Shop local this season at these special events
Half-Pint Crafts at Craft-o-Rama
The gift-giving season can suck for those who hate malls and find shopping online a little dodgy. Fortunately, there are other options. This season, there will be a handful of special shopping events at pop-up shops, galleries, and local markets around town. Here you'll find unique and unexpected items to wrap and put under the tree.
So screw getting up early on Friday -- or leaving Thanksgiving festivities at 9 p.m. -- to shop. Mark your calendars, for these great events. And be sure to check back as we'll be updating this list as happenings are announced.
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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23-DECEMBER 30
AZ Holiday Gift Show
(AZ Gallery, 308 Prince St., St. Paul, 651-255-6624, www.theazgallery.org)
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 24
Dread Naught Studios Holiday Party
(Dread Naught Studios, 720 NE Central Ave., Minneapolis, 612-554-6086, www.dreadnaughtphotography.com)
This evening includes paintings and photography for sale, live painting, raffles, massages, champagne, beer, treats, and music. 6-11 p.m. Free.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29-DECEMBER 2
Arboretum Auxiliary Holiday Sale
(University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska, 952-443-1400, www.arboretum.umn.edu)
The special Holiday Sale preview night on Thursday features appetizers and wine. Thu. 5:30-7:30 p.m.; Fri. 12-3 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Free; $45 Thursday.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29-DECEMBER 1
Old-Fashioned Holiday Bazaar
(Landmark Center, 75 W. 5th St., St. Paul, 651-292-3293, www.landmarkcenter.org)
With crafts, vendors, snacks, more. Thu.-Fri. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $4.
Grand Meander snapped by Kristine Erickson
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1
(Grand Avenue, from Dale to Fairview, St. Paul, 651-699-0029, www.grandave.com)
Featuring soup tastings, an art and crafts show at Ramsey Junior High, breakfast with Santa, free trolley rides, carolers, tree-lighting ceremony, more. 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Free.
(Color Wheel Gallery, 319 W. 46th St., Minneapolis, 612-823-5693)
2-8 p.m. Free. Also Sunday.
Holiday Boutique and Open House
(Feline Rescue, 593 Fairview Ave. N, St Paul, 651-642-5900, www.felinerescue.org)
Shop for gifts and hang with cats. 12-4 p.m. Free.
Holiday Craft Fair
(Roseville City Hall, 2660 Civic Center Drive, Roseville, 651-792-7000)
Here, over 60 local crafters and artists will sell handmade wares. Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 12-4 p.m. Free. Also Sunday.
Ye Olde Tyme Christmas Bazaar
(St. Lawrence Catholic Church And Newman Center, 1203 5th St. SE, Minneapolis, 612-331-7341)
Sat. 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sun. 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Free.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2
Fair Trade/Union Made Holiday Sale
(CWA Local 7200 Communications Workers Of America, 3521 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-722-7200, www.cwa-union.org)
Sale is a benefit for the Minnesota Fair Trade Coalition. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free; donations encouraged.
(Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, 333 E. River Road, Minneapolis, 612-625-9494, www.wam.umn.edu)
4-6 p.m. Free.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7-8
Lowertown Artists' Holiday Bazaar
With gifts, arts and crafts, open studios, special performances, and Holiday-themed treats in a number of arts venues Lowertown. More info at lowertownfirstfridays.org. Fri. 5-9 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free.
No Coast Craft-O-Rama
(Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-872-4041, www.midtownglobalmarket.com)
For more info, visit nocoastcraft.com. Fri. 3-8 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2
Nikolaustag and Holiday Open Haus
(Germanic-American Institute, 301 Summit Ave., St. Paul, 651-222-7027, www.gai-mn.org)
Featuring tours, cookie decorating, traditional food, live music, model trains, live music, German vendors, arts and culture groups. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6-8
Q.arma Holiday Art Sale
(Q.arma Building, 1224 Quincy St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-623-3782)
Thu. 5-9 p.m.; Fri. 7-10 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free.
Joe Sinness at SooVAC
ONGOING THROUGH DECEMBER 24
SooVAC Pop-up Shop
(SooVAC Pop-up Shop, 3506 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, 612-871-2263)
Featuring art and gifts from a great lineup of local artists and makers. Saturdays, Sundays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Thursdays, Fridays, 4-8 p.m. Continues through Dec. 24.
ONGOING THROUGH JANUARY 6
'tis a gift... Holiday Exhibition and Sale
(Northern Clay Center, 2424 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-339-8007, www.northernclaycenter.org)
Are you hosting an event this holiday season? Send a press releases to firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the list/added to our online calendar.
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