Weekend 12.6-12.8: Holiday Markets, Open Studios & Festive Shows

While I didn’t dig back into the archives to confirm this, I’m 99% sure this is the biggest weekend post the Beat has ever published. The next three days are absolutely jam-packed with holiday markets, open studios and festive nighttime shows, among other events. The farmers market also returns this weekend at its indoor location and Illuminations Tour tickets are on sale at Blue Cloud Gallery for next weekend’s event (just heard that the tickets are already sold out!). It’s weekends like this that I love living in Somerville so much. I hope you get out to enjoy all of the awesome events happening in the city!

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Friday

West Somerville Neighborhood School Craft and Vendor Night: Shop more than 40 vendors at the West Somerville Neighborhood School (177 Powder House Blvd.) on Friday from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Affordable gifts for all ages, from jams and jellies to kitchen tools, will be available at this event. Free admission and parking.

Mudflat Open Studio and Pottery Sale: Mudflat’s December Open Studio and Pottery Sale kicks off this Friday from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. and continues through December 15. Come to the studio at 81 Broadway to see the work of more than 100 Mudflat artists, shop for gifts and take a chance on the pottery and sculpture raffle at this free event.

Assembly Row Holiday Arts and Eats Market: Assembly Row hosts a three-day Holiday Arts and Eats Market featuring more than 20 food trucks and more than 60 local Etsy artists this weekend. Kick things off on Friday from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. with a 21-plus event, Arts and Eats After Dark, featuring beer and hot wine, live music and a sneak peek at the goods for sale at the market. Tickets are $10 with additional costs for food and drinks.

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 Friday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $18.

Business Skills for Artists Series, Part #4: Keeping the Books: The final workshop in the four-part Business Skills for Artists Series takes place this Friday from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. at Artisan’s Asylum (10 Tyler St.). The free event will focus on opening, running and growing a business as an artist and maker.

Slutcracker: The wacky and wild Slutcracker burlesque show is back at the Somerville Theatre (55 Davis Square) with performances throughout December. You can see the show this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8 p.m. for $25.

WFM Roots

Saturday

Everyone has a Story to Tell: Eleanor Stafford, recipient of the Somerville Arts Council 2013 Literature Artist Grant, leads a free fiction writing workshop at the Somerville Public Library (79 Highland Ave.) this Saturday from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The event is limited to 20 people ages 18 and up.

Somerville Winter Farmers Market: This weekend kicks off the indoor farmers market season in Somerville with the opening of the Winter Farmers Market. Shop for fresh, local food this and every Saturday through March 29 from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.).

Mudflat Open Studio and Pottery Sale: Mudflat’s December Open Studio and Pottery Sale is open on Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and continues through December 15. Come to the studio at 81 Broadway to see the work of more than 100 Mudflat artists, shop for gifts and take a chance on the pottery and sculpture raffle at this free event.

Harvard Book Store Winter Warehouse Sale: Harvard Book Store is opening its Somerville warehouse (14 Park St.) this Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. for its Winter Warehouse Sale. You can shop hundreds of used, bargain and collectable books and visit local partners like Million Year Picnic and Grillo’s Pickles at the sale.

Charity MetCon for Victims of Typhoon Haiyan: Achieve Fitness (42 Merriam St.) is hosting a charity MetCon class for victims of Typhoon Haiyan this Saturday at 11 a.m. Achieve Fitness member Michelle’s family lives in the Philippines and was displaced by the typhoon. All of the money raised at the class will go directly to helping them rebuild their lives. Attendees are encouraged to bring friends and family.

Vintage Market Inside

Union Square Winter Craft Market 2013: Union Square plays host to a Winter Craft Market on Saturday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Vendors will be set up inside the Precinct (66-70 Union Square) and on the plaza. Shop jewelry, art, handmade soap and holiday decor at this festive event.

Brooklyn Boulders Somerville Holiday Market: Shop arts and crafts vendors at Brooklyn Boulders Somerville (12A Tyler St.) this Saturday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. There will be live music and kids climb free all day. The event is free, but you must sign a waiver to enter Brooklyn Boulders (do it here to save time at the market). And if you haven’t made it down to Brooklyn Boulders yet, this is the perfect time to check out the incredible facility that now calls Somerville home.

Saturday Local Artist Market: The Saturday Local Artist Market is giving you several opportunities to shop this holiday season by opening this and 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.

Assembly Row Holiday Arts and Eats Market: Assembly Row hosts a three-day Holiday Arts and Eats Market featuring more than 20 food trucks and more than 60 local Etsy artists this weekend. Festivities on Saturday and Sunday run from noon-6 p.m. and include shopping, a visit from Santa and cookie decorating. Serious shoppers can get into the Saturday and Sunday events from 11 a.m.-noon with a VIP ticket ($15). Regular admission on Saturday and Sunday is $5 for adults, kids younger than 12 get in free and there is free parking at the event.

