Calhoun Square to host Coffee Festival

Noticing a chill in the air? Don’t let it get to you — warm up at Calhoun Square’s 18th Annual Coffee Festival. For $9, visitors will get the chance to sample hot drinks and sweet treats from more than 20 local and national retailers.

The admission fee includes a commemorative mug and access to all of the Coffee Festival’s unique “caffeinated entertainment” attractions, which include caricatures, fortunes read in coffee beans, live acoustic music, improvisational comedy shows by ComedySportz and performances by Cuban musicians and dancers.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17 at Calhoun Square on the corner of Hennepin Avenue and Lake Street. The first 1,000 people to arrive at the festival will receive a $5 discount for use at participating retailers, and all attendees will be eligible for prize drawings and special offers throughout the day. Coming early is encouraged, since the event drew more than 1,500 java-loving Twin Cities residents last year.

Proceeds from the Coffee Festival this year will benefit Clare Housing, an organization that provides affordable housing and services to people living with HIV/AIDS in the Twin Cities, as well as the Joyce Emergency Food Shelf, which offers food and develops programs to encourage growth and sustainability among underprivileged people living in the southwest Minneapolis area. More information can be found at www.calhounsquare.com.