See art, watch art being created and make some of your own, too!

Activities for All

Saturday, July 27 and Sunday, July 28

Outdoor Painters of Minnesota will have members of the plein air painters throughout the park painting the vistas of Loring Park.
OPM now has use of "Berton Boxes" (community paint boxes made by Port Wing Plein Air founder John Berton) for the public to try plein air painting in acrylic or watercolor. Five boxes will be placed along the east side of the pond with volunteers talking about plein air painting giving visitors a chance give it a try.  
Finished paintings will be on display and for sale at the Outdoor Painters of Minnesota booth on the east side of the park. 

Artistic Henna - Reena Maheshwari is an Internationally Certified Henna Artist with over 20 years experience. Henna is a body decoration traditionally practiced in India, the Middle East and parts of Africa. She uses all-natural Rajasthani Henna mixed with a blend of essential oils, tea, and sugar. (I DO NOT use black henna as this can cause unwanted allergic reactions.) My mom (Shakun Maheshwari of Shakuntala Design) and I have been doing henna in the Twin Cities for over 20 years - most notably at the Festival of Nations in St Paul.

Saturday, July 27

10 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Improv Parenting - Join Improv Parenting at our pop-up maker station, where you can make your own story cube to take home, create magic wands, or build puppets from recycled and up-cycled materials. We will also have an area for free play with bubbles, balloons and chalk! 

10 a.m. - 6 p.m. - My Shop Maker Space from LaCrosse, WI will provide an activity for kids and families to build their very own wooden birdhouses! Nick Langseth will provide all of the materials and tools for you and your kids for $25! (See photos below)

12 p.m. & 1 p.m. Pop up Classical MPR featuring The OK Factor

2 p.m. - 3 p.m. - Twin Cities Arthur Murray Dance Centers will be hosting a complimentary group dance class for Arthur Murray students and mini performances for the public.

10 a.m - 4 p.m. - Art Cars will be stopping by throughout the day to show off their cars before their Art Car Parade at Lake Harriet at 6 p.m.

Sunday, July 28

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wine & Canvas - A little nervous to paint? Don't be! No talent or experience is necessary. Our talented instructors will guide you step-by-step! You will be amazed at your very own work of ART!

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - My Shop Maker Space from LaCrosse, WI will provide an activity for kids and families to build their very own wooden birdhouses! Nick Langseth will provide all of the materials and tools for you and your kids for $25! (See photos below)

12 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Open Eye Figure Theatre Driveway Tour puppet shows titled:  Afloat, Adrift, Away:  A Parade of Oddities!

Information about our partner groups:  

The mission of Outdoor Painters of Minnesota is to encourage and promote painting directly from nature.  OPM provides regular opportunities for members to paint together, looks for ways to develop member skills and reputation, and seeks to raise awareness of the beauty found in nature through outdoor painting.

Improv Parenting uses the tools of improv to empower families with tools that foster creative, connected and confident kids and adults. We offer workshops, classes, camps and performances throughout the Twin Cities. Find us online at, where you can sign up for our monthly newsletter providing creative ideas, resources and our event calendar.

Open Eye Figure Theatre creates original image driven theater animating the inanimate on an intimate scale, and builds community by advancing adventurous, artist-driven programming. We believe deeply in our art form and in the profound exchange that happens with live performance. We are committed to pioneering, artist-driven work. We build relationships by giving, including and delighting. We practice artistic stewardship, using our resources responsibly. We provide a place for teaching and growth that leads to a shared ownership among artists. We strive for economic, geographic and physical access to our work, and are strongly committed to our neighborhood. Open Eye is committed to making its performances and activities accessible in all ways.

 Wine & Canvas - Local artists in each city inspire and instruct Wine and Canvas customers step-by-step to create their finished masterpiece. Each location hosts many events monthly with a different featured painting each night. With our step-by-step instruction method customers without a stroke of painting experience are at ease.

My Shop Maker Space in LaCrosse, WI is a place where the community can come together and work on projects. Explore and create something new from repairing a piece of forgotten furniture, designing and building a birdhouse with the kids, or creating something custom and handmade for that special someone at My Shop Maker Space where we have the tools!


Birdhouse Project examples

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