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.

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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 11-October 26, 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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NEMAA on the Plaza
June 14-End of Summer
Minneapolis Convention Center Plaza
NEMAA will be staging artists throughout the Plaza of the Minneapolis Convention Center and next to MIMMI: Minneapolis Interactive Macro-Mood Installation, a large inflatable sculptural creation designed to display the city's mood throughout the summer and fall of 2013.

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Maya Exhibit Science Museum Minnesota

Maya: Hiddin Worlds Revealed
June 21-January 5
Science Museum of Minnesota
In Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed, Science Museum of Minnesota visitors will discover what archaeologists know about the ancient Maya, as well as the unresolved questions they continue to investigate.

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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


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
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
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
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 MarathonMinneapolisJoin 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
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
Minneapolis Convention Center
July 11-15
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
Minnesota State Fairgrounds
July 13
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 AquatennialDowntown MinneapolisYes, 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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ArtCar and ArtBike ParadeLake HarrietWhat'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


Finnfest 2014 Finnfest USA 2014 FestivalAugust 4-10Hyatt Regency Hotel and Conference CenterIn 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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Macy's GlamoramaOrpheum TheatreMacy'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 LiveWednesdays in AugustMill City MuseumMill 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 FestivalMinneapolis/Saint PaulFrom 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 FestivalUptownThe 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 FestivalLoring ParkThe 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 FestivalPowderhorn ParkPowderhorn 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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Minnesota Renaissance FestivalAugust 17- September 29Festival FairgroundsDamsels 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 FairAugust 22- September 2State FairgroundsServed 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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