Smithsonian Craft Show Brings DIY Design to Northwest This Weekend

Smithsonian Craft Show

Which craft: This year’s show will feature more than 8 million exhibitors! Well, probably fewer than that, but it sure looks crowded down there. (rpongsaj via Flickr)

Some people out there have called you crafty. Admit it. You can’t lie to me; I’ve been writing to you too long for that.

I know you can be a sly renter. No? Shut my mouth? Me?! What are you talking about?! Oh … oh, OK, now you admit it … but only if I will? Plah …

Please, you’re out of your depth here. Alright, alright, cut it out. What? Well, if you’d keep it shut I’ve got something you might actually enjoy. Yeah, that’s right. We’ve found just the event for you: the Smithsonian Craft Show, so you can both regale in and learn how to become even craftier than you already are.

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This is the event’s 30th anniversary, and that’s a whole lot of craftiness. The Smithsonian Craft Show will take place from April 19 to 22 at the National Building Museum in Northwest. This year’s show is titled “Celebrating the Creative Spirit of America.”

Here is what their online fact sheet says:

Widely regarded as the country’s most prestigious juried show and sale of fine American craft, the Smithsonian Craft Show is produced by the Smithsonian Women’s Committee to support education, outreach and research at the Smithsonian Institution.

The event will feature 121 craft artists, including 44 making their show debut. There’ll be unique works in 12 different media, and these will include basketry, ceramics, decorative fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, wearable art and wood.


View Larger Map National Building Museum
401 F St., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001

Man, that’s a lot of craftiness! Even for a crafty reader like you. Be quiet. You are too crafty! Now can it!

There’s a $200 Preview Night Benefit, but for that price one would think you were a landlord, not a renter. Here’s a list of exhibitors.

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For the rest of us, general admission is $15 for one day, $20 for a two-day pass. Kids under 12 get in free, but strollers aren’t permitted. On April 19-20, the show takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; on April 21 the hours are 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; and things close down on April 22 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Here is a full list of special events and their pricing. This year’s benefactor is the Washington Post Company. And here is the full list of sponsors.

The National Building Museum is located right next to the Judiciary Square Metro station on the Red Line and just around the block from the Gallery Pl-Chinatown station on the Red and Green/Yellow Lines.

So not another word about how I don’t cater to your needs, even if they are quite devious. Now go get crafty on someone else’s time. Be gone!

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Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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