2021

A Fair in the Park

September 10, 11, 12

This year, A Fair in the Park will look a little different due to following the guidelines and recommendations of Pittsburgh Citiparks as a result of Covid-19.  Our booths will be spaced farther apart and there will be additional hand sanitizer stations available near the Port-A-Johns at both locations at the Fair. 

While there is no current mask mandate in Allegheny County at outdoor events, we encourage you to decide your comfort level when inside an artist’s booth as social distancing becomes more challenging in an enclosed space.

Your safety is our priority.  We will update this notice with any relevant information.

2021 Program

2021 Program

Find the Fair

Mellon Park is located in Shadyside on the edge of Squirrel Hill and Point Breeze along Fifth Avenue and Beechwood Blvd.

Need Directions?  Click here for a Google Map.

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We are excited to announce that A Fair in the Park was voted as #25 in the top 100 Best Classic and Contemporary Craft Shows in Sunshine Artists Magazine.


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a Fair in the Park

This annual contemporary fine art and fine craft festival will take place September 10-12 2021. The show hours are FRI: 1pm-7pm, SAT: 10am-7pm, and SUN: 10am-5pm.

A Fair in the Park is held in the lush surroundings of Pittsburgh’s Mellon Park. An estimated 20,000 dedicated visitors enjoy the opportunity to interact with over 100 regional and national artists working in a variety of mediums including clay, fiber, wood, jewelry, glass, leather, metal, mixed media, and two-dimensional art.

All members of The Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh are eligible to participate in AFIP. Each year approximately 60% of the artists at the Fair are members of The Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh. The remainder of the artists are selected by a jury from a large pool of national and international applicants.

This public event is free of charge, held rain or shine.

Our Fair Director, Carrie Nardini!

Carrie Nardini is an artist organizer. A self-proclaimed “Market-ress” her work centers on creating opportunities for artists to launch and grow small businesses revolving around their unique talents. Carrie began crafting at a young age jumping from ceramics, to metals, to glass and settled on creating jewelry in ways that wouldn’t burn down the house. She was able to experience the pop up artisan market life in high school, partnering with a professional metalsmith who provided her with apprentice work and an introduction to selling to the public.  From there it was a constant – college work was as the manager of a bead department in a local shop resulting in creating more than 2,000 macraméd necklaces. Growing up in an entrepreneurial family and experiencing the ups and downs of self-employment helped to shape her sense of how a business’s structure impacts more than just sales. So she completed the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh for additional theoretical and practical knowledge. When the opportunity arose to fill a need she saw in the Pittsburgh community her first brand, I Made It! Market was launched and has now been providing opportunities for artists for nine years. Carrie has since developed the Neighborhood Flea brand and helped to launch the Cleveland Flea and Propelle and is the Fair Director for The Pittsburgh Craftsmen’s Guild’s annual show, A Fair in the Park. She consults with emerging creative businesses in her spare time.

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