By Sharon Parker
Here's an overview of arts and crafts fairs and markets coming up this fall that we've heard about because creative little birds in the HandmadeMN team have told us about them. Know of others not mentioned here? Please share the info in the comments!
Mama's Artisan Market is an occasional sale by the shop Mama's Happy, featuring locally handmade items. The next one is this weekend starting today, September 8–10, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, at their occasional shop at 7888 County Rd. 6, Independence, Minn. 55359. See other locations and sale dates here. This weekend's event includes live music, food, and festivities.
|Mama's Artisan Market|
|Little Falls Arts & Crafts Fair|
LoLa Art Crawl, September 17–18, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, is a self-guided tour of sites in the Longfellow neighborhood of South Minneapolis where local artists live, work, and sell their goods. Many of the stops on the crawl are independent small businesses selling unique goods or food and libations, which are also hosting one or more artists for the crawl. It's a pretty fun way to explore a sweet neighborhood bordered by the Mississippi River and Minnehaha Falls known for its classic bungalows. (I know this 'cuz, yeah, it's my neighborhood and I'm in the crawl.) Brochures with maps are available around the neighborhood and as a PDF from the art crawl website.
|Painting by LoLa artist Brendan Farley|
Celebrate Art! Celebrate Coffee!, Saturday, September 17 (time not given, just "all day"), in downtown Willmar, features a juried art show and sale, artists' demonstrations, free hands-on make-and-take activities for all ages, a food court, and free coffee. If it rains, it all moves indoors to Kennedy School.
|Flicker watercolor by Tanya Beyer, who will be at Celebrate Art! Celebrate Coffee!|
Junk Bonanza, September 22–24, is an indoor, juried market of antiques, architectural salvage, and artisan-repurposed and upcycled goods, at Canterbury Park, 1100 Canterbury Road S., Shakopee, Minn. 55379. Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission $10.
|Lampshades by Brenda Irwin of LightReading, who will be at the Junk Bonanza.|
The Twin Cities 20th Century Design Show & Sale is a very large show of antique and new furniture and decor from the American Arts & Crafts design tradition, which now includes Mid-Century Modern furniture and decor also. Plus original art in these styles, from ceramics (tile and pottery) to paper goods (cards, prints, etc.). At the Progress Center, Minn. State Fairgrounds, St. Paul. September 24–25; Sat. 9–5, Sun. 11–4
|Winter Cabin art print by Cindy Lindgren, who will be participating in the 20th Century Design Show|
Various sites around Saint Paul, Minn. (get a map here)
Oct. 14–16; Fri. 6–10 p.m., Sat. noon–8, Sun. noon–5
|"Steak Sandwiches," painting by Chris LaFontaine, poster art winner for the St. Paul Art Crawl|
Craft'za is once again at the Grain Belt Bottling House, 79 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis 55413, on Saturday, November 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will also be food trucks, and lots of free parking nearby.
|The historic Grain Belt Bottling House in NE Minneapolis, site of Craft'za|