It might be a tad early, but for those of you who could use a little Christmas cheer at the moment, this is for you. Mark your calendars for two of the region’s largest craft and DIY fairs, coming up in early and mid December. The Renegade Craft Fair and Urban Craft Uprising feature emerging and established designers with a huge array of handcrafted goods.
The events are free and open to the public. They are a great place to finish—or start—those shopping lists, support local business and get in the holiday spirit.
Urban Craft Uprising, December 3 & 4
In 2005, Urban Craft Uprising was founded to offer an alternative to mass-produced goods. Its first holiday fair featured fifty booths by independent craftspeople, artists and designers. The fair has grown larger each year, and is now bi-annual. This year, 150 vendors will offer their wares at The Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, and over 16,000 fans are expected to attend over the course of the weekend.
You can beat the crowd if you act fast. UCU offers their Third Annual Shopping Preview Night, which takes place the night before the winter show and is available to the first 1,500 people who register to attend.
The Urban Craft Uprising 2016 Winter Show happens the first weekend of December, but if you can’t attend the main event, you won’t completely miss out. Urban Craft Uprising has also teamed up with the Downtown Seattle Association for a special Holiday Market at Westlake Park. Twelve little huts with a total of 24 makers will be placed in Westlake Park throughout the holiday season. You can shop new designers each week, beginning on November 25 through December 24. (Good news for you last minute shoppers!) A South Lake Union UCU is also planned for December 15, from 11am to 6pm. Check the website here for more details on this and the rest of Urban Craft Uprising’s schedule of events.
Urban Craft Uprising 2016 Winter Show
When: Saturday, December 3, from 10am to 6pm. Sunday, December 4, from 10am to 5pm.
Where: Seattle Center Exhibition Hall (299 Mercer Street, Seattle, WA 98109)
Renegade Craft Fair 2016
Founded in Chicago in 2003, the Renegade Craft Fair began as a way to nurture the creative spirit of the DIY community. It now sees over 300,000 shoppers annually in the cities of New York, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, Denver, Los Angeles, Portland, Austin and London, UK.
2016 will be Renegade Craft Fair’s second year in Seattle, and its collaborative spirit gives small business a chance to reach a truly broad collective audience. The week before Christmas in the Magnuson Park Hanger 30, independent creators will be showing one-of-a-kind jewelry, bespoke apparel and accessories, natural beauty products, re-purposed goods and more. 175 vendors are participating in Seattle, and the event also includes interactive features, live music and artisanal food and drink to add to the festive nature of the show.
Parking at Magnuson for the fair is free, but limited. Once again Uber is sponsoring rides to the Renegade Craft Fair, and new users can get up to $15 off their first Uber rides using the code RCF2016. Oh, and your leashed furry friends are welcome as well.
Renegade Craft Fair in Seattle 2016
When: December 17-18, 2016, 11am to 6pm
Where: Magnuson Park, Hangar 30 (6310 NE 74th St, Seattle, WA 98115)
Featured Image: Bread and Badger Bowl Set Image courtesy of Urban Craft Uprising