The city’s longest-running alternative craft festival returns in November with a new focus on the state’s up-and-coming makers. The free shopping event runs 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10.
New for this year is Emerging Outlaws, spotlighting 20 up-and-coming vendors from across the state who have been in business for less than two years. Highlights include pottery and wooden trays from The Muddy Yogi, origami succulents and bouquets from Paper Blooms LGD, and kitschy signs made with recycled cans and bottles from Beer Box Art.
Join mobile arts and sewing instructor Sew Kart for a hands-on rope bowl class, or catch a lace making demo with Lacemakers of Central Ohio. Experience all things DIY with interactive stations from Columbus Museum of Art and Experience Columbus. A Fair Trade Mini Market will feature items from members of Fair Trade Columbus, including Global Gifts, World Peaces, Haven Herbs and more. Little ones will love shopping the Kids Craft Crawl at 4 p.m., when they can choose from among items priced at $5 to $10. And before you leave, be sure to get a tarot reading and a photo with celebrity drag Santa impersonator Jamz Dean.
“Craftin’ Outlaws continues our love of glitter, pom poms and googly eyes!” says organizer Megan Green. “We are thrilled to not only showcase makers and creatives from around the Midwest at Craftin’ Outlaws but, for the first time ever, showcase 20 new emerging artists from all over Ohio.”
Columbus’ longest-running alternative craft festival was established in 2005 to provide a space for DIY artisans who didn’t fit in within the standard confines of what was accepted in the arts or craft worlds. Craftin’ Outlaws celebrates independent artists and crafters who use centuries-old techniques to make items with a decidedly modern vibe. These creative entrepreneurs will be selling work including accessories, apparel, art, ceramics, bath and body, housewares, children’s items, paper goods, wood and leather goods, blacksmithing, letterpress, toys and jewelry.
The holiday show offers a great opportunity to dive into the holiday shopping season with 100 of the region’s finest handmade vendors plus live music and a cash bar. Local nonprofit groups will raise money through coat-check services and raffles throughout the day.
General admission is free, and the first 100 guests of the day will get a tote.
This year’s festival will take place in the Convention Center’s Ballrooms 1, 2 and 3. Parking options include the Convention Center’s South Parking Garage, plus seven other garages and lots within easy walking or biking distance in the Short North and Arena District.
An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Sunday, repeating until February 23, 2020 12:00 am