Art fair tripleheader: Our guide to the Uptown, Loring Park, and Powderhorn art fairs

Categories: Art
Photo by Sher Stoneman
​Hold on to your seats Minneapolis, because the mother of all art fair weekends is lifting off as we speak. The biggest and probably most well known is the Uptown Art Fair, but that's not all that is in store for art lovers over the next few days. The Loring Park Art Festival and Powederhorn Art Fair will be rocking and rolling as well. 

A three-in-one weekend may seem a tad overwhelming, so here are a few tips on what not to miss. Metro-Transit is getting in on the action too, with free bus rides on their Art Hop. Nice Ride Minnesota will be hosting a free bike valet at some of the events too.

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Uptown Art Fair
(Friday noon to 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 6  p.m.)

The granddaddy of them all, this event is swarming with oodles of accomplished, international artists of all trades that bring in millions each year at the fair. But don't let the sea of people steer you away. There's plenty worth checking out, especially the local-celebrity auction to raise money for the Keys 4/4 Kids charity. Hometown talents Christopher Straub (Project Runway), Solid Gold, and Bee Vang (Gran Torino) painted original piano desks that will be up for bidding. Under the same Keys 4/4 Kids tent, you can watch as entire pianos get painted and donated to schools in the Uptown area.

Photo by Sher Stoneman
Loring Park Art Festival
(Sat 10 a.m. to 6, Sunday 10 a.m. to 5  p.m.)

Approximately 140 artists will take part in this modest and sophisticated juried festival. Between the high-level visual art booths, wandering musicians, and continuous stage performances, this event is said to have something for everyone. Set in the beautiful landscape of Loring Park, it's a calming place to stroll through art. But don't get too relaxed because you won't want to miss the live action chainsaw carving show by Curtis Ingvoldstad and Ross Olsen. The local artists transform chunks of giant white pine into modern art with chainsaws, grinders, and spray paint. You'll find them grinding away on the hill near the art hop bus stop on Saturday and Sunday.


Painting by Carol Swan

Powderhorn Art Fair

(Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 5  p.m.)

Last, but certainly not least, the Powderhorn Art Fair is celebrating their 19th annual event where art and community come together to help support the park's initiatives. Money raised from the exhibition will go towards programs like a new teen center, photography lab, and a recording studio. Lined around the charming Powderhorn Lake, 180 artists will display their works in all media, like talented local artist and painter Carol Swan. By using her intuition, Swan is able to create wonderfully bright and inspirational artwork based on unblocking energy and creating balance, and some even with a 3D effect. With other painters, photographers, mixed media artists and more gathered around the lake too, the atmosphere is eclectic and welcoming, surely worthwhile.

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