Shopping Opener

The hunt is on in November in New Ulm!  While some are deer hunting, come to the Annual Shopping Opener in New Ulm! No license is needed for this destination event.  November 2-4, 2018.

Shopping divas make it a tradition to kick off the shopping season here in New Ulm. Eat, stay and play! The New Ulm Specialty Shops have joined together for open houses, tasty treats, events and giveaways.

Check out the Women’s Expo – over 100 vendors with demonstrations, crafts, wellness, home businesses and more. This event is sponsored by the Early Childhood Family Education Program and grows every year.

The GnomeMade Artisan Market will host open houses throughout the city on the weekend of the Shopping Opener.

Don’t miss all of the creative energy that this town has to offer! Grab your gear, polish up your charge card and plan a visit to New Ulm for Shopping Opener.

Location: Downtown and all around town.
Date/Times: 1st full weekend in November
Contact: 507-233-4300

2018 Shopping Opener Schedule
Events are still being scheduled. Check back for updates!

More details about these events on the Event Calendar.

Here is what happened last year:
Thursday, November 2

Gnomefest Open House, Village Arts & Pottery, Searles, 4-8pm
GnomeMade Market 

  • Vendors: From the Heart Creations, 610 N. Payne St., 3-7pm - Primitive Gatherings, 14 S. Minnesota St., 3-7pm - The Needle House, 1422 N. Payne St., 5-7pm - Grapevine Divas, 506 1st North St., 5-7pm - New Ulm Community Market and Cooperative, 506 1st North St., 2-7pm

Friday, November 3

Farm-City Day, Brown County Fairgrounds, 6:30-9:30am
Craft Sale, 1121 18th South St., 8am-5pm
Treasure Scraps, 725 5th North St., 8am-5pm
GnomeMade Market, 8am-5:30pm

  • Vendors: Castle Crafts and Gifts, 205 N. Broadway St./New Ulm Armory - From the Heart Creations, 610 N. Payne St. - The Fruit Cellar, 417 1st South St. (10am-5pm only) - Grapevine Divas, 506 1st North St. - Hounds and Honeys, 1708 N. Garden St. - Lindbacken Artisans, 622 Center St./Lind House - Little Brick House on State, 400 N. State St. - The Needle House, 1422 N. Payne St. - New Ulm Community Market and Cooperative, 506 1st North St. - No. 213, 211 N. Minnesota St. - Primitive Gatherings, 14 S. Minnesota St. -Rethunk Junk, 316 S. Garden St. - Stone Cottage Market, 1214 S. Franklin St. - Vintage Revival, 1006 S. Washington St. 

Winter Wonderland of Shopping, A to Zinnia Floral & Gifts, 8am-6pm
Gnomefest Open House, Village Arts & Pottery, Searles, 9am-5pm
Hunting Widows Sale, Pretty Little Pickers, Winthrop, 9am-6pm
Book Sale, New Ulm Public Library, 9:30am-5pm
Shopping Opener Sale, MRCI Bargains, 10am-4pm
Christmas Open House & Tours, Schell's Brewery, 10am-5pm
Holiday Open House, MVAC Thrift & More, 10am-5:30pm
Wine Diva Days, Morgan Creek Vineyards - 11am-5pm
Shopping Break Wine Special, Green Mill, 11am-Midnight
Vendor Show, Marktplatz Mall, 12-6pm

  • Vendors: LuLaRoe – Scentsy – LipSense – Homemade Rugs - Younique

Sip & Shop Vendor Show, Best Western, 4-7:30pm

  • Vendors: Ann’s Emphorium - Barn Board Paintings - Carol’s Paint Parties - Crafts - Daisy Blue - DoTerra - Honey & Lace - Jamberry Nails - KEEP Collective - Lip Sense - Mary Kay - No. 28 on Main - Norwex - Pampered Chef - Party Lite - Pickle Lady - Pure Romance - Scentsy - Seacret - Simply Said - Sonshine Factory - Tastefully Simple - Thirty One - Thrive - Tupperware - Young Living/Oily Moms

Minnesota Music Hall of Fame Inductions, Turner Hall, 5-9pm
Camelot, MLC Fall Musical, MLC Auditorium, 7pm
MVL Theatre, Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School, 7pm
The Skruffians, the Grand Kaberet, 7:30-10:30pm

Saturday, November 4

Craft Sale, 1121 18th South St., 8am-5pm
Treasured Scraps,
725 5th North St., 8am-5pm
GnomeMade Market
, 8am-5:30pm

  • Vendors: Castle Crafts and Gifts, 205 N. Broadway St./New Ulm Armory - From the Heart Creations, 610 N. Payne St. - The Fruit Cellar, 417 1st South St. (10am-5pm only) - Grapevine Divas, 506 1st North St. - Hounds and Honeys, 1708 N. Garden St. - Lindbacken Artisans, 622 Center St./Lind House - Little Brick House on State, 400 N. State St. - The Needle House, 1422 N. Payne St. - New Ulm Community Market and Cooperative, 506 1st North St. - No. 213, 211 N. Minnesota St. - Primitive Gatherings,14 S. Minnesota St. - Rethunk Junk, 316 S. Garden St. - Stone Cottage Market, 1214 S. Franklin St. - United Methodist Women's Bazaar, 1 N. Broadway St. (9am-1pm only) - Vintage Revival, 1006 S. Washington St. 

