Explore the St Paul Artist Lofts with Our St Paul Art Crawl Guide

Twice a year you can explore the artist lofts in St Paul during the St Paul Art Crawl! Artists open up their studios and spaces to the public. It’s a great opportunity to explore not only the artist lofts themselves, but the area and small businesses around them too! Use this handy St. Paul Art Crawl guide to find the best spots even when you’re short on time!

Plan Your Visit

When is the Art Crawl?

The St. Paul Art Crawl is organized by the St Paul Art Collective. The 2024 spring art crawl takes place during three weekends in April:

  • April 12-14
  • April 19-21
  • April 26-28

Each weekend covers different neighborhoods in St Paul. This guide covers the West 7th and Cathedral hill neighborhoods.

See examples of artists and artwork you may find at the St Paul Art Crawl

Posters for the 2024 St Paul Art Crawl

The West 7th and Cathedral Hill Art Crawl Guide

The St Paul Art Crawl is a great opportunity to explore these historic neighborhoods! There’s enough going on during the art crawl to spend all weekend exploring.

However, if time is short and only have a few hours to spend at the Art Crawl, then this is the route for you.

First Stop: Schmidt Artist Lofts

The Schmidt Artist Lofts are inside a renovated brewery. While the outside of the building still looks like a brewery, the inside is completely artsy, and is home to artist lofts. During the art crawl, many artists open their studios to the public.

Be prepared to face crowds here. The Schmidt Artists Lofts is a popular destination on the art crawl. This is for good reason though. The variety of artists with their art on display is something to be admired. From jewelry to paintings, there will be a piece of art you’ll connect with here. The best part is that the artist who made it is often right there to answer questions and talk about how the art was made.

The Schmidt Artist Lofts also hold performance art events during the art crawl as well as live music.

Second Stop: Five Watt Coffee

While not necessarily an art attraction, a coffee break is often needed during an art adventure. That’s why it’s included in our St. Paul Art Crawl Guide. Five Watt Coffee is a local coffee roaster. Their location in the Keg and Case is the perfect place to take a coffee break after visiting the Schmidt Artist Lofts.

Third Stop: Friedli Gallery and Studio

Friedli Gallery and Studio is packed with art and artists during the art crawl. This art gallery is a short walk down the street from the Keg and Case. There’s a lot of creativity coming out of the artists in Friedli Gallery which makes it especially worth a visit if you are a working artist or art-enjoyer.

Want More Art?

Continue your art crawl adventure

If by the time you’re stepping out of the Freidli Gallery and Studio and want more art, then there’s many more locations you can visit! The Great River Gallery is also within walking distance on West 7th Street. You can also hop on the bus (or in your car) and go to any of the other stops listed on the St Paul Art Crawl!

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