Posted by: maydayunderground | November 3, 2017

Mayday! Underground is Tomorrow!

We’re so excited to present the fall Mayday! Underground this weekend at the Village Gate (274 Goodman St N)! The show runs 10-6 on Saturday and 10-5 on Sunday. Admission and parking are free. We’ll have over 80 fantastic regional artists with bath + body products, art, sculpture, jewelry, pottery, macrame, decor, apparel, cards, gift items, fiber art, and so much more!

If you’re one of the first 50 shoppers each day, you’ll receive a custom tote bag filled with handmade goodies from our exhibiting artists. There’s also plenty to choose from for the guys on your holiday shopping list!


If you’re joining us early Saturday morning to get a swag bag, please be advised that it may be difficult to get to the Village Gate if you arrive before 9am due to a 5k going through the area. Refer to the route map so you’ll know which roads will be closed. If you can work your way to the east side of the Village Gate, the Anderson Alley entrance will be open.

We also have a bunch of free DIY projects so you can make some of your own gifts! All materials are provided and many projects are suitable for kids to do (though we encourage you to bring a clothing item for the textile upcycling project).

To RSVP to this event and invite your friends, click HERE.


Posted by: maydayunderground | October 19, 2017

DIY @ Mayday!

We’re launching a brand new program to offer a weekend full of free projects! Many are child-friendly and advance registration is not required. Each individual activity has its own Facebook event page so you can invite your friends to join (links after the image)!

ROC Card (Saturday)

Winter Terrarium Necklace

Rosemary and Lavender Bath Salts

Tie Dye Ornaments

Earring Station

Braid Bar

Mini Wall Hanging

Textile Upcycling

ROC Card (Sunday)

Posted by: maydayunderground | May 31, 2017

Apply to the Fall Mayday! Underground

The application for the November 4&5 Mayday! Underground Market is now open! We’re looking for all sorts of indie art + craft; Mayday is all about handmade including 2D + 3D funky art, ceramics, homegoods, jewelry, fiber, woodcraft, bath + body, lawn + garden, sewn items, artisan baked goods, eco-friendly items, and everything else in-between!

Head over to the Apply page to see the application timetable and vendor information. Please feel free to forward this information to anyone who may want to participate.

See you in November!

Posted by: maydayunderground | May 3, 2017

It’s a wrap!

Thank you so much to everyone who made Mayday! Underground such a fun-filled day! If you’re an artist, stay tuned for the application for the November 4-5 show (join the mailing list so you’ll be notified when it’s live). Until then, enjoy these beautiful photos by Emily Patten.

Posted by: maydayunderground | April 28, 2017

Mayday! Underground is Tomorrow!

We’re so exited that Mayday! Underground is tomorrow! We’ve got a boatload of new vendors, with tons of amazing handmade items. Parking and admission are free, and the first 50 shoppers in the morning receive a free swag bag!

If you’re not an early bird, you can still win prizes. Every hour, on the hour, we give away what we call a “Mondo Swag Bag,” which is a swag bag with extra fun stuff, like mugs, art prints, plush, jewelry, and other larger, fancier items.

Our venue, the Village Gate, is home to a handful of absolutely wonderful restaurants (lookin’ at you, Salenas!), a bakery, a coffee shop, and lots of small specialty shops. And if that isn’t enough food, Mayday! also has several baked goods booths and tastings by Honeoye Falls Distillery.

We hope to see you there, 10am-5pm!

Posted by: maydayunderground | April 7, 2017

Mayday! Underground Artists

Hello there! Can you believe it; spring is almost here, which means Mayday! Underground is just a few short weeks away! Take a look at our Artist Lineup on Facebook and thumbs up your favorites. You can also RSVP and invite your friends to the event by clicking HERE. See you April 29!

Posted by: maydayunderground | January 17, 2017

Apply to be a vendor at Mayday! Underground

Hello crafty people! It’s currently grey and drizzling outside, awful winter weather, no? Think of spring! The upcoming Mayday! Underground is taking place Saturday, April 29 at the Village Gate. We’re currently looking your YOUR art for the show! Please apply by February 15 if you make awesome, indie art + craft.

The link to the application and timetable are on the apply page. Please read through the vendor information before applying. If you still have questions, you can reach us at maydaycraft (at)

Keep it crafty!

red moon apothecary

Posted by: maydayunderground | November 1, 2016

Sponsor Spotlight: Salena’s Mexican Restaurant

Salena’s began in 1998 and has remained a local, family owned business since. In 2011, Salena’s was purchased by the current owners and long-time employees- a family which began through meeting while employed at Salena’s! Our focus remains to provide both exceptional freshly made recipes and outstanding service.



