From a press release:
“The Petworth Business Association (PBA) will host the 10th Annual Upshur Street Art & Craft Fair on Saturday, December 12, from 11:00am til 4:00pm along the 800 block of Upshur Street NW in Petworth. This year the annual holiday market features 50+ local crafters, artists, and food vendors as well as live music performances from some of DC’s hottest locally-grown bands (Thanks to Listen Local First and The Swift), and a variety of indoor children’s activities at Crossfit Petworth.
The Upshur Street Art & Craft Fair began 11 years ago as an indoor craft market inside Domku, then the only sit-down restaurant in the area. Domku owner, Kera Carpenter, saw the event as a way to introduce the community to the few new businesses on Upshur St. but also as a way to bring the community together to support local producers. In it’s first year, the fair hosted 15 vendors, mostly from the immediate Petworth neighborhood, transforming the small restaurant into a bustling European-style market hall. Today, the event draws vendors from all over the DMV and has outgrown the confines of Domku.
“It’s really gratifying to see the little project I started in 2005 turn into such an important part of the neighborhood’s cultural tradition,” said Carpenter. “It’s great for all of us small businesses on the block, and it’s nice to be able to support other small businesses around the city at the same time.”
As new businesses have opened, the fair has truly become a neighborhood event. The organizing committee includes the owners of Willow, Petworth Citizen, Crossfit Petworth and Nathan Hill Design, among others. As is the tradition, the Petworth Public Libary will host its annual book sale the same day.
Give locally this year!”