A Guide to Summer Art Fairs and Festivals in Minneapolis
Here's your chance to see and discover the artistic side of Minneapolis and its neighborhoods.
*This summer the Stone Arch Bridge Festival will move to the west side of the Mississippi River.
The festival grounds will span the riverfront area on W. River Parkway from Portland Ave to N. 4th Avenue. This change has been made to accommodate the current COVID-19 government mandates and ongoing construction obstructions.
Saturday & Sunday, June 19th & 20th
Located at one of Minneapolis’ of the most scenic and iconic spots, the Stone Arch Bridge Festival is a weekend all about art and music. Here you’ll find 3 different stages with live music, 200+ local artists demonstrating and selling their creations, the Art of the Car show, Stone Arch Beer Sampler, and plenty of local food trucks to keep you going! They also have a family activities stage with performers and interactive theater so your kids will have a blast.
Check out what other fun things to do in the area during the Stone Arch Bridge Festival.
July 16th, 6pm-9pm
Come to the beautiful Lasalle Community Garden for a special art night. Bring a blank t-shirt, tote bag, hoodie, etc. and create a custom RHA20 piece! Learn to screen-print and create a one-of-a-kind piece of wearable art!
Celebrate dozens of local artists at the Minnahaha Falls Art Fair. Peruse a wide variety of mediums including paintings, ceramics, textiles, screen-printing, woodworking, photography, and more.
North Minneapolis takes the spotlight at this self-guided art crawl of pop-up galleries, live art performances, store front displays, murals and more. Put on by the West Broadway Business Area Coalition to celebrate this vibrant neighborhood and community, the crawl is a complete interactive experiences featuring art-making activities, dancing, and real-time art creations. And of course, food trucks and beer gardens will be readily available to keep the energy going. Enjoy a perfect summer day walking along West Broadway from the Mississippi River to Penn Ave. while discovering the talents of this North Minneapolis neighborhood.
Saturday July 31st, 10am-6pm
Sunday August 1st, 10am-5pm
“An urban oasis of art and culture,” the Loring Park Art Festival integrates creativity, artwork, visual expression and community for a brilliant event that more than meets our summer standards. The weekend offers participating artists from around the country a chance to exhibit their work while attendees have the opportunity to connect, chat and purchase their favorite pieces. Held in Loring Park, a charming residential area and greenspace just south of downtown, you’ll find yourself reveling in live music, mouth-watering food, and games and activities for all ages. Oh, and a lot of art! Plus there’s a beer garden – because we just can’t seem to say no to the words “craft beer” here. You’re one of the few who actually can say no to craft beer? Try a local soda or kombucha for your fizzy drink fix.
*Due to events related to COVID-19, the Festival will primarily be online with opportunities for In-Person Independently Produced shows.
Minnesota Fringe connects adventurous artists with adventurous audiences by creating open, supportive forums for free and diverse artistic expression. Through their summer festivals and dynamic year-round programming, Minnesota Fringe is an artistic disruptor for local and national artists — to take bold risks, develop new ideas, and hoist themselves to the next rung of their artistic ladder.
As the producer of the largest performing arts festival in the Midwest for 25 years, Minnesota's annual Fringe Festival event fills nearly 50,000 seats with audiences viewing dozens of works at hundreds of performances by more than 1,000 artists on a variety of stages in late summer. Fringe also produces the Minnesota Family Fringe with multi-generational productions for kids and families interested in new and adventurous work. Find your favorites or explore something new on their show list!
One of the most popular and well-known displays of art in Minneapolis, the Uptown Art Fair hosts more than 350 artists on Hennepin and Lake. Find art from all around the world by artists whose work run the gamut, including sculpture, painting, ceramic, jewelry and more. While you’re there you can also check out the youth art fair, which gives young artists a chance to showcase their talent. One of the most unique events is the Culinary Competition, where local chefs go head-to-head to create the most awe-inspiring visual dishes – definitely some Instagram-worthy plates here. If you find yourself hungry or thirsty after all that, 25 different food vendors and several beer gardens are available to take care of those cravings.
August 12th-14th, 2021
The Mpls Downtown Improvement District and Hennepin Theatre Trust will be hosting the first annual Downtown Minneapolis Street Art Festival. This new signature downtown art experience will celebrate street art in all its forms. The Festival is free and brings together artists from the worlds of visual, performing, craft and food arts and unleashes them together for the first time onto the streets of downtown for all to enjoy. Festival-goers will relish in several arts-centered experiences, including chalk art installations, a short film showcase, several live performances, and an outdoor craft market. Additionally, there will be food and beverage vendors on-site to fuel the fun.