Best Festival (Summer)
Red Hot Art
While the big summertime art festivals are certainly popular, they're rarely a Twin Cities event. Often the booths are too pricey for local artists, pushing them out of participating. This is not the case at Red Hot Art Fest. The event, which traditionally takes place over two days in July, showcases around 200 up-and-coming local artists each year, thanks to no application fee and affordable space rental (got $40? Then you're in!). Located in Stevens Square Park, the event has a community-friendly feel, with many festival-goers biking, busing, or simply walking to the fun. A few dozen bands usually take the stage to play sets in the afternoons and evenings, and Twin Cities food trucks stop by to feed the crowds. It's obvious Red Hot Art is doing something right — the festival will be celebrating its 15th year in 2016.