One of Philly’s best outdoor craft bazaars is back, just in time for Mother’s Day.
With more than 150 local and national artists selected to set up shop outdoors for two days at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, May 11-12, the annual Spring Art Star Craft Bazaar definitely won’t disappoint.
Rain or shine, shoppers can expect high-quality handmade goods that stay true to Art Star Gallery & Boutique’s popular, quirky aesthetic, with items ranging from prints and sculptures to housewares, clothing, jewelry, paper goods, toys, accessories and tons of one-of-a-kind curiosities.
The event will include live music by local bands presented by Philebrity, as well as food by Soy Cafe and Cedar Point Bar & Kitchen. Plus, shoppers can check out the adjacent Warship Olympia Tattoo Arts Convention, May 10-12 on the Olympia warship at Independence Seaport Museum.
Read on for our guide to the shopping, food, entertainment and waterfront fun:
• The Vendors: With more than 150 individual vendors, the main attraction of the bazaar is the amazing array of curated art, crafts, accessories and more. A huge range of artists will be onsite, including a number of local art-scene stars.
Many will recognize design superstar Jay McCarroll from his win of Project Runway’s first season. Find the designer’s signature brand of bold apparel and accessories, with a focus on contemporary textiles, at his booth.
Also set to be on hand is the fine leather goods of Peg and Awl and the edgy jewelry work of Concrete Polish, which is handcrafted in a Northern Liberties studio and produced on Philadelphia’s Jewelers’ Row. For a more delicate look, find the accessories of Saffron Creations, jewelry made locally from vintage tin canisters, boxes and trays.
Casual-apparel seekers should report to Duke & Winston, a line of screen-printed T-shirts, accessories and doggie gear by the talented Seun Olubodun, as well as Wear Liberty, a graphic T-shirt brand inspired by the art, history and culture of Philly from designer Matt Eyer.
For letterpress and art cards, flip through the always-adorable selection from Two Paperdolls, and for soy-wax candeles, look to Melo Studios, makers of hand-poured, 100% soy wax that comes from soy beans grown by U.S. farmers.
In addition to goods from Art Star Boutique, a handful of other local high-design destinations will set up shop alfresco for the weekend. Pine Street boutique Omoi Zakka Shop and Baltimore Avenue’s Vix Emporium are two standouts not to be missed.
• The Music: The main stage of the Great Plaza will rock for two days with a lineup of free, local music courtesy of the good folks at Philebrity. The program includes a dozen local indie and roots bands, including Philebrity editor Joey Sweeney’s set with a 10-piece band called Long Hair Arkestra. Music is slated to play from noon to 5 p.m. on the hour both days. Check out the complete Philebrity playlist and get an advance listen of the jams online.
• The Food: A number of festival-friendly food offerings will be served up over the weekend, too. Traditional fair food will be available, but also look for vegetarian/vegan fare from Soy Cafe and gastro-grub from the new Fishtown spot Cedar Point Bar & Kitchen. Plus, taste test Spodee, “Wine with a Kick,” with free samples from noon to 4 p.m. both days.
• The Activities: Local artists and arts organizations are set to come out to the bazaar to invite attendees to do a little creating of their own. Look for local multimedia artist Candy Depew, a.k.a. CandyCoated (who also has an exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art), to be on hand with a live silk-screening operation — just bring your own T-shirt.
The Clay Studio brings out its always-entertaining Claymobile and ceramics teachers to create pieces of sculpture onsite that will go into a claymation film. A group-created animated short film will be uploaded to YouTube after the event. Additional make-and-take crafty fun will come from InLiquid, the Fairmount and Queen Village Art Centers, the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym and more.
• Getting There: Traveling to the festival via public transportation is highly encouraged. SEPTA’s trip planner offers helpful hints on getting around the city.
Check out the Art Star Craft Bazaar Facebook page to join the event and spread the word.
See you on Penn’s Landing!
Art Star Craft Bazaar
When: May 11-12, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: The Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Columbus Boulevard between Walnut and Chestnut streets
More info: www.artstarcraftbazaar.com
For a complete fair map, see below.