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This is Minneapolis' biggest and best of the summer art fairs. It's been an institution since 1964 and the primary revenue-raiser for civic projects in the Uptown community. With around 450 exhibitors, it's an art-lover's heaven encompassing every medium you can think of - clay, paint, metal, fiber, wood, film and more. What you won't find is a crocheted cover for your toaster. Nope. This is a carefully juried exhibition/sale and one of the top ten fine art festivals in the US.
Even if you can't afford that drop-dead gorgeous raku vase, it's fun just to cruise the booths and drool. There are also vendors for food and drink, some free sampling, and Uptown bars, coffeeshops and restaurants are just steps away.
It's FREE, usually the first weekend in August (Fri - Sun) and an outdoor event so it can be VERY hot and VERY crowded (attendance runs around 300,000). Bring sunsceen and wear cool, comfortable clothes! Try to be there first thing in the morning, even before opening hours, for best parking (side street or maybe the Calhoun Square ramp) and avoiding the worst of the masses. This is also not a good event for kids so give it a skip if you have wee ones along - they'd be bored and unhappy.
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