After much consideration, the Uptown Association is disappointed to have to announce the cancellation of the 2021 Uptown Art Fair. We remained committed to making this year’s 57th annual event a great success for our artists and the community but were unable to overcome several unanticipated challenges and events that are beyond our control.
Considerable time and work was put in to navigating the challenges our city is facing to ensure a safe and welcoming space for our artists, vendors, sponsors and guests. Multiple options were considered and planned, including moving the event to an alternate location a few blocks away to showcase the greater Uptown community. However, despite our collective best effort, we were unable to reach a consensus among the many stakeholders it takes to successfully put on an event of this size and scope. Because of multiple evolving issues and the logistics of a large-scale event, it was not executable.
The Uptown Association is committed to the promotion of Uptown as a place to play, eat, work, and live, and to celebrating its unique spirit and sense of community. We recognize and are saddened by recent events that have had a painful impact on Minneapolis and the Uptown community and are steadfast in helping our diverse community thrive. We look forward to bringing back one of the premier events in Minnesota and showcasing the Uptown community on August 5, 6, and 7th, 2022.
The fair began in 1964 as a way to increase awareness of the arts while raising money for Uptown projects. Although the event has grown and changed over the years, its core mission remains the same. Each year, much of the proceeds from the fair are returned directly to the community to enhance numerous programs and activities.
Aside from showcasing amazing art, the fair is a celebration of the hip, refreshingly unconventional Uptown community. Uptown is a crossroads that connects the energy of the city and the calm of the lakes. It’s a destination that combines shopping and dining with nature and lifestyle. Centered around Lake Street and Hennepin Avenue, Uptown blends the sophisticated, the scenic and the stylish into a decidedly urban environment—a perfect potpourri of places to go and people to see. We urge you to explore our community during your visit and experience this fabulous neighborhood for yourself!
The Uptown Art Fair is a labor of love made possible by hundreds of volunteers, the generosity of sponsors, the kindness of local businesses, and supporters of the arts. In our humble (and admittedly biased) opinion, it’s the best art fair around and we think our 350,000+ patrons agree – visitors have made the Uptown Art Fair the 2nd most attended event in the State of Minnesota (only second to the Minnesota State Fair). We hope you enjoy it!