Enjoy a sampling of activities for foodies, stargazers, art and music lovers, and outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy for the next two weeks from July 27- August 9.
Loring Park Arts Festival
July 29 – 30
Loring Park – 1382 Willow Street, Minneapolis
Since 2000, Loring Park Art Festival has combined creative expression and community connectedness to surprise and delight all who attend. With beautiful ponds and formal gardens, Loring Park makes an idyllic spot to celebrate art, music, food and entertainment for two days each summer in downtown Minneapolis. The event features 140 visual artists selling original work, with something for everyone. Visitors will encounter strolling musicians, scheduled stage performances, engaging children’s activities and adventurous culinary options. Admission is free. For more info, visit www.loringparkartfestival.com.
Minnesota Fringe Festival
August 3 – 13
Grain Belt Bottling House – 79 13th Avenue NE, Minneapolis
Minnesota Fringe connects adventurous artists with adventurous audiences by creating open, supportive forums for free and diverse artistic expression. The 30th annual festival, the 2023 edition of the Minnesota Fringe Festival will fill tens-of-thousands of seats with audiences viewing dozens of works at hundreds of performances by more than 1,000 artists on a variety of stages. For more info, visit minnesotafringe.org.
Lionel Richie and Earth, Wind and Fire
August 4 – 7:30 pm
Xcel Energy Center – 199 West Kellogg Boulevard, St. Paul
Legendary singer, songwriter and producer Lionel Richie has announced his 2023 Sing A Song All Night Long tour with very special guests and one of the best-selling bands of all time, Earth, Wind and Fire. The 20-city arena tour kicks off Friday, August 4 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. For more info, visit bit.ly/LionelRichieEWF.
Uptown Art Fair
August 4 – 6
Intersection of West Lake Street and Hennepin Avenue area, Minneapolis
The Uptown Art Fair, produced by the Uptown Association, is a juried fine arts festival with a reputation as one of the most exceptional art fairs in the United States. Through a rich history and constant innovation, the Uptown Art Fair showcases a variety of quality art for everyone’s budget. For more info, visit www.uptownminneapolis.com/uptown-art-fair.
MSR Legacy Yacht Cruise
August 5 – 5:00 to 9:30 pm
525 Main St. South, Stillwater, MN
The Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder celebrates 89 years of continuous publication by sailing down the St. Croix. The four-deck sailing experience includes an all-you-can-eat buffet, a vendor marketplace, games, prizes and more. The cruise features live entertainment from Wenso Ashby Jazz & Beyond, DJ Ray Seville and Phyllis “Showtime” Braxton. Boarding begins at 4:30 pm. For more information and tickets, visit bit.ly/MSRLegacyCruise2023.
Powderhorn Art Fair
August 5 – 6
Powderhorn Park – 3400 15th Avenue South, Minneapolis
Over 200 artists from 26 states and 216 cities, more than 20 food vendors, and nearly 20,000 attendees: Welcome to the Powderhorn Art Fair! Shop the works of hundreds of local and regional artists while filling up on the finest food truck-vendors have to offer. New and returning art demos, both a community and youth showcase, and activities for all ages round out this summer experience. For more info, visit www.powderhornartfair.com.
Little Africa Fest 2023
August 6 – 12:00 to 9:00 pm
Hamline Park – 1564 Lafond Avenue, St. Paul
African Economic Development Solutions (AEDS) strives to connect and build vibrant communities with creativity and social connection. The Little Africa Festival and Parade features food, live performances, art shows, and an African fashion show. For more info, visit bit.ly/LittleAfricaFest2023.