Three chicken blue corn enchiladas topped with queso and mole guajillo

Staff is the basis of our longevity. They come in and give their all to make your experience the best we can offer. The kitchen staff spends all day preparing recipes fresh, and our service staff are constantly coming up with ways to improve on the experience guests have in the dining room. We couldn’t be where we are without their expertise and commitment. Most of the staff have been with Salena’s for many years and we consider them family.


 Only the best Margaritas around

Salena’s objective is to expand on the guests’ experiences by offering tequila classes, private party options, local beer pairing dinners, daily specials- all allowing our staff to show off what they do best! More information can be found on our website

Salena’s remains integrated into the Neighborhood of the Arts community and is constantly on the lookout for promotions that benefit the City of Rochester. We believe that our success is directly tied to the success of the surrounding area, and that it is important to keep our actions beneficial. Please feel free to contact us with ideas to help the community throughout the year.


Chimichanga! It’s what’s for dinner! 


We are currently working with East High students to open a student run restaurant next door to Salena’s: teaching entrepreneurial skills to a new generation so that they may positively impact the community after graduation! You can read more at

Posted by: maydayunderground | October 5, 2016

One month until Mayday! Underground returns!!

received_10153747800056945Rochester, are you ready?  Ready for the 14th (!!) Mayday?  We’ve reconfigured our space to bring you even MORE amazing handmade artists, over 80 in fact.  We’ve got loads of new artists, tons of new products from your returning favorites, extended hours, double the swag bags (50 each day) and even a TV commercial.  You do not want to miss this.  I mean it.  You will not find a bigger or better selection of indie arts and crafts anywhere else in Rochester.  Come start AND finish your holiday shopping!  November 5th & 6th from 10-6, in the Village Gate upstairs atrium.  This is going to be awesome.

Posted by: maydayunderground | April 29, 2016

Mayday! Underground is Tomorrow!

Rochester’s largest indie art + craft market is taking over the Village Gate tomorrow morning starting at 10am. Here’s a comprehensive post to outline all the details:

SWAG Arrive early (well before 10am) at the stairs next to Hana. The first 50 people in line will receive a swag bag. Here’s a taste of what you may find in your swag:

Lots of goodies including a 585 magazine, earrings from Peppermint, little treats from Prismatic Gardens, rings from Sunshyne Silverwear, free truffle coupon from Hedonist, notecards from  Fawnsberg and Carrie Lindstrom, hand stamped postcard from Jackbear Stamps, cute tags from Making the Nest of It, plus lots more are in the swag bags this spring. To top it off, everything comes bundled in a limited-edition screen printed Mayday! Underground canvas tote bag!

Lots of goodies including a 585 magazine, earrings from Peppermint, little treats from Prismatic Gardens, rings from Sunshyne Silverwear, free truffle coupon from Hedonist, notecards from Fawnsberg and Carrie Lindstrom, hand stamped postcard from Jackbear Stamps, cute tags from Making the Nest of It, plus lots more are in the swag bags this spring. To top it off, everything comes bundled in a limited-edition screen printed Mayday! Underground canvas tote bag!

VENDORS Take a look at the lineup HERE. We have over 70 vendors with jewelry, bath + body products, home decor, pottery, art, photography, paper goods, glass items, clothes and accessories, comics, fiber art, and more.

MORE SWAG If you missed the swag bags, there’s still a chance to win handmade. Every hour on the hour (from 11-3) we’re giving away a MONDO swag bag. These bags have bigger prizes. In the past, these bags have contained hand thrown mugs, plush, jewelry, art prints, t-shirts, sculptures, and lots of other neat things. To enter the raffle, earn free raffle tickets by telling us where you heard about us, joining our e-mail list, donating toiletries to Sample Soap, and visiting our DIY area.

DIY AREA New this year is the DIY Area. It’s tucked into the back stairwell area, behind the purple spiral staircase. There, you can participate in Mixed Messages Zine’s community cut and paste (bring paper materials to collage with), make a free button (and learn about their upcoming classes) with Little Button Craft & Press, learn about the Rochester Broadway Theatre’s upcoming shows, watch a live mural painting, and add your own art to the community graffiti panel. There is no cost to do any of the activities in the DIY Area! Further, feel free to bring your own drawing supplies to contribute to the graffiti panel.

LOCATION Everything is going on in the Village Gate Atrium, located on the second floor of the Village Gate (274 Goodman St N, Rochester, NY). If you’ve never been, worry not! There will be bright green signs to direct you to the event and there is a HUGE, free parking lot on site.

We hope to see you there!

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