The state’s largest art fair returns to bring hundreds of thousands of art lovers to Uptown to enjoy art in all its forms. The Uptown Art Fair, now in its 53rd year, will showcase more than 350 artists on Hennepin Avenue South and The Mall in Uptown. New this year is a free “Film at the Fair” screening of “The Wizard of Oz” on Aug. 5 at 8:45 p.m. and performances from music headliners Dred I Dread and The Unlikely Candidates. This year’s commemorative artist, 30-year fair veteran and glass artist Robinson Scott, will have prints of the year’s commemorative work, “Detail of a Banded Glass Vessel,” at the fair’s official merchandise tent. The Uptown Art Fair runs Friday, Aug. 5, from 12-8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 6, from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 7, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Lake Street and Hennepin Avenue
When: Aug. 5-7
Artist Neal Peterson’s “Urban Mandala” installation offers a dizzying perspective of Minneapolis in a 16-foot collage that combines city scenes with the fervor and kaleidoscopic visuals of religious mandalas. Peterson’s mandala, funded by the Minnesota State Arts Board and now on display in downtown’s City Center, features all the bits and pieces of a Minneapolis summer, from our lakes and riverfront to the iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry and Guthrie Theater. Peterson, a Minneapolis-based artist, has also created mandalas of Mexico City, Mexico; Reykjavik, Iceland; and Pyongyang, North Korea.
Where: City Center atrium, 33 S. 6th St.
When: Now through Aug. 5
Never Odd or Even
It’s easy to overlook, but the name of Light Grey Art Lab’s latest exhibition, “Never Odd or Even,” is a palindrome, and that’s kind of the point. The showcase of more than 60 artists explores the flip side of things with an understated level of playfulness and illusion. The art, inspired by the palindrome concept, plays with dualities, symmetry and perspective with results in an array of styles. Light Grey Art Lab’s gallery in Whittier is free and open to the public from 12-7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 12-5 p.m. on Sunday.
Where: Light Grey Art Lab, 118 E. 26th St.
When: Now through Aug. 27
I AM Back to School!
Sarah Edwards, local connector, co-founder of Fashion Week MN and I AM MPLS! creator, is on to her next event: I Am Back to School! The fashion and variety event, located in Southeast Minneapolis’ new event venue, The Machine Shop, will feature a fashion show, pop-up market and performances from local students, all to celebrate the power and passion of young women in the Twin Cities. Fashion blogger Davee Ek is styling the show and the mini-market will feature local vendors. John Mark, a choreographer for local up-and-comers like Lizzo and Poliça, is also presenting a series of dance performances with students from the Main Street School of Performing Arts, a tuition-free public charter high school in Hopkins.
Where: The Machine Shop, 300 2nd St. SE
When: Saturday, Aug. 6 from 5-8 p.m.
Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for children
Canadian indie rock band Metric is headlining the fifth and final Kräftskiva, the Bachelor Farmer’s annual summer block party. The Dayton brothers’ North Loop restaurant and Marvel Bar, its sister speakeasy, are once again offering up the event’s traditional crayfish menu and cocktails, plus beer from fellow neighborhood business Fulton Brewing. Local bands Alpha Consumer and Fort Wilson Riot, along with DJ Jonathan Ackerman, round out the music lineup.
Where: The Bachelor Farmer, 50 2nd Ave. N.
When: Saturday, Aug. 6 from 5-10 p.m.
North Loop Fest
The festival celebrating Minneapolis’ hippest neighborhood is back. The North Loop Fest will bring together all of the area’s best food and drink together and pair it with live music throughout the day. The performance lineup includes The Prams (4-5 p.m.), The Usual Things (5-6 p.m.), Candid Kid (6-7 p.m.) and FlashMob! (8-10 p.m.). New additions this year are battles over the titles of North Loop’s best beer and burger, featuring competitions ($8 each to participate) pitting three breweries and three restaurants in the neighborhood against each other, with you as the judge. Tickets to the 21-plus event include a North Loop Fest shirt and a raffle ticket.
Where: Cuzzy’s parking lot, 507 Washington Ave. N
When: Saturday, Aug. 6 from 3-10 p.m.
Cost: $20, $25 after Aug. 1
Borough Block Party
Borough continues a summer full of block parties with its own celebration. The Borough Block Party will feature food and drinks from fellow Jester Concepts establishments like Monello, Constantine and Parlour Bar. Plus, the party’s lineup will feature performances from headliner Chase & Ovation, a local Prince tribute band, along with bands Dig Deep, Private Oates, Viva Knievel, International Reggae All-Stars and DJ Steez.
Where: Borough, 730 Washington Ave. N.
When: Sunday, Aug. 7 from 12-8 p.m.
Cost: $6 in advance, $9 at the door
Open Streets Northeast
Thanks to Open Streets, portions of Central, 22nd and 13th avenues in Northeast Minneapolis will be car-free on Sunday, Aug. 7. The event is one of several Open Street events in the city this summer, with Franklin Avenue (Aug. 21), West Broadway (Sept. 10), Nicollet Avenue (Sept. 18) and even more Minneapolis streets to see a little walkable and bikable bliss. There will be family-friendly events, activities from local businesses and more.
Where: Central, 22nd and 13th avenues in Northeast Minneapolis
When: Sunday, Aug. 7 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.