Friday, December 18
And for the rest of us, there is Festivus. Celebrate this fictional holiday the way Seinfeld and crew did back in 1997: by complaining. Fair State Brewing Cooperative’s Second Annual Festivus celebration will include the prerequisite aluminum pole and an opportunity to air any grievances you may harbor. Bring an item to donate to a local food shelf for a turn on the soapbox. Fair State kindly asks that grievances not include Star Wars spoilers. Thankyouverymuch.
Nothing mixes better than sharp blades and beer. The Second Annual Indeed on Ice is a skate party at The Depot promises to help shake off the winter blues with Stir Crazy Winter Ale and jams from DJ Shannon Blowtorch. No fingers were lost last year so it’s probably perfectly safe.
Saturday, December 19
Put on your fancy pants because the Minnesota Transportation Museum is throwing a shingding that they’ve lovingly named Roundhouse on Tap. The black-tie event will include spirit tastings, two pints from Flat Earth, gourmet nibbles, a bit of Twin Cities history by tour guide Teresa McCormack and a live New Orleans style jazz quartet.
Julbord is a hugely popular Christmas smörgåsbord hosted by the American Swedish Institute. The festive spread, by ASI’s Slate & Stone Catering, will include Swedish Christmas ham, Swedish meatballs, a variety of European breads, a lox salmon platter and much, much more. There will also be a dessert buffet featuring rice pudding with lingonberries and other glorious pastries. The museum will be open until 6 p.m. for Julbord guests.
Sunday, December 20
Bring the whole family down to Sociable Ciderwerks on Sunday. The kids get to meet Mr. Claus, there will be hot cider for grown ups and kids, and there may even be some cookie decorating going on. Be sure to grab a few snacks at The Curious Goat, Sociable’s resident food truck.
Ward 6 promises a traditional Festivus celebration, just like Frank Costanza intended. The Festivus event will include customary food offerings like Mulligatawny soup, meatloaf on a bed of lettuce, and a sheet cake adorned with M&Ms. There will also be beer pairings, feats of strength, and airing of grievances, of course.
Monday December 21
The Salty Tart (that's James Beard Award nominee chef Michelle Gayer) returns for one more sweet pop up at Hola Arepa. Get in line early, because these crusty desserts usually fly out the door. Doors open at 4 p.m., but the line usually forms a little earlier. The pop up ends at 7 p.m. or when the pies are all done.