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:

VIEW BY MONTH

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.

>>>View Details

Music & Movies in the Parks
May 25-September 7
Various Parks
Grab a blanket a patch of grass, because the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board is treating you to 60+ movies and 200 free outdoor concerts 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.

>>>View Details

Mill City Farmers Market
May 9-October 31, Saturdays
704 South 2nd Street
That fresh Minnesota food you hear about? You can get it here from 8am to 1pm. 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.

>>>View Details

Service Industry Night
Every Monday 4-10pm
The Melting Pot
Join us Monday nights from 4-10 p.m. if you work in the hospitality industry, bring in your CURRENT pay stub from a hotel or restaurant to receive a special 40% discount on any four-course menu selection. Also, take advantage of our wine discount - 20% off bottles of wine! 

>>>View Details

Journey to Space
Now through August 23
To complement Space: An Out-of-Gravity Experience, the Science Museum is a host site to the world premiere of theJourney to Space Omnitheater film. Reflect on how the space shuttle program of the past has shaped our approach to the future's space hurdles—including the exploration of Mars. 

>>>Buy Tickets

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

>>>More Info

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. MIA is also open daily and is free to the public.

>>>More Info

Dip into Summer Menu
The Melting Pot
Sip and Dip into summer starting May 12th, with our summer menu and drink pairings! Enjoy The Summertime Sipper where watermelon and cucumber come together with Malibu Rum, Starborough Sauvignon Blanc, Chateau St. Jean "Bijou" Chardonnay and a refreshing mix of Sam Adams Summer Ale and Lemonade featuring Black Cherry Blush, Ruby Red Crush & lemon flavors that we call the Shandy Flight of Three.

>>>More Info

MAY


Art-A-Whirl
Nordeast Minneapolis
May 15-17
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. Celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, this event is free and open to the public.

>>>View Details

Juno and The Paycock
Guthrie Theater
May 23-June 28
One of the great plays of the 20th century, Juno and the Paycock is an epic tale of one family’s survival in Dublin following the Irish Civil War. This production is Artistic Director Joe Dowling's final production after 20 years at the Guthrie.

>>>View Details

JUNE


Northern Spark
June 13-14
Minneapolis Convention Center Plaza & other locations
The winner of the Creative City Challenge, mini_polis, will be unveiled and featured at the Northern Spark festival. 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 and a free concert by Cloud Cult which will be broadcasted on an episode of The Lowertown Line.

>>>View Details

Cantus: Annual "Covers: A Pop Concert"
June 5-13
The Cowles Center 
Is it summer yet? Don’t miss the best sing-along of the year as Cantus returns to The Cowles Center to cover more of your favorite pop hits. Whether it is music from the ‘60s, the ‘80s or something brand new, Covers will have you singing and dancing in the aisles. Always an audience favorite, Coversshows off a completely different side of Cantus.

>>>View Details

Rock the Garden
June 20-21
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.

>>>View Details

Twin Cities Pride Family Picnic
June 21
Downtown Minneapolis
Twin Cities Pride is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit Minnesota corporation that brings the greater GLBT community together to commemorate our diverse heritage, foster inclusion, educate and create awareness of issues, and celebrate achievements in equality.

>>>View Details

Fridley 49 er Days Festival
June 25-27
Fridley, MN
A Community Tradition, the Fridley 49er Days Festival has something for everyone from the young to the "young at heart." Some of the fun events include a parade, pie baking contest, carnival, softball tournament, card tournament and two free street dances including Chris Brooks & the Silver City Boys On Saturday we have our popular Kids Day activities including a climbing wall, pony rides, games, crafts, face painting, and more

>>>View Details

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).

>>>View Details

Ashley Rukes LGBT Pride Parade
June 28
Downtown Minneapolis
The Ashley Rukes LGBT Pride Parade will take place Sunday, June 28th at 11am on Hennepin Ave.

>>>View Details

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.

>>>View Details

Basilica Block Party
July 10-11
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.

>>>Buy Tickets

Anoka Riverfest
July 11th
Anoka, MN
Don't miss one of the Twin Cities' largest outdoor craft fairs! In addition to more than 140 jury-selected arts and crafts exhibitors and their unique wares, you'll find live music, great food, boat rides and so much more.

>>>View Details

The Doobie Brothers, Mystic Lake
July 16
The Doobie Brothers are the All-American band, fusing blues, R&B, country, bluegrass and rock'n roll to become one of the country's most enduring musical institutions. The Grammy award-winning band will bring their rousing hits to Mystic Showroom on Thursday, July 16.

>>>More Details

Minneapolis Aquatennial
July 22-25
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 76th year, the summer festival has more than 70 events ranging from milk carton boat races to the coveted Torchlight Parade and "Most Amazing Race."

>>>View Details

Sister Cities Day Celebration & Ice Cream Social
July 19
Nicollet Island Pavilion
International entertainment, free ice cream sundaes and a chance to connect and learn about the 12 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.

>>>View Details

ArtCar and ArtBike Parade
July 25
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.

>>>View Details

AUGUST


Russian Samovars Exhibit
The Museum of Russian Art
The Museum of Russian Art is proud toannounce the upcoming exhibition, Russian Samovars, in it’s Lower Gallery. The exhibition of Russian samovars will delve into the Russian tradition oftea drinking through a remarkable display of forty samovars, drawn from the significant collection of Sheldon Luskin, a resident of Florida. Translated as‘self-boiler,’ a samovar is a metal urn used to boil water for tea.

>>>View Details

Mill City Live
Wednesdays in August
Mill City Museum Ruins Courtyard
Mill City Live returns for a 12th season of outdoor music with a lineup of bands representing musical styles from Neo-soul/R&B to Cuban to New Orleans Jazz.

>>>View Details

Minnesota Fringe Festival
July 30-August 9
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.

>>>View Details

Uptown Art Festival
August 7-9
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.

>>>View Details

Loring Park Art Festival
August 8-9
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.

>>>View Details

Powderhorn Art Festival
August 8 & 9
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.

>>>View Details

Minnesota Renaissance Festival
August 22-October 4
Festival Fairgrounds, Shakopee MN
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.

>>>View Details

Minnesota State Fair
August 27-September 7
State Fairgrounds, Falcon Heights MN
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.

>>>View Details

  • tripadvisorCheck out what other travelers say about Minneapolis on TripAdvisor.

BOOK HOTELS
AIRPORT OR CITY
DATES Check-in Check-out
» Advanced Search