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Uptown Art Fair

Aug. 4
12-8 p.m.
Aug. 5
10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Aug. 6
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Art, Family Events, Festivals, Music

Yes, the crowds can cause irritable congestion; with some 40,000 visitors the Uptown Art Fair is second only to the Minnesota State Fair in terms of overall attendance. And yes, the displayed works can vary wildly in terms of aptitude and originality. But such a wide range is exactly what makes the fair so fascinating. Organized around 12 disciplines, the three-day event highlights an enormously diverse spectrum from over 350 contributing artists. Providing experience for aspiring artists, the Youth Art Fair in Calhoun Square turns the spotlight on works from those between the ages of 8 and 18, while edible inventiveness can be found at the Kitchen Window Culinary Arts Competition. Should the latter induce hunger, over 23 food vendors have enlisted to satisfy cravings, or attendees can opt for the liquid refreshments at the Indeed Brewing-sponsored beer gardens. Meanwhile, the festival’s sister event, Powderhorn Art Fair, will offer a variety of art to peruse as well. For more info, visit


Produced by the Uptown Association, the 54th edition of the Uptown Art Fair will take place August 4-6 and will feature 350 professional artists, 70 youth artists, 18 musical performers, a culinary competition, family activities and demonstrations and a large variety of food vendors. Ranked the #1 art show in Minnesota, the three day event is a nationally recognized fine arts festival attracting more than 375,000 people throughout the weekend.

Metro Transit offers free rides through its Art Pass at  A complimentary bike valet service is available at the intersection of Humboldt Avenue and The Mall.  

Find more information at or on Facebook at Uptown Art Fair “Official” or Twitter at @UptownArtFair.