Weekend 11.29-12.1: Holiday Markets, Pretty Things Party & Artist Celebration

Hopefully your Thanksgiving food coma is receding and you’re gearing up for a fun weekend in Somerville. There’s a lot to do, especially if you’re looking to shop local this holiday season. Tomorrow is Small Business Saturday and with it comes the kick-off of the many local markets happening in Somerville in the next few weeks. There are also two fun parties on Sunday night, one celebrating Pretty Things’ fifth birthday and another honoring Somerville’s artists. Let the holiday season fun begin!

If you missed my appearance on Chronicle on Tuesday night, you can watch the video here. It’s all about where to shop local in Davis Square this holiday season or anytime!

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Eat Out: After spending so much time in the kitchen this week, it’s likely that you’ll be eager to dine out this weekend. I’ve got restaurant reviews galore, so check them out to find a tasty place to grab a meal during the next few days.

Spoke Burrata


Local is for Lovers Holiday Market: Somerville Local First is putting on the first of two free Local is for Lovers Holiday Markets this season on Saturday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.). Shop a variety of vendors selling everything from letterpress prints to handcrafted soap, listen live music, visit the caricature artist or snap a picture in photo booth. Knucklebones will be also on hand with a big play space so parents can shop kid-free!

Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair: The 23rd Annual Holiday Craft Fair takes place at the Somerville High School Fieldhouse (81 Highland Ave.) on Saturday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The event features more than 100 handmade craft vendors, both holiday-related and otherwise. The free event also has free parking, hourly raffles, live music and lunch food available. The Holiday Craft Fair benefits the Somerville High School Girls’ and Boys’ Cross Country and Track teams.

Saturday Local Artist Market: The Saturday Local Artist Market is giving you four opportunities to shop this holiday season, starting this Saturday and continuing every Saturday until Christmas. Shop jewelry, photography, sculpture and more at the markets, which take place at the Burren (247 Elm St.) from noon-4 p.m. There will be a $5 lunch special during the events.

Book Shop 1

Small Business Saturday at The Book Shop: Stop by The Book Shop (694 Broadway) this Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. to take advantage of special discounts and giveaways as part of Small Business Saturday. Browse the store’s wide selection of new and used books as well as recently added handcrafted items that would make great holiday gifts. And you can use this flier to get 20% off any one item at The Book Shop and Blue Cloud Gallery (713 Broadway) or take 20% off nail trimming at Stinky’s Kittens (110 Bristol Road) through the end of November.

Photographer on the M.B.T.A.: The Washington Street Art Center is showing its newest exhibit, Photographer on the M.B.T.A., featuring the work of Gretchen Ann Graham on Saturdays in November from noon-4 p.m.

ComedySportz Boston: The Davis Square Theatre (255 Elm St.) hosts ComedySportz Boston for several shows from now through December 20. You can catch this family-friendly improv comedy event on Saturday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $18.

Cafe Inside


Pretty Things Fifth Birthday Party: Somerville-based Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project is celebrating its fifth birthday on Sunday at the Precint (66-70 Union Square). The fun kicks off at 6 p.m. with 12 beers (including the launch of a new one), bands, the DJ stylings of John Funke, a photo booth, cake and more.

Somerville Superstars: All year long the Somerville Arts Council has been honoring the city’s creative community by selecting an Artist of the Month. And this Sunday there’s a party to celebrate these talented folks at the Arts at the Armory Cafe (191 Highland Ave.) at 7:30 p.m. Attendees will get to meet the artists and see samples of their work. (You can read more about some of the artists here.)

P.S. Shop local this holiday season, support the Beat!

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