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Arts festivals 2017


  • (Apr. 28 – 30)Art Attack

    Harbor Country, MI

    The eight Lake Michigan towns between the Indiana border and Warren Dunes State Park offer gallery receptions, artist demonstrations, theater, music and wine tasting.


  • (May 19 – 21)DubuqueFest

    Dubuque, IA

    This downtown arts festival includes dance, music on two stages, storytelling, food and children's activities.


  • (Jul 14 – 16)Highland Fest

    St. Paul, MN

    This street fair in St. Paul's Highland Park neighborhood includes an arts fair, music, carnival rides, an all-Ford car and truck show and Saturday fireworks.


  • (Aug. 5 – 6)Powderhorn Art Fair

    Minneapolis, MN

    This smaller art festival in Powderhorn Park, in south Minneapolis, is not far from the big Uptown Art Fair.



  • (Oct. 7 – 8)Rivertown Fall Art Festival

    Stillwater, MN

    This juried arts festival along the banks of the St. Croix River includes music and food vendors.

  • (Oct. 28 – 29)Earth Wood & Fire Artist Tour

    Lake Mills, WI

    Visit artists in their studios in and around Lake Mills, Cambridge and Fort Atkinson, between Madison and Milwaukee.


  • (Nov. 11 – 12)Winter Art Fair Off the Square

    Madison, WI

    Art Fair Off the Square presents its winter edition in Monona Terrace, with 140 fine artists from around Wisconsin.

  • (Nov. 17 – 18)Fine Arts and Crafts Fair

    Menomonie, WI

    Thirty artisans sell their wares at the Mabel Tainter, an 1890 auditorium with an ornate interior decorated for the holidays. Downtown shops hold holiday open houses.

  • (Nov. 18 – 19)Art & Gift Fair

    Madison, WI

    This event at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Overture Center features fine art, music, treats and the Rediscovered Art & Treasures Sale.