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8am-5pm Sat. Nov. 18

Holiday Season "Opener"

If you’re not a hunter, you can try out another “opener!” While your family members are out hunting for deer, make your own plans to hunt for bargains. Continue your shopping venture and enjoy holiday open houses, refreshments, and…

Downtown Eau Claire
S. Barstow, N. Barstow, W. Grand Ave, and Water Street
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All ages

9am-3pm Sat. Nov. 18

33rd Annual McDonell Country Expo

33rd Annual fall craft show is a pre-holiday tradition. Over 80 vendors for you to shop from - get a head start on your Christmas shopping. Sponsored by the McDonell Music Boosters. Concessions available too.

McDonell Area Catholic High School
1316 Bel Air Blvd.
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

9am-2pm Sat. Nov. 18

Montessori MALLternative Craft & Vendor Fair

The Montessori Parent Group is offering an alternative to the hustle and bustle of Holiday shopping at the Mall. With our MALLternative event, we look forward to providing a relaxing atmosphere to shop from area vendors and local artisans.

Chippewa Valley Montessori‎
400 Cameron St.
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

9am-5pm Sat. Nov. 18

Pine Harbor Studios Open House

Get a jump on Christmas shopping at this annual fall sale. Featuring multiple local artists. Pottery, paintings, soaps, industrial furniture and other hand crafted items will be available for purchase.

Pine Harbor Studio
7157 185th St.
Chippewa Falls

9am-noon Sat. Nov. 18

Tiny Tots Playhouse - Open Play

Tiny Tots is a place for kids to bring their parents, grandparents or caregivers for some creative, dramatic, memory making fun. Come on in and get your play on. Make some memories, and burn off some energy.

Tiny Tots Playhouse
320 S. Wisconsin St.
Fall Creek

Cost: $5/child, free for adults and infants under 12 months

Age: All Ages

9am-3pm Sat. Nov. 18

Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair

Serving both breakfast and lunch items for purchase as you shop and mingle. Support local talent. The Alano Club is a social community interested in 12-step and other recovery-oriented meetings.

Alano Club
105 N. 21rst Street
Menomonie

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

9am-3pm Sat. Nov. 18

4th Altoona Athletic Boosters Annual Craft and Vendor Fair

Featuring 40+ vendors you know and love along with one-of-a-kind creations from talented people. All in support of the Altoona Athletic programs.

Altoona High School
711 7th Street West
Altoona

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

9am Sat. Nov. 18

Halmstead Fall Marketplace

Craft and vendor show to Halmestead Elementary. Several vendors, crafters, a bake sale and concessions put on by the girl scouts and a silent auction.

Halmstad Elementary School
565 E. South Ave.
Chippewa Falls

9am-3pm Sat. Nov. 18

7th Annual Southview Elementary Craft/ Vendor Fair

Enjoy a day of shopping and eating while supporting Southview's PTO. Great Spring show with 50 crafters and vendors showcasing a wide variety of items.

Southview Elementary School
615 A Street
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

9am-1pm Sat. Nov. 18

Winter Market of Menomonie

A typical Winter market day is presented by 15-20 farmers and artists selling everything from vegetables to fruits, eggs, breads, meats and handmade crafts. Friendly atmosphere, fresh coffee, hot prepared foods and live music every week. All…

Raw Deal
603 S. Broadway St.
Menomonie

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

9am-2pm Sat. Nov. 18

Freedom Boutique II

Freedom Boutique II will raise money to fight human trafficking in the Chippewa Valley. Accepting gently used, upscale clothing, shoes, and accessories at the Fierce Freedom.

Fierce Freedom
2519 N Hillcrest Pkwy
Altoona

9am-3pm Sat. Nov. 18

30th Annual Humane Association Craft & Bake Sale

Offers a wide variety of homemade art and craft items, holiday décor, pet related items and delicious homemade cookies, breads, candies, cakes & pies.

Hickory Hills Golf Course
E4080 Hickory Rd.
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

10am-11pm Sat. Nov. 18

The Hope of Glory Fall Conference 2017

Learn how to apply the Principles of the Kingdom of Heaven to your own life. There will be worship services, preaching, teaching, testimonies, and a healing service.

Sleep Inn & Suites Conference Center
5872 33rd Ave.
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

10am-noon Sat. Nov. 18

Holiday Crafting for Kids

Using natural and/or recycled items, children will make simple ornaments and decorations for the upcoming holidays. Activities are suitable for school-age children. Pre-schoolers need an accompanying adult. Snack included.

Wise Nature Center, Beaver Creek Reserve
S1 Cty Rd. K
Fall Creek

Cost: Friends $6, Nonmembers $8 (Register by 11/13)

Age: Ages 3+

10:15am Sat. Nov. 18

L.E. Phillips Library: Family Storytime

Stories, songs and fun for the whole family, designed to ignite children's language and brain development.

L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library
400 Eau Claire St
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: Age 0-6

10:30-11am Sat. Nov. 18

Sky Stories! (Planetarium Show)

It's a starry, starry night (or day) at the Museum. Come to the inflatable Planetarium for an outta this world show. Visitors will lie down under the stars and hear all kinds of stories about the constellations in tonight's sky! Shows start…

Children's Museum of Eau Claire
220 S. Barstow St.
Eau Claire

Cost: Free with membership or admission

Age: All Ages

10:30am-noon Sat. Nov. 18

"Mocha Joe and Me" Reading Program

Read with local therapy dog, Mocha Joe. Cozy up with this loveable canine and read him your favorite story. Parents/caregivers of readers ages 12 and under may sign up for 15 minute sessions.

