Handmade shopping events and musical performances take center stage this weekend as the holiday hullaballoo marches on at its usual feverish pace. Shop at one of three artisan markets and have yourself a mall-free little Christmas, with the 4th Annual Season’s Eatings, the Crafty Wonderland Super Colossal Holiday Sale and ADX’s Gifted – Portland Made Marketplace.  Get your music fix with the 23rd Annual Tuba Christmas, Portland Symphonic GirlChoir’s Jingle Bear Family Concert and MarchFourth’s concert, Joy Now to the World.  Looking for a  holiday road trip? Don’t miss the Evergreen Museum’s annual Santa Fly-In – Santa flying onto the scene in a helicopter. 163249_485788654700_5382212_n


4th Annual Season’s Eatings: Benefit for Oregon Food Bank
Join small batch food and beverage artisans for this annual food drive, providing hundreds of pounds of food to Oregon families during the holidays. Sample specialty cocktails in New Deal’s tasting room as well as other nibbles and bevvies, then shop for holiday gifts of spirits, gourmet cheeses, chocolates, craft brews and holiday baskets from Pok Pok SOM Drinking Vinegars, Tails and Trotters, Water Avenue Coffee, Briar Rose Creamery, Alma Chocolate, Unbound Pickling and others.  Don’t forget to bring a can of food or two for the Oregon Food Bank. Sat., 12-6 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

Crafty Wonderland Super Colossal Holiday Sale
This annual craftastic shopping event only happens this weekend and features handmade, affordable and hip gifts from more than 250 local artists.  Find items including stationery, jewelry, silk-screened t-shirts, wallets and belts made of bike tubes, fuzzy hats, ceramics, chocolates and scented soaps. Free goodie bags to the first 150 people through the door each day. Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

Joy Now to the World
Join MarchFourth Marching Band as they kick off the second year of their after school program, offering circus, music and life skills training for kids, ages 5-18. This special night of music will feature the all-women’s ukulele ensemble, The Ukuladies, as well as Bollywood beats by DJ Anjali and The Joy Now Marching Band with members of MarchFourth. The event is a fundraiser for their scholarship program, which makes the program available to all youth and will also include a silent auction, raffle and a holiday bazaar. Sun., 6:30 p.m., $10-$50/person; free for children 5 and under, All Ages. Event details.

ADX: Gifted – Portland Made Marketplace
This year, ADX teams up with Portland Made for a holiday shopping experience that includes locally made, one-of-a-kind goods all made right here in Portland.  Items for sale include furniture, baked products, wearable accessories and distilled spirits. If you shop ‘til you’re ready to drop, rest up in the cozy clubhouse, enjoy music and tasty holiday refreshments, then take a silly photo in the photo booth. Fri. 5-10 p.m. and Sat. 12-6 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.


23rd Annual Tuba Christmas Concert
Take a break from your downtown shopping to check out this quirky tradition that began in Rockefeller Center’s ice skating rink in New York City in 1974 to honor the late artist and teacher, William J. Bell. As 250 powerful tubas play the festive holiday carols by the tree in the square, spectators are encouraged to belt out the tunes in an interactive sing-along. Sat., 1:30 – 3p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

Portland Symphonic Girlchoir Jingle Bear Family Concert
Girls ranging in age from 5 to 18 will celebrate the season with a choir concert, Jingle Bear Family Concert, “Visions of Sugar Plums.” The performance will include a wide range of songs, including Antiphonal Alleluia, Kodaly’s Christmas Dance of the Shepherds, Britten’s Night Song from “The Little Sweep”, Sing Hodie, Noel, and Patapan, as well as favorites from “Grinch” and “Elf”.  Sat., 3 – 4:30 p.m., $17/person, All Ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Evergreen Santa Fly-In
The Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum is welcoming Santa Claus to its campus for fun-filled holiday activities. Santa will show off his new and improved sleigh – an Evergreen helicopter – by flying into Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum to greet those both naughty and nice, take photos and snack on delicious cookies. Sat., 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., $17/person, All Ages. Event details.

There are so many events!  Which ones will you be going to this weekend?

–Suzie Ridgway