Summer Events

If spring is a celebration, then summer in Minneapolis is a season-long festival. Step outside your hotel and you're bound to find a party in the streets.

Look at this list of non-stop fun:

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MAY EVENTS  |  JUNE EVENTS  |  JULY EVENTS |  AUGUST EVENTS

ALL SUMMER


Walker Art Exhibitions
All Summer
Walker Art Center
In the summer of 1864, a small group of Finns disembarked from a riverboat in Red Wing, Minnesota. Most, originally from the Tornio River valley of Finland and Sweden; at the time of their departure all were residing in Arctic Norway. By moving to America, these early immigrants specifically intended to create new lives through the formation of Finnish communities in the New World.

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Music & Movies in the Park
June 7-August 24
Various Parks
Grab a blanket a patch of grass, because the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board is treating you to some movies this summer. They screen classics, favorites and recent movies in various parks throughout the entire summer, so check their schedule to see the when, where and what.

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Mill City Farmers Market
May 10-October 25, Saturdays
Mill City Area
That fresh Minnesota food you hear about? You can get it here. Mill City Farmers Market's mission is to promote local, sustainable and organic agriculture, increasing economic opportunities for farmers, urban youth, small businesses and food artisans. To offer experiential learning about and access to healthy local foods, and build a vibrant gathering place for Minneapolis residents and visitors.

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My Fair Lady
June 28 - August 31
Wurtele Thrust Stage - Guthrie Theater
The story, the songs, the characters -- you know and love them. Now, for the first time in Guthrie history, see them come to life in a spectacular, new production. Professor Henry Higgins loves language. Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle yearns to speak like a lady.

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Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
July 19 - August 31
McGuire Proscenium Stage - Guthrie Theater
In this hilarious comedy of ill manners, the 2013 Tony Award winner for Best Play, Vanya and his adopted sister Sonia are living a quiet life in the Pennsylvania farmhouse where they grew up, while their sister Masha travels the world as a movie star. 

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Dinosaurs Exhibit Science Museum Minnesota

Ultimate Dinosaurs: Meet a New Breed of Beast
Now-August 24
Science Museum of Minnesota
Meet a new breed of dinosaurs this spring and summer at the Science Museum of Minnesota. Explore fossils from around the world and the concepts of continental drift and tectonic plates. 

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Willow Tree Winery

Willow Tree Winery
Now-End of Summer
Ham Lake, Minnesota
Open Thurs-Sunday 1pm to 5pm. Other times are by appointment only.
828 Constance Blvd NE, Ham Lake, Minnesota 55304

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Butterflies: Beauty in Flight Exhibit
Now - August 17
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Located in the Snyder Building, the conservatory will be filled with live butterflies that are native to Minnesota, as well as common plants that sustain these pollinators.  Additional features include an "emergence cabinet" showing the insects in the pupa (chrysalis) stage as they transition into butterflies, as well as signage on their life cycle.

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Nature in Glass: The Wonders of Craig Mitchell Smith Exhibit
Now - August 31
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
It is a "wow-filled" walk in the gardens. In all, 32 unique and stunning glass creations by Smith occupy Arboretum gardens and landscapes, as well as the inside the Oswald Visitor Center.

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Third Thursday

Third Thursday
Minneapolis Institute Of Art
On the third Thursday of every month, join us to experience the MIA’s diverse art collection through unique programs, drinks, and live music.

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MAY


Art-A-Whirl
Nordeast (Primarily)
Minneapolis is a hotspot for expression, and the artistic offerings across the city are a true spectacle to behold. Art-A-Whirl is the absolute best way to see this for yourself, as this festival is the largest open-studio festival in the nation.

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JUNE


Northern Spark
June 14
Minneapolis Convention Center Plaza
The winner of the Creative City Challenge will be unveiled and featured at the Northern Spark festival on June 14, 2014. Northern Spark is the premier dusk-to-dawn public arts festival in Minnesota, expected to draw a crowd of 50,000 passionate attendees. The opening ceremonies will be held at the MCC Plaza with an address by the Mayor of Minneapolis, featured performances, and the unveiling of the 2014 CCC installation.

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Ten Second Film Festival
Soap Factory
Most people can't even text a sentence in 10 seconds, much less tell a story. That's what makes the Ten Second Film Festival so intriguing. The event offers a veritable smorgasbord of bite-sized creations sure to appeal to film aficionados and YouTube addicts alike. These films are truly uncensored, uninhibited and unexpected! The only rule: they must be 10 seconds long.

