The Vikings play in Dallas this weekend, which leaves U.S. Bank Stadium free for counter programming.

Enter Minneapolis Holiday Boutique, which has taken over the field and part of the concourse for 300 vendors and artisans.

The event, in its fourth year, is expected to draw about 28,000 visitors, as the season for holiday shopping events, artisan and craft fairs is heating up.

Vendors, most of them from Minnesota, will be selling accessories, home decor, jewelry, kids items, apparel for men, women and kids, pet supplies, seasonal, travel and food and drink.

St. Louis Park-based fashion designer Christopher Straub returns to the show with an area showcasing holiday fashions with a runway challenge. Straub's creations made from vendor products will be featured.

The Midwest Artisan area offers locally made custom gifts and home accessories such as candles, candy, shirts and soaps.

Entertainment features live music, Twin Cities Pet Rescue cat and dog adoption, and selfies with Twin Cities firefighters who posed for the annual calendar to benefit charity. Go to for a schedule of events.

Holiday Boutique was launched by Marketplace Events in 2015 in Kansas City. A Minneapolis show was added in 2016. Since then, the number of vendors has increased more than 30%. Marketplace also produces the Minneapolis Home + Garden Show.

The gift-shopping event runs from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.