Now in its 24th year, Art-A-Whirl is the biggest open-studio festival in the nation. Over three days, artists, galleries, and even dining establishments will host a variety of happenings showcasing the talented creatives living, working, and doing business in northeast Minneapolis. You could easily kill a day wandering through a larger studio building like Northrup King, or make your way to some of the smaller gallery spaces scattered throughout the area. In addition to art, demonstrations, and receptions, many venues will also host a variety of hands-on fun. That includes Casket Arts, which will have a bicycle scramble, marching band sprints, and a giant slide in its parking lot. Indeed Brewing will have Chuck U painting a giant mural as revelers try special beer releases. The Food Building will mix art with eats, as there will be plenty of free sampling. Other happenings include neon glass blowing, live printmaking, and a variety of classes, workshops, and take-home crafts. Travel options this weekend are bountiful, too: MetroTransit will give free rides to those who download passes from the event site, and three free trolleys will make their way through a few key areas. Find all the crucial details at nemaa.org.