Events – Community Calendar


FNVW Holiday Fair
Online Pre-Sale Nov. 18 – 27
Friday, Dec. 2, 1 to 9 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Friends School of Minnesota
1365 Englewood Ave., St. Paul
Make peace at FNVW’s holiday fair! This time of year, it’s easy for our minds to get pulled every which way. Friends for a NonViolent World (FNVW) invites us to recenter on the true values the holidays represent by joining them in the spirit of peace, gratitude, giving back, and loving our neighbors at their annual Holiday Fair on Dec. 2-3.
A wide variety of holiday gifts, unique craft items, candles, soaps, handmade winter accessories, discounted gift cards to local businesses, used books, desserts, Quaker Treasures, Christmas trees, wreaths, delicious home-cooked meals and much, much more will be for sale at the fair!
Dinner will be served on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. Lunch will be served on Saturday from 11 to 2 p.m. Both cash and credit cards will be accepted.
Select items will be available for purchase during the FNVW Holiday Fair Online Pre-Sale Nov. 18 to 27. Online orders can be picked up Dec. 2-3 at the Friends School of Minnesota.
To learn more about FNVW or to shop the online pre-sale, visit

Black Friday & Small Business Saturday at MGM
Friday, Nov. 25 and Saturday, Nov. 26, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Midtown Global Market
920 E. Lake St., Mpls.
‘Tis the season to shop small and local! Midtown Global Market is hosting a two-day event to celebrate Black Friday (Nov. 25) and Small Business Saturday (Nov. 26). Shop at our entrepreneurs’ small businesses and enjoy authentic global foods at nearly 20 restaurants. There will be FREE food and samplings, and hourly prize giveaways.
He’s making a list and checking it twice, get into the holiday spirit by visiting Santa Reg (3 to 5 p.m. both days), take a photo at our festive selfie station, and check out a beautiful assortment of wreaths and décor available from Frog Tree Farms. There will also be holiday art activities for kids!
A highlight of the weekend will be the Grand Re-Opening of The Art Shoppe. This long-time tenant has moved to a larger space within the Market, just off the Central Court. The new location will provide more space to display and sell handmade items by more than 70 local artists. The Art Shoppe will showcase artists and their works on both days through demonstrations of painting, fabric painting, felting, marbling, and wire wrapping. Each day will feature flash sales and a book giveaway as well.

Como Park Conservatory
2022 Fall Flower Show
Through Nov. 27
Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
1225 Estabrook Dr., St. Paul
The 2022 Fall Flower Show is now open and features a variety of vibrant chrysanthemums. The first half of the fall flower show, which ran through Oct. 30, featured white, pink, lime green and purple chrysanthemums. The second half of the fall flower show (Nov. 5 – 27) will feature white, yellow, lime green, bronze, red and orange-colored chrysanthemum blooms. Ornamental grasses and pepper plants will accent the fall flower show displays.
The Fall Flower Show will run through Nov. 27. To reserve a day and time to visit, go to

City of Minneapolis seeking community input to help shape New Nicollet Redevelopment Project
Take an online survey. Feedback will be collected until Nov. 30.
The City of Minneapolis wants to hear from community members about their visions for the future of the former Kmart site. The City is reconnecting Nicollet Avenue between Lake Street and the Midtown Greenway as part of the New Nicollet Redevelopment Project.
The project represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to help reshape the future of the site and contribute to an increased quality of life for people living and working in the immediate area.
Learn about the history of the former Kmart site here:
For more information on the New Nicollet Redevelopment Project and ways to participate, go to

Holiday Events at ASI
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Ave., Mpls.
Glögg Tours
Wednesday, Nov. 30 (and Dec. 6, 7, 14, 20, 27, 28; Jan. 3, 4), 6 to 7 p.m.
Celebrate the holiday season with a guided tour of the holiday exhibition and Swedish mulled wine.
Small bites and glögg are included. Available to ages 21+. $55 ($50 members).
Julmarknad Preview Night
Friday, Dec. 2, 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Kick off the Julmarknad Holiday Market weekend with a special opportunity to shop the handcraft wares of more than 40 artists and makers before the Saturday and Sunday crowds. Expect live music, food and drink from FIKA Café, and the museum galleries and Turnblad Mansion open late to explore the Holiday Exhibition. $30 ($25 members).
Julmarknad Handcraft
Market & Festival
Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
One of the region’s largest handcraft markets returns this holiday season, in time for all your shopping needs! (Registration required for this ticketed event.) $15 ($10 members).

