Visitors and locals alike will be exploring the Upper Minnesota River Valley as they enjoy the works of 47 artists at 31 different locations during the 16th annual Meander arts crawl this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The Meander is a free, self-guided tour of the artist’s studios and galleries nestled among the small towns and family farms found in the Upper Minnesota River Valley, in an area running roughly from north of Ortonville to Granite Falls.

This year’s Meander posters and brochures feature an Adirondack backpack by basket weaver Claire Swanson of Granite Falls.

Meander art studios and galleries open for visitors at noon on Friday. Ortonville area brothers and musicians Don and Lee Kanten will perform at the Historic Town Hall at Watson from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday.

On Saturday, Meander art studios and galleries will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Dawson-Boyd Arts Association will launch its 19th season with a Scandinavian folk music concert at 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Auditorium in Dawson. Tickets are available at the door for $15 for adults and $5 for students. A limited seating Swedish meatball meal will be served at 6 p.m., for more information or tickets to meal and/or show, contact the box office at 320-312-2311 or online at

On Sunday, Meander art studios and galleries will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information and the brochure visit