Over 300 local artists and 20,000 art crawlers.
An incredible three-day art exhibition spanning across all corners of Saint Paul. In addition to the open galleries, there will also be a variety of dance and musical performances. Check out the event guide for a full listing.
The Crawl occurs semi-annually in the spring and fall. Here’s the schedule for fall 2018:
Friday, October 12: 6-10 p.m.
Saturday, October 13: 12-8 p.m.
Sunday, October 14: 12-5 p.m.
Art will be showcased in 33 buildings around the city, with the largest concentration of galleries in Lowertown. Other neighborhoods include West 7th, Grand Avenue, University Avenue and the East Side. The official Art Crawl map will help you find your way around.
The crawl dates back to 1977 when founding artists of the St. Paul Art Collective held their first group exhibition at Union Depot. The Collective continued to hold organized events in the downtown area in the following years before coordinating the first multi-building, open studio event in Lowertown in 1991. Four of the five founding buildings—262 Studios, Lowertown Lofts Artist Cooperative, Tilsner Artists’ Cooperative and Northern Warehouse Artists’ Cooperative—still participate in the crawl today. In the mid-2000s, the crawl expanded out of Lowertown to also include a variety of other Saint Paul neighborhoods.
Once you’ve planned your route with the handy map we mentioned before, snag a light rail or bus ride from Metro Transit! If you’d rather drive, check out the parking page to figure out the available spots that will get you closest to the action. All of that art crawling making you hungry? Grab at bite at one of our favorite Lowertown spots.