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Rock while you shop at Cherrywood Art Fair, Hotel Vegas Vintage Mall

Deborah Sengupta

Editor’s note: This article was originally published December 5, 2013

If you’re anything like your hard-working, occasionally flighty Team 360 staff, there’s a good chance you shared the same post-Thanksgiving panic attack we did.

Oh hey, Christmas, what’s that? You’re less than four weeks away? Well, crap.

As the normal holiday shopping marathon has been compressed into a sprint, we who live in Austin can at least take solace in the fact that there are multiple events around town that can save the agony of a trip to the mall. Our events producer, Virginia Yapp, did a great job rounding up Austin’s craft markets, for your indie, artsy shopping pleasure last week. A couple events happening this weekend are worth highlighting for incorporating a live music component to amp up the festivity and transform your shopping slog into rockin’ gifting extravaganza.

First off, Cherrywood Art Fair, now in its twelfth year, bills itself as ‘East Austin’s longest running art fair.’ The event, which takes place Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Maplewood Elementary School, features music on two stages starting at 11 a.m. each day. Highlights include Money Chicha, the new psychedelic cumbia project anchored by current and former members of Grupo Fantasma and Brownout, and singer-songwriters Troy Campbell and Colin Gilmore. There will also be a Teen Power showcase featuring 13-yr-old pop wunderkind Grace London, who filmed an exclusive video with us during ACL Fest, The Painted Redstarts, a band founded by Jon Dee Graham’s son William Harries and a Girls Rock Camp showcase.

While we’re a little bit dubious about fair publicists’ promise of “a nice warm tent” for the outside stage, a good portion of the event takes place inside the school. 89 artists will be peddling their wares with everything from fine art to fashion and jewelry on display. Full list of artists is available here. There will be no alcohol onsite, but food and drink trucks will be available. The event is free and it benefits Chula League, a organization that provides art mentoring to East Austin schoolchildren. More information.

If you prefer your shopping later at night and with wallet-loosening booze, you might want to check out American Icon Rock N Roll Mall-Vintage Clothing Flea Market-Xmas Shopping Bizarre going down at Hotel Vegas. The event kicks off at 7 p.m. and features a lineup of East Sixth rockers headlined by metal thrashers Dixie Witch and The Well. Twelve vintage shops will be on site peddling plenty of snazzy polyester duds, ironic art and retro artifacts. Cover for the event is $7. More information.