Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Apply Now For the September Show!

Vendors may apply now through July 25 for the Fall 2014 Go West Craft Fest, September 13, 11-5 at the Woodlands, 40th & Woodland in West Philadelphia. We are looking forward to our 6th outdoor show at the Woodlands, featuring original local crafts, food from local eateries, children's activities, and live music.

Click here for more information & the vendor application.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Thank you!

We couldn't have asked for a better day at our Spring Fest. Pictures from the event are here (with a few more to come)  and on our facebook page, feel free to use them. A huge thanks to all of our amazing vendors, artists and musicians who made the day fabulous. Thanks also to The Woodlands for being the perfect host and to GRID Magazine for the wonderful article about the show.  The vendor list will continue to stay up throughout the summer and most vendors have websites and online shops.

We're just finalizing a date for our Fall Fest. Vendor will be able to apply mid July.  We're excited for a little summer break, and will see you back in the Fall!

Friday, May 2, 2014

Last-Minute Changes

Despite our best efforts, there are a few corrections to the map published in GRID a few weeks ago. Check out the changes and don't miss any of your favorite vendors tomorrow!
Click to enlarge.

Apologies to Anna Benjamin, Shecre8s, Masters Of None, Elannie Bijoux, Philly Loves Lacquer and Weckerly's. Have a great show!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Get Ready for Go West Craft Fest!

We are getting so excited for this Saturday's Go West Craft Fest at the Woodlands! Over 120 local vendors will be there to show their creative work, plus great food, music and acrobatic performances, in one of Philadelphia's most naturally beautiful and historic sites. Here are some tips to make the most of your visit...

Grab a GRID.

The current issue of GRID magazine, Philadelphia's sustainability guide, contains a comprehensive guide to the event, including a map of vendors, activity schedule and features on the Woodlands and selected vendors and entertainers. The 16-page guide is found in the center of every May 2014 issue. Pick up a FREE copy at any of 400 locations around the region, or view the show guide online. You can also stop by GRID's table at the Fest, near the main entrance. Thanks so much to the wonderful folks at GRID for covering the event so thoroughly, and to all of the local advertisers who supported the publication!

Plan your trip.

We recommend taking the trolley to Go West, as the 40th Street trolley portal is directly across from the event. Take any "green line" trolley (EXCEPT THE 10) from Center City or University City and get out at 40th Street, the first stop above ground. The trolley is a free interchange from the Market-Frankford or Broad Street lines at City Hall, and is easily accessible from 30th Street Station.

If you will be driving in, please note that unlike in previous years, there will be NO visitor parking in the grounds of the Woodlands. However, the lovely folks at University of the Sciences have agreed to open up one of their parking lots to our guests. The lot is located at 42nd & Woodland, as shown in the upper left corner of this map:

There is no fee to park in this lot, though it is first come first serve. Nearby unmetered street parking is also available.

Bring the essentials.

  • Cash. While many vendors do accept credit cards, not all do, and in any case, they can be expensive to process. That perfect piece you find might be available for cash only, so be prepared!
  • Your Shopping List. With Mother's Day, Father's Day and wedding season on the horizon, chances are good that a special, handmade gift will soon come in handy, so keep your loved ones in mind as you peruse the goods.
  • Sunscreen & a Jacket. Weather forecasts are looking promising but a little uncertain, so be ready for anything the springtime might bring. If the morning is clear, the show will go on!
  • A Picnic Blanket (and an appetite!) There will be food to satisfy any palate, but there is no outdoor seating at the Woodlands. A picnic blanket or spread is the perfect way to enjoy a leisurely lunch at Go West. (And please, properly dispose of trash.)
  • A Tote Bag, to carry all of your new-found treasures. If you forget, several vendors offer unique eco-friendly shopping bags, like these.
  • Friends and Children. There is something to delight visitors of all ages, including the very young. Jay Sand and the Green Tambourine will play kid-oriented music, local schools and arts organizations will offer free kids' crafts, and jugglers and acrobats will perform eye-popping feats of skill. All performances are free, family-friendly and open to the public.
  • Your Appreciation for Nature. The Woodlands is a true urban oasis, a 54-acre green space in the middle of the city. It is home to wildlife like deer and foxes, as well as countless trees, many of which will be in their peak flowering season. Some of the Woodlands' trees are even historically significant, having been collected by the 18th century estate's owner, botanist William Hamilton.

Schedule your day.

Besides the more than 120 craft vendors, food, musical and acrobatic performances, the Woodlands will offer tours of the grounds at noon and 2pm. This season's tour will highlight painter Thomas Eakins and many of his portrait subjects, all of whom are buried at the Woodlands. Check the schedule in GRID and decide what your day's must-see attractions are.

With a little luck regarding the weather, Saturday promises to be a great day to GO WEST. We hope to see you there!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The GRID Guide to Go West! Craft Fest

The wonderful folks at GRID magazine have done a wonderful job on the show guide! Thanks so much to them and to all of the advertisers who helped make it possible, and to all of the show participants. The print version hits the streets on April 17, but here is a sneak peek at the digital edition. See you at the Fest!

Friday, March 21, 2014

The Spring Vendor List is Up!

We are getting ready for the biggest Go West Craft Fest ever! The vendor list is up! We have around 120 of the Philly region's finest independent makers joining us at The Woodlands, May 3 from 11-5. There will also be delicious local food and frozen treats, craft projects for kids, metal forging demonstrations, live music for the whole family, acrobats and a juggler - all free and open to the public. Whew! Check out the complete list to see what's in store this Spring.

Also, there's still time to take part in GRID magazine's 16-page spread set for next month, dedicated to Go West Craft Fest and its participants. The special insert will contain a map of where everything is, a complete listing of vendors, feature stories on selected participants, and a look at what's going on at the Woodlands. It's not too late to add your message to this special one-time edition of GRID, Philly's sustainability guide. Click here to learn more.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Spring is coming -- Be an Early Bird!

Spring is coming. Really, truly it is. Even if we get more snow (of all things) this weekend, spring is inevitable. I am SO ready, how about you?

This photo of bird tracks in the snow was taken this week at The Woodlands. Perhaps a robin made them.

In just a few more weeks, things like this will be happening in the same spot.

I don't see any snow at all in that picture. Those are actual Philadelphian children, without a single parka, muffler or mitten, frolicking in a verdant green field, with pink cherry blossoms under their feet. Bare feet! That looks like fun. They are having fun at Go West Craft Fest 2012! It's Spring!

Go West will be happening there again on May 3. The grass will be green, children will be frolicking, craft vendors will be vending crafts, food vendors will be selling delicious food and ICE CREAM! That you will want to eat while spending time outdoors! And acrobats! And live music! And it will be spring. I promise.

We hope that lots of people come out to West Philly for these springtime festivities. We are getting some great help spreading the word about it. In fact, the wonderful GRID Magazine is doing a huge feature about the Fest in their May issue. It's a 16-page insert, a complete guide to the Fest, with listings of all the vendors and performers, some highlighted Fest participants, and other projects at the Woodlands. We are immensely grateful for this opportunity to share Go West Craft Fest with GRID's 25,000 readers all over the region, who are passionate about supporting small, local businesses and independent makers.

If you have a local business or organization, please consider placing an ad in GRID's guide to Go West Craft Fest. If you know one who'd be perfect for it, please let them know. Early birds get a special rate until March 14. Here are all the details.

We can't wait for it to be Spring, but were getting ready! Stay tuned for the complete list of vendors, over 120 this time...