A new event coming next month will see downtown Minneapolis transformed by street artists.
The Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District and the Hennepin Theatre Trust have announced the inaugural Downtown Minneapolis Street Art Festival will be held on Hennepin Avenue and Nicollet Mall between Aug. 15 and 17.
It promises to bring together "artists from the worlds of visual, performing, craft and food arts and unleashes them together for the first time onto the streets of downtown for all to enjoy."
The free event will feature the likes of chalk art installation, a short film showcase, live performances, an outdoor craft market, and no shortage of food and drink vendors on site.
"This event is for everyone," said Joan Vorderbruggen, Hennepin Theatre Trust’s Director of Engagement in the Hennepin Theatre District.
"From the Bob Dylan mural on 5 and Hennepin to street music shows and 5 to 10 on Hennepin, we are always looking for exciting new ways to help make downtown Minneapolis a vibrant and welcoming place."
It'll start with a preview at the Downtown Farmers Market during Thursday daytime, before it officially kicks off at 8:30 p.m. on the rooftop of the Hennepin Theatre Trust event center at 900 Hennepin Avenue.
On the Friday and Saturday, Nicollet Mall will host a Chalk Art Festival, the centerpiece of the whole weekend, as amateur and professional artists transform sidewalks of Nicollet between 6th and 8th Streets, while 3D chalk installations will be found in plazas outside Westminster Presbyterian Church, the IDS Center and Hennepin Theatre Trust.
Live spray paint demonstrations, a celebration of the Bauhaus movement, and late afternoon musical concerts will also be found on Nicollet on the Friday and Saturday.
You can find out a full schedule at MplsStreetArtFest.com.