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14 Rad Reasons to Visit Crafty Bastards, Besides the Beer Garden

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D.C.'s beloved annual arts and crafts festival Crafty Bastards is this Saturday and Sunday, and for the second year in a row, it's back at Union Market. Presented by the Washington City Paper, the festival celebrating all things indie and handmade started 10 years ago, if you can believe it.

There are a few things to know about this year's edition. First, there's going to be a New Belgium Beer Garden. You can also expect to find 140 clothing, jewelry, home goods, art, and toy vendors from D.C. and around the country, and the tents are even bigger this year. Like so big they require a structural engineer to approve the plans.

And the festival will once again charge admission. Day passes are $5 online for the next two days and $10 at the door, and kids get in free — apparently one of the family-friendly activities is a box playland where kiddies play with all the boxes used to store crafts and they love it.

Sara Dick, Crafty Bastards festival director and digital sales manager at Washington City Paper, told us that this year the festival is working to control crowds. "That's the biggest complaint that we get, and as a show organizer that is a good problem to have," she said. More tent space and admission fees help to make things less claustrophobic. Dick said that Crafty Bastards hardcore fans have told her the $5 is not a big deal. Just perusing the festival's very organized Pinterest page, we found so much cool stuff that's definitely worth a fiver to check out. Take a look at our picks after the jump.


· Crafty Bastards Arts & Craft Fair [Official Site]