Edit ModuleShow Tags

Give Art A Whirl, and Explore Northeast


Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association

Art inspires. Art builds connections. Provokes. Promotes creativity. Art matters.

These are the themes that the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association is using to promote its popular annual event: Art-A-Whirl. If you’ve never been, a whirlwind is a good way to describe it.

For 19 years NEMAA has been inspiring visitors with what has now become the largest weekend-long open studio tour in the country. More than 500 NEMAA members will be displaying their work and demonstrating their craft at more than 60 locations throughout Northeast Minneapolis, which include studio buildings, homes, storefronts, galleries, businesses and restaurants. More than 30,000 visitors are expected to attend.

As for building connections, Art-A-Whirl provides an opportunity to not only see plenty of wonderful art, but also a chance to tour private artist studios and speak with the artists themselves abut their craft and technique. Of course you will be able to buy art directly from the artists themselves, too.

So set aside some time on your schedules next weekend:

Art-A-Whirl Dates and Hours:
Friday, May 16, 5:00-10:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 17, Noon-8:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 18, Noon-5:00 p.m.

The weekend’s events are free, and so is the Metro Transit Pass to make the trip. Pick up your Artist Directory and Guide before you map your route. Be sure to check out some of our magazine’s favorite up-and-comers as well.

P.S. If you are out and about that weekend, you may also want to stop by Minnesota Monthly's summer backyard cuisine kickoff event: GrillFest!

Edit ModuleShow Tags

About This Blog

Whether you are a seasoned Twin Cities traveler or planning your first trip to Minnesota, this blog will introduce you to many new adventures to add to your itinerary. From day trips and scenic discoveries to luxurious girls weekends, travel tips, and insider scoops, our editors will give you all the information you need to enjoy your stay Up North.

Learn about the contributing writers.

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Travel Blog

Record Store Day: Where to Find Rare Releases in MN

On April 21, rock out at mini-music festivals around the state, dig into gourmet donuts, and collect the rare vinyls available one time a year

Catch the Lyrids Meteor Shower

The meteor shower peaks April 21 and 22, just in time for Earth Day

A Day Trip to Excelsior

Just 20 miles west of the Twin Cities, this waterfront town is complete with charming shops and lakeside dining

Night Art Gallery Is Your Sober Night Out

The Lindstrom art gallery entertains with hors d'oeuvres, tons of art available for purchase, and non-alcholic drinks

Weekend Activities to Satisfy Your Inner-Child

Check out these weekend activities that will have you feeling like a kid again.

Sue Z.'s Charitable Check-In: April

Sue Z.'s picks for philanthropic food events in April will have you supporting women chefs, sipping crafty cocktails, and celebrating Cookie Cart's 30th birthday

A Day Trip to Waconia

Enjoy great views, dining, and craft beverage destinations in this West Metro lakeside town

11 Easter Egg Hunts: From Flashlights to Geocaching

Yes, there's an annual adults-only Easter egg hunt in Rochester—and another for dogs, and another with geocaching, and another that drops them out of the sky. Check out more of the best egg hunts around Minnesota.

Rock Climbing in Minnesota

Rock on this spring at climbing gyms and favorite outdoor spots around Minnesota

5 Natural Wonders in Minnesota

Mother Nature takes the best selfies

Bad Axe Throwing Opens Minneapolis Location

Axe throwing makes its debut in Northeast Minneapolis—and it's not as dangerous as it sounds

Visit Award-Winning Minnesota Distilleries

Tattersall Distilling, J. Carver Distillery, and RockFilter Distillery are all worth the trip

Sue Z.'s Charitable Check-In: March

Sue Z. picks Cochon555 as her philanthropic food event this month

5 Must-See Minnesota Public Gardens

Visiting these botanical wonders are sure to make your daisy
Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags