There are only three weekends left to finish your holiday shopping and planning. To help you with this feat, we’ve put together a list of three arts, crafts, and food festivals you won’t want to miss this weekend, Dec. 6-8.
Holiday Arts & Eats Festival at Assembly Row, Dec. 6-8
Head to Somerville’s Assembly Row to check out a holiday market, featuring 60 Etsy artisans, local musical entertainment, a beer and wine tent, holiday train ride, Santa, and children’s holiday activities. The event will also feature Somerville’s first-ever winter Food Truck festival with a rotating group of local food trucks, including The Bacon Truck, Boston’s Baddest Burger, The Whoo(pie) Wagon, and more. If you want shorter lines, early VIP entry costs $15 from 11 a.m. – noon. Regular admission is from noon – 6 p.m. It costs $5 for adults and is free for children under 12. There will also be a Greater Boston Food Bank food drive area available if you want to donate sealed, non-perishable items.
Friday, Dec. 6 will feature an “Arts & Eats After Dark” event for the 21+ crowd. Attendees can partake in beer and Gluhwein (hot, mulled wine), live musical entertainment, treats from participating food trucks, and an early look at the artisan market. Admission is $10.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.holidayartsandeats.eventbrite.com, or cash only at the event.
Dec. 6 - 8. Friday: 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.; Saturday – Sunday: Noon – 6 p.m. Assembly Row. 300 Grand Union Boulevard, Somerville. www.eventbrite.com/e/holiday-arts-eats-assembly-row
CraftBoston Holiday Show, Dec. 6-8
If you’re looking for unique gifts this year, the Society of Arts and Crafts will present more than 200 art exhibitors this weekend at Boston’s Hynes Convention Center. Their annual holiday show features unique pieces from a range of media, including baskets, ceramics, furniture, glass, leather, mixed media, and more. The show will also provide a chance for attendees to meet the artisans and learn about their work. If you’d like to customize a tour tailored to the interest of a group of ten or more, private tours can be scheduled. These tours can focus on specific media like jewelry or wood, or can feature specific artisans, like first-year artist booths.
General admission tickets can be purchased online at societyofcrafts.myshopify.com, or at the door.
Dec. 6 - 8. Friday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; General admission: $15; Seniors: $13; Students: $12; SAC members: $7.50; Children under 12: Free. Hynes Convention Center. 900 Boylston Street, Boston. www.societyofcrafts.org
Eat Boutique Holiday Market, Dec. 7
Attention foodies, winos, and beer aficionados: Eat Boutique will gather more than 50 food vendors, drink makers, food authors, culinary stars, sommeliers, wine directors, and more for a day of shopping and sampling at CruisePort Boston’s Black Falcon cruise terminal. Attendees can also participate in tasting sessions (like winter wine, coffee, and craft beer) and workshops by purchasing tickets at www.eatboutiquemarkets.com. Local food trucks will be on hand selling their treats, like Area Four and Mei Mei Street Kitchen. Do you have a food lover on your holiday shopping list? Several cookbook authors, including Joanne Chang, Diana Rodgers, Karen Covey, Tammy Dunroe, and Jeanne Sauvage, will be at the market to sign their books.
Dec. 7. Noon – 5 p.m. General admission: $20; Children under 12: $10; Individual tastings and workshops: $25 - $40. Cruiseport Boston’s Black Falcon Cruise Terminal, 1 Black Falcon Avenue, Boston. www.eatboutiquemarkets.com
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