Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Apply Now for the Fall Fest!


Photo by Ryan Collerd

Calling all local artists and crafty makers, the time has come! Vendors can APPLY NOW for the Fall edition of Go West Craft Fest, to be held October 1st, 11-5 at The Woodlands (rain date October 2nd). This family-friendly event features creative wares by local makers, children's activities, live music, local food and acrobatic performances by Tangle Movement Arts' Tinycircus.

to fill out the vendor application; there is no fee to apply. Good luck, and we hope to see you at the Fest!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Coming this Saturday!

Go West Craft Fest features fresh work by 100 talented artisans. Find jewelry, accessories, ceramics, home accents, soaps & candles, toys, flowers, prints, stationery and much more.

(For some sneak peeks at what's in store, follow @gowestcraftfest on Instagram or search for #GoWestCraftFest).

Keep Mom in mind while browsing; Mother's Day is May 10th. Bring plenty of cash for those one-of-a-kind treasures (although many of our vendors accept credit cards, cash is king.)

Food by lovely local eateries: Taco Angeleno, Black Orchid (vegetarian comfort food), PB & Jams, The Satellite CafeWeckerly's Ice Cream and the Lil' Pop Shop.

Performance Schedule

11:00 The Green Tambourine
11:45 The Daisy Pickers
12:30 Philadelphia Woman's Slavic Ensemble
1:00 Jay Sand
1:45 The River Bones
2:30 Evan Cory Levine & co
3:15 tinycircus by Tangle Movement Arts
4:15 Shakey Lyman

Tours of the historic cemetery will be offered at noon and 3pm, beginning at the Woodlands table near the main entrance.

Kids can enjoy free activities provided by the Natural Creativity Learning Center and University City Arts League. There will be free face painting from noon. 

The Woodlands is easily accessible by SEPTA - take any "green line" trolley [except the 10] to 40th Street. The trolleys run underground east of 40th Street, and it's a free interchange to & from the Market/Frankford and Broad Street lines at City Hall. One note the 13 trolley is diverted to Market St for track repairs. Also to keep in mind, the Penn Relays are happening nearby on the same weekend, so public transit is highly encouraged. On I-76, use the Gray's Ferry exit rather than South Street. Street parking is available around The Woodlands. The grounds will once again be closed to vehicle traffic during the Fest, making for a safe family atmosphere.

Also on April 30 from 9:30-1 in Cedar Park is the Sojourner Truth Walk benefiting Camp Sojourner, Girls Leadership Camp, a nonprofit leadership program for  Philadelphia girls which offers year round workshops, service projects and arts programming along with the summer camp. Go West! Craft Fest is excited to have sponsored a walker and you can too by going to Sojourner Truth Walk and for more info

We're looking forward to a great day at the Woodlands and hope you can join us!  

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

New Fest Artwork by Sarah Ryan

Local artist and GWCF vendor Sarah Ryan has created another gorgeous Art Nouveau-inspired event poster. Thanks to Sarah for all of her hard work and talent. Pick up her illustrated prints, cards and jewelry at the Fest, along with wondrous works by 100 more talented local makers!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Vendor List Coming Soon

Thank you so much to all who applied! I sincerely wish we could have accepted all the talented folks who put forth such creative applications. We're so excited about our lineup. Lots of new folks, many from West Philly, and lots of old favorites too. We feel so honored that this Fest has grown to the point it has and that we are able to create another vibrant community event in the neighborhood that we love so much. We'll be putting out the final vendor list next week once everyone is finalized. 
Follow us on instagram for vendor sneak peeks and more!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

April Fest - Save the Date

Saturday, April 30th will be the next Go West! Craft Fest at The Woodlands, with a rain date of the 31st. We'll open vendor applications in early February. Have a happy winter and vendors check back here in a few weeks. 


Saturday, December 12, 2015

Check List for Go West! on Sunday

Sunday is almost here and we cannot wait!  We're so excited to be using the amazing sanctuary space at The Rotunda as well and the back space that we know and love and  outside. There will be 100+ vendors selling a huge variety of handmade goods, really something for everyone!
Some helpful hints:

Tokens - The Rotunda is a short walk from the L, the 40th St trolley hub and on the 21 and 42 bus line. If you are going by car there's metered parking on Walnut St, and a pay Parking Garage across. Free parking can be a little tricky in that neighborhood, but not impossible!

Coming In - There are two entrances this year. In the front on Walnut St the doors will be wide open (with beautiful wreaths designed by Snapdragon Flowers) to the beautiful and not much seen historic Sanctuary filled with vendors. The side door (that's normally used) along the pathway to Locust will also be open and the original space will be filled with vendors as well. There is a fun loop to make to check out everyone.  

Cash - While many of our vendors accept credit cards, not all do. Did you know when you pay by credit card to a small business they're losing valuable dollars per transaction to a huge credit card company...? We're happy to take your cards, but we like cash much, much better!

Your Holiday Shopping List - We bet you won't go away empty handed!

A Babywearing Device - While there's considerably more room than in years past,  it'll still make your life easier with the littles and shopping if you wear them. There's plenty of stroller parking outside.

Friends -  chances are you'll run into someone you know, but it's nice to bring some friends along and make a day of it!

Your Sweet Tooth - With sweets and gift items from Weckerly's Ice Cream and The Lil Pop Shop  you won't go away hungry. 

Your Camera - The Sanctuary space is really breathtaking and you might just want to snap some pics or a selfie or two with your purchases. Don't forget to tag #gowestcraftfest over on Instagram; we love to repost our favorites! 

We can't wait to see you all there! Stop by Emily from VIX Emporium and Wilder from As the Crow Flies & Co's tables, both in the Sanctuary to say Hi.