-9pm, 2007 Frankford Ave, Fishtown, Philadelphia

Neal attributes his work to Ansel Adams’ landscapes and Joseph Mallord Willam Turner’s skies. The romantic landscapes that they portrayed, as well as the radical sky scapes allude to the moments of beauty and change of the times. Neal’s work visually responds to the same notion of how we see the details in our environment.

Bambi Gallery presents Gillian Pears “Still” in the main gallery and Linda Guenste “Fun with…” in the project gallery 6-10pm, Bambi Gallery, 1001 North 2nd St (in the Piazza), N. Liberties, Philadelphia


Saturday,  March 6th, 6-8pm, Opening Reception for Michael Straight and Melissa Nannen, Square Peg Artery and Salvage, 108 S. 20th St, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia

Michael Straight features contemporary black and white photography of abandoned houses merged with old boudoir nude photos. Melissa Nannen installs an obscene amount of plush genitalia in a very small space. There may even be a a peek-a-boo peeping tom curtain. She hasn’t decided.

Sunday March 14th, 2-5pm, Square Peg Artery and Salvage, 108 S. 20th St, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia; trunk Show featuring the Organic Glass Jewelry designs of Kim Fraczek! Brooklyn Glass artisan Kim Fraczek reveals her Spring Line exclusively at Square Peg!

Saturday, March 20th, 2pm, The DIY Quick and Dirty PRINTERESTING SWAP!, The Print Center, 1614 Latimer Street, Philadelphia

Bring your prints, posters, photocopy art, zines, comix, buttons, t-shirts, stickers, chapbooks, mail art, broadsides and any other form of multiple that is ripe for distribution. The Swap is intended for creators to trade the stuff they’ve made and embrace the gift economy made possible through mass production. Printeresting began in 2008 as “the thinking person’s favorite online resource for interesting printmaking miscellany.” It was founded by Gallery Store artists Amze Emmons and Jason Urban along with R.L. Tillman. They can be found at Space is limited so RSVP to

March 19th-21st, 10-6pm, Sugarloaf Crafts Festival, Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Ave., Oaks, PA; Features more than 300 artists from all over the country; visitors to the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival will see thousands of contemporary crafts in all mediums, in addition to live demonstrations, gourmet food, and family entertainment.


Saturday, May 1st, 6-8pm, Opening Reception, “Puppies, Kittens & Chicks”, Square Peg Artery and Salvage, 108 S. 20th St, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia

Featuring Photography, Paintings, Illustration, Sculpture and other works with the theme of ” Puppies, Kittens & Chicks” ( puppies, kittens & pinup girls).

Deadline for show submissions is March 31, midnight; works will be selected by April 14th and notification will be April 15th; chosen work should be delivered to the store by April 25th. Please submit maximum of three images in PDF format for review.  Chosen images should be presented for the show in accordance with the following criteria: maximum frame size of 16×20, show pieces should be matted or framed and a suggested price listing for each submitted work. In addition to the main gallery show, they are inviting all photographers to bring additional prints, Greeting cards, to sell on a consignment basis. All additional prints for sale should be of similar subject matter to the images. Any additional prints should be presented wrapped in cello bags or individually matted for durability.


Sunday, March 7th, 3-5pm, Paper Up-cycling workshop, , Square Peg Artery and Salvage, 108 S. 20th St, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia; learn to make envelopes how to decoupage almost anything not living and some simple bookbinding techniques. Bring an assortment of different types of paper and we will provide the rest. $15.00 Per Person Preregistration Required in our online store

Sunday, March 14th, 3-5pm, Jeans to Jewelry Workshop, , Square Peg Artery and Salvage, 108 S. 20th St, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia: turn unlovable jeans into extraordinary jewelry! Dont think it can be done? It Can! It Can! Just bring some denim and some other fabric scraps for flair. $15.00 Per person Preregistration  required in our online store

Thursday, March 18th, 6-8pm, Wish I Was in Art School Critique Night with Rachel Parker, Square Peg Artery and Salvage, 108 S. 20th St, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia,