Altoona Public Library
1303 Lynn Ave.
Altoona

Cost: FREE

Age: Ages 12 and under

10:45-11:45am Sat. Nov. 18

Kids Yoga Series

Join Abby Shroeder for this 4-week series where your kiddos will learn all about yoga in fun way. Parents can enjoy a class of their own at the same time in the HOT studio. The adult class is included with the purchase of the Kids Yoga…

The Yoga Room - Eau Claire's Yoga Studio
2839 Mall Dr.
EAU CLAIRE

Cost: Full series - $40 for members, $50 for non-members; $15 Drop-in Rate

Age: Ages 5-11

11-11:30am Sat. Nov. 18

Sky Stories! (Planetarium Show)

It's a starry, starry night (or day) at the Museum. Come to the inflatable Planetarium for an outta this world show. Visitors will lie down under the stars and hear all kinds of stories about the constellations in tonight's sky! Shows start…

Children's Museum of Eau Claire
220 S. Barstow St.
Eau Claire

Cost: Free with membership or admission

Age: All Ages

noon-8pm Sat. Nov. 18

Choix Roses

Galaudet Gallery is bringing you a room full of roses in Choix Roses showing roses by the famed botanical artist Pierre J. Redoute.

Galaudet Gallery LLC
618 S Farwell St
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

noon-8pm Sat. Nov. 18

Shakers and Makers: American Folk Art and Beyond Art Exhibit

This eclectic art exhibit begins with art made by 1800’s Shakers alongside fine artists of today and makers of our region. Challenging stereotypes of both folk art and fine art brings fun and interesting art into Galaudet Gallery

Galaudet Gallery LLC
618 South Farwell
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

noon-2pm Sat. Nov. 18

Little Hands Pasta Class

This two-hour, hands-on pasta workshop is tailored to introduce your child to the fun of making hand crafted noodles. Learn about kitchen safety, following a recipe, experimenting with new flavors and the importance of nutrition, and at the…

Forage
930 Galloway St., Building 13, Suite 212
Eau Claire

Cost: $35

Age: Ages 8-12

noon-8pm Sat. Nov. 18

Photos with Santa at Oakwood Mall

Santa will be at Oakwood Mall daily. Santa’s house is located in the Sears wing. Santa may take occasional breaks to feed the reindeer throughout the day, so be sure to check his schedule online. Time flies, except when you're in line, so…

Oakwood Mall
4800 Golf Rd
Eau Claire

1-2pm Sat. Nov. 18

No Rock, Just Paper & Scissors

For kids in grades 3 through 6 and their caregivers. This month’s craft will be “Pop-Up Cards.”

L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, The Dabble Box
400 Eau Claire St
Eau Claire

1-2pm Sat. Nov. 18

No Rock, Just Paper & Scissors: Crafting

A Paper-Crafting series for kids one Saturday per month this fall.

L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, The Dabble Box
400 Eau Claire St
Eau Claire

Age: Grades 3-6

1:30pm Sat. Nov. 18

ECCT Presents: Annie

The Eau Claire Children's Theatre performs the 7-time Tony award winning musical Annie at the State Theatre for the last time.

The State Theatre
316 Eau Claire St.
Eau Claire

Cost: $10 youth, $22 Adult

Age: All Ages

1:30-4pm Sat. Nov. 18

Paint at Cheers Pablo

Head to Cheers Pablo for one of many painting events, or a DIY sign class. No painting experience necessary, just come ready to have fun. More information about available classes online.

Cheers Pablo
2839 Mall Drive, Suite 3A
Eau Claire

Cost: $35 per person, $25 for Kids Under 12

Age: All Ages

6:30-8:30pm Sat. Nov. 18

The Paint Shack

Have fun painting on canvas, wood, bags, glasses and more. Made easy and fun as a trained instructor walks the class through the process. Check the website for more information on scheduled events and classes.

The Paint Shack
2524 Golf Road Suite 2c
Eau Claire

Cost: $10-40

Age: All Ages

6:30-9pm Sat. Nov. 18

Paint at Cheers Pablo

Head to Cheers Pablo for one of many painting events, or a DIY sign class. No painting experience necessary, just come ready to have fun. More information about available classes online.

Cheers Pablo
2839 Mall Drive, Suite 3A
Eau Claire

Cost: $35 per person, $25 for Kids Under 12

Age: All Ages

7-9:30pm Sat. Nov. 18

Tommy Bentz Band

This trio of musicians jam in the style of “Allman Brothers meets Van Morrison”. Their tight, focused wall of sound creates a live musical package like none you’ve heard before. Performing covers from Hendrix, SRV, Cream/Clapton,…

Widespot Performing Arts Center
N2030 Spring St.
Stockholm

Cost: $15 Reserved

Age: 16+

7:30pm Sat. Nov. 18

ECCT Presents: Annie

The Eau Claire Children's Theatre performs the 7-time Tony award winning musical Annie at the State Theatre for the last time.

The State Theatre
316 Eau Claire St.
Eau Claire

Cost: $10 youth, $22 Adult

Age: All Ages

7:30-9pm Sat. Nov. 18

Last Lists of My Mad Mother - By Julie Jensen

A humorous yet poignant look at Alzheimer's disease. It reveals the humor within the tragedy, without taking away from the seriousness of the issue. Ma cares about ribbons and bows, intransitive verbs and keeping to her rigid schedule. Her…

The Heyde Center for the Arts
3 South High St.
Chippewa Falls

Cost: Show only Admission: Adults $14, Seniors $13, Youth $7 ----Buffet dinner and show: Adults $32, Seniors $31, Youth (under 13) $19

Age: All Ages

The Chippewa Valley Family calendar is sponsored by Mayo Clinic Health System of Eau Claire