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. At these happenings, 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 here, as we'll be updating this list as more happenings are announced.
(Loring Park, 1382 Willow St., Minneapolis)
The Holidazzle moves to Loring Park this year to accommodate crowds. There will be shopping, live entertainment, food and drinks, ice skating, movie screenings, and plenty of other fun. More info at www.holidazzle.com. Free. Thursdays, Fridays, 5-9 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Nov. 27-Dec. 20
Shop Local Market
(Mall of America, 60 E. Broadway, Minneapolis, 612-333-8687, www.mallofamerica.com)
Featuring wares from wide array of Minnesota brands, open during mall hours on level 1. Nov. 27-Dec. 27, free.
Black Friday at the MIA
(Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 3rd Ave. S., Minneapolis)
With free coffee and other treats, deals in the store, and the release of a honey made on the rooftop of the museum. Early risers will also get free admission to the Delacroix exhibition. 6 to 10 a.m. Nov. 27.
Local Holiday Gift Market @ the Wedge Table
(Wedge Table, 2412 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, 612-465-8850, www.wedge.coop/wedge-table)
Featuring community vendors, DIY projects, kids' homemade gift making, and holiday cocktail recipes and sampling from Du Nord. Sat., Nov. 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., free.
Midway Holiday Pop-Up Shop
(The Celtic Junction, 836 Prior Ave. N., St. Paul, 612-722-7000, www.thecelticjunction.com)
Saturday. Sat., Nov. 28, 12-6 p.m., free.
The Minneapolis Rock Art Experience
(Day Block Brewing Co., 1105 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-617-7793, www.dayblockbrewing.com)
Featuring the music-based work of local painters, illustrators, and photographers, with live music, food, and local brews. Sat., Nov. 28, 4-10 p.m., free.
3rd Annual Shop Small Holiday Market
(St. Anthony City Hall And Community Center, 3301 Silver Lake, Columbia Heights, 612-788-0137)
Small businesses feature their locally-made artisan & organic foods, custom art and prints, health and beauty products, and gift baskets, with free child care provided for shoppers, and a free yoga class at 1:30. Sat., Nov. 28, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., free, www.midwestpantry.com/shop-small-holiday-market.
International Holiday Festival
(Ukrainian Event Center, 301 Main St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-379-1956, www.ukrainianeventcenter.com)
Featuring ethnic dance and music performances, luncheon, bake sale, and folk art vendors with gifts & crafts for the holiday season. Visit www.uaccmn.org for more info. Sun., Nov. 29, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m., $5.
Made by Hands Holiday Handmade Extravaganza
(Bauhaus Brew Labs, 1315 Tyler St. NE, Minneapolis; 612-276-6911)
Noon to 6 p.m. Nov. 29.
Holiday Gift Mart
(Banfill-Locke Center For the Arts, 6666 E. River Road, Fridley, 763-574-1850, www.banfill-locke.org)
Local artists offer handmade goods and gifts, with a high tea held on the first night. Dec. 3-19, free.
Reflection: Made Here Launch Party
(Mayo Clinic Square, 600 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-313-0520, sportsmedicine.mayoclinic.org)
Featuring window displays, live music, food, drinks, performances, and a holiday market. More info at www.madeheremn.org. Thu., Dec. 3, 5:30-9 p.m., free.
Holiday Pop-Up Bike Poster Shop
(Northrup King Building, 1500 Jackson St. NE, Minneapolis)
$40 bike posters for the cyclists in your life. Thursday, December 3-4: 5-9 p.m.; Saturday, December 5: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
37th Annual Old Fashioned Holiday Bazaar
(Landmark Center, 75 W 5th St., St. Paul)
Featuring local and regional artisans. December 3-4, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; December 5, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
St. Paul European Christmas Market
(Union Depot, 214 E. 4th St., St. Paul, 651-202-2700)
Featuring handmade holiday gifts from local vendors, and European inspired food. Starting Dec. 4, Fridays, 2-9 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sundays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Continues through Dec. 13, free.
Holiday No Coast Craft-o-Rama
(Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-872-4041, www.midtownglobalmarket.com)
Featuring local jewelry designers, print artists, book makers, and more. More info at nocoastcraft.com. Fri., Dec. 4, 3-8 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 5, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Crafts at the Canteen
(Canteen 3255, 3255 Bryant Ave. S., Minneapolis)
Friday, December 4 at 6-10 p.m.
(Grand Avenue, from Dale to Fairview, St. Paul, 651-699-0029, www.grandave.com)
Featuring breakfast with Santa, reindeer, shopping, art crawl, soup tasting, tree lighting ceremony, free trolley rides. Sat., Dec. 5, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Winter Artist Market
(The White Page, 3400 Cedar Avenue, Minneapolis, 612-443-6801, www.the-white-page.com)
Featuring local artisans selling vintage clothing, ceramics, jewelry, and custom tin type photo portraits. Dec. 5-6, 12-5 p.m., free.
