Judson Mill District to host Indie Craft Parade in August

Mar 26, 2024 | Neighborhood, Press

Fifteenth anniversary festival promises to be biggest to date

Greenville, South Carolina – March 26, 2024 – Indie Craft Parade, an annual two-day

celebration of all things handmade, will return to its roots in August by holding its 15th

anniversary parade at one of Greenville’s historic textile mills. The 2024 Indie Craft

Parade scheduled for Aug. 16-17 and featuring 119 artists will utilize multiple spaces at

the historic Judson Mill District, a revitalized mixed-use community on the west side of


Indie Craft Parade held its first festival with 77 artists at the Huguenot Mill in 2010 after

the Makers Collective, a Greenville-based non-profit organization, recognized that artist

and makers around the South needed a way to put their work in front of a larger


“We are absolutely thrilled to call Judson Mill District home for our 15th anniversary

festival,” said Jen Moreau, community director of the Makers Collective. “Our curated

makers market supports independent artists by connecting them with the public. The

exposure often serves as a catalyst for their businesses, and we can’t wait to showcase

our talented makers at this beautiful location.”

Judson Mill District is located at 701 Easley Bridge Road.

The Indie Craft Parade will incorporate multiple tenants on the Judson Mill campus for

the festival by displaying its makers in Events at Judson Mill’s Smokestack, Gallery, and

Annex spaces, along with nearby tenants Magnetic South Brewery and The Foundry at

Judson Mill.

Additionally, Feed & Seed, Judson’s non-profit food innovation hub serving local farmers

and families in South Carolina, is participating as a food vendor at the 2024 festival.

“Indie Craft Parade reached out while our venue was still under construction,” said

Tammy Johnson, CEO of Events at Judson Mill. “Our team is passionate about hosting

large-scale events and highlighting the talented creators in our community, so it was a

natural fit. We’re excited to involve our incredible neighbors on the Judson campus, all

while supporting local makers. Guests will be able to enjoy food and beverages whilethey shop, check out BlocHaven and Stumpy’s Hatchet House, or even stop by the

newly opened Play Café so their little ones can burn off some energy.”

Judson Mill District Co-Developer and President of Belmont Sayre Ken Reiter said Indie

Craft Parade’s mission corresponds well with Judson Mill’s core values, and that they

are excited to welcome this years’ makers to campus.

“Judson Mill District is proud to host Indie Craft Parade,” said Reiter. “Indie Craft

Parade’s mission to empower creative entrepreneurs and cultivate community aligns

perfectly with our vision to create connectivity for this neighborhood and the greater

Greenville community. We look forward to hosting its talented artist and guests.”

The juried makers market features a variety of vendors across several categories,

including apparel and accessories; bath, body and candles; ceramics; fine art; food and

kitchen; home goods and décor; jewelry; kids; and stationery. Guests of the festival can

also enjoy craft stations, a free photobooth, and a selection of local food vendors.

For tickets to this year’s festival, visit www.makerscollective.org/indiecraftparade.

About Indie Craft Parade

Indie Craft Parade is an annual curated makers’ market hosted by Makers Collective, a

Greenville-based non-profit organization, that brings together some of the best

handmade talent in the US. The festival helps fulfill the Makers Collective’s mission of

creating a supportive community around artists. In recent years, Makers Collective has

witnessed the incredible momentum and success of independent makers across the

country and Makers Collective’s desire is to encourage more of this growth and create a

space to showcase it. Indie Craft Parade was created for the Greenville, South Carolina

to support and promote independent artists by connecting them with the public, educate

our community about the modern craft movement and encourage a renewed

appreciation for quality handmade goods, and highlight and contribute to the artistic and

innovative local economy of Greenville, SC. For more information on Indie Craft Parade,

visit. www.makerscollective.org/indiecraftparade.

About Judson Mill District

Judson Mill District is a sustainable and vibrant mixed-use community offering soulful

city living in Greenville, SC. Once the largest textile mill in Greenville County and an

integral part of Greenville’s Mill Crescent wrapping the city’s west side, Judson Mill

District is now home to office, restaurant, brewery, retail, entertainment, and residential

spaces. In 2019, Taft Family Ventures, a distinguished real estate investment and

development firm based in Greenville, NC, joined with Belmont Sayre, a privately held

real estate investment and development company based in Chapel Hill, NC, to

transform the historic 800,000-square-foot textile mill that closed in 2015. While

maintaining its vision to preserve the soul, spirit, and features of the historic mill, Judson

Mill District utilizes a sustainable approach in revitalizing its 36-acre campus, which now

fosters a vibrant and affordable community where people live, work, and play. For more

information on Judson Mill District, visit https://judsonmilldistrict.com.



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Mary Catherine Beecy, Hughes Agency