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.
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, it will feature over 300 artists of all ages at 35 different locations. The crawl is a complete interactive experience 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 27th, 10am-6pm
Sunday July 28th, 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.
Thursday August 1 - Sunday, August 11
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!
Friday August 2, 12:00pm–8:00pm
Saturday August 3, 10:00am–8:00pm
Sunday, August 4, 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(link). 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.
Saturday August 3rd, 10am-6pm
Sunday August 4th, 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.
Thursday August 15th, various times
Friday August 16th, 9am - 9pm
Saturday August 17th, 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 21 & 22, 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.