Rules & Regulations


All artwork sold at the fair must be original and made by the artist. Each artist (or group of artists sharing a booth) will be juried individually based on the artist’s statement and samples of work. Agents and sales representatives for individual artists (or groups of artists) are not eligible, although collaborative art is allowed. City Paper and contracted workers are not eligible for juried booths, but there will be space made available for those crafty workers who contribute significantly to the production and operation of the festival.

The artist(s) must be in attendance for the entire duration of the fair (10:00 a.m. – 5 p.m. EST); failure to appear in person may disqualify future participation. He/She is responsible for security in his/her booth and agrees not to leave the booth unattended. He/She agrees to follow the safety procedures and directions of City Paper employees, contracted employees and security personnel. He/She agrees to the use of his/her name and photos of his/her art in City Paper’s promotions for the fair and to the use of any photos from the day of the fair for any further promotions for future fairs. All vendors are responsible for paying any applicable sales tax to the DC Department of Tax and Revenue.

To protect yourself and your business, all vendors need to be covered in the form of commercial general liability insurance, including but not limited to broad form contractual liability, personal injury liability, advertising liability, and products/completed operations liability coverage with minimum limits of liability of $1,000,000 each occurrence, $2,000,000 general aggregate.

Vendors will preferably maintain workers compensation insurance in compliance with state statutory law during the dates they are working with the Festival, as well as All-Risk property insurance covering personal property owned, leased, rented, borrowed or used by Contractor for full replacement cost.

Set Up/Breakdown:
All artists must arrive at the event venue between 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. on event days and are responsible for the set up and breakdown of their booths. The fair ends at 5:00 pm each day. Artists are responsible for removing their items each day; except for rented equipment, no items may be left on site overnight. Any changes will be communicated to selected vendors via email.

Booth Fees:
The non-refundable $20 application fee covers all administrative costs of processing the applications but does not guarantee acceptance into the fair. Applicants accepted through our jurying process must pay a nonrefundable $420 two-day vendor fee which will cover the cost of renting a 10’x10′ booth space. The artist is responsible for all monetary transactions and sales tax collection related to his/her booth. Artists will not have access to electricity or Wi-Fi. No food may be prepared on site. The artist is responsible for bringing any necessary display equipment. Tents, and/or tables and chairs will be available for rental through the vendor registration page. The event will take place rain or shine.

By participating in the Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair, all artists agree to exhibit their work at their own risk. The Washington City Paper, contract employees, and event venue will not be held responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items and will not be held responsible for personal injury to the artist. The Washington City Paper does not guarantee specific numbers of attendees or sales for vendors.

Washington City Paper, including its partners and sponsors, cannot be held liable for failure to perform or fulfill its contractual obligation provided such failure is caused, occasioned, or impeded by closures of site locations due to any cause including, but not limited to, acts of God, strikes, lawful or not, fire, smoke and water damage, or actions by legal authorities, lack of adequate number of exhibitors, etc. Nor shall the promoter be responsible for loss or damage of exhibitors’ wares, exhibits, or personal property or for loss or injury caused by products sold or exhibited by exhibitors directly or through warranty, express or implied. Insurance for such loss, damages, or injury shall be the sole responsibility of each exhibitor at his own cost. Loss of exhibitor products by theft is a loss liability of said exhibitor with no recourse to show directors or site owners for this loss.