A Guide to Summer Art Fairs and Festivals in Minneapolis

Here's your chance to see and discover the artistic side of Minneapolis and it’s neighborhoods.

May

Art-A-Whirl 

*Due to events related to COVID-19, Art-A-Whirl will be going virtual this year.

Friday May 15th, 5pm-10pm
Saturday May 16th, Noon-8pm
Sunday May 17th, Noon-5pm

Celebrate the thriving art scene in the Northeast neighborhood of Minneapolis with this 3-day festival. Featuring 650 artists at more than 50 locations, this is your chance to mingle and meet local artists. This event is the largest of its kind in the country and includes opportunities to see and buy art from all types of different artists including painters, jewelers, photographers, and woodcarvers. Local Northeast Neighborhood business also like to get in on the act too by hosting unique events and art installations. See our recommendations for things to do at Art-A-Whirl.

Check out what else there is to do in Northeast Minneapolis!

June

Stone Arch Bridge Festival

*Due to events related to COVID-19 the Stone Arch Bridge Festival has been Postponed to September 25-27.

Friday June 19th, Kick-off Concert, 5pm-10pm
Saturday June 20th, 10am-10pm
Sunday June 21st, 10am-5pm

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

Minnehaha Falls Art Fair 

*Due to events related to COVID-19, the Minnehaha Falls Art Fair has been cancelled.

Friday, July 17th - Sunday, July 19th

Celebrate dozens of local artists at the 1st annual Minnahaha Falls Art Fair. Peruse a wide variety of mediums including paintings, ceramics, textiles, screen-printing, woodworking, photography, and more.

Loring Park Art Festival 

*Due to events related to COVID-19, the Loring Park Art Festival has been cancelled.

Saturday July 25th, 10am-6pm
Sunday July 26th, 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.

Check out what else there is to do in Loring Park!

Minnesota Fringe Festival 

*Due to events related to COVID-19, the Minnesota Fringe Festival is cancelled this year.

Thursday, July 30 - Sunday, August 9

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!

See how to get around and our picks for shows and things to do during Fringe Fest!

August

Powderhorn Art Fair 

*Due to events related to COVID-19, the Powderhorn Art Fair will be going virtual this year.

Saturday August 1st, 10am-6pm
Sunday August 2nd, 10am-5pm


Over 200 artists from 26 states and 216 cities, more than 20 food vendors and nearly 20,000 attendees: welcome to the Powerhorn Art Fair! Shop the works of hundreds of local and regional artists while filling up on the finest our food trucks have to offer. New and returning art demos, both a community and youth showcase and activities for all ages round out this summer experience - and did we mention food? We’re pretty into food here. Sweet or savory, take your pick. Located in Powderhorn Park, a pleasant city retreat in the heart of South Minneapolis, we’ve got to say… it’s a pretty fantastic way to spend all or part of your summer day.

Uptown Art Fair

Friday August 7th, 12:00pm–8:00pm
Saturday August 8th, 10:00am–8:00pm
Sunday, August 9th, 10:00am–5:00pm

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.

Check out what else there is to do in Uptown!

Downtown Minneapolis Street Art Festival

Thursday August 13th, various times
Friday August 14th, 9am - 9pm
Saturday August 15th, 9am - 9pm

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.  

September

LoLa Art Crawl 

*Due to events related to COVID-19, the LoLa Art Crawl will be cancelled this year.

September 19 & 20, 10am - 5pm

Join the Longfellow neighborhood in their 9th annual Art Crawl. LoLa encourages you to get up close and personal with artists and makers who live in the Longfellow neighborhood. Over 100 artists will be displaying their art at just under 60 different sites around the area, including artists own homes, unique independent shops, cafes, and bistros. It’s a self-guided tour through the neighborhood, so immerse yourself into the area and don't be afraid of getting lost.