Sales + Events: January Brings Local Artists to the Forefront

This month’s sales and events highlights in and around the Twin Cities

Lowertown First Fridays Art Crawl

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Lowertown St. Paul is home to a plethora of talented local artists, and its monthly art crawl is the perfect opportunity to explore works throughout the city. Start the crawl at Calendula Gallery, where 30 artists have permanent displays, and many additional items are set up exclusively for the event. Then, explore the Northwestern Builder, AZ Gallery, Lowertown Underground Artists, and more. Jan. 5, 5-9 p.m. @ Northwestern Building,

Winter Markets at Viking Lakes

Enjoy live music, food trucks, specialty cocktails, and works from a rotating collection of local makers at the Winter Markets at Viking Lakes. Part of the annual Winter SKOLstice, this year’s festival also includes free ice skating, an ice maze, hockey tournaments, a polar plunge, and more family-friendly activities. Jan. 5-Feb. 25, Fridays, 6-9 p.m., Saturdays & Sundays, 5-8 p.m. @ Viking Lakes,

Winter Antique Show

Shop antiques from over 100 dealers at this winter’s indoor antique show. This year’s lineup of dealers offers a unique blend of antique furniture and other collectables. With a wide variety of interesting items to browse, you are sure to find your own personal treasure. Tickets required.  Jan. 13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Jan. 14, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. @ Lee & Rose Warner Coliseum,

Winter Market in the Ravine

Hosted in the new Ravine Landing building at the Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park, the Winter Market offers a curated selection of handcrafted items to shop from. After browsing indoors, try your hand at snow sculpting or take stroll through the wintery park landscapes. Skis and snowshoes are available for rent as well. Vehicle permit required. Jan. 20, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. @ Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park,

Art Shanty Projects

Back for its 20th year, the annual Art Shanty Projects is prepared to host an even bigger immersive art program on the ice in Minneapolis. With 36 artist projects and performances, the program provides fun for the whole family. Each participating artist will embrace the winter landscape to create vibrant works for a temporary public art community. Jan. 20-Feb. 11, weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. @ Bdé Umán/Lake Harriet,

St. Paul Winter Carnival

The capital city’s iconic winter carnival is back for its 138th year, complete with ice carving and snow sculpting competitions, music and dance by local artists, an ice fishing tournament, an ambassador fashion show, and more. This year’s festival has expanded to provide new programming that reflects the ever-changing demographics of the St. Paul community. Jan. 25-Feb. 4, times vary @ downtown St. Paul,

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