Bi-Monthly Philadelphia Events: mid-May edition

Philadelphia is full of craft fairs and events in the next couple of weeks. Unfortunately, I was not able to sign up for any because my inventory is low at the moment. This weekend, I will be attending the Art Star Craft Bazaar, and the following weekend, I plan on attending the Trenton Ave Arts Festival. I will be blogging about one of these events. Hopefully, the weather will break and stay sunny and warm. This 50 degree cold weather has got to go!

(If you know of anything that I am missing, please don’t hesitate to email me at

By Lisa Hwang, ,

Thursday, May 13, 5:30-7:30pm, Art is Ageless @ The Skybox, 2424 Studios, 2424 E. York Street, Philadelphia; Featuring the work of CFEVA artists produced during the 2009 NewCourtland Artist Fellowship as part of the Comfort & JoyTM program

Saturday May 15 & Sunday May 16, 10-5pm, South 9th St Italian Market Festival; some Handmade Philly members vending there will be Kim and Chris of Rogue Theory, Lisa of Volta Organics and Rachel of Rachel Shoshana Jewelry;

Saturday May 15 & Sunday May 16, 11-6pm, Art Star Craft Bazaar, Penn’s Landing Great Plaza, Columbus Blvd between Walnut & Chestnut St; some Handmade Philly members vending there will be Emily of Precious Meshes/ VIX Emporium, Julie of Seabelly and Gretchen of BirdQueen Designs; for a full list, go to

Sunday, May 16, 11-5pm, Queen Village Open House Arts and Craft Fair,  Mario Lanza Park, that encompasses the space in the 200 block of Catharine and Queen Streets in Queen Village; some Handmade Philly members vending there will be Tracy of PunkRocKnits and Christina of MomoTrees

Sunday, May 16, 11-5pm, Shop until you are inspired @ Open Mic, Bohema, 6152 Ridge Ave., Roxborough, Philadelphia; $5 to enter; email if you want to sign up in advance for open mic! at

Saturday, May 22, 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; for detailed event information, go to this event listing on facebook

Saturday, May 22, 12-5pm, Trenton Avenue Arts Festival and Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby, Trenton Avenue (between Norris and Frankford), Philadelphia; some Handmade Philly members vending there will be Gretchen of BirdQueen Designs, Nicole of Night Owl Designs, Rachel of Rachel Shoshana Jewelry, Amy of AmyBDesigns, Carrie of Bud and Branch and Allison of Bijoux by Allison

Saturday, May 22, 4-7pm, Sacred Element Health Product Debut- Sidewalk Expose’with Holistic Heath Practitioner Jennifer Harrison @ Square Peg Artery and Salvage, 108 S. 20th St, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia; SEH bath accessories are designed by a massage therapist as an eco-friendly, natural approach to integrate rituals of self care into our everyday lives. Made with organic botanicals and pure essential oils. A selection of Bath Teas, Body Scrubs and Bath Bombs will be available.

Friday, May 28, 6-12am, Sexually Explicit: It’s not Porn, it’s Art Closing party @ Piranha Betty’s Art Market, 2472 Frankford Ave, Fishtown, Philadelphia; featuring artwork from many local Philadelphia artists; live music from our very own, Ruth Schanbacher’s band called Horsey and more; free booze and munchies


Top Hat First Friday events, 247 Market St, Olde City, Philadelphia; looking for new artists and vendors for the monthly one night event; For more information you can email at with links to any of your websites and etsy sites

Tyme Gallery is calling for artists for their 13th Annual Juried Exhibition, “Inner Essence”; Paintings, drawings, photography, hand pulled and digital prints are allowed, but please, no laser prints or studies; First prize is a solo exhibition; the jurors this year are award winning artists; Steve Oliver, Paulette Bensignor, Shobha Meno and Lisa Pauciello-Rowe; all artwork must be original (no studies) and never shown before at Tyme Gallery; the artwork is accepted on Friday, July 30th and Saturday, July 31st, between 10:30 AM and 3:00 PM;  jurying takes place on Sunday August 1st; opening reception is on Friday, August 13th from 5:00 to 9:00 PM with the award ceremony taking place promptly at 7:00 PM; for additional information call 610-853-1215 or check out their web site at


Wednesday, May 19, 7-9pm, Screen Printing for Beginners @ Piranha Betty’s Art Market, 2472 Frankford Ave, Fishtown, Philadelphia; Want to learn to screenprint for yourself? Here’s the ghetto way – how to DIY @home with as little and lowest priced materials as possible. We’ll show you how to set up artwork and burn screens, how to print with or without a palette and how to cure your prints without a high-tech costly dryer; Instructor: Evan Cairo; Only $20 per person.

