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Summer Art Fairs in Minneapolis

This blog post was updated on August 11, 2021.

The sun is finally shining here in Minneapolis, and I even saw a couple of “Minneapolitans” sporting shorts the other day.


That means summer is right around the corner. Perhaps because we stay cooped up all winter long, residents of the state of 10,000 lakes tend to get a bit manic in the spring and summer months.


One of our favorite ways to pass the time is at one of the various outdoor art and craft fairs that take place throughout the state.


Some of the largest happen right in the heart of Minneapolis on what is known as “art fair weekend”(officially Minneapolis Arts Weekend) on August 6-7, 2011, when artists from around the country come to the Twin Cities to show and sell their creations. What better time to plan a trip to Minneapolis?


Powderhorn Park Art Fair: Head to this 66-acre urban park to browse the wares of over 200 artists in varied disciplines and styles. Food trucks featuring organic goodies provide sustenance for browsing, socializing and shopping. (More info:


Loring Park Art Fair: Quite a bit smaller than Powerhorn,  Loring Park is located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis. After checking out the creations of 140 artists in a variety of media (including painting, photography, printmaking, handmade paper, wood, jewelry, sculpture, fiber, mixed media and glass), grab a snack from one of the food vendors or try one of the excellent eateries that circle the park. If you still haven’t had your fill of art, head across the street to the world-renowned Walker Art Center.


Metris Uptown Art Fair: During the weekend of August 6-7, the streets of Minneapolis’ Uptown area will be lined with over 200 artists’ booths as crowds of fair-goers slowly meander down Hennepin Avenue and Lake Street. As with the Loring Park area, there are loads of great restaurants in Uptown if you need a reprieve from the heat and crowds. (More info:

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