It's that time of year again. When the heat rises and folks from the cities, the suburbs, and beyond come to downtown and south Minneapolis in search of art. As usual, they will find this at three enormous art festivals this weekend. The Uptown Art Fair is the biggest of the trio, with over 350 artists from around the world taking over Hennepin Avenue from 28th to 31st , as well as some side streets, for three days. There will be lots to do here in addition to the art, such as cooking demonstrations, competitions, a beer and wine garden, live music, and family activities. Meanwhile, the Loring Park Art Festival isn't doing too shabby either, offering two days with over 140 artists, strolling musicians, food, and performances. New this year will be Shakespeare in the park by Minnesota SkyVault, live art creation from local talents, and the opportunity for folks to make their own art to take home. Finally, Powderhorn Art Fair is still a delight, with over 180 artists by the lake. Distinct from the other two fairs is Powderhorn's community showcase, featuring work from local artists and even quite a few from the neighborhood. All three events are free. The Uptown Art Fair's (uptownartfair.com) hours are noon to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Powderhorn Art Fair (www.powderhornartfair.com) and Loring Park Art Festival's (loringparkartfestival.com) hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Fri., Aug. 1, 12-8 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 2, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 2014