New two-day Crafty Bastards returns to Union Market in September

Crafty Bastards, the long-running craft fair for connoisseurs of locally made ironic T-shirts, knit beanies and strange stuffed animals, will grow to a two-day affair when it returns to Union Market this fall. The dates are set for Sept. 28 and 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Toys from Cotton Monster have been among the weird toys you could find at previous Crafty Bastards fairs. (Dayna Smith for The Washington Post)

Crafters haven't been selected, but you can expect a hit-list of local favorites, including Tina Seamonster and Jon Wye. Presented by the Washington City Paper, this is the 10th installment of the fair, which started in 2004 with quirky crafters setting up shop on blacktop in Adams Morgan.

In 2012, the fair's DIY vibe was unsettled when organizers announced a $10 admission charge, coinciding with the event's move to Union Market from its previous home at the Marie Reed Recreation Center. The fee was ultimately reduced to $5 at the gate, but don't expect it to go away this year: Tickets, which aren't on sale yet, will be $5.

Lavanya Ramanathan is a features reporter for Style.
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