Returning for the sixth spring edition, the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen’s Fine Craft Fair brings 150 craftspeople from around the country, including local artisans, to Rittenhouse Square this spring.
The weekend-long bazaar and celebration kicks-off on Friday, May 13 and continues through Sunday, May 15, all made possible by a Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen partnership with Friends of Rittenhouse Square and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation.
This year, attendees can visit an emerging artists section of the fair, featuring up-and-coming artisans who are members of the Guild’s EMERGE craft show incubator program.
For attendees who want to get crafty themselves, there will be a featured hands-on activity at the fair in addition to the scores of vendors on display.
Vendors will be showcasing and selling everything from home décor, furniture and glassware to photography and such wearable crafts as jewelry, clothing and handbags.
An added bonus of the juried Fine Craft Fair is that the craftsmen and women who create the items on display are the very same vendors who are selling them. This offers a unique opportunity to learn about the artists and even the stories behind the pieces.
This year’s featured artist is Kurt Brantner, a Master Artisan who specializes in wood-fired pottery.
After a day at the craft fair, head to 18th Street for the outdoor café hosted by Friends of Rittenhouse Square in partnership with Rouge, Devon Seafood Grill and Parc on Saturday. The entire block of 18th street between Walnut and Locust streets will be blocked off to vehicular traffic for an afternoon of outdoor dining.