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Rock the Garden
June 21-22
Walker Art Center
This annual rock-tacular event put on by MPR brings in some of the hottest alternative acts from across the nation for a full day of awesome music. This year's lineup includes Dan Deacon, Low, Bob Mould Band, Silversun Pickups and Metric.

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Twin Cities Pride Festival
June 28-29
Downtown Minneapolis
Extravagant costumes and personalities alike highlight this annual event as Minneapolis celebrates its LGBT community. The weekend festival is the grand finale to the week-long festivities, complete with all-day concerts across four stages, a run, dance lessons and a parade (one of the largest in the Midwest) to cap off the event.

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City of Lakes Tri-Loppet
June 28
Downtown Minneapolis
If you're of the outdoorsy-inclination, this will be your Super Bowl of outdoor adventures. There's the triathlon (run, bike and paddle), paddle sprints, orienteering and a Kubb tournament (it's a Swedish lawn game that was invented before Netflix).

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JULY


Red White and Boom TC Half Marathon
July 4
Minneapolis
Join the fun by cheering on runners or sign up to run! You'll find surprises on the course and a booming post-race party at St. Anthony Main. Be a part of the race that is becoming a Nordeast 4th of July tradition and have your first picnic of the day here.

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Basilica Block Party
July 11-12
Basilica of Saint Mary
From boy bands to mangled lyrics, we've all sinned. Repent by attending this "musical redemption" that features local bands and national acts in the shadow of the Basilica of St. Mary in downtown Minneapolis. Plus, proceeds go towards continued renovation of the Basilica, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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T-Mobile All-Star FanFest
July 11-15
Minneapolis Convention Center
This July you can experience Major League Baseball® in ways you’ve only dreamed about. T-Mobile All-Star FanFest is the largest interactive baseball theme park in the world, and the best part is every attraction is included with the price of admission!

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The Color Run MLB All-Star 5k, Presented by Nike
July 13
Minnesota State Fairgrounds
This 5K paint race is a can't miss MLB All-Star experience that will feature mascots, special guests, and baseball legends. Whether this is your first race or you're a seasoned runner, The Color Run MLB All-Star 5K, Presented by Nike is an event for the whole family.

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Minneapolis Aquatennial
July 18-26
Downtown Minneapolis
Yes, the entire city of Minneapolis takes a whole week off to party in the sun. The Aquatennial is the official civic celebration of the City of Minneapolis. Entering its 73rd year, the summer festival has more than 70 events ranging from milk carton boat races and the annual block party to the coveted Torchlight Parade and "Most Amazing Race" (which, if you win, TECHNICALLY makes you the Most Interesting Man/Woman in the World).

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Play Day On The Plaza
July 19
Minneapolis Convention Center Plaza
This day is all about empowering the community to be active – both mentally and physically. Attendees start the day with hundreds of others by doing yoga on the open plaza. Throughout the day there will be other mind/body programs like meditation, electronic hopscotch, speed chess, scrabble and more. The day will end with a stage of performances from competitive rap to write fights to dueling banjos.

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Sister Cities Day Celebration & Ice Cream Social
July 20
Nicollet Island Pavilion
International entertainment, free ice cream sundaes and a chance to connect and learn about the 10 Minneapolis Sister Cities throughout the world. This year will feature a talented group of youth international performers: Songs of Hope. With nearly 50 children from across the globe, Songs of Hope will perform songs of peace and love in an eclectic mix of languages.

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ArtCar and ArtBike Parade
Lake Harriet
What's an ArtCar or ArtBike? Quite simply, it's just a car or bike with some really cool art on it. Bring a lawn chair and watch ArtCars, ArtBikes and one Couchmobile as they cruise around Lake Harriet and end at the Rose Garden in the 19th annual parade.

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Dakota Jazz Club Street Festival

Dakota Jazz Club Street Festival
Dakota Jazz Club
The Dakota takes its trademark world-class music and phenomenal food out of the club and onto the street. Some of the best acts from across the nation will gather in Minneapolis to put on a show like no other. Oh, and did we mention admission is free?

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AUGUST


Macy's Glamorama
Orpheum Theatre
Macy's annual fashion extravaganza, Glamorama, is like the Fashion Rocks of the Twin Cities - one part charity fundraiser, one part high-profile musical guests, and one part international fashion.

