The only place you can get necklaces made of bones or creepy vintage dolls.
If you love the weird and wonderful, the misfits and macabre, and enjoy supporting local and national artists, this is an expo you won’t want to miss. Calling back to the days of traveling circuses and freak shows is the Oddities & Curiosities Expo, the first and original traveling Oddities event.
This quirky expo is traveling across the country, stopping in cities like Dallas, Knoxville, Austin, and of course, Minneapolis. Whether you’re hunting for taxidermy, preserved specimens, original artwork, antiques, handcrafted oddities, or jewelry made of skulls/bones, this expo has got everything you could think of (and probably a lot of things so strange they never crossed your mind before). Better yet, the expo hand-selects each of their vendors with the promise to highlight the most bizarre and sustainably-sourced items and artwork they can find.
The Oddities & Curiosities Expo is more than just an expo though. It’s a community that brings together like-minded people in a safe space where you its easy to make friends and support artists. You can embrace your unique sense of identity at this expo as well, as it encourages quirky dressing and costumes. Now’s the perfect chance to whip out those Halloween costumes you may not have had a chance to enjoy in person last Halloween.
For people who have always wanted to try their hand at taxidermy, good news! The expo also runs a taxidermy class in every city, hosted by Heather Clark. If you’re interested, join an intensive class titled ‘Jackalope Taxidermy’ which supplies guests with all the materials they need in the $200 ticket.
The expo itself–and all its amazing oddities–runs at $10 (kids 12 and under are free) and lasts from 10am-6pm for eight glorious hours of treasure hunting. Get lost in aisles upon aisles of hand-crafted trinkets and artwork amongst a bunch of wonderfully weird artists and new friends–all while keeping 6 feet apart of course.
The expo is taking all safety precautions it can. Masks are required, as well as social distancing, with all rules enforced by the security there to keep everyone safe.
When: Saturday, May 22nd at 10am-6pm
Where: Minneapolis Convention Center, Hall E
featured image by Kyle Wood Photo