Wear your kneepads: St. Paul art crawl is this weekend

This weekend St. Paul gets creative with its annual art crawl. One of the largest of its kind, over 250 art studios and galleries will open their doors, giving live art demonstrations, theater performances, food and wine tastings, and music.

Once housed in only the downtown and lowertown regions of St. Paul, this year the event has expanded to include other St. Paul nooks, including spaces along Grand Ave., Selby, the former Arts Off Raymond area (near University and 280), and even Harriet Island.

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Looking to hang in one area of town rather than trying to hop the whole festival? Lowertown is offering some promising events most days. The Black Dog Café (Prince Street and Broadway) will have live music and theater, as well as outdoor DJ sets, stilt walkers, and fire dancers. The Cosmopolitan Building (Wacouta and Sixth) will have readings, including Rollergirl and poet Cynthia French. Lowertown Wine and Spirits (Prince and Wacouta) will live music and wine tastings.

The St. Paul Art Crawl kicks off Friday evening from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., with event running Saturday from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 pm. Free busing between buildings will be available at designated locations. For more information, call the hotline at 651.292.4373 or check out www.artcrawl.org for makes and schedules.

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