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Mill City Live
Wednesdays in August
Mill City Museum
Mill City Live returns for a ninth season of outdoor music with a lineup of bands representing five decades of Minneapolis music history. Fans of folk music will really want to check this out, as the lineup can be described as "pretty folksy."

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Minnesota Fringe Festival
July 31-August 10
Minneapolis/Saint Paul
From the artist selection process (shows are selected by a lottery) to the festival's vibe (the ushers are all volunteers who wear T-shirts and shorts), Fringe is about performing arts audiences can get close to. There are no barriers between the artists and audience, and shows are never longer than an hour, making Fringe the perfect place to discover a gem or have fun with a well-meaning clunker. A truly unique artistic experience that is a must-see for theatrical enthusiasts.

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Uptown Art Festival
August 1-3
Uptown
The Uptown Art Fair features artists in 12 media including sculpture, painting, jewelry, ceramics, wood and more. The art fair is the second largest event in Minnesota, behind the Minnesota State Fair, and one of the largest juried fine art fairs in the country. Free to attend, visitors can browse the art on display along Hennepin Avenue and The Mall, purchase a piece and actually chat with the artists themselves. In between, enjoy the food, a live performance stage, a youth art fair and more.

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Loring Park Art Festival
August 2-3
Loring Park
The variety of work at the Loring Park Art Festival is astounding! Works from a range of media including painting, photography, printmaking, handmade paper, wood, jewelry, clay, sculpture, fiber, mixed media and glass from over 140 visual artists will be on display, as well as strolling musicians, scheduled stage performances, children's activities and food booths.

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Powderhorn Art Festival
August 2-3
Powderhorn Park
Powderhorn Art Fair, one of the finest juried regional art fairs in the country, celebrates artistic expression and community engagement. Set in a pastoral, 66-acre city park, Powderhorn Art Fair features 184 regional and national artists of varied disciplines, as well as a Community Showcase and Group Exhibitors from the Powderhorn area.

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Finnfest 2014 Finnfest USA 2014 Festival
August 4-10
Hyatt Regency Hotel and Conference Center
In the summer of 1864, a small group of Finns disembarked from a riverboat in Red Wing, Minnesota. Most, originally from the Tornio River valley of Finland and Sweden; at the time of their departure all were residing in Arctic Norway. By moving to America, these early immigrants specifically intended to create new lives through the formation of Finnish communities in the New World.

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Discovery Day On The Plaza
August 16
Minneapolis Convention Center Plaza
The Minneapolis Convention Center Plaza is a space for participation and social interactions. It is also a portal for discovery of other cultural, natural and retail wonders of the city. This Discovery Day will feature a city-wide mystery game which anyone can solve by discovering hidden treasures in the city. In addition, booths and projects from local schools and organizations will explore everything from big data to hands on environmental science activities.

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Minnesota Renaissance Festival
August 17-September 29
Festival Fairgrounds
Damsels and princes step back in time to a place where Old English wasn't so old and "Greensleeves" was the number one song. The Renaissance Festival gives visitors the chance to peer into medieval life, as they eat ham from the bone, witness the popular sport of jousting and participate in events like axe-throwing and lute-playing. Costumed actors roam the grounds, including the annual royal family, and make the experience come to life at every turn.

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Minnesota State Fair
August 21-September 1
State Fairgrounds
Served up deep-fried, in a bucket, wrapped up or even on a stick, the food at the Minnesota State Fair is sure to leave you curious and satisfied at the same time. And, with over 450 foods available at 300 food concessions, there is sure to be something for everyone. But don't think it's all about the food, though. Agriculture and competition, special exhibits, attractions such as the Mighty Midway, Kidway, Haunted House, Sky Ride and more are fun for all ages. Plus, the Grandstand features entertainment acts and concerts along with other stages throughout the fairgrounds featuring more than 100 acts. More than a million people annually visit the 320-acre fairgrounds.

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Maker Day On The Plaza
September 13
Minneapolis Convention Center Plaza
The DIY (Do It Yourself) community in the Twin Cities is strong part of a national and international movement to making things from yarn bombing to robots. Our Maker Day will invite Twin Cities makers such as the Hack Factory’s Trebuchet and Wil Natzel’s cardboard cities (as featured on mnoriginals) to come out and interact with the community, sharing their exciting and original ways of thinking. The Maker Day will include innovative and creative “home brew” projects from the technologically sophisticated to traditional crafts to food and beverages.

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