TC Weekend | Uptown, Loring Park & Powderhorn Art Festivals and much more!

Art enthusiasts will be pleased with the slew of art festivals in Minneapolis this first weekend of August. The Minnesota Fringe Festival is starting, as well as a host of other engaging events around town. See this weekend's lively roster below.

Let us know how will you spend this busy weekend by sending your photos, tweets, comments to editor [at] tcdailyplanet [dot] net or tag them with #tcdpic and we'll add them to the Storify over the weekend.  If you know of an event fit for TC Weekend, use our calendar to upload the event or send an email to tcweekend [at] tcdailyplanet [dot] net


Meat & Greet on Penn Avenue, August 1

Grill, chill and socialize while listening to live music and poetry at Meat and Greet on Penn Avenue in north Minneapolis. The gatherings are hosted by AZ Tek and Johnny Books, and will take place every Friday in August. Go here for more details.

Penn Avenue North and Broadway Avenue West

7 p.m. - 1 a.m.



Minnesota Fringe Festival, August 1 – 10  

The Minnesota Fringe Festival kicks off this week, featuring a smorgasbord for theater lovers! The 169 shows run no longer than an hour and provide an opportunity for audiences to enjoy a wide range of theatrical experiences at 19 different venues. See our full Fringe coverage here.

Download a Metro Transit pass for a free ride to the festval both weekends.

Various theaters in Minneapolis; Go here to see the list of shows. 

$12 - $5  


Uptown Art Fair, August 1-3

The Uptown Art Fair is biggest art fair this weekend, and the second biggest event in the state behind the Minnesota State Fair. The fair features over 300 artists in forms ranging from sculpture and painting, to jewelry, ceramics, wood and more. Attendees can also enjoy live performance, food, and a youth art fair, among other festivities.

Download a Metro Transit ArtPass for a free ride to the fair (Aug 2-3)

Lake and Hennepin, Minneapolis

Fri: 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Sat: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Sun: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Afrifest, August 2

Come on out to the 8th Annual Afrifest Pan African Festival, a multi-cultural outdoor gathering featuring free BBQ, Kids Zone, games and plenty of community spirit!

Northview Jr. High School

5869 69th Avenue North, Brooklyn Park

12 p.m. - 9 p.m.








Really Really Free Market, August 2 

Spend an afternoon in the gift economy by stopping by the free market to give, receive and meet cool people! More details found here.

Minnehaha Free Space

3747 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis

2 p.m. – 4 p.m.



 Ice Cream, Peanut Butter and Jam, August 2

Bring a jar of peanut butter to Ice Cream, Peanut Butter and Jam, and receive free Izzy's ice cream! The event, a fundraiser held outside in Merriam Park, offers fun for the entire family, with entertainment from The Choo Choo Bob Band, DJ Snuggles, and more! Visit the Facebook page for more details.

Merriam Park

2000 Saint Anthony Ave, Saint Paul; 651-298-5766

12 p.m. - 9 p.m.





Northern Re-Spark, August 2

Northern Spark was set to light up Minneapolis with glowing art installations and projections on the night of June 14. But a massive rainfall that weekend dampened the fun. This weekend you are invited to the re-scheduled Take the Field project at Kix Field, with Nighttime Post and the Pedal Bear also making a return.

Kix Field, on the Greenway near 5th Ave; 612-879-0103

 9 p.m. - Midnight



Loring Park Art Festival, August 2-3

The Loring Park Art Festival, a juried two day event, showcases works from over 140 visual artists at the beautiful Loring Park location near downtown Minneapolis. In addition to art, attendees will enjoy live music from strolling musicians and stage performances, plus food and children’s activities. 

Download a Metro Transit ArtPass for a free ride to the festival

Loring Park

1382 Willow St. Minneapolis; 612-370-4929

Sat: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Sun: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.



Powderhorn Art Festival, August 2-3

Another big juried art fair takes place over at Powderhorn Park, which features 184 regional and national artists of various disciplines. Celebrating 23 years, the fair includes a Community Showcase and Group Exhibitors, which shines a light on local talent.

Download a Metro Transit ArtPass for a free ride to the fair

Powderhorn Park

3400 15th Ave S, Minneapolis; 612-767-3515

Sat: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Sun:  10 a.m. – 5 p.m.



Phillips Music Festival, August 3

The Phillips Musical Festival offers a full day of diverse music, local art, food, and a Phillips Neighborhood pow wow from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Also included this year are health and fitness exhibitions featuring Zumba, Afro-Brazilian Capoeira and Puerto Rican Bomba.

Phillips Community Center
2323 11th Ave S. Minneapolis

11 a.m. – 10 p.m.



7th Annual Caffetto Arts & Crafts Fair, August 3     

Want something more intimate? This Wedge community arts fair, featuring only forty artists, serves as a marked contrast to the bigger festivals this weekend.  If you don’t like huge crowds but love art, this fair might be more your speed. The fair will also offer tasty food from Anchor Fish & Chips food truck, and live music by Black Audience and Fergus Plinko, among others.

Caffetto Cafe & Gallery

708 W. 22nd St. S. Minneapolis; 612-872-0911

11 a.m. – 6 p.m. 






Red Stag Block Party In Cahoots, August 3 

The Red Stag Supper Club & The Growler invite you to Minneapolis’ First Collaboration Festival, In Cahoots, featuring eight Minnesota breweries. The breweries formed four teams to create four beers that attendees can vote on at the block party. A portion of the event's proceeds will be donated to the winning team’s charity of choice.

Red Stag Supperclub

509 1st Ave NE, Minneapolis

2 p.m. – 8 p.m.



Free Outdoor Music & Movies:

Music & Movies in the Park - Minneapolis

Rooftop Movie Night at Solera restaurant - Minneapolis

Music & Movies in the Park - Saint Paul


Updated 8/01/2014 4:40 p.m.

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(paigeelliott [at] tcdailyplanet [dot] net) Paige Elliott was born and raised in south Minneapolis. She currently works as an Editoral Assistant with the Daily Planet, with emphasis on visual storytelling.