The Loring Park Art Festival will return this year, with COVID-19 safety protocols in place.
The two-day festival, scheduled for July 31 and Aug. 1 in Minneapolis' Loring Park, will feature a lineup of 140 juried artists.
“The safety of our guests, artists and partners is paramount,” Pat Parnow, who founded the festival in 1999, said in a statement. “We are working closely within the guidelines set forth by the CDC and the State of Minnesota, and we are strategizing and sharing best practices with art festival leaders locally and nationally. Our message for today is: ‘Mark your calendars for the weekend of July 31 and August 1.’”
After being canceled due to COVID-19 last year, event organizers have come up with a new layout for the festival that incorporates more open spaces and artist booths positioned as "islands." There will also be hand washing and hand sanitizer stations, masks and other "recommended protocols," a news release says.
The artists that will be at the festival will be announced in April and will include a "rich variety of styles and art forms," such as jewelry, printmaking, glass, textiles, photography, clay, painting, drawing, sculpture, wood working, ceramics, mixed media and more.
There will also be family events, live music and about 20 food and beverage vendors, including a Lakes & Legends Beer Garden.
The festival is free and will run from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday, July 31, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 1.