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Arts festivals 2022


  • (Feb. 5 – 6)Art Shanty Projects

    Minneapolis, MN

    Frozen Lake Harriet hosts two dozen artist-designed ice houses and lots of fun art antics for kids and adults alike. Check for scheduled events and ice conditions.




  • (Apr. 7 – 14)Wisconsin Film Festival

    Madison, WI

    See 150 independent films from Wisconsin and around the world.

  • (Apr. 22 – 24)Bluff Country Studio Art Tour

    Northeast IA/Southeast, MN

    Take a spring drive through southeast Minnesota and northeast Iowa and visit artists in and around Winona, Lanesboro, Spring Grove and Harmony in Minnesota and Decorah in Iowa.


  • (May 6 – 8)Earth Arts Spring Art Tour

    Upper St. Croix Valley, WI

    Visit artists at 28 studios and sites in and around St. Croix Falls, Osceola and Amery.

  • (May 13 – 15)Art-A-Whirl Studio Tour

    Minneapolis, MN

    Up to 1,000 artists are taking part in this tour of studios in the northeast Minneapolis arts district.


  • (Jun 3 – 4)Street Faire at the Lakes

    Detroit Lakes, MN

    This western-Minnesota lake town hosts a juried arts show with music, fair food and a beer garden.

  • (Jun 3 – 5)Fresh Art Spring Tour

    Lake Pepin, WI

    Artists' studios and gardens will be open along the Mississippi and in the bluffs between Maiden Rock and Pepin in western Wisconsin.

  • (Jun 3 – 5)Edina Art Fair

    Edina, MN

    The juried show in this posh southern Minneapolis suburb draws 375 exhibitors and 60,000 people.

  • (Jun 3 – 5)Spring Art Tour

    Mount Horeb, WI

    Artists open their studios in Mount Horeb and other towns in the Wisconsin River valley: Mazomanie, Black Earth, Cross Plains, Blue Mounds and Verona.

  • (Jun 11)Northern Spark

    St. Paul, MN

    This nighttime arts festival takes place along University Avenue from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. and on Raspberry Island on the Mississippi 2-5:30 a.m. 

  • (Jun 11 – 12)Old Town Art Fair

    Chicago, IL

    In the Old Town neighborhood, there will be more than 200 juried fine artists, a garden walk, live music and children's activities.

  • (Jun 18 – 19)Stone Arch Bridge Festival

    Minneapolis, MN

    On the banks of the Mississippi, 200 artists show their wares. There will also be music, art for kids and a car show.

    The fair is not on the Stone Arch Bridge but on the west side of the river between Portland and North Fourth Avenue.


  • (Jun 24 – 26)Des Moines Arts Festival

    Des Moines, IA

    This big, juried arts fair at Western Gateway Park downtown includes street theater, live music and a film festival.

  • (Jun 25 – 26)Afton Strawberry Festival

    Afton, MN

    This village on the St. Croix River offers an art fair, music, games, raptor demos and a strawberry shortcake-eating contest.


  • (Jun 25 – 26)ChalkFest

    Wausau, WI

    Artists of all ages decorate the 400 Block of downtown.


  • (Jul 9 – 10)Phelps Mill Festival

    Phelps, MN

    There's a juried arts and crafts fair, children's activities and music in this bucolic, tucked-away park along the Otter Tail River, next to an 1889 brick and clapboard mill that's open for tours.

    The hamlet of Phelps is just west of Otter Tail Lake and north of Underwood.

  • (Jul 9 – 10)Art Fair On the Square

    Madison, WI

    Nearly 500 artists from around the nation will be selling on Capitol Square and 140 Wisconsin artists around Monona Terrace, attracting more than 200,000 people.

  • (Jul 9 – 10)Grand Marais Arts Festival

    Grand Marais, MN

    This juried art show along the Lake Superior harbor includes children's activities, art demonstrations, a pie social and live music.


  • (Aug. 5 – 7)Uptown Art Fair

    Minneapolis, MN

    This large juried art fair in the Uptown neighborhood draws crowds. Use a Nice Ride bike or download a free bus/train pass to avoid congestion.

  • (Aug. 6 – 7)DubuqueFest

    Dubuque, IA

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

  • (Aug. 19 – 21)Oronoco Gold Rush

    Oronoco, MN

    The antiques show and flea market in this friendly little village just north of Rochester off U.S. 52 includes more than 400 vendors and 1,200 booths. There's also pancakes for breakfast, homemade pie and music.

  • (Aug. 19 – 21)Evanston Art Fest

    Evanston, IL

    This downtown festival features more than 130 juried artists and art demonstrations. 


  • (Sep. 10 – 11)Festival of Arts and Gallery Tour

    Bayfield, WI

    This juried art show, in Memorial Park on the shore of Lake Superior, includes a live art auction and a tour of studios and galleries, with artist demonstrations.

  • (Sep. 30 – Oct 2)Northeast Iowa Artists' Studio Tour

    Decorah area, IA

    Drive through scenic bluff country to see 42 artists at 31 sites around Decorah, Burr Oak, St. Lucas, Waukon, West Union, Cresco, New Albin, Lansing, Elgin and Clermont.


  • (Oct. 1 – 2)Rivertown Fall Art Festival

    Stillwater, MN

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

  • (Oct. 14 – 16)Southwest Wisconsin Fall Art Tour

    Southwest, WI

    This popular studio tour includes artists at studios between Mineral Point, Spring Green, Dodgeville and Baraboo.