Sunday, March 28th, 3-5pm, Artsy French, Square Peg Artery and Salvage, 108 S. 20th St, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia; bilingual Painter Jed Williams will teach the basics on how to sound authentic on your next trip to the Louvre or criticize unappealing art on First Fridays without hurting the artist’s feelings! $15.00 Per person Preregistration required in our online store at

Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, Lancaster area,

UPCOMING SPRING CRAFT FAIRS: * looking for Vendors

April 17th, 11-6pm

* Philadelphia Designers Market, First Baptist Church of Philadelphia, 123 South 17th St, Philadelphia; Set up as a fashion retail/shopping experience the Market allows designers to directly interact with their customers at low cost, little hassle and high exposure. This format provides designers an environment in which they can foster relationships between themselves, other businesses and consumers. Cost is $100 for the day. Register at their website.

April 24th 11-6pm

* Fishtown Shadfest, Penn Treaty Park in Historic Fishtown, Philadelphia; Artists & crafters interested in vending may contact Minna Aaparyti:

April 24th, 12-5pm

* Crafty Balboa, Passyunk Fountain between Tasker and Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia; Artists & crafters interested in vending can contact Amy at      or go to their website and fill out the application; cost to vend is $30 and sharing tables is allowed.

May 1 & 2, 11-7pm

* Brooklyn Lyceum, 227 4th Avenue between Union and President Streets, Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY; cost to vend is between $200-$250 for the weekend depending on table size; sharing a table is allowed.

May 15 & 16, 11-6pm

* Art Star Craft Bazaar, Penn’s Landing Great Plaza, Columbus Blvd between Walnut & Chestnut St; $10 application fee and the cost to vend is $250 for the weekend; sharing a table is allowed.

May 22nd, 10-4pm

* Citizens for No-Kill Philadelphia With Love Super Adoption Day, Piazza at Schmidt’s, N. 2nd Street & Germantown Avenue, Northern Liberties, Philadelphia; currently in search of sponsors and vendors, including pet products and services, crafters, and anyone interested in showcasing their business to hundreds of animal enthusiasts. For information on how you can get involved, contact

May 22nd, 12-5pm

* Trenton Avenue Arts Festival, Trenton Avenue (between Norris and Frankford), Philadelphia; $45 for 10’x10’ space or $25 for half space; registration deadline is May 1

June 5th &6th, 11-7pm

* Renegade Craft Fair, McCarren Park, Bedford Ave. and North 12th St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY; $25 application fee with deadline of March 5; cost to vend is $300 for the weekend; sharing a table is allowed.

June 12th & 13th, 1-6pm

* InLiquid’s annual art sale, Art for the Cash Poor 11!, Crane Arts Building, 1400 N. American Street, Philadelphia; open to all artists who design and produce their own work; all items for sale must be priced at $199 or below; artists may sign-up for either one or two days; artists are required to submit 3-4 digital sample images of the work they intend to sell; non In-Liquid Artist cost is $100 per day per artist or $75 for a shared table

Every weekend starting April 3 – October 31, 9– 3pm

* Piazza Artisan Market, The Piazza at Schmidt’s, N. 2nd Street & Germantown Avenue, Northern Liberties, Philadelphia; $25 Application Fee with a deadline of Feb 15 but they will accept rolling application; cost per weekend is $100 and sharing a table is allowed.

Every Saturday starting June 5, 10-9pm

* The Creative Collective Fine Art and Craft Fair, Historic Headhouse Square, 2nd and Pine, Philadelphia; cost to vend is $75 per day; I believe table sharing is allowed (I am doing it collaboratively with Piranha Betty); Contact Liz Eaby at 215-790-0782 or


17 Responses to “Philadelphia March events and updates”

  1. Mark

    Great list…Just signed up for Designers Market in April. Thanks!

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    Olde City Tattoo invites the public to enjoy work by their talented artists from the city’s most hailed tattoo shop and party with the ladies of Peek A Boo Revue at the Sigma Sound Stage March 31st at 8 p.m. until April 1st 2 a.m. at 212 North 12th Street.

    Artists will showcase their designs between 8-10 p.m. Philly’s famous burlesque troupe hits the stage from 11 p.m.-12 a.m. Guests are invited to hang out and dance until 2 a.m.
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