Sunday, May 23, 3-5pm, Window Painting with Featured Artist Walter Runge @ Square Peg Artery and Salvage, 108 S. 20th St, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia; n a world with thousands of unpainted window panes, one man with a paint brush changed the world! Bring tubes of acrylic paint, a window or glass, (preferably with a wood sash or frame so both sides can be painted) and some old clothes.  We’ll be painting on the floor so this gets up close and personal! Pre-registration is required by May 21st call 215 360 5548 or register via the online store at

Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, Lancaster area,

Spool. 1912 South Street, Philadelphia PA 19146,

Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catherine St, Philadelphia, PA

Pterodactyl Philadelphia Creative Project Space, 3237 Amber St. Box 3 Fifth Floor North Philadelphia, PA


June 5, 10-?, Northern Liberties Music Festival @ Liberty Lands Park; this is a great event to support the largest privately owned public park in the city of Philadelphia; live music from many local artists from 3pm-10pm sponsored by Philadelphia Brewing Co., and the proceeds go towards making the park a better place; cost to vend is $20; must contact by May 15th

June 5, 9-3pm, FDS Art Market and Junque Sale @ Dickson Square Park, Moyamensing Avenue and 4th Street; The Friends of Dickinson Square Park are holding our annual Square Fair with the addition of an arts and crafts sale.  Jewelers, photographers, potters, weavers, painters, candle makers, soap makers, and other artisans and crafters of all mediums are welcome to come and make their work available for sale; space is $15; for more info, go to

June 5, 10-5pm, Mt Airy Art Jam @ Germantown Avenue between Allens Lane and Mt. Pleasant Avenue; if HANDMADE PHILLY is interested in grouping up on a few tables at this event, please let kim miller know ASAP TODAY (friday) at or 215-242-0777.

June 5 & 6, 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 12 & 13, 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;

June 13, The Ryerss Museum and Library Summer Fair, 7370 Central Avenue, Burholme Park, Philadelphia; seeks vendors of home-made goods to participate in its summer fair;  space is limited and available for $10 (bring your own table) or $15 (we’ll provide a table);

July 17, 11-3pm, Memphis Taproom Handmade Market, 2331 East Cumberland St, Fishtown, Philadelphia; no fee but space is limited; bring your own table and chairs; email Leigh ( to get a space ASAP.

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; 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; Contact Liz Eaby at 215-790-0782 or;

Every 2nd Saturday starting April 10 through December, 11-5pm, Satellite Second Saturday’s, 50th and Baltimore Ave, West Philadelphia presented by West Philly’s VIX Emporium and the Satellite Cafe on the triangle in front of the Firehouse.; Artisan vendor spaces are available for only $15 or $25; BYO table & canopy; interested in vending, contact:

August 22st, Women’s Equality Day at the Alice Paul Institute, 128 Hooton Rd. Mount Laurel, NJ; seeking 10 – 15 craftspeople who work in a variety of media; if you are interested in participating please get in touch with and give her your Etsy page or your website

3 Responses to “Bi-Monthly Philadelphia Events: mid-May edition”

  1. Jennifer

    Wow! Someone did a LOT of work on this entry. Good job. I learned a lot. Lots of opportunities. Too bad I’m too tired to look into any of them right now! tsk tsk.

  2. Nicole

    Woweee – we are a busy city!
    GREAT work Lisa!

  3. artpeopleplaceschange

    Thanks for the list. I was vending at the Trenton Ave Festival Saturday and it was pretty cool.

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