Girl time

Grab all the ladies in your life for a day of fun and empowerment. The Gathering! Women of Color Expo is a chance for women to bond over entertainment, workshops and perhaps a little shopping. Throughout the weekend main stage entertainment includes a keynote address by actress Holly Robinson Peete and music by Sounds of Blackness with Ann Nesby, Deitrick Haddon and others. Fashion yourself in a new look with runway shows of the latest styles and trends as well as hair demonstrations. Young'uns will not be left out with a kids' corner that has activities and photo opportunities with Princess Presto and Super Why. (10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Av. S., Mpls.

Minneapolis Holiday Boutique

Shopping for the perfect gift for loved ones can be tricky. This shopping extravaganza makes the frustration of finding just the right item easy with more than 200 vendors that feature gifts for the those who love bling, fashion or handmade trinkets. Former Project Runway contestant Christopher Straub will be present with his line of fashion accessories and children's items. A Festival of Trees features uniquely decorated trees donated by local companies and civic groups. The trees will be auctioned off to benefit Coats for Kids. Friday and Saturday nights, leave the kids with a sitter for themed nights with music, cocktails and giveaways. (10 a.m.-9 p.m. today-Sat; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. $10-$12. U.S. Bank Stadium, 900 S. 5th St., Mpls..