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Things to do this week: Uptown Art Fair, Union Depot Food Truck Festival, ’Wicked,’ and more
Uptown Art Fair


Annual Art Fair 

What: Uptown Art Fair
When: Aug. 5-7
Where: Intersection of West Lake Street and Hennepin Avenue

This popular juried fine arts festivals is one of the best in the Midwest featuring booths of artists, food, and live entertainment. 

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Broadway Musical 

What: “Wicked”
When: Through Aug. 28
Where: Orpheum Theatre, 910 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

What happened in the Land of Oz before Dorothy arrived? This Broadway smash tells the origin story of the two witches, one good and one … bad? 


Meet a Mermaid 

What: Mermaids at SEA LIFE
When: Aug. 1, 4, and 5 
Where: Sea Life at Mall of America, 120 E. Broadway Ave., Bloomington

Watch as mermaids swim among thousands of sea creatures in a 300-foot ocean tunnel and take a photo with a mermaid after on land. 

Food Truck Festival 

What: The 6th Annual St. Paul Food Truck Festival
When: Aug. 6, 11 a.m.– 9 p.m.
Where: Union Depot Lot C, 390 E. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul 

Enjoy unique street eats with global flavors from more than 45 food trucks ranging from Spanish paella to New Zealand meat pies to Maine lobster rolls. Beers on tap and other beverage options will also be on the menu. The festival will have local bands, vintage records, photo booths, clothing, henna tattoo artists, and a psychic tarot reader as well.   

Musical Production

What: ‘Shrek the Musical’
When: Daily through Aug. 14
Where: Bloomington Center for the Arts, 1800 W. Old Shakopee Rd. 

Based on the Academy Award-winning animated film, “Shrek the Musical” features everyone’s favorite green ogre that explores love and friendship. 


Touring Earth Sculpture 

What: Gaia Touring Installation
When: Daily through Aug. 14, 10 a.m.- 10 p.m.
Where: Bell Museum, 2088 Larpenteur Ave. W., St. Paul 

This installation by United Kingdom artist Luke Jerram features an internally lit sculpture of the Earth and imagery from NASA’s Visible Earth project. The 23-foot sculpture presents the Earth at a scale 1.8 million times smaller than its true size. 

Circus Performances 

What: Circus Juventas’ “Confetti”
When: Through Aug. 14
Where: 1270 Montreal Ave., St. Paul 

The annual performance this year starts with the ringmaster closing the final Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus show, and then the performers embark on an odyssey flying through the greatest moments of circus history with the aid of a Zoltar. 

Art Exhibit

What: The Visual Voice of Autism
When: Through Sept. 11
Where: Bloomington Center for the Arts, 1800 W. Old Shakopee Rd., Bloomington

Experience the opening of Harrison Halker Heinks’ art exhibit that explores reflective surfaces in photography to show viewers what it is like to live with autism. This collection’s purpose is to represent those with autism and Heinks himself, as he includes a few self-portraits.