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.
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!
Where can you find hundreds of Artists, Makers, and Creatives under One Enormous Roof? At the Northrup King Building during the special Summer Sizzle event! They are flinging the studio doors wide, and sharing the newest and hottest work with you during this 10 hour event at the Midwest's Largest Art Complex. Find jewelry, art, paintings, ceramics, glass, textiles, fiber, wearable art, photography, lighting, furniture, sculpture, mixed media, and more!
With four floors, elevators, plenty of free parking, and food trucks featuring good eats and cold treats, this is a unique summer event not to be missed.
August 7 & 8, 2021
This free celebration of LynLake’s art scene will feature over 60 local and nationally acclaimed muralists, live performances and lighting displays, local food and drink specials, and more.
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.
September 18 & 19, 10am - 4pm
In 2021, LoLa is hosting a LoLa Artist’s weekend! LoLa encourages you to get up close and personal with artists and makers who live in the Longfellow neighborhood. Over 60 artists will be displaying their art at 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.