Vernon Street Open Studios: One of Somerville Open Studios most popular stops, Vernon Street (6 and 20 Vernon St.), is hosting a Fall Open Studios event this Saturday and Sunday from noon-6 p.m. Stop by to see the work of dozens of local artists and shop for unique holiday gifts.

Vernon Art

Washington Street Art Center Open Studios: The Washington Street Art Center (321 Washington St.) opens its doors to the public on Saturday from noon-6 p.m. Stop by to see the artists in their studios and enjoy homemade chili and other light refreshments. The center’s newest show, Threadbare, will be on display in the gallery during the event with an opening reception to follow from 7 p.m.-10 p.m.

Artisan’s Asylum Open Studios: Artisan’s Asylum (10 Tyler St.) is hosting its Winter Open Studios this Saturday from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. The public is invited to attend this free event to tour the workshops of the Asylum makers, see demonstrations and purchase artwork.

Wrap Around Sale: Come to the Nave Gallery (155 Powder House Blvd.) this Saturday to shop the Wrap Around Sale of handmade knitted, crocheted and sewn goods to benefit the Somerville Homeless Coalition. You can visit the sale every Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. through December 15.

Threadbare Opening Reception: The Washington Street Art Center (321 Washington St.) hosts an opening reception for its newest show, Threadbare, this Saturday from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. The exhibit consists of new work by Melissa Falco, Lauren Leone and Courtney McKenna. If you can’t make it to the opening, you can see the show every Saturday in December from noon-4 p.m.

LOL A Comedy Show Hosted by Rob Crean: Union Press (440 Somerville Ave.) hosts an evening of comedy, hot dogs from Area 4 and beer from Slumbrew on Saturday night from 7 p.m.-11 p.m. The $5 suggested donation gets you two hot dogs and a Slumbrew tasting.

Slutcracker: The wacky and wild Slutcracker burlesque show is back at the Somerville Theatre (55 Davis Square) with performances throughout December. You can see the show this Saturday and Sunday at 8 p.m. for $25.

Vintage Market Snowmen

Sunday

Mudflat Open Studio and Pottery Sale: Mudflat’s December Open Studio and Pottery Sale is open on Sunday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and continues through December 15. Come to the studio at 81 Broadway to see the work of more than 100 Mudflat artists, shop for gifts and take a chance on the pottery and sculpture raffle at this free event.

Harvard Book Store Winter Warehouse Sale: Harvard Book Store is opening its Somerville warehouse (14 Park St.) this Sunday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. for its Winter Warehouse Sale. You can shop hundreds of used, bargain and collectable books and visit local partners like Million Year Picnic and Grillo’s Pickles at the sale.

The Davis Flea Holiday Vintage Market: Back by popular demand and bigger than ever, The Davis Flea brings its Holiday Vintage Market to the Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.) on Sunday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. The goods for sale at the market will reflect the Flea’s focus on four goals: Reclaim, Repurpose, Rediscover and Reconnect, ensuring that you just never know what you’ll find.

Assembly Row Holiday Arts and Eats Market: Assembly Row hosts a three-day Holiday Arts and Eats Market featuring more than 20 food trucks and more than 60 local Etsy artists this weekend. Festivities on Sunday run from noon-6 p.m. and include shopping, a visit from Santa and cookie decorating. Serious shoppers can get into the Sunday event from 11 a.m.-noon with a VIP ticket ($15). Regular admission on Sunday is $5 for adults, kids younger than 12 get in free and there is free parking at the event.

Vernon Street Open Studios: One of Somerville Open Studios most popular stops, Vernon Street  (6 and 20 Vernon St.), is hosting a Fall Open Studios event this Sunday from noon-6 p.m. Stop by to see the work of dozens of local artists and shop for unique holiday gifts.

Wrap Around Sale: Come to the Nave Gallery (155 Powder House Blvd.) this Sunday to shop the Wrap Around Sale of handmade knitted, crocheted and sewn goods to benefit the Somerville Homeless Coalition. You can visit the sale every Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. through December 15.

Journeys in Sound: The Arts at the Armory Cafe (191 Highland Ave.) hosts Crossing Musical Borders, a collaboration between Journeys in Sound and the New England Conservatory this Sunday at 4 p.m. The program will explore the music of India and Brazil as well as some places in between. There is a suggested donation of $8 ($5 for students and seniors).

Slutcracker: The wacky and wild Slutcracker burlesque show is back at the Somerville Theatre (55 Davis Square) with performances throughout December. You can see the show this Sunday at 8 p.m. for $25.

P.S. I recently took WCVB’s Chronicle on a tour of some of Davis Square’s awesome retail shops. Watch the segment to see where to go to keep your dollars local this holiday shopping season!

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  1. GiryaScope Kettlebell outside Davis at Powderhouse Circle is having an open house from 10-2pm Saturday!