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A look at what’s going on this weekend in Winona:

Fair Trade market

Come shop the marketplaces of Bangladesh, Korea, Brazil, New Zealand and numerous other countries while staying right here in Winona. On Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Many Hands Many Lands fair trade market will be up and running at the Polish Heritage Museum Annex at 363 East Second Street.

Hundreds of items from all over the world will be displayed and sold thanks to the international reach of fair trade, giving shoppers the opportunity to see unusual, special gifts for either themselves or for the holiday season. From food, teas, spices, jewelry, candles, baskets, shawls, and toys, along with woven things, hand crafted things, hand-blown things, hand-sewn things and many more things.

Handmade Neighborhood

For some more holiday shopping opportunities head on down to the Handmade Neighborhood this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Winona County History Center.

Handmade Neighborhood is an annual boutique shopping event that supports local Winona makers and artists while providing the community with a unique shopping experience where they can purchase quality, original, locally produced & handmade goods.

Each artist & maker is carefully selected through a juried application process. A wide variety is offered to shoppers ranging from handcrafted body care, unique jewelry, children’s gifts, glassworks, functional pottery, textiles, photography, woodwork and much more from over 20 artisans from around the region.

Flippin’ for Books

The 13th annual Flippin’ For Books Family Literacy and Wellness Fair is set for 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Winona Senior High School. The free event is for families with young children, and older siblings are welcome.

There will be storytelling, early literacy crafts, wellness information booths, free pancake breakfast from 8:30 to 10 a.m., music from Amanda Grace at 10 a.m., and each child attending goes home with a book!

This event is organized by Winona Public Library, with community sponsors including the Winona Early Childhood Initiative, Hy-Vee, Bluff Country Co-op, Midtown Foods, Rochester Wholesale Fruit, Ziebell’s, Kwik Trip, Target, and Walmart.

Tea party with the Sugar Plum Fairy

It’s tea time. And not just any tea time. It’s time for tea with the Sugar Plum Fairy and other Nutcracker ballet characters.

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is hosting the 10th biennial Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Party on Sunday, Nov. 18, at the Valencia Arts Center with two options for tea sittings as well as opportunities to shop at a boutique.

This year’s Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Party will feature tea sittings at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Specialty teas and exquisite finger foods will be served. Also, the Land of the Sweets Gift Boutique will featuring holiday gifts and crafts and will be open to the public from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for children and $20 for adults. All children attending the tea party will receive a complimentary photo with their favorite characters from the “Nutcracker” ballet. Tea attendees will enjoy the sounds of live music and a dance demonstration by the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Other events

  • Laugh for a cure: WSU RunnerUp Improv & ACS, 8 to 10 p.m. Friday and 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Island City Brewing Company
  • Visit local art galleries during the Winona Art Walk, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Visit for a schedule and locations.
  • Salvaged Medium Exhibit Opening, 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Ed’s No Name Bar
  • WSU theatre, art, and dance department is hosting “Emilie,” 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at WSU’s Performing Arts Center
  • Holiday Boutique, 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts
  • Snap Fitness grand reopening, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Winona Mall
  • Indoor Farmers’ Market, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at East End Recreation Center
  • Kids cooking class, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Bluff Country Co-op
  • Winona Film Society is hosting the film “In Syria,” 7 p.m. Friday at the Winona Arts Center

Live music


  • Shakey Calls and Northern Light, 10 p.m. at Broken World Records
  • Andrew D Huber, 6 to 8 p.m. at Acoustic Cafe
  • Swing Inc., 6 to 9 p.m. at Signatures Restaurant
  • Gretchen Mulkey, 7 to 9 p.m. at Blooming Grounds downtown
  • TravAce, 8 p.m. at Hei & Low Tap


  • Wilki, 6 to 8 p.m. at Acoustic Cafe
  • Transcendental Strangers?, 10 p.m. at Broken World Records
  • Nick Foytik, 8 p.m. at Hei & Low Tap
  • Diesel Drive, 8 p.m. at Tavern 129
  • Circle of Heat’s Tribute to Rage Against the Machine, 9 p.m. to midnight at Ed’s No Name Bar


  • MCA Jazz Combos, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Wellington’s Pub & Grill
  • Island City Jazz Jam, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Island City Brewing Company
  • Greenfingers, 10 p.m. at Broken World Records

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