Minnesota Sinfonia
Family Holiday Concerts
Thursday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m.
First Covenant Church
1280 Arcade St., St. Paul
Saturday, Dec. 3, 2 p.m.
Basilica of St. Mary
1600 Hennepin Ave., Mpls.
The concerts will include holiday music from around the world, beginning with the You and You Waltz from Johann Strauss’s popular operetta “Die Fledermaus.” Other selections include Leroy Anderson’s Carols, Winter Wonderland, music from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, Chanukah tunes, Bruce Chase’s Around the World at Christmas Time, Handel’s majestic Hallelujah Chorus and more! A special presentation of Ukrainian Christmas carols presents a beautiful wish for peace in our world.
The performances will be an hour with NO intermission, so parents need not worry about nap time for the little ones. For complete program information, please check our website.

Talk of the Stacks
Author Stacy Schiff in conversation with Laurie Hertzel
Thursday, Dec. 8, 7 p.m.
FREE virtual event
Talk of the Stacks welcomes the Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Stacy Schiff. Hailed as “the hottest biographer on the block” by Vanity Fair, Schiff makes a glorious return this fall with “The Revolutionary: Samuel Adams.” Please join us online to celebrate the release of this revelatory tale.
As she did with her growing list of critically acclaimed, bestselling books (“Cleopatra,” “The Witches: Salem, 1692”) Schiff dazzles us again, this time with the improbable story of an American original. In her distinctive voice, Schiff restores to the pantheon one of the most critical Founding Fathers on the 300th anniversary of his birth. Join us as we hear Stacy Schiff discuss her writing in conversation with Star Tribune Books Editor Laurie Hertzel. Reserve your FREE virtual seat here:

MPRB seeks applicants for advisory committees: Applications accepted through Dec. 9 for openings on several advisory groups.
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is seeking applications for appointments to four ongoing community advisory committees:
Saint Anthony Falls Heritage Board – One (1) Opening
Minneapolis Tree Advisory Commission – Five (5) Openings
Racial Equity Advisory Committee – One (1) Opening
Metro Blue Line Extension LRT Community Advisory Committee – One (1) Opening
Use the application linked below to apply for any of the above openings:
You may also download an application from the MPRB Committee Appointments page or call MPRB Customer Service at 612-230-6400 to request an application, fill it out and submit it via email or mail:
Email to
Mail to Board Secretary; MPRB, W. River Rd. N.; Minneapolis MN 55417
Service commitment may vary based upon needs, expectations and policy goals. However, most committee members can expect to work approximately 10-15 hours per month. Terms for the appointments to the committees listed above are one year and there are no term limits.
Some advisory committees have a need for specialized skills, but most people will find a committee that is a great fit for their knowledge base. Public members of advisory committees may not have regular, ongoing experience in a specific topic, but have a general interest in an advisory committee’s work area. Serving on an advisory committee is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about an area of interest and contribute a fresh and unique perspective.
Applications are due by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9. Following submission, applicants will receive an email confirming receipt of the application and describing the general process for appointment. Appointments for open positions will be made at the Jan. 3, 2023, meeting of the MPRB. For a full description of each committee and to complete the application please visit:
Questions about the appointments process? Email

Neighborhood Roots Winter Markets
Saturday, Dec. 10, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Bachman’s Floral, Gift, and Garden
Northeast parking lot off Lyndale.
6010 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls.
Neighborhood Roots Winter Markets return to Bachman’s! Enjoy music and fresh, ready-to-eat food and beverages, and stock up on produce, sweet treats, crafts and gifts from local farmers, bakers and artisans. This market series will take place outdoors (December) and indoors (January – March) at Bachman’s Floral, Gift, and Garden and will feature all your favorite vendors from the Kingfield, Fulton and Nokomis Farmers Market. Pets are not allowed at the market. Service animals are always welcome. For more information, visit

‘Metamorphosis in stone’
Through Dec. 23
Mhiripiri Gallery
9001 Penn Ave. S., Bloomington
“Metamorphosis in stone” is a retrospective celebration of the life of the late Zimbabwean Shona stone sculptor Bernard Matemera. The exhibition runs through Friday, Dec. 23.

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