Holiday-bazaar season begins with the United Indians Art Market, Polish Home Bazaar and Scandinavian Holiday Bazaar.
Remember daylight saving time ends Sunday, Nov. 4, providing everyone with another hour to get out and have fun this weekend — and shop.
Ready or not, November means the holiday season is starting in, with a variety of holiday bazaars gearing up in Seattle and around the region. Though holiday spirit is welcome, it’s certainly not required to browse for unique, usually handmade items, as well as gift ideas, by local artists.
Many bazaars feature ethnic and other fare along with craft shopping. The United Indians Art Market offers a salmon lunch and Indian tacos during its sale of authentic Native American arts and crafts at Daybreak Star Cultural Center Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 3-4. If you can’t make it this weekend, the United Indians Art Market returns on two weekends in December.
The Polish Fall Bazaar serves up pierogi, cabbage rolls, kielbasa, borscht, pastries and Polish beer Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 3-4, along with books, crafts, Polish crystal and Christmas ornaments. A longtime local tradition, this year’s bazaar at the Polish Cultural Center celebrates 100 years of Poland’s independence and of the Polish Home Association.
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The popular annual Scandinavian Holiday Bazaar, with two floors of vendors selling handmade and/or Nordic items, is Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 3-4, at the Swedish Club, a Seattle institution since 1892. Along with crafts and other vendors, there are baked goodies, Shrimp Skagen sandwiches, pea soup, waffles and meatballs on Saturday. The club’s bar is open both days, since shopping can be thirsty work. The Swedish Club’s monthly Swedish pancake breakfast with ham, lingonberries, beverages, music and folk dancing is available Sunday (go here for a review of the breakfast by Seattle Times travel and outdoors editor Megan Burbank).
Holiday bazaars continue through early December at a variety of venues ranging from small, one-day events with a few vendors to two-day extravaganzas with entertainment, food and a big selection of crafts. Cash may be the preferred form of payment for some vendors, since bazaars host many small, home-based businesses. For updates, see our weekly “Community calendar” at seattletimes.com/events or our Datebook listing in Friday’s Weekend Plus section, under the Bazaars/Sales category.
United Indians Art Market
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 3-4; also Dec. 1-2 and Dec. 15-16
Location: Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center, 5011 Bernie Whitebear Way, Discovery Park, Seattle
More info: unitedindians.org
Polish Home Bazaar
Time: noon to 6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 3-4
Location: Polish Cultural Center, 1714 18th Ave., Seattle
More info: 206-322-3020 or polishhome.org
Scandinavian Holiday Bazaar
Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 3-4
Cost: $1 requested donation.
Swedish Pancake Breakfast: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, $11, $5/ages 5-12
Location: Swedish Club, 1920 Dexter Ave. N., Seattle
More info: 206-283-1090 or swedishclubnw.org