Weekend Art Fairs: August 3-5

Uptown and Powderhorn Art Fairs hit Minneapolis

The summer season of Minnesota art festivals is winding down. Get your last-chance looks at this weekend’s art-tastic events.

Uptown Art Fair

The 55th annual Uptown Art Fair brings in 375,000 visitors and features an impressive lineup of 340 internationally recognized fine artists. From Hennepin Avenue to the Mall, the fair will boast a variety of original art in sculpture, drawing, glass, painting, jewelry, wood, ceramics, photography, mixed media, and more. This year, the spotlight shines on commemorative artist Brian Jensen—a Minnetrista painter and illustrator who crafted the official Uptown Art Fair print.

Along with the artist booths, special events and activities enhance the experience for all—kids, too. Celebrating its 14th year, the 2018 Youth Art Fair is a chance for students 8 to 18 to showcase (and even sell) their creative works. Combine that with live music, DJs, and more than 25 food vendors, beer, and wine selections, and you’ll always come out on top. But who will snag the win in their culinary arts and cocktail competitions? August 3, Noon-8 p.m., August 4, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., August 5, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. in Uptown Minneapolis (down West 29th Street and Hennepin Avenue)

Powderhorn Art Fair

The Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association presents more than 20 disciplines of original and fine art with a broad selection of sweet and savory noms that will round out a vibrant weekend experience. The fair highlights 193 artists from 26 states and nearly 200 cities from across the nation. Artists aside, the fair brings in a series of art demonstrations, group exhibitors, and service providers (we’re talking about massage booths). Don’t forget to show support to the next generation of upcoming artists at the Youth Showcase before you head out.

Nearly 18,000 attendees over a span of two days don’t lie: The Powderhorn Art Fair has been one of the best for nearly three decades. And if you’re still not sold, MetroTransit is offering downloadable passes for a free trip there and back. August 4, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and August 5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Powderhorn Park in south Minneapolis