Support small businesses with these 6 shopping events

Get ahead on your holiday shopping this season at these Thanksgiving weekend events
Madison's Capitol building lit up for the holidays
Photo courtesy of Downtown Madison
Madison's Capitol building lit up for the holidays

Whether you love it or hate it, the Thanksgiving long weekend is one of the busiest holiday shopping weekends of the year. Small Business Saturday was created to counteract the big box store discounts and deals of Black Friday and encourage shoppers to support small, community businesses instead. We’ve compiled a guide to local markets, fairs and fests that will highlight some of Madison’s wonderful small businesses and artists this upcoming holiday weekend.

Downtown Madison Holiday Open House
Downtown Madison’s Holiday Open House highlights the local State Street and Capitol Square businesses that make holiday shopping in Madison so unique. Returning to the square this year are free family activities such as trolley rides, holiday carolers, crafts and refreshments.
Nov. 25 to 27, State Street & Capitol Square, event information here

Madison Makers Black Friday Market & Pub Crawl
The fifth annual Madison Makers Black Friday Market will feature over 120 local vendors across eight venues throughout the city. The Sylvee and The Brink Lounge will host the most local makers, with other venues including Vintage Brewing Co., State Line Distillery and Giant Jones Brewing. Find locally-made jewelry, candles, baked goods, wood and metal works, photography and much more while enjoying locally brewed beers and bites.
Nov. 25, 12-5 p.m., multiple venues,

Record Store Day Black Friday
Record Store Day is a national “holiday” in the spring celebrating “the unique culture surrounding nearly 1400 independently owned record stores in the US” by offering exclusive vinyl releases. To bring in the start of holiday shopping, Record Store Day Black Friday also offers new releases dropping only at indie record stores. Madison favorites Strictly Discs on Monroe Street and B-Side Records on State Street will be participating in these special releases that make perfect gifts for any music lover.
Nov. 25, independent record stores everywhere 

Monroe Street’s Small Business Saturday
Head to Monroe Street for the street’s 13th annual Small Business Saturday. Shopping and dining at locally-owned businesses allow entry in a prize drawing for a “Shop Small” tote, a “Shop Local” mug and a gift card to a Monroe Street business. Participating stores include Mystery to Me, Good Day Shop, Orange Tree Imports and more.
Nov. 26, Monroe Street,

Garver Feed Mill Holiday Craftacular
Garver Events and The Glitter Workshop present the Garver Feed Mill Holiday Craftacular. Stop by the “original indie craft show” for handmade gifts, local art and family-friendly crafting activities.
Nov. 27, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Garver Feed Mill, event information here

The Dark Holiday Bazaar
The Crucible Madison is hosting the Dark Holiday Bazaar, featuring a variety of local artists and vendors offering “oddities, gifts, and curiosities for your dark and spooky loved ones.” The event has a $3 cover, and there will be entertainment and live performances.
Nov. 27, 1-5 p.m., The Crucible Madison, event information here 

Abby Bradbury is an editorial intern at Madison Magazine.

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