Enjoy The Uptown Art Fair

First Thursdays are upon us again, and if you haven’t had a chance to attend before now, reserve some time on your calendar between 5:00 and 9:00 PM on August 3rd. It’s free, open to the public, and includes studio stops such as 1101 Building, Casket Arts Building, Grain Belt Studios, and Thorp Building along the way.


In addition to the great artists, sculptors, and painters you’ll see during this monthly event, there’s food to consider as well and delicious bites available at The 1029 Bar. With a focus on Southern fare, go for the Shrimp Po Boy or the Bacon Mac to fill up before or after heading out to explore.


Able Seedhouse & Brewery is also a popular spot in the Northeast neighborhood. While this is generally a place to stop by for a beer rather than a full meal, Kabomelette food truck will be on site on Thursday to serve up, you guessed it, kebobs and omelets. If it sounds strange, then it’s probably the kind of pairing you’ll have to see (and taste) to believe.


If you’re simply in the mood for some English pub fare, The Anchor Fish & Chips is your best bet. Of course, their namesake is favorite and must-try, but they also feature poutine, shepherd’s pie, and burgers to feed your pre- or post-art crawl appetite.


Make a night of it when it comes to the first Thursday of the month. Between the art, food, and miscellaneous entertainment, no two times can ever quite be the same.


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Weekend Happenings


Uptown Art Fair also makes it way to Minneapolis this weekend. Beginning Friday and running through Sunday, expect family-friendly fun, food, music, entertainment, and oh yes, plenty of art. The great thing about this community is that you can go to art festivals and events every weekend and still not see it all. There is always something new emerging with new experiences to uncover.


Between days spent at the art fair, take a break and head to Square Lake Film & Music Festival on Saturday. Enjoy music and movies from local musicians and filmmakers at this annual, outdoor event. For biking enthusiasts, get a discount on your ticket if you purchase it in advance. It beats traffic and gives you an excuse to exercise in the great outdoors; plus, it’s less expensive than some alternatives. The festival’s site even claims that since its 2009 inception, approximately half of the attendees have biked every year. Join the tradition and bike on!



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