What is Urban Craft Uprising?

Urban Craft Uprising is a biannual show at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall.  With 150+ of the best indie designers, crafters and food vendors, UCU is a favorite event for craft-lovers in the Pacific Northwest!

To find out exact show dates and application deadlines, refer to the calendar on the lefthand side of our homepage.

When and where is UCU?

Urban Craft Uprising is held in the heart of downtown Seattle, at theSeattle Center’s Exhibition Hall.  Our Summer Show is the second weekend in July, and our Winter Show is the first weekend in December — every year.

To find out exact show dates and application deadlines, refer to the calendar on the lefthand side of our homepage.

How do I get there?

The Exhibition Hall is located at 321 Mercer Street in Seattle, right next to McCaw Hall.

If you are able, we highly encourage you take public transit to the show.  You can use the Metro Trip Planner to map your route.

How much does it cost to attend?

Urban Craft Uprising is FREE to the public!

What time do I need to line up to get a swag bag?

Often the lineup for our swag bags starts as early as 8:30 a.m. each morning of the show.  We can’t say for sure when to get there to be guaranteed a spot as one of the first 100 in line, but sometime between 9:00 and 10:00 a.m. (doors open at 11:00) is probably a safe bet.

Is there parking?

There is free street parking on SUNDAYS ONLY.  Other convenient parking options are:
* Mercer Garage (Third Avenue N. & Roy Street)
* 1st Avenue North Garage (between John and Thomas Street)
* 5th Ave N Garage (Fifth Avenue N. & Republican Street)

Why are UCU shows so crowded?

Seattle LOVES UCU!  If you absolutely hate crowds, we suggest attending UCU later in the day, as the largest swarms come during the first couple hours of our doors being open (11am-1pm).

How do I become a vendor?

Applications are open to the public.  We look at various components when we jury, including quality, diversity, fans’ demands, price range, etc.

As UCU has grown, our show has become more and more competitive.  We suggest reading over the Vendor FAQ fully before sending in your application.  If you are interested in applying for our next show, mark your calendar for the next application deadline so you don’t miss out!  No applications will be accepted after the closing date.

How can I get involved?

If you don’t feel ready to apply but want to get a feel for how the show is run, we highly suggest volunteering at a show.  To find out more, sign up for our newsletter so you’ll know when we are looking for volunteers and/or interns.  Alternatively, you can always send an email tokristen@urbancraftuprising.com and let her know you want to join the Street Team of volunteers!

I make food and want to be a part of UCU!  What should I do?

We are now allowed to have food vendors at our event!  You will need to fill out an application like any other vendor to be considered.  If you are accepted, your swag will be due the morning of the show, rather than beforehand like the non-food vendors, to avoid the $25 non-contribution fee.

I am willing to travel to be a part of a show but would like to talk to other vendors from previous shows to see if it’s worth it.  How can I get in touch with them?

You are welcome to review vendors from past shows on our vendor page.  We suggest contacting them separately through their individual websites and Etsy shops.

I have written a new book and would like to do a signing at your next show.  What should I do?

Please contact Kristen Rask at kristen@urbancraftuprising.com to discuss holding a book signing at our show.