Weekend Best Bets: Nov. 12-15

This weekend around the Twin Cities: Utepils beer garden, Craft Bash, new Walker exhibit, and more
"Preis" by Michaela Eichwald, whose first U.S. exhibit is at the Walker Art Center
“Preis” by Michaela Eichwald, whose first U.S. exhibit is at the Walker Art Center

Courtesy of the Walker Art Center

Winter Wonderland Farmers’ Markets

What: Winter farmers’ markets
When: November-April; view schedule here
Where: Various locations around Minneapolis

Even though it’s cold outside, farmers’ markets start in November and run through April for anyone willing to get outside and support local businesses. Across Minneapolis, you can expect to find market goods with a holiday-season twist, with most of the markets taking place outdoors in the spirit of a true Northern winter, at a time when outdoor gatherings remain the safest option for convening. The locations include Mill City Farmers Market, Northeast Farmers Market, Municipal Minneapolis Farmers Market, Neighborhood Roots Farmers Market and the Saint Paul Farmers market at Bachman’s in Minneapolis. Here, you can find meats and eggs, cheese and other dairy products, root vegetables, greens, and an array of honeys, jams, and jellies. There will also be holiday décor, fresh-cut pines, tasty treats, and opportunities to donate to a winter clothing drive—so bring in coats, hats, gloves, and scarves for those in need if you have extras.

Unconventional Creativity

What: Michaela Eichwald
When: Nov. 14-May 16
Where: Walker Art Center, 725 Vineland Pl., Minneapolis

Berlin-based artist and writer Michaela Eichwald will have her first U.S. museum show at the Walker Art Center starting this weekend. Eichwald’s work is known for using unconventional materials, defying categorization, and toying with abstraction. Comprised of pieces made over the past 15 years, the exhibit will showcase paintings inspired by theology, philosophy, and art history as well as the world around Eichwald. Appearing throughout the Walker show, a poem by her friend, writer Ulf Stolterfoht, ties into the works selected. A virtual talk will stream free online at 10 a.m. on November 14, which you can register for here.

Mid-Pandemic Maker Movement

What: Online Craft Bash
When: Nov. 16-Dec. 6
Where: Online platform launching soon; for more info, visit their website

Experience the joys of handmade gifts this year during the American Craft Council’s online holiday Craft Bash. Supporting artisans and makers is imperative at this time, and it also makes for a great way to find memorable, unique gifts this holiday season. Goods made by more than 90 diverse artists nationwide will be available for purchase on the American Craft Council’s online platform. The council views the maker movement as a revolutionary act in a time of mass-produced corporate options. And since COVID has hit these makers’ livelihoods hard, supporting them in this moment is also crucial.

Beer Garden Blooms

What: Utepils Brewing Beer Garden Opening
When: Friday and Saturday, November 13-14, from noon–10 p.m.
Where: Utepils Brewing, 225 Thomas Ave. N., Minneapolis 

Join Minneapolis’ Utepils Brewing for special beers, food trucks, live music, a fire pit, and semi-covered tents at their winter beer garden, opening this weekend. The cozy atmosphere ensures an enjoyable experience while staying safe this winter. The craft brewery, taproom, and creekside beer garden serves classic European lagers and ales on the edge of Theodore Wirth Park. Featured beers this Friday will include “#QuadGoals” (caramel coffee quad) and “Swiss Miss Stout” (chocolate marshmallow stout). There will also be music with Tony Sammis at 6 p.m. and the Market BBQ food truck. On Saturday, you’ll find music by Becky Rae Dalton starting at 2 p.m. and the Blue Fire Pizza food truck.

Last Stop on the Stage

What: Last Stop on Market Street
When: Runs November 9-21
Where: Online, reserve your tickets here

See the Children’s Theatre Company’s second critically acclaimed, all-ages digital show of its fall season. Based on the Newberry Award-winning book written by Matt de la Peña, Last Stop on Market Street is about a young boy, CJ, who stays reluctantly with his eccentric Nana and gets a glimpse into her world, which is very different from the life he’s used to.