Winter Wonderland of Shopping, A to Zinnia Floral & Gifts, 8am-5pm
Fall Bazaar and Luncheon, St. Andrews Catholic Church, Fairfax, 9am-1pm
Fall Bazaar and Salad Luncheon, First United Methodist Church, 9am-1pm
Women’s Expo and Craft Fair, 318 S. Payne St./Jefferson Elementary School, 9am-2pm

  • Vendors: Agness & Dora by Jo – Arbonne - B. Concessions - B & K Kreations - Barb’s Kreations – Be Sweet Jewelry – Block Paper Scissors – Books by Grandma and Me – Brown County Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program – C & M Creations – Carlson Tillisch Eye Clinic – Custom Remodelers, Inc. – Discover Chiropractic – Discovery Toys/Silk Arrangements – doTerra Essential Oils – Dust to Stitches – Early Childhoood Family Education/Eagles Preschool – Fair Chic Jewelry – Family Crafts – Foundation Farm – Funtime Fashions – GOMADIS International – Hayward Gourmet Popcorn – HomePlace Farm Alpacas – Hot Mama – J & S Enterprises (Amway) – Jamberry – K & K Krochet Kreations – KEEP Collective – Kristi’s Krafts – Kristin’s Kreations – Leaves by Teresa/MN Books by Teresa – LEGacy Custom Rag Rugs – Living Well Energy Healing – LuLa Roe – Lutheran Social Service – Manantial – Mary Kay Cosmetics – Miessence – Minnesota Women’s Press – Mittens! - Mona’s Creations – New Ulm Chiroprctic – New Ulm Medical Center – New Ulm Women of Today – New Ulm’s Own – Norwex – Open Door Health Center – Origami Owl – Paparazzi – Plunder Designs – Premeir Designs – Pure Romance by Kirsten – Rain Int/VoxxLife – Robin’s Ruby Lips – Rodan & Fields – Sandy’s Daisy Blue – Scentsy – Scholastic Book Fair – Sewing by Kathy – Simply Said – Southern MN Crisis Nursery – Stampin’ Up – Stoering’s Stitches – Sweet Cicely – The New Ulm Wellness Collective – The Pampered Chef – The Q Crew – Thirty One – Thrivent Financial – Tressy Tressures – Tupperware – Unique Boutique – Valley Properties – Willow Creek Soap – Young Living Essential Oils – Your Ideal Weight Loss Center

Hunting Widow's Sale, Pretty Little Pickers, Winthrop, 9am-3pm
Vendor Show
, Marktplatz Mall, 9-4pm

  • Vendors: LuLaRoe – Scentsy – LipSense – Homemade Rugs - Younique

Christmas Open House & Tours, Schell's Brewery, 9am-5pm
Gnomefest Open House, Village Arts & Pottery, Searles, 9am-5pm
Minnesota Music Hall of Fame Showcase

Book Sale, New Ulm Public Library, 9:30am-1pm
Wellness Boutique, New Ulm Wellness Collective, 10am-3pm

  • Vendors: Crooked Pine Soaps - Sycamore Tree Clothing - Camp Gypsy Clothing & Artwork - Rustic Zen Signs-Marynda Makes - Stacey LeBon of Lebon Life - Echanted Creations by Miranda - DoTERRA Essential Oils - Beautycounter - Norwex - Healing Routines Yoga & Life Coaching - YODELIFE Yoga/Doula/Oils

Shopping Opener Sale, MRCI Bargains, 10am-4pm
Holiday Open House,
MVAC Thrift & More, 10am-5:30pm
Wine Diva Days
, Morgan Creek Vineyards, 11am-5pm
Shopping Break Wine Special, Green Mill, 11am-Midnight
Hannibal Book Discussion with author Patrick Hunt, Civic Center Meeting Room, 2-3pm
MVL Theatre, Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School, 2pm and 7pm
Camelot, MLC Fall Musical, MLC Auditorium, 7pm
Masa Ishikawa Trio, the Grand Kaberet, 8-11pm

Sunday, November 5

Annual Fall Bazaar, Divine Providence Community Home, Sleepy Eye, 7:30am-2pm
Luncheon and Bazaar, Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, 10am-12:30pm
Courtland Lion's Club Fall Pancake Breakfast, Community Center, Courtland, 10am-12:30pm
Winter Wonderland of Shopping,
A to Zinnia Floral & Gifts, 10am-4pm
Shopping Opener Sale, MRCI Bargains, 11am-3pm
Wine Diva Days
, Morgan Creek Vineyards, 11am-5pm
Shopping Break Wine Special, Green Mill, 11am-Midnight
Holiday Open House, MVAC Thrift & More, 12-4pm
Camelot
, MLC Fall Musical
, MLC Auditorium, 2pm
GnomeMade Market, 11am-3pm

  • Vendors: Castle Crafts and Gifts, 205 N. Broadway St./New Ulm Armory - Grapevine Divas, 506 1st North St. - Hounds and Honeys, 1708 N. Garden St. - Lindbacken Artisans, 622 Center St./Lind House - Little Brick House on State, 400 N. State St. - The Needle House, 1422 N. Payne St. - New Ulm Community Market and Cooperative, 506 1st North St. - No. 213, 211 N. Minnesota St.

Christmas Open House & Tours, Schell's Brewery, 11am-5pm
Vendor Show
, Marktplatz Mall, 12-4pm

  • Vendors: LuLaRoe – Scentsy – LipSense – Homemade Rugs - Younique