A Weekend of Festivals in Minneapolis

From festivals to classes, gallery openings, and live demonstrations, Minneapolis covers it all in its thriving art scene. You can’t go a weekend without having access to multiple events that will keep your creative juices flowing. Even if you don’t consider yourself a Picasso, you might be surprised at how calming it can be to simply create. If you’re pining for inspiration, consider top events to peak your interest and inspire your inner artist:


FLOW Northside Arts Crawl (Thursday, July 27 – Saturday, July 29) – It’s been an annual event for over a decade, inviting the public to take a self-guided tour through some of the city’s art studios and galleries. In addition to the many exhibits and installations on display, there will be ticketed events, a farmers market, plus a block party celebration.


Loaded at Hair and Nails Gallery (Thursday, July 27) – Yes, it sounds like a salon, but it’s really an art space that will feature a Thursday solo-exhibit from Finnish artist Mari Mathlin. Stop by for the opening reception or swing by later on; work will remain on display until August 14.


Rethinking Public Spaces: Juxtaposition Arts (Saturday, July 29) – As a stop on the FLOW art crawl, you won’t want to miss the unveiling of the newly completed mural at the Soap Factory. Juxtaposition Arts is youth development organization inspiring youth in the Northeast Minneapolis community to enter the creative workforce.


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Weekend Happenings


Head to Loring Park for even more artistic inspiration. Take the Metro Transit Bus for free to the event and peruse the 140+ artists who will be displaying and selling their work. Whether you’re looking for a new piece for your home or a gift for someone else, there’s bound to be something to catch your eye; plus, while strolling, you’ll enjoy live music and various activities planned throughout the festival. And don’t forget about all the food! Habanero Tacos, Hometown Creamery, Anchor Fish & Chips, and KCM Egg Rolls are but a few of the places to nosh throughout both days of the festival.


For art of a different kind, explore the craftsmanship and beauty of classic cars, motorcycles, and watercraft at 10,000 Lakes Concours D’Elegance. It’s a great event for any car enthusiast or for those who simply appreciate the nostalgia of vintage vehicles. Enjoy an afternoon at Lake Minnetonka with fine food, musical entertainment, and rows and rows of rare and valuable motor vehicles.


Summer still has plenty of life left in it, so be sure to make the most of the sunny days and slower times that accompany the season.



Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up.

-Pablo Picasso



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