Sales + Events: July 24-29 has art festivals, garden extravaganzas, and hand-thrown pottery

Greenery with purple and pink flowers and garden decor
Courtesy Tangletown Gardens

Twin Cities shopping and event highlights for this week.

Nicollet Makers Market

Feel good about where your hard-earned money is headed. All you have to do? Make the choice to buy local from Minnesota makers at Nicollet Makers Market, an outdoor shopping event that features resident artisans in downtown Minneapolis. More than 20 vendors will be selling products like essential oils, ceramics, jewelry, clothing, headbands, prints, woodwork, bags, and more. Thursday from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. @ Nicollet between Sixth and Eighth streets, Minneapolis, nicolletmakersmarket.com

FLOW Northside Arts Crawl

FLOW Northside Arts Crawl throws an unexpected twist to your typical art event. This three-day celebration is a giant self-guided tour of art studios, theaters, and galleries that span more than a mile along North Minneapolis streets. The crawl goes above and beyond and includes a farmers market, concerts, beer tasting, pop-ups, and a series of outdoor exhibitions and events. Nearly 300 artists and 35 different sites will offer indoor and outdoor activities that range from dance, drawing, and dropping beats all the way to fine art from amateur and professional artists alike. Thursday from 6-10 p.m., Friday from 3- 10 p.m., and Saturday from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. @ North Minneapolis (along the West Broadway corridor from the Mississippi River to Penn Avenue), northmpls.org/flow

Tangletown Gardens’ Garden Art Music 2018

The connection of nature, design, art, and music is special—so special, that according to urban Twin Cities garden center Tangletown Gardens, it’s a relationship worth a full-blown celebration. Attend the Garden and Art Tour to enjoy local art and unique gardens in the area, or sit back and appreciate local artists like Chris Koza, Billy Johnson, and Romantica at the music festival. Refuel with festival fare and summer specials at Tangletown’s Wise Acre Eatery. Saturday from 9 a.m.-10 p.m. @ Tangletown Gardens, 5353 Nicollet Avenue S., Minneapolis, tangletowngardens.com

Loring Park Art Festival

More than 25,000 art-lovers, families, and festival-goers will attend the Loring Park Art Festival this season in downtown Minneapolis. With more than 140 artists and 10 live performances for you to enjoy, the kids will be taken care of, too. Keep them busy with a craft booth and two food court locations with loads of culinary options to keep their tummies happy (and yours, too!) Enjoy the beautiful ponds and gardens while basking in art, culture, and entertainment with the whole family. Saturday from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. @ Loring Park at Oak Grove and Hennepin Avenue, loringparkartfestival.com 

Minnesota Pottery Festival

The Minnesota Pottery Festival features more than 30 ceramic artists with the mission to educate and engage with the public. From Minnesota and Wisconsin, to Georgia and Texas, artists from all cultures and geographics will come together to broaden the depth of understanding and appreciation of ceramic art. Stick around for the Pottery Olympics, a friendly competition with three creative (and challenging) events, is a fun and exciting demonstration of basic pottery throwing and skills. Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. @ 17614 240th St., Hutchinson, mnpotteryfestival.com

 Shinola Edina

In case you missed it, Shinola opened their 26th location on July 19 at Galleria, a Twin Cities luxury shopping destination in Edina. The Detroit-based design company makes high-quality watches, bikes, leather goods, jewelry, journals, and more. Stop in and build-a-watch at their custom Shinola watch bar or head to their free monogram station to emboss initials on your most recent purchases. Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. @ Galleria Edina Shopping Center, 69th Street and France Avenue, Edina, galleriaedina.com

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