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ABOUT RCF

Renegade Craft Fair is the world’s preeminent series of events showcasing the best and brightest talents from the modern Maker community. It’s a weekend-long celebration of DIY culture; a thoughtfully curated marketplace where shoppers and micro-entrepreneurs make meaningful connections.

RCF was the first event of its kind when it was founded in 2003, creating a platform for the underground DIY community to stake a place in the design market on their own terms. 12 years later in 2015, RCF is still the largest and most far-reaching indie-craft fair out there, attracting over 325,000 attendees across 22 events in 8 cities. We currently produce Fairs in Chicago, IL; New York, NY; San Francisco, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Austin, TX; Portland, OR; Seattle, WA; and London, UK.

We are constantly on the lookout for bright new talent, and couldn’t be more proud of our reputation as a resource for advancing independent artisan and craft businesses. Read what people are saying about Renegade.

MISSION + VALUES

Our Mission is to showcase the very best of independent handmade craft in a vibrant and lively marketplace which both reflects and shines a light on the work of today’s modern Makers. We strive to keep our events approachable and relevant to emergent and established Makers alike, focusing on the highest quality and newest voices. Renegade’s aim is to act as entrepreneurial incubator, community gathering space, and festive celebration of all things handmade.

DIY SPIRIT | Collective empowerment through creative initiative

COMMUNITY | Authentic and thoughtful connections and relationships are essential for personal and creative growth

EXPERIENCE | Handpicked Good Times

HISTORY

The first Renegade Craft Fair launched during the fall of 2003 in our hometown of Chicago, IL. RCF was founded for a very simple reason: there weren’t any curated, well-run events for the burgeoning DIY craft community. Our founders were Makers themselves, and had been looking for an event to participate in that appealed to emerging and established artisans alike, with a simple and affordable application process and easy participation. At the time, existing events were highly focused on fine arts + crafts, but didn’t have the kind of direction and versatility needed to fill the DIY niche. So in true DIY fashion, the RCF was launched!

Since then, our DIY craft fair concept has taken off and blossomed into the network of events that RCF is today. We are proud to have helped pioneer the way for the indie-craft movement to flourish, shape where it stands today, and grow with it into the future.

OUR FAIRS

Everything at our Fairs reflects our commitment to showcase the most talented and current Makers in indie craft and design. This effort begins with care in selecting our vendors who make handcrafted goods that range from unique and one-of-a-kind jewelry, bespoke apparel and accessories, natural beauty products, re-purposed lighting and furniture, housewares, affordable art and much more.

Beyond the array of talented vendors at our Fairs, we strive to provide a selection of local artisanal food and drink, original art installations, interactive workshops, great music, and good vibes. For a closer look at what kinds of Makers and Artisans we’ve had at past Fairs check out our Roster Archive to find your favorite Vendors from 2014.

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The Renegade Gang

Each Renegade Craft Fair is juried and coordinated in-house by our small yet mighty staff. We’re a friendly and creative group who have a love for all things handcrafted and independently designed.