Artisan Home Tour FAQs
What is the Artisan Home Tour?
A ticketed, scattered-site tour of dozens of high-end Artisan Homes located across the Twin Cities. These luxurious residences have met minimum standards for price and finish level to participate. Both new homes and remodeled homes are offered on the tour.
Who produces the Artisan Home Tour?
Housing First Minnesota, presenter of the Parade of HomesSM and Remodelers Showcase®.
When does the Artisan Home Tour occur?
The Artisan Home Tour runs for three long weekends in June and in October. Homes are open Fridays through Sundays from noon to 6:00 p.m. New Artisan Homes are open all three weekends; remodeled Artisan Homes are open the final weekend only.
Is there a charge to attend the Artisan Home Tour?
Yes, you must have a ticket to tour any of the homes. An Artisan Home TourTicket allows you to visit all of the homes once, and go to one home for a return visit. TourTickets can be purchased online at ArtisanHomeTour.org, at our retail outlet, Bachman’s, and at any of the Artisan Homes during the tour. You can also pick up a discount coupon at any area Holiday Stationstore and use the coupon online or at any Artisan Home during the tour. Single-home tickets can be purchased at any home for $5. All adults and children six years of age or older will require a ticket to enter.
How do I get my ticket when I buy online?
At the first home you visit, you’ll be asked for the email or phone number you provided when you purchased online. You’ll then receive a unique paper TourTicket with your own QR code, which will be scanned at each home you visit. You can also turn your paper ticket into an electronic ticket on your smartphone.
How can I learn about the homes on the tour?
You can visit the Artisan Home Tour website to see all the homes available to tour as well as read more about the participating builders and remodelers. You’ll also want to load the free Parade Craze app onto your smartphone. The app lets you scroll through all the homes, see photo galleries of each home (photos are generally available by the second weekend of the tour), and comment about the homes you visit.
Where does the money go from tickets purchased?
A portion of ticket sales goes to the Housing First Minnesota Foundation, the charitable arm of Housing First Minnesota and a 501c-3 nonprofit organization. The Foundation’s mission is to help Twin Cities’ homelessness, veterans and others in need.
What should I bring with me?
- Your ticket
- Socks. Shoes and bare feet are not allowed in the homes
What should I not bring?
- Your camera. You can view photos of the homes in our Look Book and on the Artisan Home Tour website after the tour
- Food and beverages
- Baby strollers
Are there other things I should keep in mind?
- The Artisan Home Tour is a self-guided tour using your own vehicle
- There is ample parking at each home
- Please observe “No Parking” signs and be considerate of the neighbors (especially not blocking their mailboxes or driveways)
- The tour runs rain or shine
- Bathrooms are not available for use at the homes
- Tickets are non-refundable