2016 was packed with new activities for the casual fair-goer. Check out all the new activities that were held this past year and stay tuned for more new activities as we plan for 2017!
FILM AT THE FAIR
For the first time, the Uptown Art Fair is pleased to present a night of Film a the Fair! In partnership with the Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul, The Wizard of Oz will be playing on a big screen under a rainbow of stars. Slip on your ruby red slippers, follow the yellow brick road to the lot on Girard and Lake (behind Calhoun Square) and enjoy this timeless Academy Award winning classic in Uptown.
The film will start at 8:45 pm on Friday, August 5th. If there is a rain-out, it will be presented at 8:45 pm on Saturday.
The Film Society is Minnesota’s leading exhibitor of international independent cinema. A non-profit, member based organization, the Film Society exhibits nightly at the St. Anthony Main Theatre and hosts the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, the region’s largest and longest running film event.
EVENING BANDS at the GO 96.3 PERFORMANCE STAGE
In 2016, bands will play into the evening on Friday and Saturday night at the Music Stage. Presented by Go 96.3, these celebrated bands offer an enjoyable way to cap off the fair. Friday begins with the acclaimed reggae band Dred I Dread. On Saturday night, welcome The Unlikely Candidates, hailing from Fort Worth, TX. Learn more about these bands and see the full Performance Stage lineup HERE.
GIRARD AVENUE ENTERTAINMENT
This year, Calhoun Square is introducing street performances by various artists on Girard Avenue on the promenade area behind Calhoun Square. All day on Saturday there will be numerous activities for all to enjoy.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 6th
LOCATION: Girard Avenue Alley, on the East side of Calhoun Square.
10:00 am – 8:00 pm FREE face painting and caricature drawings
10:00 am – 8:00 pm Live art by local artists
10:00 am – 8:00 pm Renaissance Festival MN
11:00 am – 6:00 pm Main Street School of Performing Arts
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Crosstown Community Band
BUSINESS SHOWCASE TENT
In an effort to further assist businesses and give them an opportunity to showcase their goods and services, the Uptown Art Fair has formed the Business Showcase Tent.
Businesses will be offering giveaways and information about their products and services while interacting with visitors. Learn more about these businesses and visit them at the Business Showcase Tent at the Top of the Mall!
CHARITABLE PARTNER TENT
The Uptown Art Fair has selected 5 local non-profits to be featured during the weekend. The goal is to create a unique and entertaining space that will provide guests of the fair to learn about and connect with some local non-profits that make the community special while having some fun at the fair. Each participating charity will create an interactive activity or demonstration. Learn more HERE and visit the Charitable Partner Tent at this year’s fair!
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Business owners and artists designed and decorated more than 90 one-gallon metal paint cans that were then displayed at businesses in Uptown and throughout Minneapolis. Businesses could either decorate their own cans or be assigned an artist to decorate one for them.The participating businesses were also featured in our CANvas Uptown Passport along with a special promotion they were having to encourage visitors to see the cans for themselves.
Not only are these cans amazing works of art, they also do good for the community. The cans were a part of an online auction with proceeds benefiting neighborhood betterment projects in Uptown.