Crafts & Cocktails
(Tattersall Distilling, 1620 Central Ave. NE, Minneapolis)
Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, December 5.
Art & Craft Fair
(Ginkgo Coffeehouse, 721 Snelling Ave. N., St. Paul, 651-645-2647, www.ginkgocoffee.com)
Featuring local artists and their handmade glass beads, knit and felted items, quilted products, wooden items, metal sculptures, and jewelry. Sat., Dec. 5, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Free.
Finch's Warehouse Boutique
(575 9th St. SE, Minneapolis)
Saturday, December 5 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Holiday Bazaar: 12th Anniversary
(Color Wheel Gallery, 319 W. 46th St., Minneapolis, 612-823-5693)
Featuring work by local artists, natural gifts, more. Dec. 5-6, 2-8 p.m.
SooVAC's Local Artists' Holiday Shop
(Soo Visual Arts Center, 2909 Bryant Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-871-2263, www.soovac.org)
Featuring art and gifts from a wide variety of Minnesota artisans. Dec. 5-24, free.
Holiday Open Haus
(Germanic-American Institute, 301 Summit Ave., St. Paul, 651-222-7027, www.gai-mn.org)
The GAI's mansion will be decorated for the season, with vendors featuring crafts and goods from German and local artisans, model trains, and a visit from St. Nikolaus on Sunday. Sat., Dec. 5, 12-5 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 6, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Michael Birawer's Annual Holiday Show
(Michael Birawer Gallery, 1618 Central Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-239-9041, www.michaelbirawer.com)
Sat., Dec. 5, 1-9 p.m.
Holiday Sale 2015
(Vine Arts Center, 2637 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-728-5745, www.vineartscenter.com)
Featuring handcrafted artwork by members and guests. Sat., Dec. 5, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 6, 12-5 p.m., free.
Holiday Craft Hop
(Grain Belt Brew House, 1224 Marshall St. NE, Minneapolis)
Local artists and artisans showcase their handmade creations. Sat., Dec. 5, 12-5 p.m., Free.
Mrs. Kelly's Tea Tasting
(Grainbelt Brewery Warehouse, 77 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-929-4764)
Sample over 100 local, freshly blended teas, featuring interactive displays, and Minnesotan food products. Benefiting Perspectives Kids Café and Second Harvest Heartland. Sat., Dec. 5, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 6, 9:15 a.m.-5 p.m., Suggested $2 donation or non-perishable food item, www.mrskellystea.com.
Gifts in the Gallery
(Bloomington Center for the Arts, 1800 W. Old Shakopee Rd., Bloomington, 952-563-8587, www.bloomingtonartcenter.com)
Handmade gifts by more than 60 local artists. Dec. 9-23.
Raging Art On
(Gamut Gallery, 717 S. 10th St, Minneapolis, Minneapolis, 612-293-6497, www.gamutgallerympls.com)
Shop locally at this artsy event featuring over 40 artists. Dec. 10-13, 12-10 p.m.
Midway's 8th Annual Monster Drawing Rally
(Grain Belt Brewery Bottling House, 79 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-465-0234)
Artists draw live throughout the night and patrons can buy the work, with all proceeds benefiting Midway's programming. Cash bar. Sat., Dec. 12, 6-10 p.m., free.
(Artspace Jackson Flats, 901 18 1/2 Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-333-9012, www.artspace.org/our-places/artspace-jackson-flats)
Local artisans selling handcrafted jewelry, ceramics, textiles, body products, and artwork. Sat., Dec. 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., free.
(Casket Arts Community, 681 17th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-788-5551)
Featuring northeast Minneapolis artisans showing paintings, jewelry, prints, tiles, sculptures, and gifts, with live music and snacks. Sat., Dec. 12, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., free.
Already open and ongoing:
ASI Jul Shop
(American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-871-4907, www.americanswedishinst.org)
With candy, lights, holiday cookbooks, and contemporary Nordic jewelry. Through Jan. 3, 2016.
Holiday Gallery Shop
(Textile Center, 3000 University Ave., Minneapolis, 612-436-0464, www.textilecentermn.org)
Mondays-Saturdays. Continues through Dec. 26.
Minneapolis Craft Market
(Sociable Cider Werks, 1500 Fillmore St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-758-0105, sociablecider.com)
Based on the London street market concept, outdoor event that will be held rain, shine, or snow. Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Dec. 20, Free, www.mplscraftmarket.com.
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